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  • How fee payments work
    Fees are payable at the end of the session by direct debit or credit card (we require a card on file though you may choose not to use this). All fees must be paid prior to subsequent appointments (this is inclusive of third party payments). For NDIS plan managed clients, fees are payable by invoice within 5 business days. If this does not occur, the client is responsible for following up their plan manager for payment, and is ultimately responsible for the fee should the plan manager not pay for an agreed service. Group program fees may be made as one lump sum prior to the group beginning or via a weekly payment plan. Payment plans consist of an up front deposit to secure your place followed by payments each week of the program. All sessions must be paid for whether or not attended due to the nature of the group program. In exceptional circumstances fees may be waived; this will be at the discretion of the facilitating therapist. Spark for Life reviews and updates this fee schedule annually.
  • Cancellation Policy
    Spark for Life sends courtesy reminders a few days prior to appointments, however we still expect clients to remember their appointments and arrive on time. That said, we understand that from time to time an appointment need to be rescheduled or cancelled. Please email reception at admin@sparkforlifepsychology.com or call the clinic on 02 6181 7968 to reschedule or cancel your appointment if you are unable to attend. We require at least 48 hours' notice in order to offer appointments to other clients on the waiting list. Missed appointments and late cancellations (less than 48 hours' notice) will be subject to a cancellation fee of a minimum of 50% of the usual scheduled fee. Cancellations with less than 24hours notice or non-attendance will be charged the full scheduled fee. This charge cannot be claimed through Medicare or your Private Health fund. Clients with NDIS funding will be charged a cancellation fee according to the current NDIS price guide.
  • Counselling Fees
    Educational and Developmental Psychologist, and Clinic Founder Initial Consultation $260 Subsequent Consultation: $250 Medicare Rebate: $92.90 Psychologist Initial Consultation: $250 Subsequent Consultation: $230 Medicare Rebate: $92.90 Provisional Psychologist Initial Consultation: $150 Subsequent Consultation: $150 No Medicare rebates available Please note: ● A valid Mental Health Treatment Plan and referral must be provided before your initial appointment to be able to claim a Medicare rebate. Have your GP send us a copy directly or you may email it to us ahead of your appointment. ● You may not claim a rebate from both Medicare and your private health insurer for the same appointment. ● Provisional Psychologists are not eligible to be registered with Medicare and therefore no Medicare rebate applies. ● The listed fees above are applicable to those who are utilising Medicare or Private funding; fees for NDIS participants may differ slightly. Please contact the clinic to discuss.
  • NDIS
    NDIS self managed and plan managed clients are able to claim our services under NDIS. Please note that some of our services are above the NDIS rate. If you are plan managed you may need to discuss this with your plan manager. We are not able to see NDIA managed clients. For NDIS plan managed clients, fees are payable by invoice within 5 business days. If this does not occur, the client is responsible for following up their plan manager for payment, and is ultimately responsible for the fee should the plan manager not pay for an agreed service.
  • Rebates
    If referred under a MHTP by your GP for counselling with a registered Psychologist, a Medicare rebate is available. This rebate can be processed directly at the time of your appointment or privately after the appointment. If referred by a Paediatrician under Medicare for an Autism assessment, a Medicare rebate may apply; please ask whether this applies to you. Private health rebates may also be available; speak to your private health fund for details. * Please note: appointments with provisional psychologists are not eligible for Medicare rebates at this time
  • Child Comprehensive Assessment
    Please note: A medicare rebate may apply for clients referred by a Paediatrician under a “Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorder”. Please ask your Paediatrician to send us a copy directly or you may email it to us ahead of your appointment. This Assessment Covers: The Comprehensive Assessment is a holistic assessment process designed using affirming processes to explore an individual's neurotype, such as Autism, ADHD while also screening for anxiety and depression and identifying the functional impact experiences while navigating mainstream school, work and life environments. There is also the option to include a cognitive assessment if there are questions around potential giftedness or learning difficulties. Our assessments value the unique experiences and challenges of individuals, employing validated tools, interviews of individuals and important people in their life to provide a comprehensive understanding of the individual's neurodivergent profile and mental health, ultimately guiding tailored interventions and support strategies. An option is also available to add a parent and child assessment feedback consultation (to explain the brain profile to the child) to this assessment. There are five parts to the comprehensive assessment, as follows: 1) Questionnaires Pay a deposit upon booking. ABAS and CBRS questionnaires. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 2) Parent Interview 3 hour appointment. Parent initial interview: MIGDAS and DIVA. Registered Psychologist: $750 Provisional Psychologist: $600 2) Child Session 2 hour appointment. Child session: MIGDAS and DIVA. Registered Psychologist: $500 Provisional Psychologist: $400 4) Reports Clinician report writing (3 hours). Registered Psychologist: $750 Provisional Psychologist: $600 5) Feedback Consultation 1 hour appointment. Assessment Feedback Consultation. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 Total cost with a registered psychologist: $2,500 Total cost with a provisional psychologist: $2,000 Additional Extra: 2 hour appointment. Cognitive (IQ) Assessment (WISC-V). Registered Psychologist: $750 Provisional Psychologist: $600 30 min appointment: Follow up - Parent and Child Assessment Feedback Consultation Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 Total cost (including WISC-V) with a registered psychologist: $3,500 Total cost (including WISC-V) with a provisional psychologist: $2,800
  • Adult Comprehensive Assessment
    This Assessment Covers: The Comprehensive Assessment is a holistic assessment process designed using affirming processes to explore an individual's neurotype, such as Autism, ADHD while also screening for anxiety and depression and identifying the functional impact experiences while navigating mainstream work and life environments. There is also the option to include a cognitive assessment if there are questions around potential giftedness or learning difficulties. Our assessments value the unique experiences and challenges of individuals, employing validated tools, interviews of individuals and important people in their life to provide a comprehensive understanding of the individual's neurodivergent profile and mental health, ultimately guiding tailored interventions and support strategies. There are four parts to the comprehensive assessment, as follows: 1) Questionnaires Pay a deposit upon booking. CATQ, ASSRS, SRS questionnaires. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 2) Interview 3 hour appointment. Adult Interview MIGDAS and DIVA. Registered Psychologist: $750 Provisional Psychologist: $600 3) Reports Clinician report writing (2 hours). Registered Psychologist: $500 Provisional Psychologist: $400 4) Feedback Consultation 2 hour appointment. Assessment Feedback Consultation. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 Total cost with a registered psychologist: $1,750 Total cost with a provisional psychologist: $1,400 Additional Extra: 2 hour appointment. Cognitive (IQ) Assessment (WISC-V). Registered Psychologist: $750 Provisional Psychologist: $600 Total cost (including WISC-V) with a registered psychologist: $2,500 Total cost (including WISC-V) with a provisional psychologist: $2,000
  • Child Cognitive Assessment
    This Assessment Covers: A cognitive assessment for a child is a thorough evaluation that aims to better understand the individual's cognitive processes and can also identify potential intellectual disabilities or giftedness. Our assessments value the unique experiences and challenges of individuals, employing validated tools, including a clinical interview with parents or guardians, questionnaires from parents and teachers, observations and a standardised cognitive assessment. The focus is then to identify an individual's strengths, difficulties while considering the individual's cultural and personal context. The results of this assessment are used to develop tailored, strength-based interventions and accommodations that empower individuals to thrive in their learning environments, promoting inclusivity and self-confidence. There are five parts to the comprehensive assessment, as follows: 1) Questionnaires Pay a deposit upon booking. ABAS and CBRS questionnaires. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 2) Parent Interview 1 hour appointment. Parent-only initial consultation. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 2) Child Session 2 hour appointment. Cognitive (IQ) Assessment (WISC-V). Registered Psychologist: $500 Provisional Psychologist: $400 4) Reports Clinician report writing (2 hours). Registered Psychologist: $500 Provisional Psychologist: $400 5) Feedback Consultation 1 hour appointment. Assessment Feedback Consultation. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 Total cost with a registered psychologist: $1,750 Total cost with a provisional psychologist: $1,400 Additional Extra: 30 min appointment: Follow up - Parent and Child Assessment Feedback Consultation Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 Total cost (including child feedback) with a registered psychologist: $2,000 Total cost (including child feedback) with a provisional psychologist: $1,600
  • Child Cognitive & Learning Assessment for SLD
    This Assessment Covers: The Comprehensive Learning Assessment is a comprehensive evaluation process that centres on acknowledging and supporting the unique learning needs and strengths of individuals with specific learning disabilities (SLD). Our assessments value the unique experiences and challenges of individuals, employing validated tools, including cognitive and academic measures, interviews of individuals and important people in their life to provide a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of learning difficulties; (previously known as dyslexia, dyscalculia, or dysgraphia). The focus is then to identify an individual's strengths, difficulties and coping strategies while considering the individual's cultural and personal context. The results of this assessment are used to develop tailored, strength-based interventions and accommodations that empower individuals to thrive in their learning environments, promoting inclusivity and self-confidence. There are six parts to the comprehensive assessment, as follows: 1) Questionnaire Pay a deposit upon booking. CBRS questionnaire. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 2) Parent Interview 1 hour appointment. Parent-only initial consultation. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 3) First Child Session 2 hour appointment. Cognitive (IQ) Assessment (WISC-V). Registered Psychologist: $500 Provisional Psychologist: $400 4) Second Child Session 2 hour appointment. Functional and Academic Assessment. Registered Psychologist: $500 Provisional Psychologist: $400 5) Reports Clinician report writing (7 hours). Registered Psychologist: $750 Provisional Psychologist: $600 6) Feedback Consultation 1 hour appointment. Assessment Feedback Consultation. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 Total cost with a registered psychologist: $2,500 Total cost with a provisional psychologist: $2,000 Additional Extra: 30 min appointment: Follow up - Parent and Child Assessment Feedback Consultation Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 Total cost (including child feedback) with a registered psychologist: $2,750 Total cost (including child feedback) with a provisional psychologist: $2,200
  • Functional Capacity Assessment/Review
    This Assessment Covers: A comprehensive evaluation of an individual's ability to perform specific tasks or functions related to their daily life, school, social emotional work, or other activities. This involves an in-depth interview and questionnaires to gather background information, medical history, and details about the individual's functional limitations and concerns. A report is then completed including any functional limitations observed, updating levels of functioning if required and provides recommendations for accommodations and treatment tailored to the individual's needs and goals. This assessment serves as a valuable tool for informing decisions related to ongoing treatment, disability determination - including funding supports such as NDIS, workplace accommodations and other areas where understanding an individual's functional capabilities is essential. There are four parts to the comprehensive assessment, as follows: 1) Questionnaires Pay a deposit upon booking. ABAS and CBRS questionnaires. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 2) Parent Interview 1 hour appointment. Parent-only initial interview. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 3) Reports Clinician report writing (2 hours). Registered Psychologist: $500 Provisional Psychologist: $400 5) Feedback Consultation 1 hour appointment. Assessment Feedback Consultation. Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 Total cost with a registered psychologist: $1,250 Total cost with a provisional psychologist: $1,000 Additional Extra: 2 hour appointment. Cognitive (IQ) Assessment (WISC-V). Registered Psychologist: $750 Provisional Psychologist: $600 30 min appointment: Follow up - Parent and Child Assessment Feedback Consultation Registered Psychologist: $250 Provisional Psychologist: $200 Total cost (including WISC-V) with a registered psychologist: $2,250 Total cost (including WISC-V) with a provisional psychologist: $1,800
  • General Information
    Spark for Life Psychology offers a range of neuroaffirming social groups. These groups are safe and supportive spaces where individuals of diverse neurological backgrounds can come together. These groups are facilitated by trained clinicians who have a deep understanding of neurodiversity and aim to create an inclusive environment that celebrates individual differences. All groups run on weeks 2-9 of school terms generally on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday after school. (Specific days of the weeks and ages of groups vary depending on the current interests and participants availability).
  • LEGO Club Group
    8 week program, 3:30pm-5:00pm For children aged 7-10 years Neuroaffirming LEGO Groups are inclusive gatherings designed to create a positive and supportive environment for children of all neurotypes. In these groups, children with diverse neurological traits, such as autism, ADHD, or other conditions, come together to explore and build with LEGO bricks. The focus is on encouraging creativity, communication, and collaboration, while also embracing each child's unique way of thinking and processing information. By promoting understanding and acceptance, Neuroaffirming LEGO Groups offer a wonderful opportunity for children to develop social skills, build friendships, and feel a sense of belonging in a welcoming community. $1480 paid upfront, non-refundable ($1280 for returning families)
  • SPARK! Social Gaming Group
    8 week program, after school (time varies) For older kids and adolescents aged 10-17 Our Neuroaffirming Co-Operative Board Game Groups focus on teamwork and inclusivity! In this welcoming space, we gather to enjoy cooperative board games that emphasise collaboration and mutual support. Led by understanding and trained facilitators, we foster an environment where everyone's unique strengths and perspectives are embraced. Whether you're a seasoned gamer or new to the world of board games, our group encourages friendly banter and problem-solving as a team. Together, we create an atmosphere of empathy and respect, ensuring that each player feels valued and included. Join us for an enriching experience of camaraderie and shared victories, as we work hand in hand to conquer challenges and build lasting connections. Different games are run for different groups depending on participant interest, including Zombicide, Pandemic and more. $1480 paid upfront, non-refundable ($1280 for returning families)
  • SPARK! Social Gaming Group (DND)
    8 week program, after school (time varies) For adolescents and adults aged 13 and up Our Neuroaffirming DnD Group is a fantastic adventure that embraces and celebrates the diversity of all neurotypes! In this immersive and inclusive space, we gather to embark on epic quests, where imagination knows no bounds. Led by understanding and trained facilitators, we ensure that every player feels accepted and valued for their unique perspectives and ways of thinking. Whether you're new to Dungeons & Dragons or a seasoned player, our group encourages collaborative storytelling, empathy, and creative problem-solving. Come join us on a journey where friendships are forged, and everyone's contributions are celebrated, as we weave together a tapestry of extraordinary tales and cherished memories. $1480 paid upfront, non-refundable ($1280 for returning families)
  • SPARK! Social Group
    8 week program, 3:30-4:40pm (younger group); 5:00-6:00pm (older group) For children and adolescents aged 7-12 years Our Neuroaffirming Social Club is specifically designed for kids in a relaxed and supportive environment! We understand the importance of positive social interactions and emotional regulation for children's growth and well-being. That's why our club offers a range of engaging activities, including art and craft, games, science experiments, Lego, and play. Led by trained facilitators, we focus on creating a space where children can benefit from enriching social experiences, learn to manage peer conflicts, and develop better emotional regulation during interactions with their peers. We cherish and celebrate the diversity of all neurotypes, ensuring that every child feels accepted and understood. Join us in nurturing a community where your child can thrive and build lasting connections with others. $1160 paid upfront, non-refundable ($960 for returning families)
  • SPARKjnr Resiliency Group
    Not currently running; interest for 2024 only 5 week program, time varies For children aged 5-10 years The SPARKjnr program is specifically designed for kids in a relaxed and supportive environment! We understand the importance of positive social interactions and emotional regulation for children's growth and well-being. Led by trained facilitators, we run a fun and interactive program that builds children's resiliency through the use of psychoeducation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based games and activities. Through the program children develop an understanding of their brains, thoughts, feelings and how their actions and choices interact with others in their worlds. Parents are provided a webinar that parallels their child's session each week so they know what their children are learning and how to meet their child where they are at and support them in their development. We cherish and celebrate the diversity of all neurotypes, ensuring that every child feels accepted and understood. We also offer 1-2 follow up parent sessions (20% off standard counselling rate) to discuss how to further support your child following the program by providing individualised support. Please note these sessions must be booked within 3 months of the course. $1250 paid upfront, non-refundable
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