Psychologists are experts in human behaviour, having studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and the processes determining how people think, feel, behave and react. Psychologists apply their expertise using reliable and scientifically supported methods. Psychological treatments are widely used to assist individuals and families and can also help groups and organisations. © Australian Psychological Society.
Psychologist can assist with symptoms such as the following;
- Anxiety symptoms
- Depressive symptoms
- Trauma symptoms
- Developmental challenges
- Conflict resolution
- Communication skills, including but not limited to anger management
- Relationship challenges
- Behaviour management
- And many other areas of development
Psychological services are goal focused towards achieving better outcomes for all customers and can be delivered using various methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, amongst many others. Customers will be advised after the initial session on the approximate number of sessions required for them to attend, to achieve their goals.
Psychological sessions can be provided to people of all ages and whilst children can definitely be assisted to manage developmental and behaviour challenges, it is imperative that at least one parent takes an active role in the session attendance, for better outcomes to be achieved.
All sessions are allocated 60 minutes of which the customer usually spends 50 minutes with the Psychologist and time is then allowed for the Psychologist to take notes and read required materials.
At Caboolture Community Medical our fees are significantly below the Australian Psychological Society recommended rate of $238 per hour, to better enable us to meet the needs of our community. Our rate is $140 for full fee paying customers.
Customers who have a current Mental Health Care Plan from their General Practitioner may be eligible for a Medicare rebate which is usually $84.80. Customers who have private health insurance are required to contact their insurer to seek advice on rebates available to them.
Customers who have a current Pension Concession Card are able to be Bulk Billed and will not incur an upfront fee. Customers who have a current Health Care Card will be offered a generous discount and will be out of pocket $15.20 for each session, providing they have a current Mental Health Care Plan. Up front cost will be $100 and Medicare rebate will be $84.80. If you have concerns about your fees, please discuss this with the Practice Manager.
Some customers may be eligible for fully funded services through their Insurance provider such as Workcover or through an Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) or if they are a member of the Veteran Community. Please contact your EAP or Veterans’ Affairs to confirm your entitlements. Services must be paid for at each session. We accept credit cards, eftpos or cash.
If you require psychological assessments to be completed, the fees for this will vary depending on the requirements and are not usually covered by Medicare rebates. Assessments usually cost between $420 to $1200 including the report, depending upon what is required. Please discuss your assessment needs with the Psychologist or the Practice Manager who can also help you with a guide for what this might be for you.
Psychological reports can be completed and incur a separate fee which is dependent upon what is required in the report and the purpose of the report. The report fee is included in any estimate for a psychological assessment, as noted above.
If, for some reason you need to cancel or postpone your appointment, please give the psychologist at least 24 hours’ notice, otherwise you may be charged the cost for the session or a cancellation fee of $50. We understand that sometimes you need to cancel at short notice and we agree to not charge you a fee, if you call us with at least four hours’ notice to cancel.
As a courtesy, we usually call customers on the day prior to their appointment to confirm their attendance. However, the responsibility for notifying us of a need to cancel or reschedule an appointment remains the clients’ and a cancellation fee will still apply regardless of whether or not our reminder calls are received. Please note that Medicare and Private Health funds do not rebate for missed and cancelled appointments.
Christine has a special interest in working with adolescents and people who have experienced either childhood trauma or combat trauma. She is an approved sub-contractor for the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service and has completed advanced training with both The Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas and The Australian Centre for Post Traumatic Mental Health (now known as The Phoenix Centre) based at the University of Melbourne. She has worked in both management and direct service capacities, including industrial training and process implementation, court-ordered parenting programs, program development with adolescents at risk of homelessness and offending, and restorative justice work with both victims and offenders.
Christine has a Masters in Forensic Mental Health, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Diploma in Community and Human Services, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Certificate IV in Mediation. In addition to direct client work, Christine has extensive experience in conducting service evaluations as a result of her work with the Queensland Police Service’s Mental Health Intervention Project. She is an experienced and respected trainer and tutor, having taught psychology at Griffith University for four years. Christine currently shares her time with the University of Queensland, School of Medicine, Rural Clinical School where she is working as a Research Psychologist with the Indigenous Research Projects, on the Mental Health and Chronic Disease Study.
Links to relevant website resources
National sexual assault, domestic family violence, counselling service
Information on symptoms, treatment and prevention of depression and bipolar disorder.
1800 242 636
Short-term counselling and emotional and psychological support services for carers and their families in each state and territory.
1800 650 890
Free online and telephone service that supports young people aged between 12 and 25 and their families going through a tough time.
1800 55 1800
A free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
13 11 14
1300 78 99 78
A telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.
An innovative website dedicated to providing access to trusted, relevant mental health care services, online programs and resources.
1800 61 44 34
An online and telephone clinic providing free assessment and treatment services for Australian adults with anxiety or depression.
1300 364 277
A provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities.
1800 18 7263
Information about mental illness, treatments, where to go for support and help carers.
Information, resources, counselling and group support to those bereaved by suicide. Education and professional development to health, welfare and education professionals.