About the Clinic
James Cook University Psychology Clinic was established in 1995 with the objective of providing practical supervision to students undertaking postgraduate psychology training. Decades later, the JCU Psychology Clinic continues to provide a range of services to the community of North Queensland and supports the clinical research endeavours of staff and postgraduate students.
The JCU Psychology Clinic is a training clinic for provisionally registered psychologists (through AHPRA) who have completed four years of undergraduate study and are undertaking their postgraduate training in clinical psychology. Members of the community are invited to access our therapy and assessment services with provisional psychologists who are under the supervision of highly experienced clinical psychologists. Staff involved in clinical supervision of postgraduate students are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and are members (or eligible to be members) of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists.
We offer high quality and affordable therapy services to promote health and wellbeing, including clinical assessments for a range of difficulties. For example:
- Therapy interventions for mood, anxiety and emotional regulation difficulties, health concerns, parenting support and interpersonal relationships.
- Assessments for childhood developmental disorders, learning difficulties, cognitive impairment, behaviour, traumatic brain injury and dementia
In addition to therapy and assessments provided by provisional psychologists, we are pleased to accept a small number of Mental Health Treatment Plans (MHTP) for clients to work with one of the clinical psychologists on staff in the clinic.
Please note there may be a waitlist for our services due to the low cost & high demand in the community.
Services Not Offered
As this is a training facility, we are unable to accept clients who are likely to need more intensive support. It is important to note that we do not accept referrals for the following issues:
- Medico/legal, worker’s compensation, family court, or other legal matters
- Walk-in, crisis, or emergency services
- Criminal-related behaviours or concerns
- High risk of suicidality or self-harm / high risk of violence to self or others
- Current psychotic behaviours
We encourage you to see your local doctor or other suitable health professional for more appropriate referral options for your needs. In cases where the clinic is unable to accept a referral, we will endeavour to identify appropriate services that might be able to meet these needs. If you require immediate assistance, please contact one of the following services:
- Acute Care Team (ACT) Townsville: 1300 MH CALL (1300 64 2255)
- Mental Health Helpline: 1800 332 388
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
- Emergency Services: 000
How to Refer
You can self-refer, or have a medical, health or educational professional refer on your behalf. The referral form can be found online here, otherwise referral letters can be faxed to (07) 4779 2739 or emailed to [email protected].
Please note, due to the nature of the clinic being student-led, not all referrals may be appropriate for provisional psychologists who are undergoing training. The clinic manager is responsible for reviewing all referrals to determine suitability for the clinic.
Being a training facility, Medicare and Private Health Insurance rebates are not accessible for services provided by students through the JCU Psychology Clinic. Medicare rebates through MHTP’s are accepted for sessions with a clinical psychologist. Please contact the Clinic for further inquiries, otherwise see table below for prices as of February 2021:
Individual Therapy (for various presenting issues)
- Psychological therapy (with provisional psychologist) - $30 per session (Full Price) | $15 per session (Concession*)
Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP)
- Psychological therapy provided by clinical psychologist (10 -20 sessions) - $50 gap fee** per session | Bulk Billed per session (Concession*)
Various psychological assessments completed by provisional psychologists - $400 - $700 (Full Price) | $240 – $420 (Concession*)Prices are on a sliding scale depending on assessments required. Exact amount will be confirmed and agreed to prior to each assessment.
- Currently on hold
* Concession includes current JCU Students and/or individuals with a valid Health Care Card or Senior/Pension concession card. **Clients will need to pay the full fee of $178.40 at the time of their appointment, and the Medicare rebate of $128.40 will be processed immediately at reception. Funds are usually processed within 24hrs depending on banking institutions. This leaves a $50 out of pocket expense for the client per MHTP therapy session.
Privacy, Confidentiality & Request of Information
All psychologists (including provisional) have a legal and an ethical responsibility to maintain confidentiality and privacy of all material including all written records, electronic records, recordings and verbal material. The practice of all psychologists is guided by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines.
Further information about privacy, records, requests for information, confidentiality and exceptions to confidentiality are clearly outlined on the consent form signed by individuals accessing the clinic for services. All requests of information relating to psychology services need to be provided in writing to the JCU Psychology Clinic Manager via [email protected], and must include the client’s name, date of birth, address, proof of identity and what information is being requested. Signed consent is required for external agencies. Please allow 30 days to process any requests for information as per current policies. If you would like further information about this, do not hesitate to contact the JCU Psychology Clinic Manager via [email protected] or on (07) 4781 4706.
Psychology Clinic Staff
JCU Psychology Clinical Manager - Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor
Siobhan is a clinical psychologist and the JCU Psychology Clinic Manager. Whilst supervising psychology students on placement within the JCU Psychology Clinic, Siobhan also provides some therapy and assessment services to the community. Siobhan enjoys working with ages across the lifespan and has skills in both individual and group settings. Siobhan uses an evidence-based and person-centred approach to therapy, utilizing a range of therapeutic modalities including compassion focused therapy, CBT, DBT, ACT, and MI to manage a variety of symptoms and enhance wellbeing. Siobhan has worked in clinical settings, schools, residential rehabilitation for alcohol and other drugs, and most recently, in adolescent mental health