Clients of DS Psychology Group usually come from one of the following:
- Self-referral or Word of Mouth Recommendation
- General Practitioners (GP) – under Mental Health Care Plans
- Psychiatrists – under Mental Health Care Plans
- Private Health Insurance
- Insurance companies – under Work Cover
For neuropsychological or IQ assessments then you will need to see one of our specific psychologists or Clinical Neuropsychologists who are experienced in assessments. Please also see the neuropsychological assessment section and/or the assessments for children and adolescents section for further information about what is involved.
If a 3rd party is funding either your counselling treatment or the neuropsychological assessment/report eg. Workcover, TAC, DVA, NDIS or Comcare then we will need time to confirm this with them prior to your first booking . Please contact us further if you have any specific questions.
A standard counselling appointment with DS Psychology Group is 50 minutes.
Please call 9872 6255 for counselling fees as costs will vary depending on the psychologist allocated and whether your appointment is a day or after hours time. The admin team will require a few minutes of your time to obtain the reasons for the counselling referral and ensure you are allocated the best psychologist for your concerns. Out of pocket expenses will range from $30 to $85 per session with a mental health care plan referral depending on the psychologist you see, the fee assigned and the time of the appointment.
A neuropsychological assessment comprises: 2-3 hours of objective testing and a clinical interview, liaising with others to provide background information, viewing previous assessments, scoring and interpretation of results, a feedback session to explain results and provide treatment options to optimise functioning and a comprehensive report. A shorter summary report can also be provided instead of a comprehensive report if preferred, as this would reduce the cost overall. Further for IQ assessments where the purpose is less complex and the time spent is less then the cost would also be significantly reduced.
Please call 9872 6255 to gain an estimation of the fee for neuropsychological assessments as they will vary depending on the complexity of the referral, the reason for the assessment (the referral question) and the time spent. Usually the time it takes for a neuropsychologist to fully complete the assessment is about 7- 10 hours. The admin team have a comprehensive intake form for neuropsychological assessment referrals so this will need to be filled out by either a 3rd party or the admin team will need about 10 minutes to go through this with you and ensure they gain helpful information that the neuropsychologist will need. For clients funding their own assessments an initial deposit is required to confirm your booking and a payment plan is possible. DS Psychology Group aims to keep costs for clients as low as possible to enable access to this valuable service, whilst also ensuring the fee and time spent for the neuropsychologist is accounted for.
At present, Medicare’s Better Access program enables 10 sessions per calendar year.
To obtain a plan and the medicare rebate you must see a GP or psychiatrist prior to your first session with the psychologist and obtain a referral. The referral is at the discretion of the GP or psychiatrist and there must be a mental health diagnosis eg anxiety disorder or depression. Medical clinics like to be informed that this is the reason for your appointment as sometimes a longer appointment is required, so please advise the receptionist you are seeking this plan so appropriate time allocations can be made.
Please advise us of the referring GP or psychiatrist when you phone us to make an appointment and whether you are being referred under the Mental Health Care Plan.
Depending on whether you can attend during the day or evening our psychologists charge a standard fee that is usually $50-$60 ($20 for group therapy) above the Medicare rebate so this is an out of pocket expense. We understand that some clients on a pension, unemployed or in difficult financial circumstances may not be able to afford this out of pocket expense. In these cases we would be willing to consider a Concession or a Bulk Billing arrangement however there may be a waiting list depending on how many client sessions the organisation currently sees on a weekly basis.
For more information please review the APS’s Medicare rebates Fact Sheet.
Private Health Funds
Rebates are available for most private health insurers where comprehensive extras are part of the policy. The rebate is usually between $40 – $70, and for a limited number of sessions. We recommend you contact your insurer to check your level of cover and the rebate. Receipts can be taken to your insurer to claim the rebate. However it is not usually possible to claim both private health and Medicare for the one appointment so most clients choose to utilise their Medicare sessions first then claim through private health for further sessions if needed.
Payments can be made by cash, credit or eftpos; however we do not take Diners or American Express.