Below are some FAQs about Anxiety Solutions CBT in Sydney and our unique treatment method. If your question does not appear here, ask for an individualised answer using the form at the bottom of the page.
Q1: How do I know if I need to see a psychologist?
A: If you are struggling to cope with day-to-day issues that you have tried to resolve on your own, or with the help of friends, but you can’t seem to move forward, you probably need professional assistance. During a one on one session with someone outside of your family and friendship circle, and with years of training and skills, you can receive the tools and insights to help you move into a better future.
If you are not sure whether you are suffering from Anxiety, we recommend you take our online Anxiety Self-Test.
Q2: What makes Anxiety Solutions CBT unique?
A: Anxiety Solutions CBT is a practice of qualified psychologists in Sydney who focus on treating anxiety and stress. Renee Mill, the founder and principle psychologist, has been focused on treating stress and anxiety for over 20 years. She has developed a very deep insight into the condition. Thanks to extensive experience and testing, Renee has developed strategies that work and are easy to apply. After treating hundreds of anxious Sydney clients, these strategies are proven.
Following growing demand for her services, Renee hand-picked and trained a team of Sydney therapists to help people overcome anxiety as rapidly and effectively as possible.
Q3: Many therapists offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? What makes your system of CBT different?
A: This question gets to the heart of why Anxiety Solutions CBT in Sydney is successful. It has many things which are unique to our psychology practice:
- We offer a ten-session anxiety treatment package for clients in Sydney. It is time limited and you know exactly what you are getting. Your doctor knows too.
- You receive a manual which you work through systematically with a therapist. The fact you get to keep the manual means you have an easy way to refresh your memory if you start to slacken off.
- You learn a 4-step process which will ensure that you will quickly identify and work down your anxiety. You become empowered to manage your anxiety on the spot with a 5-minute exercise.
- Every week you learn an invaluable tool that you will use for the rest of your life. Each tool is the antidote to a typical anxious thought.
- The best part is, the tools are taught in a practical way and not a theoretical way. This means you have concrete reminders of the tool and will find each one easy to understand and apply.
- The Sydney anxiety treatment program can be run in groups. This has all the benefits of being in a group plus reduces costs.
- When you finish your treatment, you are equipped with an arsenal of tools to utilise indefinitely. The implication of this is that you do not become dependent on your therapist but become able to manage your anxiety long term.
- Because the Sydney treatment program is transparent, you can fit it into your budget. In other words, our treatment is short term, effective and affordable.
Q4: What if I don’t like my therapist?
A: It is possible that you will not “click” with the first therapist you try. This is a natural and normal occurrence and no one should imply that you should continue with a therapist that you are uncomfortable with.
Finding the right therapist for you is essential for your treatment. It is important that you have the right chemistry…almost like finding a good partner. That is why at the Anxiety Solutions CBT practice in Sydney, we let you choose from several therapists of different ages and cultures who charge varying fees. No one feels comfortable with everyone, it’s a subjective choice.
At our Sydney clinic, we do our best to help you select the most appropriate therapist for your preferences. If you do not like the therapist you initially chose, you can choose another therapist with the same expertise who might suit you better. There is no awkwardness involved.
Q5: I think I need help but I am nervous about starting therapy. Will the therapist make me talk about things that I don’t want to? Will therapy drag on for years?
A: Anxiety Solutions CBT’s offices in Sydney have a relaxed, lounge room feel. The therapists are friendly and will greet you when you arrive. The practice prides itself on being punctual so you will not have to wait around or be inconvenienced.
Anxiety Solutions CBT in Sydney cares about putting you at ease, focusing on your needs and providing excellence in treatment. Your therapist will certainly not force you to do anything against your will. We are here to assist you and therefore we move at your pace.
Our aim is to provide short term, effective treatment over 10-15 sessions. However, there may be times when long term therapy is indicated. We would collaborate with you every step of the way.
Q6: Can I claim fees for therapy on Medicare or my Private Health Fund?
A: Yes you can. Our Sydney psychologists are all registered with both Medicare and private health funds.
If you wish to receive a rebate from Medicare, you will need to obtain a Mental Health Plan from your GP. Your GP will assess whether you are eligible as you need to be suffering with various symptoms. Not all conditions are eligible.
If you do receive a Mental Health Plan, then we will give you a receipt for payment with the relevant code to enable you to receive your rebate.
If you would like to claim on your Private Health Fund, we will provide you with a receipt with the relevant code. However, each health fund is different and rebates may vary.
Q7: How many sessions are eligible for a rebate?
A: Medicare will give a rebate for 10 sessions per calendar year. Once your GP has formulated your treatment plan, you will be able to claim for 6 sessions. Your psychologist will then send a letter to your GP recommending a further 4 sessions. You are required to go back to your GP for a review and once he approves another 4 sessions, you may claim rebates on those.
We keep track of your treatment sessions and will endeavour to remind you about this. However, the ultimate responsibility is on you to visit your doctor for the review and track your receipts with Medicare.
Q8: How do I get a Mental Health Care Plan?
A: If you have been having trouble coping from day to day, you should speak to your GP regarding your symptoms. There is a possibility that your symptoms have a physiological cause and your GP needs a chance to do a comprehensive assessment of your problem.
The symptoms you are experiencing, their frequency, and how long you have had them will help your GP determine whether a Mental Health Care Plan is appropriate. For these reasons, it is important to find a GP that you are comfortable with approaching regarding these issues.
If the GP decides that your problems require psychological treatment, they will provide you with a copy of your Mental Health Treatment Plan. Sometimes a GP will refer you to a psychologist of their choice but you may ask to be referred to your preferred psychologist .
Q9: How much do you charge for individual sessions?
A: Each psychologist at our Sydney clinic determines their own rate.
Medicare rebates $84.80 of this fee for 10 sessions a calendar year for psychologists and $124.50 of this fee for ten sessions for clinical psychologists.
Q10: Will you send a report to my GP regarding my personal issues?
A: No, we only report on the impacts of your symptoms, and the symptoms themselves. We can also assist your GP review your diagnosis and make recommendations for continued care. If you would like us to discuss your case with your GP, or any other medical professional, we will do so after obtaining written permission from you.
Q11: I don’t think I suffer from anxiety but I think I need therapy, can you help?
A: Of course. At our Sydney clinic, we work with many different types of problems as well as in anxiety.
Moreover, psychological conditions tend to be complex and to overlap. There has been research to suggest that anxiety can be considered a disorder that often leads to a variety of other conditions such as anger management issues, depression and substance misuse.
All of our psychologists are experienced in treating a broad range of conditions, and will certainly be able to assist.
Q12: Can I be on medication from my GP and receive psychological therapy?
A: Yes, particularly when a condition is in its more severe stages. In certain cases, combining therapy with medication can increase your ability to cope.
Q13: Do you help people in my geographical area?
A: Our clinic in Sydney, Australia focuses on anxiety treatment. Our anxiety psychologists can help people at our center near Darling Point, across Australia and worldwide via phone and Skype sessions.
Q14: Is my confidentiality and/or privacy assured?
A: Your confidentiality and privacy is our highest priority. We subscribe to the APS guidelines on this topic. This means that only your psychologist has a copy of your records and session notes. Your notes are locked up and kept in a secure place.
Your psychologist will not discuss your case with anyone unless she/he has obtained written permission from you.
However, you should know that psychologists are mandated by law to submit case notes if subpoenaed by law. Moreover, psychologists are legally required to report clients to the relevant authorities if the psychologist believes there is potential to harm oneself or others.