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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of a holistic approach to therapy?

When we look at an iceberg in the ocean, on the surface we may be able to see its peak however underneath the surface, there is often a much larger structure that’s holding that peak in place. Holistic Counselling, Holistic Psychology and Kinesiology approaches look at treating what’s underneath, working to treat the problem at its cause, as well as address the ‘peak’ (the symptoms and problems that we might be experiencing). After practicing for a number of years as a Psychologist, Renee started to realise that there was more happening for her clients than what Western counselling approaches could respond to. After studying and exploring a number of integrated psychological methodologies and completing a Diploma in Holistic Kinesiology, Renee found a holistic approach that her clients responded well to. Since then, she has specialised her practice in providing online and in-person Holistic Counselling and Holistic Psychology services and in-person Kinesiology services, working with the whole person, including the mind, body, and spirit.

What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist?

How much do Holistic Counselling and Kinesiology services cost?

With an up-to-date Mental Health Care Plan, Medicare Rebates are currently available for online and in-person Holistic Counselling and Holistic Psychology sessions making it easier and more affordable to access services. The number of rebatable sessions are 10 per calendar year. Speak with your GP or with Medicare for more information. Private Health Insurance rebates may also be available depending on your insurance fund. For more information about our Holistic Counselling, Holistic Psychology and Kinesiology consultation fees please make contact via our contact page and we can discuss our payment structure. Reduced fees are available for those with a Centrelink Health Care Card or Centrelink Pensioner Card.

Psychologists (also known as Registered Psychologists ) undergo a four-year undergraduate degree plus the equivalence of two years supervised practice or relevant post-graduate studies. A Clinical Psychologist completes the same four-year degree however also undergoes a two-year master’s degree and the equivalence of two years supervised practice. A Clinical Psychologist has additional training and have enhanced their skills in supporting clients with complex mental health conditions. To practice as a Registered Psychologist or a Clinical Psychologist, one needs to be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and undergo regular training and professional development.

Does Medicare provide a rebate for counselling sessions provided by a Clinical Psychologist?

Yes, Medicare provides a rebate for counselling sessions provided by a Clinical Psychologist if a GP has provided an up-to-date Mental Health Care Plan. Get in touch with your GP to learn more.

Do you need a GP referral to see a Clinical Psychologist in Australia?

In Australia, you don’t require a GP referral to see a Clinical Psychologist. However, to access a rebate for Holistic Counselling or Holistic Psychology sessions from Medicare under the Medicare Benefits Scheme, you will need your GP to provide an up-to-date Mental Health Care Plan.

What happens in an online Counselling or online Psychology session?

All of our online Counselling and online Psychology sessions are conducted using a safe and secure telehealth platform which you can access using a standard wi-fi connection on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You will be able to see, hear, and interact with Clinical Psychologist Renee Melges in real time, allowing you to stay in the comfort of your chosen environment whilst still getting the support you need. We will send you a link prior to your appointment so at the time of your session, all you need to do is click on the link, check that everything is working and then you are underway.  We understand that technology can sometimes be daunting, so if at any stage you get stuck, we are a simple phone call away, ready to help.

What is the difference between a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?

The main difference between the two is that Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors and such are able to prescribe medication whereas Clinical Psychologists are not. Both Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists are governed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

What is the therapist's approach?

Renee has a holistic approach to therapy combining eastern and western philosophies to assist you to maximise your potential and facilitate personal growth. Renee focuses on self-exploration and personal empowerment and considers the whole person when providing Holistic Counselling, Holistic Psychology and Kinesiology services, including the spiritual aspect of the person.  Renee has a psychotherapeutic approach where she supports you to develop a greater understanding of yourself and your underlying core negative belief systems or aspects of self that are holding you back from moving forward in your life. Renee provides you with tailored strategies to assist you to make internal changes that in turn allow you to feel more aligned to yourself and lead to a shift in your behaviour and response to your environment, as well as improvements in emotional regulation.

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