Frequently asked questions.
TYPES OF REFERRALS.
Do you work with sex offenders and/or carry out risk assessments?
No. As I am not a forensic clinical psychologist, I do not work with people who are involved in the criminal justice system. I do not take referrals regarding people whose primary inappropriate sexual behaviour involves an interest in children.
FEES AND PAYMENTS.
Fees are $200 per session.
Can I get a rebate?
Yes, you can receive a Medicare rebate if you have a Mental Health Treatment Plan from your GP. You may be able to get rebate from private health insurance, depending on your terms and conditions. The current rebate for seeing a clinical psychologist is $124.50. Bulk billing is available for clients experiencing financial hardship.
Do you offer ‘hands on’ services?
No. As a Clinical Psychologist, my services do not involve touch. Education sessions may involve the use of line drawings, worksheets and anatomically correct dolls, as appropriate.
What resources do you use?
- Line drawings in booklets and resources that have been specifically designed for sex and relationships education and therapy with people with intellectual disabilities.
- Social stories
- Anatomically correct dolls
Staff, carers and parents are welcome to look at the resources that the individual will be looking at.
Will you be able to help the person I care for get a girlfriend/boyfriend?
Not directly. I can’t find people boyfriends/girlfriends, but I can work with them and their support system to think about ways that they can safely meet someone, and what they might like from a relationship.
What if the person I care for feels aroused in our sessions? He/she gets excited when they think or talk about sex stuff.
This is natural and understandable. We will talk about private and public spaces as part of our work. If necessary, they are welcome to excuse themselves from the session. This is a useful strategy to learn for other environments.
He/she would benefit from psychology sessions, but I think they are too embarrassed to talk about this kind of thing
This is natural and understandable. I am good at putting people at ease, and I have heard a lot of things over the years. They will never be asked to talk about something they don’t want to, and we will work at a pace that they feel comfortable with. Individuals are welcome to bring a support worker, carer or friend to sessions if that would help.
What happens when the sessions finish. They might just forget it all.
Good question! We will work together support network to think about ways in which the person you care for can be reminded about key strategies. If the person is receiving individual sessions, it may be useful to have occasional joint sessions to ensure that effective strategies are developed for long-lasting change and consistency.
I can recommend books and resources that may be useful to use in the long term as a reminder and prompt for appropriate behaviour.