About Us

Marsden Clinical Psychology aim to provide expert clinical treatment to those suffering from psychological difficulties. This is achieved by promoting emotional wellbeing and recovery from mental illness through individually tailored and goal-directed psychological therapy.

Who we are (mission and values)

Marsden Clinical Psychology aim to provide expert clinical treatment to those suffering from psychological difficulties. This is achieved by promoting emotional wellbeing and recovery from mental illness through individually tailored and goal-directed psychological therapy.

What happens in therapy

Therapy can vary depending on the needs of the individual or family. It will most likely begin with an assessment to gather
a full inventory of the difficulties and to discuss what you hope to achieve in therapy. Following this, the psychologist will develop a treatment plan that will incorporate your goals and needs. Therapy sessions will be scheduled into the diary, and will typically last 50-60 minutes. Treatment is dependent on what you need to help you overcome your difficulties and may include learning about psychological health and wellbeing, learning new ways of thinking, and working together to promote helpful actions in life.

Medicare & Insurance

If a person is suffering psychological difficulties they may be eligible for a Mental Health Treatment Plan. This is managed by your GP and will deem you eligible for a Medicare rebate on up to 10 individual psychological therapy sessions as well as 10 group psychological therapy sessions per calendar year. The Medicare rebate for an individual psychological therapy session with Dr Nick Marsden at his consulting room is $124.50 as he is a clinical psychologist (note: rates vary for group therapy and sessions outside of consulting rooms). The Medicare rebate for seeing a generally registered psychologist is $84.80. Please ask you doctor/GP for a Mental Health Treatment Plan and if eligible they will provide you with a referral to see a psychologist. Note that you will have to book a long appointment with your GP in order for them to have time to complete the Mental Health Treatment Plan.

Private health insurance may cover psychological therapy as well. Each insurer and level of cover differs in the amount rebated so please discuss this with your private health insurer.

 

FAQs

A referral letter from a GP or psychiatrist is not a must; however, it is highly preferable. Most people find it very helpful to see a GP about their mental health difficulties so that any potential physical or medical causes for their mental health difficulties can be assessed properly and treated if necessary. GP’s and psychiatrists will also be able to make appropriate decisions regarding medication, should this be required. A GP/psychiatrist will be able to provide a referral to a psychologist of your choosing, or will recommend an appropriate service if you are unsure. If you do not have a GP or do not wish to see a GP prior to attending Marsden Clinical Psychology, please mention this in your initial phone call to our service and we will discuss your options with you.

Dr Marsden is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Appointments are available from 8am through to 6pm. If you would like to make an appointment please contact Marsden Clinical Psychology as soon as possible to ensure you find an appointment time that suits you. Please call 0411 542 624 or email us on info@marsdenpsychology.com.au

Your out-of-pocket costs will depend on whether you are able to claim a Medicare rebate or if you have private health insurance. The easiest way to find out about costs is to call us on 0411 542 624 and chat with someone about your current circumstances.

Private health insurance may cover part of the cost of psychological treatment but it depends on your level of health cover and insurance policy. If you are claiming Medicare rebates on psychological therapy because you are under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, then it is unlikely that you will be permitted to claim costs on the gap fee with your private health insurer.

“Evidence – based” psychological treatment refers to the research literature and supportive evidence for various models of psychological treatment. Psychology is a science and as such it adheres to the rigor of scientific inquiry. Treatment for depression, anxiety, phobias, relationship problems, addictions, etc, have all been researched and shown to be effective for these psychological disorders. Dr Marsden is trained in the assessment and diagnosis of psychological disorders and will choose a model of therapy that is supported by scientific evidence as being effective for the treatment of the difficulties that you are struggling with.

Dr Marsden works closely with parents in the treatment of the behavioural and emotional difficulties of their young children. The structure of treatment will vary depending on the problems that are present; however, parents will be included as is appropriate to ensure their children are receiving the best possible treatment for their difficulties.

Yes. All psychological therapy with adults is confidential, which means that Dr Marsden will not speak to anyone about your difficulties without your permission. There are exceptions to confidentiality, namely, if there is a risk of harm to someone, or if the law requires disclosure of confidential information, for example, under subpoena. Dr Marsden will ensure you are informed of your rights to a confidential service at the beginning of the initial appointment.

The time taken to heal from psychological illness varies greatly from person to person. For some, the difficulties that they present with are treatable in a relatively short period of time and over five to ten therapy sessions. For others, their problems are more entrenched and the psychological healing process takes longer, requiring more intensive and longer-term psychotherapy. Dr Marsden will give you an indication of the length of treatment as much as is possible, and at all times will be transparent about the intended length of treatment so you can make an informed decision about participating in treatment.

Dr Marsden integrates a range of different therapy modalities to suit the needs of each individual and their unique difficulties. He is proficient in the use of:
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Schema Therapy
Dr Marsden also has a keen interest in systemic family therapies for the treatment of relationship related concerns that may arise and uses interpersonal psychotherapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills where necessary.