You can refer yourself by contacting us at the Bondi Junction or Sydney practices to arrange an appointment with a GP. Alternatively you can arrange for your GP to refer you. The GP will doa mental healthcare plan which you need to bring to your initial appointment.
Generally at your first session you can expect a therapist to ask why you are seeking treatment and some information you about yourself. They will also tell you a bit about how they work. A therapist will not be worried about what you say or make any judgments. They are there to help and everything you discuss is treated confidentially. Communicating your thoughts and feelings will assist in helping identify issues and goals you want to achieve from therapy.
Use this time to decide if you think the therapist is a good fit for you. Do you feel comfortable? Can they listen? Do you like their approach? If your problem is better suited to another specialist Sherisse will recommend you to them.
The mental healthcare plan entitles you to a fifty percent rebate for upto 10 sessions. Private healthcare usually offers the same provided you have extras cover. rebates will be given on the spot so there is no need to go to Medicare.
The confidentiality of the information you provide is not only a critical aspect of therapy, but is also protected by a Professional Code of Ethics established by the Australian Psychological Society. Mindful thinking therapists are committed to providing a very high standard of confidentiality and protecting your personal information at all times. In most cases, disclosure of information is only made with your authorisation.
Confidentiality sometimes has to be broken if we are required to do so by law e.g. if you disclose to us your intent to hurt yourself or others, or if you disclose intent of committing a criminal offence.