WHAT’S YOUR FEES FOR SERVICE?
Fees tend to be set on a “per-session” basis and can vary based on the type of treatment required, additional requests for assessment reports or formal written treatment plans, and travel time should home visits be requested. Face-to-face appointments are “50-minute hours” whereby the session lasts 50 minutes and allows for 10 minutes of administrative work afterwards. Neuropsychology sessions with a cognitive component often last longer than this and include charges to account for scoring of testing material, interpretation of results, and report writing. Full neuropsychological assessments can take between 2-15 hours of work and will be charged accordingly. All fees can be discussed during initial enquiry before any sessions are booked, and a discussion around the options and requirements will be welcomed at this time.
I accept most of the major private insurance companies too. Please confirm with your insurance company that you are covered for psychological support. If you are unsure about this process, please contact me, and I can try to assist you.
SHOULD I PREPARE ANYTHING BEFORE MY FIRST SESSION? CAN I BRING SOMEBODY WITH ME?
You do not need to prepare anything except for an open mind! The first session can seem daunting, particularly if this is your first time to speak with someone about personal issues. I understand this and aim to create as relaxed of an atmosphere as I can! You may bring someone with you to the appointment, but it will be best if we have private time one-on-one to discuss your thoughts and goals. The reason for this is because we all play different roles within our lives- we are children, parents, siblings, friends, employees, spouses, teammates, etc. With each of these roles, there are different expectations of us, different manners with which we should behave, and different viewpoints that we feel comfortable exposing. In the Psychology room, you have none of these roles or expectations- meaning you can be free to be completely you. This kind of freedom normally allows the greatest scope for openness and honesty, which can lead to the best effects.
The exception to this rule may be for those enquiring about neuropsychological services. The opinion of someone who knew you before and after your injury may be valuable to help identify or corroborate the changes you have experienced over time. This third-person perspective may be helpful but may also not be necessary and therefore should be discussed at your session.
I’M TELLING YOU PRIVATE THOUGHTS. IS EVERYTHING CONFIDENTIAL?
Just about! Confidentiality is a hallmark of our profession and is taken very seriously. Ethical guidelines with which I abide strongly support the need for high levels of security to support confidentiality. Notes about your sessions will be taken but will be kept in a secure manner as directed by governing bodies and the law. There are times when confidentiality must be broken, however, and these are again regulated formally. All of the rules and limitations of confidentiality will be discussed with you in the first session.
Find out how you can benefit from Clinical Psychology, Pain Management Psychology, or Neuropsychological services today. Make an enquiry to discuss how it works, treatment options and fees, and how you can get the support you need.
You know the benefits of a healthy body. Now find out those of a healthy mind.