Psychologists in Warners Bay, Newcastle

Raising a child or teenager can be challenging at the best of times, but when your child is struggling or needs some extra support, it can be difficult to know where to turn. To give you and your family the best support we get to know you and understand your story. Our experienced and highly skilled Psychologists in Newcastle listen, build relationships and use tried and tested strategies and interventions to help children and families live a brighter life.

Psychologists Newcastle2024-07-11T12:53:01+10:00

How Can Our Newcastle Psychologists Help?

You or your child might benefit from seeing our Newcastle Psychologists for help with you or your child’s learning, behaviour, emotions or mental health. Our experienced, child and family focused Newcastle Psychologists offer a range of psychology services and supports including assessment, therapy and counselling, behaviour support plans, consultation and guidance for children, youth and family groups. We deliver well-researched assessments and therapies that are tailored to meet the needs of individual children and family members. Based in Warners Bay, Newcastle, our experienced Psychologists continually strive for the highest quality of support and are committed to always maintaining our high standards of care.

Psychology Support Where and When You Need It

Each of our Newcastle Psychologists have different focused skills and interests, giving us the ability to appoint a clinician most suitable to your child’s individual needs. We are able to offer services in our Warners Bay clinic, in-home visits, and support at school, where and when appropriate. Telehealth services are also available across Australia.

Making Your First Appointment

Our friendly Intake team will guide you through what to expect from your therapeutic sessions at our Newcastle Psychologists clinic by completing an intake screener to gather a case history in relation to your child’s needs. This allows our team to allocate the most suited clinician to support you during your time at Beam Health. Once a clinician has been allocated and a convenient appointment time organised either at our Newcastle clinic, school visit or home visit, our team will email you a comprehensive package of welcome information and intake paperwork. Completing the paperwork prior to your initial appointment will ensure that you have access to everything that you need to know, and your clinician is fully briefed and prepared for your first session.

First Session: What to Expect

Upon arrival at your initial appointment at our Warners Bay clinic, you will be greeted by our friendly receptionist who will be happy to answer any administrative questions and introduce you to your clinician. At the conclusion of your session, our receptionist will discuss payment options and book an ongoing appointment schedule as discussed with your Newcastle Psychologist.

Funding may be available through NDIS or Medicare.

Funded Programs

Beam Health also deliver some Primary Health Network funded mental short term health programs aimed at providing access to support for people who may find it difficult to afford or access services ordinarily. These include Little Sparks (under 12) and Head to Health (adults).

We can help in the following areas:

Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Some of the signs of mental health concerns tend to be:

1. Feeling anxious or worried

2. Feeling depressed or unhappy

3. Emotional outbursts

4. Sleep problems

5. Weight or appetite changes

6. Quiet or withdrawn

7. Substance abuse

8. Feeling guilty or worthless

9. Changes in behaviour or feelings

If you or your child is experiencing mental health concerns or just not themselves, it is may be important that you seek professional support sooner rather than later. We are very experienced at supporting children, youth and families managing mental health concerns. Our Psychologists offer a professional and private telehealth & online service, using technology that enables you to access services wherever your location in Australia.

Don’t forget that you can ask your GP for a referral as part of a Mental Health Care Plan and medicare will then cover some of the cost of seeing the psychologist.

Difficult behaviours can present in many ways such as verbal opposition and aggression, acting out, socially inappropriate behaviours, escalations and tantrums and even property damage. It can be confronting to be faced with difficult behaviours in children and young people. You might even notice your response is highly emotive or increasingly stressed and it can impact your own wellbeing when faced with these behaviours.

We can work with you and your child to provide behavioural assessments, therapy and consultation to address immediate risks and help you plan effective responses to challenging behaviour. We are experienced in developing behaviour support plans and consulting with professionals and families to implement appropriate strategies and supports. Our supports can be provided at our clinic, in the home or at school.

We also offer telehealth psychology and online service to help make it easier for those who are unable to visit our Newcastle psychologist’s consulting rooms in person.

Traumatic memories can remain unprocessed long after the experience. They are stored differently to everyday memories and can be triggered by even the simplest reminders, such as smells, sights or sounds. It can appear as though your child is “hyperactive” or even has stunted learning and concentration. If you are concerned your child may be struggling from the impact of trauma we can help. We will work with you to offer a safe environment so your child can make sense of their experience and develop effective skills to manage unhealthy emotions.

We offer therapy-based approaches to address trauma, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Telehealth services is emerging, particularly during current global health conditions. Our psychologists in Newcastle offer professional private online sessions for those are not able to visit our psychologist’s consulting rooms in person.

It is estimated that 1 in 100 people have autism, or to put in context, around 230,000 Australians. If you have noticed your child has difficulty with social communication, understanding or expressing emotions and has unusually restricted interests, it may be worthwhile to talk to us about whether your child should be assessed for autism. Children and young people with autism can be easily misunderstood and often require further assistance from health professionals including psychologists, speech pathologists and paediatricians.

We offer assessments and interventions for autism, including behaviour support plans, therapy and family support. We can also provide “know how” information for parents and care-givers on how to respond to challenging behaviours related to autism.

Your child may be eligible for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) financial assistance. For more information see our NDIS page.

While life has it highs and lows, some children and young people will experience prolonged episodes of sadness. As a parent or caregiver you might notice that your child is withdrawing from others for no apparent reason, has lost interest in things they enjoy or is constantly struggling with concentration and memory. Research says the best course of action for depression is early treatment.

We can provide psycho-education and therapy for your child to support them in moving out of the tunnel of depression towards a brighter life. We can offer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based techniques for depression.

It is common for children and young people to experience some anxiety and it is hard to know exactly how much anxiety is too much. If anxiety is interfering with day to day life, at home, in school, study or social areas, it is very important for your child to receive professional help. Our Specialists in Newcastle can help by offering proven strategies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Would you like help with parenting, navigating life’s challenges as a parent or dealing with any challenging aspects of family life?

We will provide you with support, counselling and strategies so you can help your kids learn to overcome challenges at school, at home and in life.

With the right support and advice you can help your kids reach their full potential and thrive!

You might feel as a parent that you are fighting a losing battle when it comes to the influence of your child’s peers. It is often typical as children enter adolescence they begin to feel pressure around acceptance with their peers. You may have much more influence than you realise. Often the connection between you and your child in times of confusion and uncertainty can have a significant influence on their decisions.

We can help you support your child to develop the skills they need to manage conflict and enhancing resilience. We provide counselling and therapeutic support for children and teenagers. We can also offer family-based intervention including parenting skills and resilience building strategies.

If you are concerned your child is struggling in the classroom a learning assessment can be of great value. A common fear of parents is that a learning difficulty means their child cannot achieve academically. If your child does have a learning difficulty, this does not mean they have low intelligence. A learning difficulty impacts the way your child takes in, remembers and processes information.

We can assess for a potential learning difficulty using our high quality assessment tools. Following consultation, we will work with you closely to develop the right strategies to allow your child to achieve to the best of their ability.

Many parents struggle with children or teenagers whose behaviour is challenging, sometimes to the point of anger and violence. You might feel like you have failed your child or that you should keep the aggression behind closed doors. You may also be concerned about your child displaying signs of aggression in social settings. It is okay to seek help if you feel that anger issues are too much to handle by yourself.

We can provide support to you and your child to understand what may be contributing to the anger, while maintaining a focus on restoring your relationship with each other.

Social relationships matter as your child will grow a strong sense of identity from the peer groups they form. As a parent it is only natural that you want your child to grow healthy and safe social relationships. If your child has difficulty building healthy peer relationships or they lack confidence with social skills we can provide support.

Please get in touch if you and your child would like to focus on building interpersonal skills and resilience.

No family is perfect and every individual has an impact on the family system as a whole. If you are questioning your parenting approach or concerned about the impact of your child’s behaviour on your family we can offer family therapy-based support. This approach involves spending time with you and your child in an open and non-judgemental way, focussing on strengths and understanding needs. If family conflict is left undealt with it can significantly rupture future family relationships. Research suggests that negative family interactions can even lead to depression and suicidality throughout adolescence and into adulthood. Our approach to family conflict focuses on the parent-child relationship as we believe this is key to a healthy and happy family.

Our Specialists in Newcastle do offer an evidence-based model to work with families, known as attachment based family therapy. It is a non-threatening and non-judgemental approach to exploring how families can better function and support each other.

Drug and alcohol use during teenage years puts at risk the healthy development of your child’s brain. It can have long-term consequences for their physical, emotional and mental health. It is a serious issue that can be addressed with counselling and family support.

We adopt a non-confrontational, tried and tested strategy in changing behaviour known as motivational interviewing that can help your child with their alcohol or drug use problem.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to see a Psychologist in Newcastle?2023-11-15T13:10:41+10:00

Our fees are $200 for a Registered Psychologist and $230ph for a Clinical Psychologist in Newcastle or as per the NDIS Price Guide. Medicare rebates or NDIS funding may be available.

Do I need a referral to see a Registered or Clinical Psychologist in Newcastle?2022-10-26T15:43:08+10:00

No you don’t need a GP or specialist referral to see a Registered or Clinical Psychologist. However, Medicare rebates are only available to those clients with a GP referral such as a Mental Health Care Plan or Enhanced Primary Care Plan/Chronic Disease Management Plan. Talk to your GP to find out if you are eligible.

Can I get a rebate?2022-10-25T12:57:28+10:00

Rebates may be available following an appropriate GP referral. For example, if you have a Mental Health Care Plan from a GP, you may be eligible for a rebate of $88.25 (Registered Psychologist) or $129.55 (Clinical Psychologist) for up to 10 or 20 sessions. Psychology services may also be rebated if you have Ancillary cover with your private health fund.

How long are the sessions?2022-10-26T15:46:08+10:00

Appointment times can vary but usually a session will last 50 minutes, but can be shorter or longer depending on the purpose of the appointment.

How many sessions will my child or I need?2022-10-26T15:47:31+10:00

The number of sessions you have with your psychologist will vary for each individual. Some issues may only require brief interventions while others may be more complex and require more time. As you work with your psychologist you will develop a plan with them to give you a better idea of what to expect.

What to expect in the first session?2022-10-26T15:48:35+10:00

At the beginning of the session your psychologist will briefly run through important paperwork with you. This will include a brief information form for you to complete, a consent form (covering issues such as confidentiality and fees), and other important information about sessions. If you have been referred by a third party or have a medical referral this will be discussed.

The remainder of the session will be talking about why you have come to therapy, your concerns, personal circumstances, challenges and what you would like to get from therapy. Sometimes people are worried about what to say but rest assured your psychologist will know what questions to ask to get the relevant information to help you.

There is no “typical” therapy session as there are different methods of treatment for different concerns.

How involved are parents in sessions?2022-10-26T15:49:36+10:00

Depending on the age of the child and other factors, our Newcastle Psychologists will involve parents and carers as much as possible in the sessions to ensure the best possible outcomes. It can be beneficial to be present during your child’s session as you can learn about specific strategies which will help the at home and in the community. Your child may prefer to work individually in the session which is okay and we can chat to you at the end of the session.

Is my information confidential?2022-03-01T15:26:33+10:00

Our Psychologists are required to adhere to a number of policies, rules and guidelines that protect the personal information of our clients and family members. We understand how sensitive this information is and place high importance on maintaining confidentiality. Any information provided to us is treated confidentially (including case notes, records, and psychological test results) and stored securely.

We will not disclose any information without the client’s consent or unless we are legally obligated to do so. If there is a need to disclose information (i.e. to a doctor, solicitor or third party) the client and/or parent will be consulted. The legal limitations to confidentiality will be outlined to clients in the first appointment.

Do you offer telehealth?2022-10-26T15:56:40+10:00

Yes we do. We use a reliable and secure telehealth platform and set this up very easily if preferred including initial appointments. Let us know if you cannot attend the clinic and we may be able to arrange a telehealth session.

Is my appointment confidential?2022-10-26T15:55:51+10:00

We understand confidentiality and privacy can be a concern. Any information disclosed to us is treated confidentially (including case notes, records, and psychological test results) and stored accordingly. No information will be disclosed without the client’s consent. If there is a need to disclose information (i.e. to a doctor, solicitor or third party) the client will be consulted and a release of information will need to be signed by the client. There are some legal limitations to confidentiality which will be explained to clients in the first session.

What if my child is nervous about seeing a Psychologist?2020-08-28T13:36:45+10:00

It is normal for kids to be nervous about coming to see a Psychologist because they don’t know what to expect and may worry they are ‘bad’ or there is something ‘wrong’ with them. It may be helpful to explain that coming to see a Psychologist is like seeing a doctor for your physical health; a Psychologist can help with our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We see lots of children for all sorts of reasons.

Usually after the first visit, children will look forward to sessions and understand that they are in a safe place where they can enjoy being themselves, and talk about things they may find difficult.

Are you a registered NDIS provider?2020-08-28T13:35:53+10:00

Yes we are registered as a service provider for many categories of support including Improved Daily Living and Improved Relationships.

Do you work with children with Autism?2021-05-24T10:10:13+10:00

Yes, our Newcastle Psychology team has a lot of experience and training supporting children with Autism and have multiple Psychologists that complete comprehensive Autism assessments. Beam Health has a multidisciplinary team of Speech Pathologists, Psychologists and Behaviour Specialists that can provide highly effective, integrated support and intervention through a multidisciplinary approach.

Can you assess my child?2020-08-28T13:34:04+10:00

Yes. Our Psychologists can complete a whole range of different assessments for a variety of areas including autism, intellectual/cognitive, behaviour, depression, anxiety and much more. Contact us for more information about our assessments.

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