~ L.R. Knost
“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”
Covid-19 and Telehealth
From 6th April to 30th September 2020 all Australians eligible to receive services under Medicare will be able to access psychological services delivered via telehealth (i.e., video conference or phone) if clinically appropriate. This means you can use your Mental Health Care Plan or Enhanced Primary Care Plan to access appointments from home.
Clients who are concessional or considered to be vulnerable, as well as children under 16 at the time the service is provided, will be bulk-billed.
Our Clinical Psychology Registrar, Tanya Crawford, is currently available for telehealth appointments. Please get in touch if you have any questions or you can request an appointment through Halaxy.
Maintaining Your Mental Health During Social Isolation
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has provided some useful tips to help people cope during coronavirus (COVID-19) social isolation. Click here to download the PDF.
Physical Distancing rather than Social Distancing
Dr Peter Levine, the founder of Somatic Experiencing, talks about the importance of movement and connection during these difficult times. This interview can help to remind us how to calm our nervous system during this anxiety-producing time. Click here to watch his interview on Managing In the Midst of the Covid-19.
At Essence Psychology our goal is to empower people to heal themselves and to provide clients with the most effective and efficient treatments available.
Whether you have seen a psychologist in the past or if this is the first time you have considered seeing someone, the initial contact and appointment can be stressful.
We aim to create a professional and safe space to help to put you at ease. After the initial meeting, our therapists will be able to clarify whether psychological therapy can help and how long it might take.
For most people, therapy is brief, requiring a few sessions of empathic and objective guidance. For other people, who have longer-term difficulties, therapy may take a bit longer.
We are committed to ensuring clients get the best treatment outcomes. We offer general psychological treatment and counselling as well as specialised trauma therapies. We are committed to maintaining professional standards and keeping up to date with the latest research, treatments and regular peer supervision.
It is our belief that people can create the lives that they want to live if they are willing to do the work and they have access to the right treatment. Therapy is not a passive process and does require openness and commitment to change. Our therapists can assist you in identifying your goals for therapy and guide you in meeting those goals throughout your treatment.
A 55 minute appointment costs $180 to $200.
Under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. In order to receive a Medicare rebate you need to be referred by an appropriate medical practitioner (GP or psychiatrist) and your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first six sessions
Some clients may be eligible for private health fund rebates depending on your level of cover. You do not need a referral to make an appointment if you are attending privately.
Unfortunately we are not able to offer NDIS or Workcover services at this time.
Almost everyone will benefit from a psychological help at some point in their lives. Life can throw up unexpected challenges. At Essence Psychology, our sessions help clients develop resilience for life’s most complex circumstances.
Treatments that we offer are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting and Somatic Experiencing.
Online consultations are offered on a client by client basis. Telehealth can allow people in regional areas access to psychologists and therapies that may be limited in their location. From November 2017, people living in rural areas became eligible to access the Mental Health Care Plan rebate for online consultations. Click here for more information on Telehealth and to find out if you are eligible for the MHCP.
When most people think of psychology they think of 'talking therapy'. In actual fact, advances in psychotherapy have shown that talking and cognitive therapies can only get you so far. Therapies that work at the cognitive, subcortical and somatic level may allow for much faster and permanent changes. Theses therapies are not only effective for healing unhelpful behaviour patterns and negative core beliefs but also for instilling positive changes and improving success and performance.
Dr Kate Wallbank
Kate completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree at Macquarie University and went onto complete a Doctor of Clinical Psychology & Master of Science degree at The University of Sydney.
Kate is fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is an endorsed clinical psychologist. She is also a member of the Australia Psychological Society (APS) and the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).
Kate works with adult clients and specialises in the treatment of trauma using a client-focussed approach which encompasses techniques from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting and Somatic Experiencing.
Kate has a strong interest in holistic treatment and brain-body therapies. She has completed the three year training in Somatic Experiencing® and is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner http://www.seaustralia.com.au/what-is-somatic-experiencing/.
Kate is currently on leave for six months. Please check back later in the year for updates on her availability.
Clinical Psychology Registrar/Psychologist
Tanya completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of NSW and went on to complete a Masters of Forensic Psychology at the University of Western Sydney. Tanya has also completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology (with Distinction) at the University of Newcastle.
Tanya is fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is undertaking the registrar program for endorsement as a clinical psychologist.
Tanya has completed training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and group work for perinatal anxiety and depression.
Tanya currently works during business hours for the local health district in mental health services. She provides services to pregnant women or women with infants who have acute and complex mental health problems and children and adolescents with acute and complex mental health problems. Consequently, Tanya has experience providing psychological intervention to adults, adolescents and children with a range of mental health problems, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, postnatal depression and anxiety, suicidal thoughts and self-harming, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, phobias and complex grief.
Online bookings are available via Halaxy.
Information and Resources
We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 48 hours. Please note Dr Kate is currently on leave. You are welcome to book online with Tanya Crawford or please get in contact if you have any questions.
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Thursday: 10am - 7:30pm