Payment & Medicare rebate options
Payments must be made at the time of consultation, and may be made by Cash, EFTPOS, or Credit Card). Adriana is a registered Medicare provider, so you could receive partial rebates for therapy. Please see your doctor about eligibility for a referral.
24 hrs notice is required for appointment cancellations or clients will incur the session fee, non rebatable through Medicare, Exceptions to this charge, such as illness or other emergencies need to be discussed with Adriana.
Adriana charges the recommended fee, set by The Australian Psychological Society, for a standard consultation with a psychologist which is $250.00 per 50-minute session. Medicare will rebate $126.50 for up to 10 sessions. Please contact Adriana if you are a student, pensioner or on a health card to discuss the possibility of reduced rates.
Initial + ongoing sessions
All sessions 50 mins
|Assessment and therapy sessions for the designated presenting concerns.||$250||$126.50 with Mental Health Care Plan|
|Cognitive Assessment||WISC-V (Children) or WAIS-IV (Adult) |
A comprehensive report and feedback session is included in the cost of the assessment.
|Achievement Assessment||WIAT-III |
A comprehensive report and feedback session is included in the cost of the assessment.
|Adaptive Behaviour Assessment||Vineland-II or ABAS 3 |
A comprehensive report and feedback session is included in the
cost of the assessment.
|Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment for child/young adult||ADOS-2 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2nd Edition – with child/adult being assessed|
ADI-R Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised – with parent or caregiver
Other Assessment questionnaires
A comprehensive report and feedback session are included in the cost of the assessment.
|$1,800 or + $1,200 with one of the above assessments||$339.20 with referral from paediatrician|
|Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment for adult||ADOS-2, RAADS-R, SRS-2, ASQ, and EQ tests, as well as a clinical interview, preferably with a family member or partner present. A comprehensive report is included in the cost||$1,500||None available|
|ADHD and Behavioural Assessment|
(child or adult)
|Clinical interview and CAARS (self and observer reports for adults) or Conners - Third Edition, (parent and teacher responses for children) |
A comprehensive report is included in the cost
|Letters or brief reports||$100 per page||None available|
Frequently Asked Questions
How many sessions should I see a psychologist for?
Everyone’s journey is different. How many sessions you see a psychologist for will depend on the nature of what brings you to therapy and what your goals are. Some individuals see a psychologist to develop coping strategies to reduce or manage symptoms of mental health issues. This may mean attending therapy sessions over the short or medium term. It might also involve checking in less frequently over the longer-term to address setbacks or prevent relapse. Others come to therapy to understand long-standing patterns, such as relationship issues, that stem from experiences during their childhood, or to receive ongoing support. This may bring them to therapy over an extended period of time, although it varies based on client preferences.
Sometimes people come to therapy for a one-off session or just a handful of sessions to speak about a specific issue they’re facing in their life or to talk through a particular concern. Although problems and challenges are typically what brings people to a psychologist (at least initially), therapy can also be a space for self-development and personal growth.
What’s the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
Psychologists and psychiatrists often work together to help clients. As a result, their job descriptions overlap. However, there are several important differences between a psychologist and psychiatrist. The most important difference is the nature of treatment within the two professions.
Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors. They can prescribe medications, and work with patients on medication management as a course of treatment.
Psychologists focus extensively on psychotherapy and treating emotional and mental suffering in patients with behavioural and cognitive interventions. They’re qualified to conduct psychological testing, which is critical in assessing a person’s mental state and determining the most effective course of treatment. They are also qualified to do cognitive, educational and developmental assessments, essential in understanding young people’s needs and strengths.
A patient might work regularly with a psychologist addressing emotional and behavioural patterns. That psychologist may refer the patient to a psychiatrist who can prescribe and monitor medication. The psychologist and psychiatrist work in tandem to treat patient symptoms from both a behavioral and clinical standpoint.
Can I receive a Medicare or private health insurance rebate when I see a psychologist?
If you have a referral from a GP or a psychiatrist for a Mental Health Treatment Plan, you’ll be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate of $126.50 (for a clinical psychologist, such as Adriana) and $86.15 (for a general psychologist) per session for up to 10 sessions per calendar year.
Private Health Insurance:
If you have private health insurance that includes psychological counselling as extras cover you may be eligible for a partial rebate. We recommend you contact your individual insurance provider for further information about your individual coverage.
How long is a session with a psychologist?
Sessions are approximately 50 minutes long.
What should I expect from my first session?
During your first session, we’ll briefly run through important paperwork with you. This includes completing a form with basic personal information and a consent form that cover issues such as confidentiality, fees and other important information about sessions. If you’ve been referred by a GP or psychiatrist, we’ll discuss the details of your Mental Health Treatment Plan. After we complete the paperwork, the rest of the session is typically spent discussing the issues that have brought you into therapy. We’ll listen and develop a thorough understanding of your concerns. We’ll also explore relevant background history, such as information about your family, social relationships, work history and any past counselling you’ve done. Based on this information, we’ll begin to help you to understand more about what might be triggering your current issues. Time permitting, we’ll work with you to develop a collaborative and flexible plan for future therapy sessions.
What’s the difference between a counsellor and a psychologist?
In Australia, the practice of psychology is highly regulated, while that of counselling is not. Counsellors can come from a broad range of training and backgrounds. Anyone can refer to themselves as a “counsellor.” That being said, there is an organisation called the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) that helps protect the standards and ethical training of the counselling profession.
Psychology, on the other hand, requires the completion of a minimum of six years of training. This training includes a minimum of one to two years of supervised clinical practice as well as university study. In many cases, psychologists are trained to Masters or PhD level.
How do I know if I’m eligible for the Medicare rebate?
You can make an appointment with your GP to assess whether you’re eligible for a Mental Health Treatment Plan. This will enable you to claim a Medicare rebate of $126.50 (for a clinical psychologist) or $86.15 (for a general psychologist) per session for a maximum of ten sessions per calendar year. To claim the Medicare rebate for your session, you’ll need to bring a copy of your Mental Health Treatment Plan and a referral letter from your GP to your first appointment with your psychologist.t.
Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?
No. You can make an appointment with a psychologist without a referral from your GP or a psychiatrist. You’ll need to pay the full amount for your sessions out of your own pocket or claim from your private health insurance, if covered.
How does confidentiality work with a psychologist?
All information that you disclose in your session with a psychologist is confidential. There are two exceptions to this rule: if you’re at risk of harming yourself or someone else; and in relation to court orders. If either situation becomes relevant, we’ll discuss it with you.
Ask a question or book an appointment below. For emergencies call 000 or visit your nearest hospital.
Mobile: 0402 50 60 53
Phone: (02) 9487-7426
Suite B, Level 1, 15 Railway Avenue Wahroonga NSW 2076
2-hour free street parking or council carpark across the road.