Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, as we are a private service you can self-refer using our online form. Your GP or specialist doctor can also refer you using the online referral form.
How long are appointments?
Standard consultations are 55 minutes long.
The initial assessment/consultation is 90-minute long. We ask that you allow up to 2 hours for the first appointment, as you may be asked to come early and complete some forms.
How long will treatment take?
The duration of individual treatment varies considerably.
Some clients with mild difficulties may find that a 6-12 session brief intervention is sufficient to meet their treatment goals. For others, more ongoing work may be indicated at varying levels of intensity (weekly/fortnightly/monthly). As a general average, we see many of our clients for approximately 20 sessions over a 6-9 month period.
What are the consultation fees?
Consultation fees vary depending on your clinical psychologist. Fees are payable at the time of the consultation, EFTPOS facilities are provided. Our 2019/20 fees can be found here.
What is the cancellation policy?
Fees apply to late cancellations and missed appointments per the below:
Where an appointment is missed, or a late cancellation is made with less than 24 hours notice (within working days), the full consultation fee will be automatically invoiced. Please note cancellation time frames exclude weekend days and public holidays.
Where a late cancellation is made between 24-48 hours (within working days) before the scheduled appointment, a fee of $50 will be automatically invoiced. Please note cancellation time frames exclude weekend days and public holidays.
Late cancellation/missed appointment fees give recognition to the time clinicians have put aside for the appointment, and time they have spent preparing for the appointment. Additionally, they recognise clients on a wait list, who have insufficient time to re-arrange their schedules to attend a short-notice appointment.
Cancellation fees may be waived in cases of sudden significant illness (with GP letter) or emergency (such as hospital admission), at the clinical directors discretion.
I am struggling with my relationship with food and/or my body, but I don’t think I have an eating disorder. Should I (my friend/child) still book in?
We are very passionate about providing professional support to people that may not meet criteria for an eating disorder, but who have a level of disordered eating or body confidence concerns (size/weight/shape) that may be starting to impact on life. If left untreated, these concerns can escalate into a diagnosable eating disorder.
Nurture Psychology has a particular focus on “early intervention”. This refers to prompt specialist treatment to help turn unhealthy thoughts & behaviours around when they are still in their early stages. When caught and treated early, these clients typically show a rapid and positive response to treatment.
What will you talk to my GP about?
Regardless of whether you are in a small, average, or larger body, disordered eating behaviours often come with medical risks. As psychologists are not medical doctors, it is important that these medical factors are checked regularly so that you are kept physically safe.
We liaise with your GP (and other medical specialists as appropriate) on an as-needs basis, largely regarding your medical parameters and general information as to where you are at in treatment.
Should I see a dietitian too?
The support of a specialist dietitian alongside psychological work can be a highly valuable aspect of treatment for some clients. This can be discussed with your psychologist in the context of your individualised treatment plan. We work closely with dietitians that specialise in working with eating disorders, and can refer you as appropriate.