Psychology


The psychology service at WOMEN Centre is designed to assist patients facing psychological issues during the diagnosis, treatment and recovery stages of their illness.


Consultation


A typical psychological consultation will last an hour. Our clinical psychologist will find an approach that suits the patient and her issue, in a collaborative and respectful manner.


Psychological consultation is part of WOMEN Centre’s multidisciplinary treatment approach that aims to achieve the best possible outcome for patients who may face unexpected psychological distress and challenges.


Anyone facing a health crisis, preparing for surgery, or recovering from surgery, may face unexpected psychological distress and challenges. Depending on severity, those challenges can hamper the patient's recovery and quality of life.


Common concerns experienced by patients, in each case – an appropriate psychological intervention can assist recovery, for example, a patient may:


  • Feel anxious and fearful about their pending treatment, and worry about coping.
  • Feel sad and concerned about their future.
  • Feel unable to cope with everyday life.
  • Persistently suffer low moods, feel sad, and tearful.
  • Have difficulty talking to their partner or children or people close to them.
  • Find it hard to enjoy activities that they once found pleasant.
  • Suffer a drop in day-to-day activities.
  • Feel more irritable than usual.
  • If taking chemotherapy, suffer anticipatory nausea and vomiting.
  • Worry about the reoccurrence of cancer.
  • Be unduly concerned by the long-term impact of their treatment.
  • Be unable to decide about surgery.
  • Worry about their body image and sexuality, and impact on their relationship.
  • Concerned about how to maintain health and wellbeing.
  • Problems coping with menopause.

Costs


The fee for a one-hour consultation is $220. Costs may vary depending on the patient's individual circumstances.


Patients referred by general practitioners are eligible for a full rebate if their referrals are made under a general practitioner's Medicare Mental Health Plan. Other patients may be eligible for a private health insurance’s rebate if their policies have the necessary auxiliary cover.


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