Our services and fees

How can we help?

When you or one of your family members are suffering from an unexpected change in mood, or when you simply require a better understanding of why someone seems so different or things seem so stuck, a compassionate professional service is what you need. Clinical Psychologists and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists are equipped to handle a comprehensive range of psychological challenges and our therapists will support you and your family to reach your goals.

​You can be assured – every care will be taken with you and your family.

What can you expect?

The first appointment usually includes a comprehensive discussion about both the concerns and the child and youth’s earlier development leading up to them. Exactly what is asked will depend on what the presenting concerns and goals for coming are. Usually, this first appointment takes an hour and a half. If there are any safety concerns, these will be assessed and a plan developed to address them in the first appointment – please be sure to bring any safety concerns up immediately so support can be put in place.

Sometimes psychometric assessment tools, such as international standard questionnaires, are used to provide additional objective information that can be compared to other children the same age and gender from the population sample. If you agree it will be useful, information may also be collected from teachers in the form of both psychometrics and written forms. Initial forms are included in the cost of the appointment but consequent ones are charged extra (they are usually under $10 each).

When the assessment is complete, a plan for therapy will be discussed and agreed upon. This often means weekly or fortnightly appointments (or ‘sessions’ as they are called) for anything from 4 – 12 sessions. How long it takes generally depends on the severity and complexity of the disorder/difficulties and the motivation of the person or people in therapy. As you can imagine, if there are multiple challenges and an unmotivated individual then more time will likely be needed.

Our Services

Individual Assessment

Assessment to develop a joint understanding of the concerns, including how they have developed, what triggers and maintains them, and what is helping.

If required, psychiatric diagnosis based on the latest DSM-V diagnostic criteria, American Psychiatric Association (2014). Internationally recognised including in the US, UK, Aus and NZ.

Psychometric Assessment, using international standard questionnaires/assessment systems with local normative samples.

Fees (as of June 17 2019)
- ​Initial Psychological Assessment (up to 90 mins): $395 (incl gst)
- Psychological Therapy session (50 mins): $220 (incl gst)
- Dr S. Watson: Initial 90 min Psychological assessment: $450 (incl gst)

All available free of charge to the family with Southern Cross Pre-Approval (for appropriately insured)*
- *Initial Child & Adolescent Psychiatric assessment (60 mins): $495 (incl gst)
- *Psychiatric Follow Up (30 mins): $245 (incl gst)
- *Complex Initial Child & Adolescent Psychiatric assessment (90 mins): $750 (incl GST)

Individual Psychological Therapies

Specific therapies are selected based on whether treating a child or adolescent, the kind of difficulty they are facing and what research shows is most effective. Including:

- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Mindfulness Based Therapy
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Behavioural Therapy
- Schema Therapy
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBIT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Specialist Therapy for ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder)

Family Therapy

Family based approaches to support individuals and the entire family, as required:
- Narrative Family Therapy
- Systemic Family Therapy

Psychiatrist & Psychologist Joint Assessments

For neurodevelopmental conditions, such as:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (incl. Aspergers) (ASD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Academic, Neuropsychological and Specialist Neuropsychological Assessment

Educational Assessment is usually helpful if/when:
- an underlying learning/intellectual disability or difficulty is suspected, providing a clearer picture of what may help
- includes application for Special Assessment Conditions (if applicable)

Neuropsychological assessment is usually helpful if/when:
- an assessment of a child/adolescent is clinically complex and further information on brain-behaviour functioning will be useful for understanding how to help

Specialist Neuropsychological assessment is usually helpful if/when:
- a child/adolescent has experienced an injury affecting the brain, there is an underlying medical or psychiatric condition potentially significantly impacting brain function that requires further understanding in order to provide targeted recommendations and support

The usual process
Educational Assessment is typically carried out by our Educational Psychologist
- Brief Initial Consult (up to 30 mins) $110 (incl gst)
- Educational Psychology testing sessions (1 x 90 mins and 1 x 120 mins) $395 (incl gst) & $450 (incl gst)
- Full verbal feedback about the results and recommendations with parents and with child/adolescent if preferred (up to 60 mins) - $225 (incl gst)
- Full report with assessment findings, diagnoses (if relevant), special assessment conditions application & recommendations for school &/or home (billed hourly at $200 (incl gst) per hour, typically 4 hours)

​Neuropsychological Assessment is completed by our Clinical Psychologists/Child & Family Psychologist and usually includes: (fees indicative as of June 17 2019)
- Initial Assessment (up to 1.5 hours) $395 (incl gst)
- Neuropsychological testing sessions (up to 1.5 hours each, 2 sessions usually required) $395 (incl gst)
- Full verbal feedback about the results and recommendations with parents and with child/adolescent if wanted (up to 1.5 hours) - $325 (incl GST)
- Full report with assessment findings, diagnoses (if relevant) & recommendations for school &/or home (billed hourly at $200 (incl gst) per hour, usually 6-8 hours)

Group Therapy

different groups are run at different times as we tailor these to the families under our care at the time. The groups we run or plan to run include:
- 'Parenting the ADHD Brain' - an ADHD Workshop Series for parents providing friendly support, information and strategies for ADHD management
- 'Secret Agent Society' Social Skills group for older children
- Anxiety Group for children

Parenting Support

- ADHD parent support group
- Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) – qualified practitioners will individually tailor the program to your family’s needs
- Incredible Years Parenting Program – qualified practitioners will individually tailor the program to your family’s needs