Frequently Asked Questions
What is psychology?
Psychology is the study of human behaviour. Psychologists are experts in human behaviour, having studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and the processes that determine how you think, feel, behave and react. Psychologists apply their expertise using reliable and scientifically supported methods.
Psychological therapies are widely used to treat individuals, couples and families and can also be applied to groups and organisations.
What should I expect on my first visit?
During your initial consultation your psychologist will discuss your concerns with you, and help you identify treatment goals. As part of this process they will assess each area of difficulty and work with you to devise an optimal treatment plan based on empirical study. This means we only practice psychological treatments that are known to be beneficial.
Your psychologist will also estimate the number of sessions needed to increase your quality of life, vitality, and wellbeing. It might also be helpful for you to think about what you want to gain from therapy prior to your appointment, and raise any concerns that you have with your psychologist.
How long is a session?
Consultations with a psychologist last between 50 and 60 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
At Seed Psychology we are committed to ensuring that the intervention provided is specifically tailored to your needs. You might want to improve your relationships, or overcome feelings of sadness related to depression. Perhaps you want to learn how to cope with worries, or more successfully adjust to the difficulties of life.
This means there are no “hard and fast” rules regarding the length of treatment, so it will largely be determined by the nature of your concerns. However, it is common for most people to attend between 6 and 18 sessions, with some people requiring less sessions and others more.
Your psychologist will discuss the estimated length of treatment with you following your initial assessment session.
Fees & Rebates
Medicare rebates to the value of $84.80 to 124.50 per session are available with a referral from a GP or psychiatrist. However, you can still access our services without a referral or rebate.
Medicare Rebates can be claimed directly following your appointment via Medicare’s EasyClaim. Please bring your Medicare and debit cards with you to your appointment to participate.
Private health insurance
Check with your health insurer for rebate details. In most cases, private health rebates can be claimed onsite via our HICAPS facility.
Report and assessment
Please contact us for further details – our psychologists can under some circumstances produce reports.
If an appointment is cancelled at late notice, it is unlikely this gap will be filled. Late cancellations result in a loss of income for our psychologists, and also mean that other clients have lost an appointment opportunity.
With this in mind, Seed Psychology has a strict cancellation policy. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you must provide us with at least two business days’ notice to avoid a fee of 50% of the full session fee, which is payable at your next session.
Please Note: No Medicare rebate is available for cancelled sessions.