Clinical psychologists have advanced training in psychology and specialise in treating psychological disorders, as well as challenges of daily living, life transitions, and personal development. Clinical Psychologists must hold a minimum of a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and 2 years’ supervised work experience after receiving their degree. Clinical Psychologists have specialist endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia and are specialist providers under Medicare.
You can be referred by your General Practitioner (GP). This is necessary to claim through Medicare. Please discuss with your GP.
Sharmila also sees people referred by their friends, schools, and other organisations.
Consultations last for 50 minutes.
In the first consultation, you will be asked questions to help build an understanding of your concerns, your history, and a thorough overview of the relevant thoughts, feelings and behaviour that are associated with your concerns. It is helpful to make notes about issues you would like to cover in your consultation. Sharmila will work with you to tailor her advice to your needs. Sharmila has an open and collaborative approach in which your contributions are a central part of the therapeutic process.
The number of sessions you will need depends on the nature of your concerns.
The amount of sessions vary greatly. Often, clients attend a number of sessions and return as needed in the future when issues arise.
Credit card and EFTPOS payments are accepted. We do not accept AMEX.
You may be eligible to claim a rebate for Clinical Psychology sessions via a referral (called a Mental Health Care Plan [MHCP]) from your General Practitioner (GP). If you do obtain a MHCP, please bring the referral to your first appointment.
Sessions can be claimed from most health funds BUT you cannot claim from both Medicare and your private health fund.
The practice has a cancellation policy. The full session fee is charged for cancellations made less than two business days (48 hours) before your confirmed appointment time.
When you book an initial appointment, we try to book several more appointments so that there is continuity in your therapy. However, if you do not need these appointments, they will simply be cancelled.
An email confirmation of your appointments will be sent.
An appointment reminder SMS will also be sent three business days before your appointment. However, it is expected that you will keep a note of your bookings.
The office is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Sharmila offers sessions between 8 am and 7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and between 8 am and 5 pm on Friday.
The practice is located at Suite 604 (Level 6, Room 604), BMA House, 135 Macquarie Street, Sydney. It is between Bridge and Bent Street and directly opposite the Botanical Garden Gates.
There is parking at the Domain Carpark, Cook & Phillip Pool, as well as the Opera House. Please leave some time for the walk to the office.
The nearest train stations are Martin Place and Circular Quay.