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:
- Individual 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.
- Groups Programs - there are two current programs available: Befriending Emotions and Befriending Fears. Click on the names of the programs to see more information.
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
For individual therapy and assessment referrals, 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].
For group program referrals, there are three options to choose from:
- Self -referral
- Connect to Wellbeing (no out-of-pocket costs associated if eligible) see referral form here.
- Mental Health Treatment Plan only, that specifies group from your GP
For more information on group referral processes, please see the fee structure section below, or contact us at the clinic on (07) 4781 4706.
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 January 2022:
Individual Therapy (for various presenting issues)
- Psychological therapy (with provisional Psychologist) $40 per session (Full price) / $20 per session (Concession*)
- Psychological therapy (with fully registered/ clinical Psychologist) $190 per session (Full price) or Bulk-Billed for Concession*
- Please note, Mental Health Treatment Plans from a referring GP allow clients access to Medicare rebates for between 10-20 sessions per calendar year.
Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP)
- Psychological therapy provided by Registered or Clinical Psychologist -full fee =$190. Concession session = Bulk Billed. Under a MHCP, Medicare rebates are available (Registered Psychologist $88.25, Clinical Psychologist $129.55)
Various psychological assessments including cognitive, learning difficulties, neurodevelopmental, attention and memory:
- Completed by provisional Psychologists: $400-$700 (Full Price)/ $250-$450 (Concession*)
- Completed by fully registered/ clinical psychologist: $700-$1200 (Full Price) / $400- $800 (Concession*)
- Prices are on a sliding scale depending on assessments required. Exact amount will be confirmed and agreed to prior to each assessment.
- No cost involved if eligible through Connect to Wellbeing - you will need a current Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHCP) & referral to Connect to Wellbeing made by your GP. The referral form for Connect to Wellbeing can be found here.
- For those ineligible to access Connect to Wellbeing , but with MHCP for groups, Medicare rebate applies for 10 sessions leaving you with an out-of pocket fee of $17.10 per session.
- Or $50 per session for self referral clients without a MHCP - no GP referral required.
* Concession includes current JCU Students and/or individuals with a valid Health Care Card or Senior/Pension concession card. *
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 SupervisorRead Bio
Clinical Psychologist RegistrarRead Bio
Clinical PsychologistRead Bio
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 has worked in clinical and university settings, schools, residential rehabilitation for alcohol and other drugs, and most recently, in adolescent mental health. 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, cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and motivational interviewing to manage a variety of symptoms and enhance wellbeing.
Clinical Psychologist Registrar
Jenna is a registered psychologist (clinical registrar) working at the James Cook University Psychology Clinic. With a strong passion for psychology, she completed her Bachelor of Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical) at James Cook University. Jenna enjoys assisting clients in achieving their individual goals whilst helping them feel empowered and understood. She works with clients across the lifespan, with a particular interest in women’s and perinatal mental health. Jenna uses a client-centred reflective approach to deliver a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Attachment-Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and supportive counselling. Jenna works with a range of client presentations including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, parenting concerns and coping with life transitional periods. In addition, she has a strong interest in conducting psychological assessments including cognitive, neuropsychological, specific learning disorders, ADHD and ASD.
Daria is a clinical psychologist with passion for assisting people in connecting with their strengths and reaching their full potential. Her areas of interest and experience include complex trauma recovery, personality vulnerabilities, chronic health conditions, adjustment challenges, mood disorders, grief and loss, impacts of working with traumatised clients (vicarious trauma), and LGBTQIA+ related challenges.
In her work, Daria applies evidence-based interventions tailored to individual needs. She utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), with elements of systemic approach, Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and relaxation and mindfulness methods. Daria regularly participates in professional development events to expand her expertise.
Daria has worked across a range of settings including university, community, non for profit, government and private organisations and delivered individual as well as group interventions, including therapy, psychoeducation, and skills training.
Daria speaks English and Polish, and welcomes clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.