2020 was certainly an unusual year and we appreciate the strain that COVID-19 has placed on families. Most of our sessions are conducted via face-to-face delivery however we do offer Telehealth (videoconference sessions) for those families preferring this. Telehealth sessions can be conducted over a platform such as Zoom or Coviu.
The Federal Government introduced telehealth sessions in 2020 in the height of the pandemic to allow families to continue to access psychological support whilst being physically distant. Telehealth items attract the usual Medicare and private health rebates so that families can continue to claim for these sessions into the future.
Later in 2020 the Federal Government announced that they would offer a further 10 Medicare rebated sessions to individuals with Mental Health Care Plans, allowing them to receive an additional 10 Medicare rebated sessions each calendar year. Clients who have accessed all of their 10 Medicare rebated sessions on a Mental Health Care Plan can return to their referring doctors for a review and ask for the additional 10 sessions to be granted. Individuals with the appropriate referrals can also claim up to 20 Medicare rebated sessions in 2021. This involves the initial provision of six sessions, a review with the referring doctor, the provision of four additional sessions, a review with the referring doctor and the provision of a further 10 sessions for 2021.
At Brighter Future Psychology, we offer an assessment and treatment service for pre and primary school aged children and adolescents. We are skilled in the assessment and treatment of common psychological conditions such as:
Paediatric Occupational Therapist Margo Wratten offers occupational therapy assessments and advice in the following areas:
To make an appointment for an assessment with Margo please contact the clinic n 3843 5739.
Angie France, our speech pathologist, offers assessments and treatment in the following areas:
To book in to see Angie, please call the clinic on 3843 5739.
At Brighter Futures Psychology we offer ongoing therapy to children, adolescents and families to assist with:
At Brighter Futures Psychology we occasionally offer a group treatment program for young children. Our group program, My Friendliest Me! focuses on enhancing the social skills of 4-8 year old children. The 9 week program is aimed at assisting children to better understand the social world, enhance their abilities to make and maintain friendships and learn ways to be a better friend. Children have fun, learn new skills, and have a chance to practice them in a safe and supportive environment.
Contact us today if you are interested in obtaining further information or having your child take part in an upcoming group. We currently have an expression of interest list for families wanting to take part in an upcoming group but are yet to announce our next group dates.
We can also offer school visits for families wishing for a more broader assessment of their child’s concerns, particularly if they are occurring largely in the school environment. School visits will typically entail a 30 minute observation and 30 minute discussion with the child’s teacher and/or support staff.
Some of our clinicians are available to conduct psychometric assessments. The psychologist can perform tests to determine cognitive ability (IQ) as well as learning assessments to identify potential learning disorders. Our clinicians have access to a variety of psychometric assessments that will enable him/her to tailor the assessment to each individual's needs. The clinician will also provide useful reports to families and professionals to help them with better understanding the child’s learning profile and assist the child to perform to the best of his/her ability. Our psychologists can assess young people from 3 years through to adulthood. For more information about having your child assessed please contact the clinic on 3843 5739.
Initial appointments will encompass a thorough assessment to allow for accurate diagnosis and to determine the areas of need. The psychologist will then suggest a treatment plan that will aim to address the areas of difficulty by emphasising the child’s strengths and utilising these to assist them in their areas of difficulty. A report summarising the assessment procedures, results and recommendations can be prepared for those families wanting this. (Please Note: reports attract an additional fee). Depending on need, the psychologist can discuss with the family recommendations for ongoing therapy. The gold standard for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is weekly or fortnightly therapy sessions. At Brighter Futures Psychology we utilise a range of methods to assist children and adolescents with better managing their concerns. We believe that therapy should be fun and regularly incorporate games, art and drawing, books, computers, toys and acting into our therapy.
For first time appointments, the psychologist will initially spend some time with the child and parent/s together and then have time with the child and parent/s separately to ensure parents have the chance to speak comfortably about their concerns without their child present. Depending on the reasons for attending Brighter Futures Psychology the psychologist may suggest further assessment with the parents or child/adolescent and organise another appointment to gather more information. Once the assessment is complete, recommendations and suggestions to assist with the areas of need and a plan for the family will be provided.