Elyse Frankel

B.Sc (Psych), Grad Dip Psych (Couns), M.Psych (Clinical) MAPS

Clinical Psychologist

Frequently Asked Questions

This frequently asked questions section may help answer some of your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical practitioner who specialises in mental health and can prescribe medication. Psychologists are trained mental health professionals who help clients with problems which affect their everyday life such as stress, depression, relationship issues and anxiety.

What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical psychologists have additional training in psychology and specialise in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues, which can include psychological disorders, as well as daily life challenges, life transitions, and personal development. Clinical Psychologists must hold a minimum of a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and 2 years’ supervised work experience after receiving their degree. Clinical Psychologists have specialist endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia and are specialist providers under Medicare and as such their clients are eligible for a higher level of rebate.

How do I book an appointment?

To book an appointment please contact me or telephone me on 0414 764 663 and I will respond.

How long does a session last?

First appointments will usually take 1hr to 1hr 15mins to enable a thorough detailed understanding of the difficulties you are facing.

All subsequent sessions will last for 55 minutes. The number of sessions needed will depend on the nature of your concerns and will be discussed after the initial consultation.

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a referral, unless you are eligible to claim through Medicare.

How do I claim consultations with Medicare?

Your GP or Psychiatrist are able to determine if you are eligible for services that are funded by Medicare. If so you would be entitled under the 'Better Access to Mental Health Initiative' to receive from medicare a rebate for up to ten therapy sessions in each calendar year. Make an appointment with your GP to discuss the issues you have been facing. Your GP will then complete a Mental Health Care plan (MHCP). You will need to bring your MHCP to your first appointment. More information about Medicare rebates can be found from Medicare Australia on 132011

Can I claim fees from my private health fund?

Most private health funds provide rebates for psychological services depending upon your level of cover. Please contact your health fund to find out more. You are not able to claim from Medicare and your private health fund for the same session.

How do I pay?

The fees charged are guided by the Australian Psychological Society and you are welcome to discuss the current fees when you make contact. Fees can be paid by cash or card payments at the end of the appointment. Please bring your Medicare card.

Do you charge cancellation fees?

24 hours notice is required for cancellation or changes to your appointment time. Less than 24 hours notice will incur a cancellation fee of the full cost of the session.

Professional Associations and Links

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The Mt Lawley Counselling Centre has a large group of psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists who specialise in different areas of therapy, and are highly trained and experienced.


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Established in October 2000, beyondblue initially focused on raising awareness of depression and reducing the associated stigma. As our knowledge and impact on people's lives broadened, through research and community engagement, we added the key issue of anxiety conditions in 2011 and, more recently, suicide prevention to our core purpose.


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The Black Dog Institute brings together the strength of a medical research institute and a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by poor mental health.
With representatives across the country, our primary focus is the development and dissemination of the knowledge needed to understand, prevent and treat the significant mental health challenges facing the world. All our work is based on scientific and clinical evidence and we always incorporate the voice of lived experience. We aim to significantly reduce the incidence of mental illness and suicide, remove the stigma and empower all people to live the most mental healthy life possible.


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The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the premier professional organisation for psychologists in Australia, representing over 21,000 members.
The APS brings energy and focus to a wide range of activities to advance and unite psychology as a discipline and profession, and spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to people’s lives.