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 and medical specialist. This is necessary to claim through Medicare.
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.
If your consultation is about your child, the initial interview is conducted with parent(s) alone so that Sharmila can get a comprehensive understanding of your concerns in privacy. Please bring any documentation (such as school reports) that you feel would assist the assessment. After the initial assessment interview, Sharmila will discuss with you whether the next step is to see your child or work with you so that you can help your child, which is often more effective with younger children. Any consultations with children are supplemented with advice for parents so that there is a ‘team’ approach that supports your child in implementing therapy suggestions. It is often the case that parents and children return as needed in the years after the initial set of sessions, as children are faced with developmental challenges at various ages.
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.
Visa, MasterCard, and EFTPOS payments are accepted.
Sessions with Clinical Psychologists can be claimed through Medicare. You will need to get a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from your General Practitioner and bring this to your first appointment. We are able to process your Medicare claim and refund to an EFTPOS account so that you do not have to go to Medicare.
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 that one business day (24 hours) before your 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 call/sms will usually be made but it is expected that you will keep a note of your bookings.
The office is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
Sharmila offers sessions from 9 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday with the last appointment being at 6 pm.
The practice is located at Suite 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.