Choosing a Therapist
At Ranges Psychological Services we see the therapeutic relationship in this way: You are the expert of your experience, and we have some expert skills to assist you in living your life in a meaningful way.
Choosing a psychologist is an important decision. We encourage you to make sure you find a psychologist that you like and feel comfortable with. If, during your first few meetings you do not feel connected to the psychologist or feel that their technique is not right for you, then trust your instincts and talk to them about finding another psychologist.
At the start and end of each session we will ask you to complete two questionnaires. The first one is to observe changes over time and the second one is to rate your experience with the therapist in the session.
If there are things that you didn’t like in the session this is the perfect time to raise them. We understand that we cannot be everything to everyone and there may even be times when we may not be the best match. Under these circumstances we are committed to helping you find somebody you feel comfortable engaging with, so that you can make the changes necessary to lead the life you want.
How long does treatment take?
The length of psychological treatment is determined by many factors, including client commitment to treatment, finances, and need. Some people find sufficient help in just a few sessions, whereas others find that they are interested in or need more extended therapy. A course of short term therapy is generally considered to be 6-12 sessions. Some people choose to be in therapy longer to work on ongoing issues or to do more growth oriented work.
What if I can’t afford the cost?
The cost of psychological counselling varies between therapists and the suburb in which they practice. The Australian Psychological Association’s current recommended fee is $241 per session, which our fees are well below. If you cannot afford this fee, please contact us to discuss your concerns. If we cannot assist you we will endeavour to link you into services that can.
When considering the potential benefits of psychological treatment in increasing your quality of life, only you can decide if the cost is too expensive. It may be useful to consider not just the financial costs of treatment but the personal and emotional cost of not seeking treatment in areas such as your marriage, parenting, health, happiness and vitality for life, friendships, education work, etc.
Most clients attend on a fortnightly basis, which helps them to manage the costs. Having fortnightly sessions also gives you time to practice the strategies that you have been taught in session in the “real world”. These are important skills to develop for when therapy eventually ends. Other clients choose to attend weekly, while others begin weekly and over time move to fortnightly. There is no right or wrong way to do it. It is a personal decision that each person bases on their personal circumstances.
Billing for Missed Sessions:
We do bill for missed sessions, which is something that most psychologists do. The reason for this is when we set up an appointment with you, we are giving you exclusive access to that time slot. Unlike other professions we are not able to see the next client or do other work for which we get paid if you do not turn up. The only work that our psychologists get paid for is their time seeing clients. The time we schedule with you is exclusively yours, not available for anyone else. With enough notice (minimum 24 hours) we can do something productive with the time created by a cancellation or even offer it to somebody else in need, but with little or no notice we sit in our office waiting for you. Insurance companies such as Workcover and TAC do not pay for missed sessions and you will be liable for the missed session fee.
Do you prescribe medication?
We do not prescribe medication. In Australia psychologists are not permitted to prescribe medication. A psychiatrist, who is a specialist doctor can do this. We are comfortable working with patients on medication and occasionally we may refer you back to your doctor to discuss the benefits of medication as it relates to your situation. It is important to know that medication does not replace psychological treatment. Combining medication and psychological treatment can lead to improved outcomes for some individuals as the medication provides relief to more effectively engage in treatment. By engaging in psychological treatment you will develop insight and learn skills to help you manage more effectively in your life. Medication cannot provide this. Deciding to go on medication is a personal choice. While we may at times recommend a discussion with your doctor about the use of medication, at all times we respect your decision in relation to your preferred treatment choices.
Do I need relationship counselling?
You Service Your Car So What About Your Relationship? Isn’t your relationship your biggest investment? What’s the cost of not maintaining it?
Costly separation/divorce – did you know most couples who separate have less money after they separate than when they were together.
Impact on children – did you know that children from divorced families are more likely to experience divorce themselves
Reasons people use to not get counselling:
Wishful thinking -“It will improve”
If it doesn’t work I’ll meet somebody new- Did you know that a higher percentage of second marriages fail and an even higher percentage of third marriages.