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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 a free of charge initial 15 min consultation over the phone in order to help you to consider whether we can offer the right therapy for you and to 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 220$ for a single appointment and 420$ for a double session during working hours and 240$ for a single session and 450$ for a double session on Saturdays.
The price for a couple therapy session is 240$ for business hours and 260$ for appointments on Saturdays.

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 89.65$ for individual sessions either in person or online (up to 316.35 after you have reached the Medicare safety net).  In addition to individual therapy you can also be eligible to 10 more medicare rebates of 22.9$ for group sessions (up to 80.7$ after you have reached Medicare safety net). You need to have a valid Mental Health Plan to receive the rebates: Medicare item number 80110 for individual psychology session and Medicare item number 80121 for psychology group session.

In certain circumstances you might also be eligible for additional Medicare rebate of 56$ under Chronic Disease Management (CDM), also knows as Enhanced Care Plan, (up to 197$ after you reached the Medicare safety net), Medicare psychology item (10968).

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 you need for your claim.

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?

As it is mentioned about 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.

However the most accurate prediction of how long the change will take can only be done after the trial therapy when we can together explore your capacity for complex emotional experiences, how much pain you have endured in your life, which types of coping you rely on dealing with the painful experiences, your overall levels of anxiety and how high your anxiety can reach in emotionally difficult situations, and your capacity for emotional closeness.

Once again, 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 our 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.

 

Last but not least, you can also contribute to the better future by allowing us to use some of the video material to educate other medical and psychology clinicians to be more effective in helping other people.

Once again you do not have to agree to any of these if you are not comfortable with it and have an opportunity to withdraw your consent for video-recording at any time.

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