Randwick Psychological Therapy
People see Psychologists for many different reasons. It could be that you’re… feeling overwhelmed and stressed… feeling stuck or in a rut… feeling exhausted with life… feeling alone and needing to talk to someone about your difficulties… feeling confused and just not like your usual self… struggling with your confidence… worrying all the time… or struggling with relationships. Whatever it is, we know that everyone has unique experiences and difficulties – nothing is normal or abnormal – it just is.
We work with adolescents (over 15 years) and adults of all ages. We have a special interest in mens mental health, and anyone struggling with anxiety, depression, or disordered eating.
We provide assessment and therapy for difficulties related to:
- Anxiety, social anxiety, worry, panic,
- Stress and burnout
- HSC stress
- Low mood and Depression
- Adjusting to life transitions
- Grief and Loss
- Body Image
- Eating Disorders in adults (Binge Eating Disorder / Bulimia Nervosa)
- Confidence at work or school
Types of Psychological Therapy Offered
Oak Psychology Space therapists draw from a range of well researched, evidence-based therapies, with the choice of therapy tailored to the needs of each client. Treatment approaches include:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a new-wave of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. ACT focusses on developing ‘psychological flexibility’. Put simply, this means developing an acceptance of difficult thoughts, feelings, and urges by becoming an observer and disconnecting from these internal experiences, rather than allowing yourself to be caught up in the struggle with your thoughts, feelings and urges. ACT also focusses on your values – what’s important to you? what kind of person do you want to be? The aim of learning about your values is to drive positive change – so that you can take committed action towards living your values.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. That is – the thoughts we have about ourselves, others, or situations can have a big impact how we feel and how we respond. CBT focusses on learning to recognise unhelpful thoughts and then learning to replace these with more realistic ways of thinking.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Enhanced (CBT-E for eating disorders). CBT-E is considered the gold standard therapy for adults with Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder (please note that Oak Psychology Space does not work with adults with Anorexia Nervosa). In the first few sessions you’ll be assessed to determine whether CBT-E is the right program for you. CBT-E focusses on understanding thoughts and behaviours that are keeping the individual ‘stuck’ in the cycle of disordered eating, and then dismantling them and replacing them with healthier behaviours and ways of thinking. CBT-E is an intensive program that involves 20 sessions over approximately 20 weeks. This program lays the foundation for breaking the cycle of disordered eating, and gives clients the skills they need to continue to progress once treatment finishes. Depending on your circumstances, it might be more appropriate to implement aspects of CBT-E rather than the 20 week program.
Mindfulness. To me, mindfulness means learning to become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations..as well as using your senses to become more aware of the world around you. It’s about becoming a non-judgemental ‘observer’ or ‘noticer’, and learning to be more present. Often we get caught up in our thoughts about the past or our worries about the future, and when this happens we are hijacked from the present moment. Learning to be more aware and more ‘in the present’ helps us to live richer, fuller fulfilling lives.
Urgent Help / Crisis Support
We are busy working with clients and as such, cannot provide crisis support. In the event of significant symptoms or suicidal thoughts, please refer to the crisis support options below.
- Lifeline – 24 hour counselling, suicide prevention and mental health support support. Phone: 13 11 14.
- Beyond Blue – 24 hour telephone support and online chat service. Phone: 1300 224 636.
- MensLine – 24 hour professional telephone counselling support for Australian men. Phone: 1300 789 978
- Kids Helpline – 24 hour telephone and online counselling for young people aged 5-25. Phone: 1800 551 800
- e-headspace – online counselling for young people aged 12-25 years.
Our fees are less than those recommended by the Australian Psychological Society. Please contact us about our current fees.
Payment is required on the day of your appointment.
GP Mental Health Care Plans, Referrals and Medicare Rebates
You can see a Psychologist either with a referral or without a referral. If you have a referral and a Mental Health Care Plan, you will be able to claim a Medicare rebate for part of your psychology session fee.
How to get a Referral: Your first step is to contact your Doctor (General Practitioner), Psychiatrist, or Paediatrician and let them know that you need an appointment to discuss a Mental Health Care Plan. When you arrive for your appointment, tell your Doctor that you’d like some support with your mental health. If appropriate, your Doctor will prepare a Mental Health Care Plan and provide you with a referral to see a Psychologist. Having a referral means that you will be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate for part of the Psychology session fee. Currently the rebate amount is $88.25 per session when you see a Registered Psychologist. For more information about asking your doctor for a referral, visit ReachOut.
You can claim up to 20 Medicare rebated Psychology sessions per year. Once you’ve obtained your initial referral and Mental Health Care Plan, you’ll be eligible for six Medicare rebated sessions. To access further Medicare rebated sessions, you will need to return to your GP periodically to obtain a new referral. We can advise you about this during sessions.
No Referral: It’s not necessary to have a referral to see a Psychologist. Some clients prefer to see a Psychologist as a private client. In this case, you won’t be able to claim a Medicare rebate. Or you may prefer to claim a benefit from your private health fund. If you don’t have a referral, simply contact us to discuss an appointment.
Private Health Fund
If you’re a member of a private Health Fund, you may be able to claim a benefit from your fund for psychological services. The benefit amount will depend upon your level of cover, and your Health Fund. Contact your Health Fund to find out more.
Please note that you cannot claim a Medicare rebate and a Health Fund benefit for the same session.
Telehealth (videoconferencing or phone sessions)
We offer Telehealth sessions. This is typically via internet using our secure videoconferencing software. We also offer sessions by phone if you prefer. You can claim a Medicare rebate for Telehealth sessions if you have a Mental Health Treatment Plan and a referral from your Doctor.
Comparisons between Telehealth sessions and in-person sessions have shown equivalent treatment outcomes for a range of mental health difficulties. This finding extends across child, adolescent and adult client groups.
We will send you a text message reminder 4 days prior to your appointment to allow you time to reorganise, cancel or re-schedule your appointment if necessary. We have a lengthy waiting list and we’d like to offer cancelled appointments to those clients in need. Cancellations within 24 hours of your appointment may incur a 50% cancellation fee if we are unable to fill your appointment.