Fees & Rebates for Counselling
Session fee: $180.00
Session fee: $220.00
Principal Clinical Psychologist
Session fee: $230.00
About Medicare Rebates
All our Psychologists are registered with Medicare. To see one of our Clinical or Registered Psychologists you don’t need a referral from a GP. A referral is only needed if you wish to claim Medicare rebates. If you require a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) you will need to make a long appointment with your GP. They will make an assessment about whether you are eligible.
Eligible clients with a psychiatrist referral or MHCP issued by a GP will be entitled to claim Medicare rebates with our psychologists as follows:
- up to 10 individual sessions claimable per calendar year.
- $124.50 rebate per session with a Clinical Psychologist;
- $84.80 rebate per session with a Registered Psychologist.
At the end of your appointment, you will be invoiced the full session fee. At the same time, your Medicare rebate can be claimed, and Medicare will deposit the corresponding rebate into your nominated bank account.
Make an appointment to talk to your GP to find out whether you are eligible or call us on if you have any questions.
Private Health Insurance Rebates
All our psychologists are registered with private health insurance providers in Australia. If you have private health insurance, you may be eligible to claim rebates for psychological sessions. The level of cover and any applicable waiting periods vary between providers and depends on your extras cover policy. To find out if you are eligible and/or how much funding you are entitled to claim for psychological sessions, please contact your private health insurance. Your private health insurance may ask for the item code that will show on your invoice. Please see the psychological session item codes below for your perusal:
- 100 – Initial Consultation with Registered or Clinical Psychologist
- 200 – Follow-up Consultation with Registered or Clinical Psychologist
- 300 – Couples Therapy Consultation with Registered or Clinical Psychologist.
If you were eligible to claim private health insurance rebates for psychological sessions, we can process your rebates electronically at the end of your appointment and you only pay the gap fee, should you be covered by any of the providers listed below. Alternatively, you can claim any rebates directly with your provider after the session.
As you can understand it is nearly impossible for a psychologist to book in a new client at very short notice. A late cancelled appointment is a loss to three people:
- The client who is delaying their therapy progress
- Another client who is on the waiting list to see the psychologist urgently
- The psychologist who spent the morning preparing for the session
Our clinic policy is as follows:
- A minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required to cancel your appointment and you will not incur a fee (unless your appointment is on a Monday where you will need to contact the clinic by 12pm Saturday to cancel your appointment without penalty)
- Cancelling an appointment within 24 hours incurs a fee equivalent to your consultation fee which will be charged and required to be paid when you call to cancel your appointment. This cannot be claimed back through Medicare.
- Cancelling an appointment due to illness under 24 hours from your appointment will incur a fee of 50% of your consultation fee.
- If you are unable to attend your appointment and you do not let the clinic know, you will incur the full fee of your consultation.
- These fees, in the interests of fairness, apply to all clients and cannot be altered by the practice manager or reception staff.
- If you have cancelled or missed a session it is your responsibility to contact the clinic to reschedule
- If you miss two or more sessions in a row, your therapist will try to contact you by phone. If we are unable to contact you, we will send you a letter and we will assume that you are well and no longer require our services.
- If you wish to end therapy, we at The OCD Clinic Brisbane request that you discuss this with your therapist rather than simply failing to show up.
- Therapists are required to inform the Principal Psychologist of recurrent late cancellations or missed appointments.