Childhood and Adolescence2019-09-25T14:11:13+00:00

Get the help they need, when they need it most.

We provide help for children and adolescents for a wide range of problems and difficulties they may be facing. We have a broad range of experience and can offer psychological services in North Lakes.

Cognitive Disability & Learning Assessments

We provide cognitive/IQ and learning assessments. Tools we might use include the WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, SB5, WIAT, ABAS-III and Vinelands 3.

School Readiness Assessments

We can help you decide whether early or delayed entry into prep is in your child’s best interest. This may involve an interview with you, play-based session or kindy observation with your child, use of checklists/questionnaires (parent and educator), and administration of a standardised test (e.g., Bracken School Readiness Assessment or WPPSI-IV) test of achievement (if required).

Adaptive Functioning

We provide the assessment of your child’s adaptive functioning (e.g., communication, academics, self-direction, leisure, social, motor, self-care, health and safety, and home living skills). We also use behaviour modification techniques and ABA to teach new skills and behaviour.

ADHD

We can assess for ADHD. We use tools such as the Conner’s III, IQ/academic testing, and clinical observation.

Challenging and Oppositional Behaviour

We can assist you and your child with behaviour such as noncompliance, temper tantrums, angry and resentful behaviour.

Anxiety & Worry

We can assist your child with worry and anxiety such as social anxiety, selective mutism, school refusal, separation anxiety, specific phobia.

Emotional Regulation

We can help teach your child skills to manage their emotions better.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

We can assess for ASD in childhood and adolescence.

Social Difficulties

We can assist your child with social difficulties and managing bullying.

Low Self-Esteem & Low Mood

We can assist your child when they are lacking confidence, not enjoying activities they used to, feeling sad or down, unmotivated and irritable

Perfectionism

We can help your child if they are setting impossibly high standards/expectations of themselves. These standards may stop them from trying, result in procrastination and self-doubt and self-criticism.

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The Right Assessments For Your Child.

The Psychology Hub’s vast experience ensures that the right assessments are used for the best results. Get in touch today to see what assessments are best for your child.

The Right Solutions For Your Child.

Your child will benefit the most when the right solutions are used for their difficulties and problems. Get in touch today to find out what solutions are best for your child.

The Right Results For Your Child.

The Psychology Hub will make sure the right assessments and the right solutions are used to get the right results for your children. Get in touch today to get the help your child needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I request a copy of my own or my child’s psychometric test scores?2019-03-06T23:10:52+00:00

No psychometric test scores (subtests, composite scores and FSIQ) cannot be provided to non-psychologists. However, we can provide psychometric test results to other psychologists (but not a copy of the test record or response forms as this generally goes against copyright laws), but we require the following for clinical recordkeeping requirements:

    1. A letter giving your consent to release this information to the interested party
    2. A letter from the relevant professional outlining how the raw scores are clinically relevant to your current presenting issues and why this information cannot be ascertained from the report the psychologist wrote after completing the assessment
    3. You pay a $70 administration fee before this information is released

Please remember that test results are a snapshot of a person at that time and scores should never be used in isolation to make decisions especially by someone who did not observe the test taker at that time.

(Refer to APS Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Assessment and the Use of Psychological Tests section 2.8, 2.17, 2.18 & other relevant sections).

Ethical guidelines for psychological assessment and use of psychological tests.pdf

Can my current psychologist request my file?2019-03-06T23:09:02+00:00

Yes, but we require the following for clinical recordkeeping requirements:

  1. A letter giving your consent to release this information to the interested party
  2. A letter from the relevant professional outlining what information they are after and its clinical relevance to your current presenting issues
  3. You pay a $70 administration fee before this information is released
Can I request a copy of my file?2019-03-06T23:07:16+00:00

With consideration to legislative exceptions and organisational requirements, yes we can release information to current and previous clients (excluding psychometric test scores). We require:

    1. A letter indicating what information you are after
    2. Whether you would like to review this information in person with the psychologist (so they can clarify any areas of concern and answer any questions), look over the records alone or whether you would like a paper copy.
    3. You will need to give us 20 business days
    4. Pay a $70 administration fee before this information is released.

NB. If giving access would pose a serious threat to the life or health of someone the relevant information will not be released.

Can I book online?2019-09-25T14:16:21+00:00

You can book online using our websites “book now” button or search for the practitioner you prefer by the Halaxy directory. Depending on the practitioner’s preferred settings you will be given the option to select from specific times /days available or make a request for a specific time/day

My practitioner has invited me to join the Halaxy patient portal, what does this mean?2019-09-25T14:17:41+00:00

At The Psychology Hub, we use Halaxy , a fantastic software that allows us to streamlines our services and minimises our paper trail. This software is also a platform for patients. It allows you to book online, manage your appointments and invoices, create a list of your practitioners and track your health. You can also enable access to your patient portal by family members, sync your Healthkit calendar with other iCal-enabled calendar and allow your practitioner to share case notes if they choose.

What assessment and treatment options are there for ASD?2019-03-06T23:02:04+00:00

In addition to NDIS, Medicare Items specific to Autism will continue. That is, your paediatrician (under item number 110 or 131) or psychiatrist (item number 296-370) can still refer your child for up to 4 diagnostic sessions until they are 13 years old and 20 treatment sessions (paediatrician item code 135 and psychiatrist 289) until they are 15 years old.

MHCP and Chronic Disease Management Plan, PlayConnect playgroups, Early Days Workshops, Raising Children Network, Positive Partnerships and Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centres continue to be available.

Now that NDIS has started will FaHCSIA Funding still apply?2019-03-06T23:01:19+00:00

If NDIS has rolled out in your area, FaHCSIA Funding and Better Start Programs generally won’t apply (unless your child is not eligible for NDIS then they will continue to access support under HCWA and Better Start until they turn 7 years of age).

Are you a registered NDIS provider?2019-05-10T11:26:56+00:00

Yes we are for Therapeutic Supports, Behaviour Support and Early Childhood Intervention.

Do rebates differ between General and Clinical Psychologists?2019-07-08T13:26:50+00:00

Yes. Currently, Medicare offers an $86.15 rebate for patients seeing a General Psychologist and $126.50 for Clinical Psychologists.

I paid for my session in full but never received my Medicare rebate what do I do?2019-03-06T22:57:54+00:00
  1. Check that Medicare has your bank account details (this can be done via MyGov. Your psychologist cannot do this for you)
  2. If Medicare does have your bank account details then double check with your psychologist that they have processed the rebate (or consider looking at your invoice on the patient portal if you have signed up)
  3. If your psychologist has tried to process the rebate and Medicare does not have your bank account details then you will need to provide Medicare with your bank details and receipt from your appointment (we cannot do this for you). Future Medicare rebates will be able to be processed with us once you have set up your bank details.
  4. If none of the above work you will need to consider whether you have used up your mental health care or other plan limits or if your GP has correctly assigned an MHCP.
How do I know if I have a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP)?2019-03-06T22:55:09+00:00

Usually, the referral documents from your GP is headed “Mental Health Assessment Plan” for an initial 6 sessions or “Review of Mental Health Plan” for 4 additional sessions. Usually, patients also sign the plan. If you are not sure ask your doctor to specify it is an MHCP, the number of sessions, presenting concerns, and their professional details including provider number.

If it says Brisbane Minds this is not the same as an MHCP

If it says Enhanced Primary Care Plan/Chronic Disease Management Plan and the GP has allocated a number of allied health sessions out of 5, this is also not an MHCP (but we do accept these and there is a small rebate for this type of referral. However, it is best to save these sessions for other allied health professionals since this may be the only rebate they can offer).

Do I need a referral from a GP?2019-03-06T22:53:38+00:00

No, you can self-refer.

Once my file is closed can I come back at another point in time?2019-03-06T22:51:59+00:00

Of course, come back whenever you need!

It’s also a good idea to follow your relapse prevention plan (if you have one) to identify early warning signs, coping tools and when it might be a good idea to return to therapy. Just remember relapse or a recurrence of mental health difficulties is very common. You are not alone, there is no need to be embarrassed, and the sooner you get onto it, the faster we can get you back on the track to recovery

How often do I see my psychologist?2019-03-06T22:51:30+00:00

This depends on your presenting concerns, the complexity of your situation and any risk factors. Generally, patients attend weekly to fortnightly and then over a period of time, the gap between sessions lengthen.

Do you see patients outside of the clinic?2019-03-06T22:46:32+00:00

Yes, we do. We can see you or your child at almost any location (e.g., school, church, home, and community). Please contact us for prices and available days and times.

Why are some appointments 50mins instead of an hour?2019-09-26T14:57:40+00:00

This is usually to allow the psychologist time to write case notes, prepare for further appointments, provide progress letters to GP’s, and ‘as a buffer’ in case the session runs longer than anticipated and as to not disrupt the next patient.

If it is your first appointment feel free to download an intake form prior to your appointment to reduce the time spent completing forms instead of talking to your psychologist. You can either bring it in with you or email it to us at info@thepsychologyhub.com.au

Why do I have to pay a Halaxy Payment Processing Fee?2019-09-25T14:21:32+00:00

Instead of using eftpos facilities and passing on transaction fees, we use Halaxy to take payments and provide government rebates  (instead of you taking receipts to Medicare, which is very time consuming) and pass on these fees to you (maximum cost 1.9% + $1 per transaction). NB. We don’t charge for SMS or email reminders. Processing fees differ for some NDIS patients.

Why do I have to pay a cancellation fee?2019-03-06T22:42:05+00:00

You don’t like paying it and we hate charging it.

The reality is it is our ‘time’ you are paying for, we only have a limited amount of time per day to see patients and unfortunately, we can never “make it up” like businesses who sell products can. There is also many fee generating admin tasks that go along with booking and cancelling appointments, plus a good psychologist will often ‘session plan’ before appointments. It really is in both you and your psychologist’s interests that scheduled appointments are attended. Many practices charge full fees for cancellations, while we split the cost with you ($100 + GST instead of $199 for less than 36hrs notice).

Cancellation times and fees differ for NDIS participants. Please refer to fees or terms of service page.

What is the difference between a psychologist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist and counsellor?2019-03-06T22:37:54+00:00
  • A psychiatrist has an MD and their primary mode of treatment is pharmacological. Psychologists do not prescribe medication, but offer talk based therapies in conjunction with any pharmacological intervention offered by your psychiatrist or GP.
  • In Australia counselling is unregulated (whereas psychology is highly regulated). Unfortunately this means almost anyone can call themselves a counsellor. Qualifications vary considerably (some may have a 2-day course while others a master’s degree). Psychologists have a minimum of 6 years training including supervised clinical practice and must be registered with AHPRA. Psychologists can gain endorsements in Australia by furthering their study and qualification (e.g., to become a Clinical Psychologist).
  • The types of issues counsellors treat tend to be more short-term and practical issues such as relationship, communication, grief, and anger. They may also assist with personal and professional decision making. While psychologists can treat these same issues, they often work with more complex and serious mental health conditions. They also work in research, HR, hospitals, consulting and marketing firms, and schools.
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Whether you are not sure whether you need to get help, or perhaps you are not ready to book an online appointment and want to learn more about the Psychology Hub, get in touch today and one of our Psychologists will get back to you shortly!