FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


You’re thinking about getting counselling but aren’t sure about talking to a stranger about issues that are closest to your heart? At the Parramatta Psychology Clinic, we understand that it’s not easy to get started.

We want to make it as simple as possible for you to take that first step.

When should I get counselling?

It is normal to feel anxious and depressed at times, and to feel like you are not coping. We recommend that you access support if how you feel is impacting on important things in your life – like on your relationships with loved ones, your performance at work, your sleep and your mood on most days. The best person to help you make this decision is your GP.

When to get Counselling

 

How do I get counselling?

  1. Contact our friendly staff and ask any questions you have.
  2. To book an appointment, you can either call us on 0439 554 058 or click here to book online.

Speak with your GP about your mental health. Your doctor will complete a Mental Health Treatment Plan with you. This records your current concerns, your goals for therapy and treatment recommendations. Bring this with your referral letter to your first appointment.

 

How much does counselling cost?

The cost of counselling depends on who you are seeing, when you attend and what the service is. Each counselling session is 50 minutes long.

  • Standard weekday and weekend individual counselling session costs $120.00 unless bulk-billing. Rates depend on psychologist.
  • Relationship counselling costs $180 per session. For Gottman Method relationship counselling, it is $210 for the initial assessment at $180 per session there after.

You can be eligible for the Medicare rebate if you have a GP referral and Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP). This is because of a government initiative called the Better Access to Mental Health initiative.

The rebate per session is $87.45 – meaning you end up paying $32.55 per session – and you can use up to 10 sessions per calendar year under this entitlement. A GP will review your MHTP after 6 sessions and decide if referring for another 4 sessions would be helpful.

You don’t need a GP referral to get counselling, but it does make it more cost effective.

Please note: we currently only offer bulk-billing for people under financial distress.

Please contact us on 0439 554 058 for more information..

What will happen when I contact you?

We will:
-Grab your name and contact details
-Book you in at a time that is convenient for you
-Walk you through the fees, doctor’s referral, and any questions that you may have. We have a letter that you can take to your doctor with our details.

What will happen on the first appointment?

You will:

-Fill out a short questionnaire about your symptoms
-Understand our privacy and confidentiality policies
-Be asked about your symptoms, where you work, what your lifestyle is like, about your family and relationship, past mental health and how you cope.
-Set goals for counselling

If you don’t feel comfortable talking about something, you don’t have to.

What will my psychologist do?

Your psychologist will:
-Teach you strategies to help you manage your symptoms
-Not tell you what to do – you are the expert in your life
-Listen compassionately and without judgment

How do I get to your clinic?

Our clinic is easily accessible by public transport. We are a less than ten-minute walking distance from the Parramatta Train Station and Westfields Shopping Centre where there is also free parking.

Parking: Free parking is a 5 minute walk away in the Westfields. Enter through the Aird Street entrance and park on Blue lower or upper. Other parking options include Wilson Parking on 80 George St, and secure parking on 75 George Street and 93 George Street.

If you ever find it difficult getting to the clinic, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and our staff will help you out.