We want to make your first visit with us at Aruna Psychology to be as comfortable as possible. We hope the below information will help you prepare for your visit with us and give you some information on what to expect before joining us.

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment please contact Aruna Psychology via email at reception@arunapsychology.net or phone on 0384562314 to arrange a brief conversation about your current needs and reasons for seeking psychological therapy.

Do I need a referral from a GP?

If you have a GP referral or as it is also called a ‘mental health care plan’, you will be entitled to Medicare rebates for up to 10 individual or 10 group appointments with some allied mental health services in a year. That means for certain psychologists, you are also entitled to Medicare rebates for 10 individual or support group sessions in a year.

Your doctor can give you a referral to allied mental health services in your area.

You can’t get Medicare rebates for all 10 sessions in one go. After the first 6 appointments, you need to see your doctor again for a mental health plan review and another referral.

What should I expect from the first appointment?

This article from one of our partner’s Mindfit, gives you a idea of what to expect from your first session.

Visit https://www.mindfit.org.au/first-session-with-a-psychologist/ for more information.

I am unfamiliar with the different Types of therapy, what do they all mean?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Mindfulness 

Distress Tolerance

Emotional Regulation

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

Psychcodynamic Psychotherapy

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

Where are you located?

We are located at 59 Simpson Street, Northcote.  The rooms are very conveniently placed 2 minutes from Dennis train station and close to the 86 tram route, with all-day free parking outside the practice.

Fees

Standard consultations are for 50 minutes.

  • Consultations at Aruna Psychology with a Clinical Psychologist are $195
  • Consultations with a General Psychologist are $175

Rebates

Medicare Rebate

Most psychological services are eligible for a Medicare rebate of $124.50 per session for a Clinical Psychologist and $84.50 for a General Psychologist under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Scheme. This rebate applies to services that have been referred to by your GP, where there is a Mental Health Care Plan in place.

When referred under the Better Access to Mental Health Care scheme, Medicare eligible services are limited to 10 individual sessions per client, per calendar year, with a review by the referring practitioner required after the initial 6 sessions.

There is a Medicare rebate of $84.80 per session for the assessment of children with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder. The same rebate applies for treatment sessions.

Private Health Insurance

Most private health insurers offer a rebate for psychological services. Some health funds also require a medical referral. Contact your insurer for further information.

TAC/VOCAT/NDIS

All the Psychologists at Aruna Psychology are registered to provide services through TAC, VOCAT & NDIS. TAC will cover the costs directly leaving no out of pocket fee for the client.

Payment

Aruna Psychology has EFTPOS, automatic payment and rebate processing options to save you time at the end of your session.

Cancellation Policy

A 50% cancellation fee applies for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice. For any cancellations please contact us in advance.


You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.

Eckhart Tolle

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