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What happens when you see a Psychologist?

When you come to see me the session will go for around 50 minutes and we will sit together in my office on normal comfortable upright office chairs.

I will ask a range of questions in relation to your personal history to help identify what your current concerns are and what goals we will work on together.

For example you may feel worried and stressed a lot of the time, having difficulty sleeping and maybe even starting to avoid doing things you used to enjoy like shopping or seeing friends.

I can help with strategies to cope with anxieties and set you on the road to your old self or a new improved you!

How many sessions will I need?

Every person will have their own individual treatment plan that will involve a tailored number of sessions, however six sessions is usually a good guide for initial treatment at which time a review will take place and you can decide if more sessions are needed.

Some people will need more and some people will need less, ultimately it is your choice to attend.

Is counselling confidential?

I pride myself on providing a non-judgemental and confidential service. If you are referred by your G.P. I may ask your permission to write to them, however I will discuss this with you at the time.

As part of my professional practice I also regularly consult with a clinical supervisor in relation to some of my cases, at which we may discuss some aspects of cases without providing details of the person.

Adolescents, Teenagers and Young People

Traditionally and realistically a very difficult transition period where a person changes from a child into an adult. For many reasons becoming an independent responsible adult is fraught with difficulties whether it be bullying, self esteem issues, friendships, relationships or family breakdown. This can also be the time when Depression and Anxiety can rear its head and really affect the way a young person feels about themselves and others as well as affecting school and work performance.

Alcohol and Other Drugs issues

I really enjoy working with these issues and operate under a harm reduction framework. This means that I do not demand that people stop using alcohol or other drugs. I think it is important for us to discover the function that the use has in your life and any changes (if any) you may want to make.

How much does it cost?

Sessions will usually go for approximately 50 minutes and the cost is $150 for sessions during business hours and $170 for 5pm onwards and Saturdays.

Concession rates may apply to those on benefits and/or have a health care card.

EFTPOS is only available at Ringwood.

Cash or bank transfer are the only methods of payment accepted at Moorabbin.

Medicare and Private Health rebates:

Medicare: If you are referred by your GP under a mental health care plan you will be eligible for a rebate of $84.80 per session for a maximum of 10 sessions per calendar year. If you plan to see your GP in relation to a referral please be aware that they may need a longer consultation time to make an assessment and extra costs may be incurred.

Please bring along a copy of the plan with you to your first session.

Private Health: If you do not have a mental health care plan you may be able to claim a rebate from your private health cover if you have extras cover and I am registered with most health funds.

How do I make an appointment?

You can refer yourself and I also accept referrals from G.P.'s, other Health Professionals and Community Service Workers.

Please contact Makayla on 0411 167 432
or email makayla@mapsychology.com.au

  Makayla Heard
 
makayla@mapsychology.com.au