What I do:
- I am a Registered Psychologist, registration number: PSY0001128822 and a Registered Teacher in Victoria, registration number: 336059.
- I work with children, adolescents and adults through the lifespan.
- I am currently working in private practice and with a Not for Profit Organisation.
- I am also currently registered as a provider of services to Workcover, TAC, Vietnam Veteran’s Counselling Service, ATAPS, VOCAT, NDIS and other Employee Assistance Programs, including those for Ambulance and Police Officers, Teachers and their families.
- I also offer supervision for Chaplains.
- I have training and experience in Critical Incident Debriefing and Psychological First Aid.
- I have experience working with adults and children with PTSD, autism, depression, grief and loss, bi-polar, anger management and perpetrators and victims of family violence.
- I am experienced in conducting assessments for School Funding applications and Court reports.
- I was employed as a teacher for 30 years. This involved working with children with learning difficulties and disabilities and their families.
Appointments can be made by ringing mobile no: 0407183476.
You do not need a referral to see a psychologist.
However, if you wish to claim your sessions on Medicare you must first be assessed by your GP to see if you are eligible and he/she will write you a referral.
The recommended rate for psychologists in Australia as of June 2012 is $222. Marlo Consultancy Service charges less than this. Please enquire about the rate when you make an appointment. Sessions last approximately 6o minutes. Private Health insurance rebates may be available for clients depending on their level of cover.
Medicare provides a rebate for clients who have been provided with a Mental Health Care Plan by their GP, or by their psychiatrist or paediatrician.
Clients are required to pay the full fee, and then claim the rebate from Medicare.
An individual counseling session generally lasts for 55 minutes. During the first session we will explore the thoughts, emotions and behaviour at the background of the problem and then we will work together on strategies for change.
The decision to come to Therapy to change the parts of your life with which you are dissatisfied can be very hard. There are some things you can do to get the most from treatment:
- Be prepared to be open and honest.
- Attend regular sessions (these will tend to become further apart as time goes on).
- Change requires action so be prepared to have homework between sessions.
- Be prepared to discuss any concerns you have about the management of your mental health.
Generous Medicare Rebates are now available for appointments with psychologists. Up to 10 individual sessions with a psychologist can be claimed in a calendar year.
Am I Eligible?
Eligibility is based on the diagnosis given to your GP and is not income tested. Most common disorders are eligible. These include anxiety, depression, panic attacks and sleep problems.
Is there a gap payment?
The Medicare rebate covers most of the appointment costs. However, the full fee is required at the time of the session.
How do I access the Medicare Rebates?
Visit your GP and discuss your concerns. If your GP believes you are eligible and would benefit from seeing a psychologist, a Mental Health Care Plan will be completed for you with a referral.
Please bring this referral to your first appointment.
Progress will be reviewed with your GP after your first six psychologist sessions. After this you can then claim an additional four sessions if required.