Learn more about clinical psychology and how you can book an appointment with one of the Moonee Ponds Clinical Psychology team.
What is a Clinical Psychologist?
Clinical Psychologists have obtained the accredited qualifications set down by the Psychology Board of Australia of recognition as a Clinical Psychologist.
Moonee Ponds Clinical Psychology clinicians are members of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and have accredited Doctoral-level training in Clinical Psychology.
This means they have met the international post-graduate qualification standards to use the term Clinical Psychology (refer www.acpa.org.au).
Moonee Ponds Clinical Psychology clinicians have 8 years formal training in the study of human behaviour, which includes specialist training in conducting assessments and providing evidence based psychological treatment.
They assist people with everyday life problems. In addition they assist with the development of effective strategies for coping with current problems and in both the recognition and reduction of ongoing difficulties.
What is the difference between a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists are specialist medical doctors who have had extensive training in both the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication as part of ongoing treatment.
Clinical Psychologists do not prescribe medication.
However, depending upon the nature of mental illness or emotional disturbance, some people may see both a Psychiatrist and a Clinical Psychologist.
Do I need a referral?
You do not a referral to see a clinician at Moonee Ponds Clinical Psychology, and you can self refer.
However, to utilise the Medicare system, you will need a referral from your General Practitioner, Paediatrician and/or Psychiatrist who will provide you with a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP).
Please note, the Medicare rebate offers a considerable rebate to people for 10 sessions per calendar year.
What happens after the referral?
Once you have your referral letter and your MHCP, please contact Moonee Ponds Clinical Psychology on 03 9372 8806 or via email on our contact page to arrange an appointment.
How many appointments will I need?
There is no rule for how many appointments you will require.
The number is dependent upon your individual circumstances, and the presenting problems.
This will be discussed with you at your first session with one of our clinicians.