Assessment and Therapy

Why access our behaviour assessment and therapy services?

Ensuring inclusion for children with complex and challenging behaviour often requires specialised strategies on how to cater for their specific needs and circumstances. Our assessment and therapy service provides developmental and behavioural assessment and intervention related to cognitive, emotional, and behavioural challenges.

How we can help

Together we work to understand your child and their developmental needs. We can help your child develop better coping skills, and support you to learn to respond appropriately to your child’s behaviours, and meet their developmental needs.

Examples of behaviours our psychologists can help with include:

  • aggression (physical and verbal)
  • anxiety
  • non-compliance
  • poor attachment relationships
  • self-harm
  • running away
  • school refusal

We practice using a transdisciplinary model and work collaboratively to ensure we provide a considered, holistic and balanced service. We share knowledge, skills and information to best support the needs of each child and their family.

We provide individual sessions to children and their families to support:

  • Play skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Social and communication skills
  • Thinking and concentrating
  • Behaviour and self-esteem
  • Self-care and hygiene

Our psychologists have a wealth of experience in supporting young children with disabilities and their families. We work with you to develop a plan focused on your child’s learning, emotional, and behavioural needs.

Registrations and Memberships

Carers Connection psychologists are registered with:

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Medicare
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Psychologists practicing in Australia must be registered with AHPRA. This ensures psychologists meet the national requirements for education and continuing professional development. Each of our psychologists also have a medicare provider number. This means that parents referred under Medicare’s Better Mental Health Care Plan are eligible to receive a rebate for therapy services.

Who do we work with?

We provide psychology services to children 0-12 years of age living with a broad range of disabilities, including:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Williams Syndrome
  • Angelman Syndrome
  • Smith-Magenis Syndrome

Rebates and referrals 

You do not require a referral to make an appointment with Carers Connection. However, if your child has been referred to Carers Connection by your GP, you are eligible to receive a Medicare rebate of up to $108.25 where a Mental Health Care Plan is in place. This rebate covers up to 10 therapy sessions, per individual, per calendar year. For more information on this type of rebate view the Australian Psychological Society website’s fact sheet on mental health rebates.

How do I get started?

If your child has access to NDIS funding, simply call to book your first session. 

If you would like a Medicare rebated session follow these simple steps:    

Step 1

Visit your GP who will determine if you are eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan, based on your symptoms and personal circumstances. Book a “long consultation” with your GP as the preparation of the Mental Health Care Plan can take 30-40 minutes.  

Step 2

Ask your GP for a referral to Carers Connection. Initially, you will be referred for up to 6 counselling sessions. If more sessions are needed you can return to your GP for a Mental Health Review. If your GP believes that you would benefit from more counselling, your GP will approve another 4 sessions.

Step 3

Give us a call and we will book your first session.