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Seeing a Psychiatrist
A psychiatrist is a specialist medical practitioner.
As a doctor and a psychiatrist, we are able to apply a comprehensive approach to understanding a patient’s situation, including biological factors.
A psychiatrist can prescribe medications, refer patients for investigations and make referrals to other specialists.
Visits to psychiatrists do attract a Medicare rebate as will be detailed later.
At Ericton House, the psychiatrists are general adult psychiatrists and see adult patients with a range of issues. However, we also offer special interest in long term psychotherapy (a talking and communicating treatment), perinatal psychiatry, consultation liaison psychiatry, psychiatry of old age, acquired brain injuries and trauma psychiatry.
If admission is required to a private psychiatric hospital and our psychiatrist is not admitting patients themselves then they will refer to a colleague at a preferred psychiatric hospital.
The assessment process may take up to 3-4 sessions to complete.
Each session has the duration of 45-50 minutes.
A full psychiatric examination will include questions about early developmental experiences as well as current experiences.
The assessment process is an opportunity for both psychiatrist and patient to decide if they are comfortable and are able to work together if ongoing treatment is required.
We will discuss this during the assessment sessions.
Seeing a Psychologist
A Clinical Psychologist studies normal psychology (including development, learning, memory, behaviour and personality) for four years, with a further four years of specialist training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders. You do not need a referral to see a psychologist; however you may access Medicare rebates with a referral and Mental Health Care Plan from your General Practitioner.
Each session has the duration of 50 minutes.
There are various theoretical approaches to psychological treatment, which is delivered through "talking therapy". While an important element of this is to air your concerns with a non-judgemental and supportive person, it involves much more such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - a short to medium term psychological treatment with long term benefits or Schema Therapy which is a long term form of CBT that addresses enduring psychological difficultes.
Fees for a Psychologist
With a GP referral and Mental Health Care Plan a Medicare rebate may be claimed, up to 10 sessions per year.
Contact with Ericton House
Feel free to contact us Ericton House during business hours on (03) 9497 1428.
You should be aware that it may take a day or two for us to return your calls, so if the matter is urgent either phone your nearest public hospital and obtain the triage number for the local Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT), or if the matter is very urgent, please dial 000.
For less urgent matters your General Practitioner may be able to assist.
The guarding of your personal information is bound by State and Federal law and we take all the steps necessary to ensure your privacy.
The sessions are confidential with certain exceptions, that is, if there are situations where there is an issue of risk either to yourself or someone else.
We will usually speak to you first if there need be a breach of confidentiality and this is why we must also have the details of your next of kin at the commencement of the treatment. Otherwise we would not speak to anyone requesting information about you without receiving prior consent from you.
Ericton House Consulting Rooms is ideally situated at 5 Ivanhoe Parade, where there is a large car park at the front of the building and we are also a short walk from the bus and train services of Ivanhoe.
Appointments and Fees
It is a requirement that you attend your appointment on time.
Clinicians and patients will both hold responsibility for making, cancelling and changing appointments as part of the treatment agreement. Appointments are made via our reception staff who will then apply the necessary alterations/additions to the computer system.
Appointments are typically 45 minute duration and fees vary with each clinician.
Medicare gives a rebates for this service. You and your family may qualify for the Medicare safety net at which point greater Medicare rebates apply, so please contact Medicare for details of this and for registration of the Medicare safety net
We require 48 business hours’ notice of cancellation to avoid a cancellation fee
The cancellation fee stands at $120.00 inclusive of GST – Please note that this fee does not attract Medicare rebate.
All fees are to be paid on the day of consultation
This can be done with cash (if correct amount is tendered) or EFTPOS (Visa or debit)
An account keeping fee of $10.00 per month is imposed on all overdue accounts.
The person responsible for the accounts is responsible for any private health insurance claims that are rejected.
If overdue accounts are required to be handed over to a collection agency, additional costs will be added to the amount due.