What training have the psychologists received?
Answer: Our psychologists at Anxiety House have completed a Doctorate or Masters in psychology (involving at least six years of formal study at University), and a thesis typically in the area of anxiety. Additionally, they have undergone considerable training and experience in treating and identifying types of anxiety disorders.
What should I bring to my appointment?
- Referral letter from your General Practitioner or referring Specialist
- Private Health Insurance Details (which may provide additional rebate for allied health appointments)
- Prior treatment records
- List of current medications
What are your fees?
Due to the costs associated with running a private medical practice, our practice does not bulk bill. The cost of your appointment will vary depending on the length and nature of the session. ‘The gap’ refers to the monetary difference between what our Specialist may charge you and the Medicare rebate – this is also referred to as the ‘out-of-pocket cost’.
A significant Medicare rebate is available for all clinical appointments with our Psychiatrists, provided you have a current referral at the time of consultation. This is particularly helpful if longer-term therapy or management is required. A General Practitioner can provide a 12-month or an indefinite referral to a Psychiatrist, depending on your needs.
A significant Medicare Rebate is available for up to 10 Individual Therapy appointments per calendar year (January to December) with our Therapist’s Victoria Alexander, Glenn Munt, Sam Bagnall or our Psychologist Dr Christine Hyde. A monetary ‘gap’ will still be payable, and the gap amount depends on the practitioner.
In addition to 10 individual psychological sessions, you may be eligible for an additional 10 Group Therapy psychological appointments per calendar year (January to December) with an appropriate referral from your Psychiatrist or General Practitioner.
Combining Individual Therapy and Group Therapy treatment can be a cost-effective way of extending your treatment under Medicare.
Medicare Rebates are also available for up to 5 appointments with our Dietitian, Elsa Pearse. You will require a referral from your General Practitioner under a Chronic Disease Management Plan. This will be provided to you if your General Practitioner believes that you have Chronic Condition or Complex Care Needs. Most practitioners agree that patients struggling with disordered eating (including eating disorders), or suffering from nutritional consequences of mental health conditions, are eligible for this service. See this factsheet for more information.
In addition to all of the above, additional allied health consultations (applicable to appointments with our Therapist, Psychologist and Dietitian) may be eligible for a rebate from your Private Health Fund provided that you have qualifying Extras Cover. Please contact your Private Health Fund to check your eligibility.