The cost for psychological services is provided by Diane at the initial inquiry stage. Counselling and supervision are usually charged at an hourly rate.
Assessments are quoted as a total figure including preliminary work, individual assessment, provision of report, and feedback. The cost of assessments varies depending on the complexity and time involved. A written quote can be provided before any work is started. Payment for counselling is required on the day of service, and assessments at the time of hand-over of the report. Payment is by cash, cheque (yes, there are still a few of us who use them occasionally!!), or by direct debit.
You do not require a medical referral to see Diane. However, in certain circumstances clients may be supported to fund the cost of services and usually a referral is required in these instances. For example if a client is experiencing a mental health issue such as depression and anxiety they may be eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan after an assessment by their doctor. In such cases, with an appropriate referral, they will be reimbursed for a portion of their counselling through Medicare, for a specified number of sessions.
Children and adolescents experiencing mental health issues can be referred by a paediatrician under this scheme, or their general practitioner. Children being assessed through a paediatrician to determine if they are on the autism spectrum can receive a portion of the costs of part of the assessment, with an appropriate referral. Government schemes can tend to change and it is always useful to check what may be available.
A small proportion of clients may be bulk billed in extenuating circumstances. This would be discussed at the initial enquiry stage.
Adults who are in the workforce can sometimes receive a small number of solution-focused sessions through their organisation’s Employee Assistance Scheme. While an organisation will sometimes have a specific provider, there are instances where the worker can nominate their preferred psychologist and Diane would be happy to see someone under this scheme.
If a person is injured at work, or through road trauma, they may be eligible for psychological services under WorkCover or the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC).
Diane is registered with Medicare, WorkCover, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT), and Carers Victoria.