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FAQ

How much does it cost?
A standard appointment of 50-60 minutes costs $190. Medicare or private health rebates may apply. Coaching packages start at $990.00. Workshop and information session fees vary depending on duration and location.

Does Room for Positive Change bulk-bill?
Room For Positive Change is not a bulk-billing practice. Rebates may be available through Medicare or your private health fund.

Do I need a referral?
A referral is not required. 

However, if you have an anxiety disorder and want to claim a rebate through Medicare, a referral letter and accompanying Mental Health Care Plan from your GP or psychiatrist is required prior to a Medicare rebate being provided.

How do I pay?
HICAPS facilities are available and rebates are processed at point of transaction. Payment can be made via Eftpos, credit, cash, or cheque. 

What is positive psychology all about?
Health is not only about the absence of illness but also includes the presence and nurturing of wellbeing. Positive psychology is the scientific study of well-being and optimal human functioning which continues to uncover the best means of attaining such for individuals, groups, and communities. Positive psychology is not about putting on ‘rose coloured glasses’, getting all happy-clappy, and ignoring life’s challenges. The evolving scientific research demonstrates that certain strategies can be employed and certain skills can be developed to assist people with navigating the challenges of life more effectively and to even enjoy life despite such upsets.

How does coaching work?
The set-up of an evidence-based coaching program is unique to each client’s specific goals and challenges. The first meeting is always about establishing client goals and uncovering the changes required to achieve such goals. Subsequent meetings aim to keep things on track by developing workable plans for positive change, to stay motivated, overcome obstacles, solve problems, and to develop resilience. The coaching process aims to develop skills that make sense and can be used again in the future.

What do you mean by evidence-based practice?
Essentially this means providing services that use the most effective up-to-date, scientifically researched assessment, coaching, and treatment options. Ongoing professional development is engaged to remain current with the research literature and to incorporate such into practice.

What is anxiety?
Well, many people don’t really recognise their anxiety for what it is. Anxiety is normal, adaptive, doesn’t last forever, and is not dangerous! Everyone will experience a degree of anxiety from time to time and in particular situations such as job interviews, going on a roller-coaster, or travelling overseas for the first time. 

Anxiety is an automatic system in our body that helps us deal with real danger (e.g., anxiety triggers us to hit the brakes to avoid a car accident) or to perform at our best (e.g., anxiety motivates us to meet a deadline). To prepare our bodies to deal with real or perceived danger, the body’s “fight-flight-freeze” response (also known as the “adrenaline response”) is automatically triggered when we experience anxiety.

The experience of anxiety can become problematic when people think there’s something wrong with them, that they’re losing control, going crazy, or that they might even die from the anxiety they’re experiencing. Often there’s a preoccupation with and misinterpretation of the physical symptoms of anxiety (e.g., heartbeat, upset stomach, shortness of breath, etc). Unfortunately, all of this leads to feeling more anxious and self-conscious.