COVID 19 UPDATE
Thank you for your patience as we have adjusted our practice set up in line with public health measures in relation to COVID-19.
In the interest of keeping us and you safe, we have returned to using Telehealth (video or phone) to conduct sessions. However, we understand that Telehealth won't be suitable for everyone, and in special circumstances we will also be offering face-to-face consultations. Amy and Tara also have increased clinichealth and hygiene measures (but not limited to) to ensure our office is as safe as possible:
- Hand sanitising stations at office entry point and available in session
- Amy and Tara will be wearing masks and eye protection in all face-to-face sessions, and clients presenting to our clinic are also required to wear a mask
- Waiting room seating limited and spaced to allow for social distancing (minimum 1.5 metres)
- Frequent cleaning of surfaces, entry points and shared spaces
- Please do not arrive early for your session where possible to minimise numbers in the waiting area
- Please do not bring additional people to the clinic if they will not be joining you in the session or are support workers/carers
We encourage our clients to reflect on their own particular circumstances when deciding whether face-to-face or Telehealth (video or phone) sessions are best suited to them at this time. We understand that everyones situation is unique and are very happy to now be able to offer more flexibility in our appointments to best meet everyones needs.
Note: Telehealth will remain available at this stage until some time in September so please do not feel under any pressure to return to the office if it is not right for you.
Amy and Tara have had some frustrations with the reliability and quality of our videoconference calls so are now using zoom.
For this clients will need to download the program on either their computer or phone/tablet; details as follows:
Note you do not need to sign up for a zoom account but just need the program to join with the meeting link from your reminder email or sms.
- Iphone/Ipad: Download the 'zoom cloud meeting' app from the app store - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307
- Android phone: Downlad the 'zoom cloud meeting' app from the play store - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings&hl=en_AU
- Computer: Download the zoom application from https://zoom.us/download
Consistent with our current process clients will recieve a reminder SMS two days prior to their appointment and an email 1 day prior to their appointment with the telehealth link. When this link it used via your phone it will open in the zoom app or from your email on your computer it will open in the desktop program. You will arrive in a waiting room and we will admit you to the room when it is available.
We thank you for your understanding, patienceand will continue to keep you updated.
We also urge anyone experiencing distress related to COVID 19 to speak with their GP, our clinicians Amy and Tara or contact one of help lines listed below. Our practice is committed to supporting front line staff and those facing financial hardship where possible so please contact us to discuss your needs.
Geelong Clinical Psychologists Amy Joyce and Tara Gannon at Focused Psychology provide a full range of clinical psychology services.
Our warm, empathic, professional and skilled approach encompasses a belief that everyone has the ability to learn more helpful ways of coping and improve the quality of their life. We believe that the therapeutic relationship is key in healing and achieving meaningful and lasting change. Tara and Amy ensure a safe, non-judgemental, culturally sensitive and family inclusive therapy and uphold the highest professional and ethical standards.
We are skilled in the provision of a wide range of treatments for mental health issues and life's many challenges. We work with our clients to develop a shared understanding of their difficulties, provide a diagnosis where relevant, discuss evidence based therapy options and provide therapy to work toward improving mental health and wellbeing.
We provide clinical psychology treatment to adolescents and adults across:
- Mood disorders
- Trauma (including: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD, Complex and developmental Trauma C-PTSD and sexual abuse)
- Attachment disturbances
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Stress and burnout
- Work related concerns
- General social and interpersonal difficulties
If you are referred by a GP or Psychiatrist with a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP), our fees range from $180 to $200 (gap fee the patient pays after receiving a Medicare rebate is $55.50 and $73.50 respectively). Our standard consultation is 50 minutes. Payment is due on the day of the consultation and we generally can process your rebate on the day. Please note that at times, due to systems beyond our control, you may have to manually claim the rebate after your session.
We also offer bulk billing for those on a concession card or facing financial hardship. Bulk billing appointments are limited and only available during week days and during business hours(10am until 4pm).
We are also registered TAC, WorkSafe and Department of Veteran affairs (DVA) providers and accept private payment from other third parties, which must be arranged prior to your first appointment.
Please note that we accept referrals under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), however clients will need to have 'plan managed' or 'self managed' plans with regard to their psychology items:
(Therapeutic supports / Assessment, Recommendation,Therapy And/Or Training (Incl.AT) - Psychology Improved daily living skills/ 15_054_0128_1_3 )