Frequently asked questions
What should I expect?
Before our first session, I'll send you some questionnaires which will help inform my assessment. In that first session, I'll ask a lot about the challenges you've been facing and your goals for therapy, and I'll propose a plan for how I think I can help you. This first session is a bit of a "try-out" for both of us. I want to make sure I have the skills and experience to support you, and that you feel comfortable with me and think that further sessions will be helpful.
Sessions run for 50 minutes. We'll discuss together how frequently we should meet, how many sessions might be useful (though this can be hard to predict!), and what you want to get out of therapy. Some people want a safe and supportive space to talk things through, while others are seeking tools and strategies to navigate problems in their life.
What is your approach?
I've been told that I'm warm, kind, and easy to talk to. (I also like to think I'm funny sometimes, but you can be the judge of that.) I think it's important that therapy is active: therapy is more than just talking, so I want to make sure we're making progress towards your therapy goals each session. That said, I want to move at a pace you're comfortable with, so you can expect me to be collaborative and regularly ask for your input. Above all, I want therapy to be meaningful, so you walk away with the knowledge and skills that will help you build the life that you want.
It's also important to me that I work intersectionally. I acknowledge my extraordinary privilege as a White cisgender man and do my best to use my privilege to oppose oppression. My practice is explicitly feminist, anti-racist, pro-disability, pro-neurodiversity, and pro-sexual, -gender, and -relationship diversity.
What are your qualifications?
A long, long time ago, I completed a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) and worked for several years as a journalist. When I decided to become a psychologist, I completed:
Graduate Diploma in Psychology, University of New England
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology - Honours), Charles Sturt University
Master of Clinical Psychology, University of Technology Sydney
Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology), University of Technology Sydney
I'm registered as a clinical psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and am a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
How do I know you're the right psychologist for me?
While I hope I am, I might not be the right psychologist for you! If you want to see if I'm the kind of psychologist you're looking for, we can book in a 15 minute consultation where I can tell you about my approach and answer any questions you have.
Research shows that the most important factor in determining whether therapy is helpful or not is the working relationship between the client and the therapist. This means it's important you think I understand who you are and what you're facing, and that the approach I'm taking connects with you. I'm always open to feedback about how I can better support you, but if you don't think my approach is a good fit for you, there'll be no hard feelings on my end. Although it might feel difficult, I'd love it if you'd tell me if this is the case so I can improve my service in future and help you find what you're looking for.
What are your fees? Can I get a rebate?
My fee for a 50 minute session is $222. You don't need a referral to see me, but you may be eligible for a rebate through Medicare if your GP refers you to me under a Mental Health Care Plan. The current Medicare rebate for a 50 minute session with a clinical
psychologist is $131.65.
I charge 50% of the full session fee (i.e., $111) for sessions that are cancelled or rescheduled with less than 24 hours notice. Cancellation fees are not eligible for Medicare rebates.
When are you available?
I consult on on Tuesdays and Fridays between 9am and 5pm. After hours appointments are not currently available. Appointments are available face-to-face in Carlton North or via telehealth.