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(Practical questions)

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Important things to consider before entering psychotherapy

Psychological therapy is a working process, which in order to be successful requires commitment on behalf of both the client and the therapist. A large body of scientific evidence shows that the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client and how committed the client is to getting better are two of the most important determinants of the therapy success.

In addition to your personal commitment we encourage you to think about practical aspect of being in therapy. As with anything else, depending on the therapy tasks, achieving quality long-lasting changes may require considerable amount of time, your efforts, and money. Below you can find more information on the prices and the rebates you might be eligible for.

MHPC is happy to provide you with an initial 15 min consultation over the phone or Skype free of charge to help you to consider whether we can offer the right therapy for you and answer your questions.

What are the MHPC prices and what options do we have for getting a rebate?

MHPC price-list:

The price for an individual session is 185$ for business hours and 200$ for appointments after 6pm.
The price for a couple therapy session is 200$ for business hours and 220$ for appointments after 6pm.
A limited number of a reduced fee places are available, and you are welcome to inquire about those directly.

The price for one psycho-educational class or psychotherapy group is 75$. The medicare rebate:
Depending on the topic psycho-educational classes are usually offered in a set of 2 or 3, and psychotherapy group might require commitment to attendance of at least 8 out of 10 sessions.

Medicare rebates:

Currently you might be eligible for up to 10 medicare rebates of 86.15$ for individual sessions
and up to 10 more medicare rebates of 22$ for a group session if you have a valid Mental Health Plan.

In certain circumstances you might also be eligible for additional Medicare rebate of 53.80 under Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Medicare item.

Please discuss these options with your treating doctor.

Private funds:

You might also be eligible to psychology rebates through your private health fund, but it varies between providers and the type of the cover, so please check your options with your private fund directly. MHPC will be happy to provide you with all necessary paperwork for your claim on our part.

How quickly the change will happen?

How quickly the change will be happen depends on several things. These include: client’s current circumstances; client’s motivation to improve; how significant/big the problem is; for how long the problem has been present; and the extent to which the problem impacted client’s life.
In some circumstances my clients achieved the desired results in just 1 to 3 sessions, in other circumstances clients preferred to engage in long term work in order to address more deep and serious issues. Overall we see that people achieve good results in about 10 to 40 sessions.

Do I need a long- or a short- term therapy?

How quickly the change will be happen depends on several things. These include: client’s current circumstances; client’s motivation to improve; how significant/big the problem is; for how long the problem has been present; and the extent to which the problem impacted client’s life.
In some circumstances my clients achieved the desired results in just 1 to 3 sessions, in other circumstances clients preferred to engage in long term work in order to address more deep and serious issues. Overall we see that people achieve good results in about 10 to 40 sessions.

Do I feel better straight away?

The answer is – it depends. In some cases people can feel better after only one session, but this is rare. In most cases people initially experience some additional discomfort before they get significantly better. This happens because some of the mechanisms responsible for development and maintenance of the psychological problem – from previously hidden – become more apparent and worked through in therapy.

The process of therapy can sometimes involve working through confronting material and even though we do my best to be supportive and to avoid unnecessary confrontation, facing the reality of painful experiences is difficult. However, it is also necessary in order to break free from the past.

Why do you want to video record my sessions?
And do I have do consent to video recording of my sessions?

No, you do not have to give your permission to video-recording of the sessions, and it will not have any impact on how much effort we will put into helping you.

We video-record the sessions because a lot of very important information is being exchanged in every moment of the session, and it can help to go back and review some of those moments – slowly and objectively. Even though we take good session notes, they can never be as comprehensive as a video recording.

It might also provide us with an opportunity to get unbiased quality feedback and supervision from an independent international expert in the field, which will only benefit your treatment without any additional costs to you.

Please be aware that you will also have an opportunity to withdraw your consent for video-recording at any time.

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