Understanding and helping children, caregivers and families
who have experienced disruption, trauma and family stress.

Clinical Psychology services
that transform families

Clinical Psychology Services that transform families

Sometimes we all need assistance to cope with stress in our lives. Whilst this can be a hard step to take, psychologists can offer support and assistance to make some important changes and help you to be able to cope again.

“ You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

 

C.S. Lewis

Lorren Arezio provides therapy and support services to children, adults and families. Her focus is to support children and families who have been impacted by relational trauma and abuse, or disruption and changes in their family system that have caused stress.

Find out how she can support you and those you support and live with to move forward.

WHAT TO EXPECT
IN YOUR INITIAL
APPOINTMENT?

Lorren offers a professional yet friendly and supportive environment in which to:

  • Discuss & understand your particular issues
  • Develop a joint treatment plan
  • Answer any questions you may have

HOW DO I FIND
OUT MORE?

 

Contact Lorren to talk about your specific issues and circumstances.
You can then assess if you would like to proceed with an appointment.

 

Lorren Arezio

Clinical Psychologist

Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) Member
DDP Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer
Circle of Security Parenting (COS) Trainer

Lorren Arezio is a registered Clinical Psychologist, working in Queensland Australia. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and has worked for many years in public health and private settings in both Queensland and South Australia. Lorren has extensive experience in the area of Child Protection, providing support and therapy to children, families, foster carers, and other professional staff in order to improve the mental health outcomes for children in care. She is also experienced in supporting families (adults and children) through transitions, life disruption, managing stress, anxiety and parenting challenges. Lorren works through an attachment and trauma lens, and is invested into helping adults and children to overcome difficulties and to thrive. In addition to the above, Lorren maintains a strong interest in adoption and adoptive families, both in a professional sense but also as a mother of three children, the youngest of whom is an adopted child. This combined experience has enabled Lorren to understand first hand many of the struggles and difficulties experienced by children and families as they transition through various life changes. Lorren brings this knowledge and experience with a desire to support children and families to thrive.

Lorren maintains registration as a Psychologist with Clinical Endorsement through the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA). She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). In addition, Lorren is an accredited Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Parenting and Pratice (DDP), and also an accredited trainer in the Circle of Security Parenting Programme (COS-P). She draws heavily upon these intervention frameworks within her clinical work.

Services

Sometimes we all need assistance to cope with stress in our lives. Whilst this can be a hard step to take, psychologists can offer support and assistance to make some important changes and help you to be able to cope again.

 

Lorren offers support and assistance in the following areas:

 

  • Working with children who have experienced early trauma, abuse and disruption.
  • Working with family, parents, kinship and foster carers who are caring for children in care or who have experienced early trauma, abuse and disruption.
  • Working with children and their families who have experienced adoption.
  • Helping parents to understand and parent children with special needs including ADHD, ASD, Speech and Language difficulties, sensory issues, and anxiety.
  • Working with families who are experiencing stressful life events.

 

Lorren is a registered Clinical Psychologist who works from a strong attachment and trauma framework. She is an accredited Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Parenting and Practice (DDP) developed by Dr Daniel Hughes, and utilises this approach in much of her client work.

Lorren is also trained in the Circle of Security Parenting Programme (COS-P) and frequently draws from this within her work. She is qualified to provide both individual and group training programmes in this approach. Lorren is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Supervision for Professionals

Lorren maintains a strong commitment to supervision. As such she maintains regular supervision herself to ensure the ongoing quality of her clinical work. In addition, she offers professional supervision to other clinicians who are working with children and families. Lorren recognizes that it is important to have a confidential place for professionals to check in and to receive support in the ongoing work they do. If you are a professional, and this is something that would interest you, please email Lorren to talk further. You will find her email listed in the contacts section.

As an accredited Consultant and Trainer in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Parenting and Practice (DDP). Lorren is also able to offer supervision and to support clinicians through the practicum to become accredited as a DDP Practitioner. Further information regarding this process can be found on the DDPI website – https://ddpnetwork.org. Please feel free to email Lorren if this is something that interests you.

Fees &
Rebates

Lorren understands the importance for families in understanding what their costs will be at the outset. She has endeavored to provide affordable options to enable all families to access the support they need.

 

Standard Cost of Sessions

Lorren’s standard rate for a 50 minute session is $195. There are ways to offset this cost either through Medicare or through accessing your Private Health Fund if you have this provision. Information about both of these are provided below. Note however that you will only be able to claim one of these per individual session (i.e. either the Medicare rebate or a rebate through your Private Health Fund, but not both).

All accounts will first need to be paid in full, and then claimed back through either Medicare or your Private Health Fund if eligible.

Payments need to be made on the day of appointment, either through our EFT machine if you are in clinic, or through a bank transfer if your session has been on line. If in clinic, we will be able to process the Medicare claim for you. If not you will then be provided with a tax receipt for claiming back any eligible rebate.

Medicare

Your doctor can refer you to psychologist with a GP Mental Heath Plan that entitles you to a Medicare rebate for up to a maximum of 10 sessions per calendar year. The current rate from Medicare for a 50 minute session with a Clinical Psychologist is $141.85. This will leave your out of pocket expenses per eligible session at approximately $54.

To receive this rebate, talk with your doctor about your eligibility.

 

Private Health Fund Rebates

If you are insured for extras through a Private Health Fund, you may be eligible for a rebate for psychological services. You will need to talk with your fund to determine your eligibility. They should be able to give you the amount of the rebate to which you may be entitled. You will only be able to claim however on sessions for which you have not also claimed the Medicare rebate, as you are unable to claim both for any single session.

 

 

“ Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her. ”

— Uri Bronfenbrenner

FAQ

Do I need a doctor's referral to see a psychologist?

No, you do not need a referral to see Lorren. You are welcome to contact her and make an appointment at any time you feel psychological services would be helpful for you. However to be able to claim the Medicare rebate, you will need a current Mental Health Plan and Referral through your GP or a Referral from a Psychiatrist or Paediatrician.

You will need to have this prior to any session you wish to claim for, as Medicare will not backdate.

If I have a referral from my GP, are Medicare rebates available?

Yes. Clients referred by their GP under a Mental Health Care Plan are able to receive a Medicare rebate. The rebate for Clinical Psychologists is currently $141.85 for a 50 minute session, with a maximum of 10 individual psychology sessions per calendar year.

Can I do sessions on line?

Yes, on line sessions are still available and claimable under Medicare. Not all sessions are appropriate to be undertaken in this way however. If you would like to talk further about your circumstances, please call the clinic and talk with our receptionist who will be able to help you.

Can I do phone sessions?

No Lorren does not offer sessions via phone, as she feels it does not provide enough information to adequately assess for clinical risk.

What is a Mental Health Care Plan?

A Mental Health Care Plan and Referral letter is prepared by your GP following a Mental Health Assessment. In order to prepare your Plan and Referral, your GP will most likely ask you to complete a questionnaire about how you have been feeling lately and will also speak with you about your concerns. Mental Health Care Plans are generally provided for issues such as depression, anxiety and stress and outline proposed treatment options and goals to improve your psychological health. GPs generally like clients to access the services and supports they need to cope with life, so talk to your GP if you feel you would benefit from accessing psychological services.

How many Medicare sessions can I receive?

When your GP refers you under a Mental Health Care Plan, you are eligible to receive a Medicare rebate for a maximum of 10 individual psychology sessions within a calendar year. Lorren will provide a report back to your GP at the completion of 6 sessions and again at the end of the 10 sessions. Your GP will review and monitor if the further four sessions are required but generally they want you to have access to the help you need, so will be guided by what the psychologist is recommending.

I already have a GP Mental Health Plan and Referral, but I want to see a different psychologist to the one previously listed. Is that possible?

Yes. You can see any psychologist as part of your plan, but generally it is good to ask your GP to write a new Referral Letter.  Bring  this along with you when you come. However you will still only be able to access a total of 10 sessions per calendar year.

I already have a GP Mental Health Plan and Referral from a previous year that I did not use all the sessions for. Can I still use that to access the Medicare Rebate?

Yes. It does not matter when the plan started, however you will still only be able to access a maximum of 10 sessions per calendar year. If your old plan and referral was already partially used, you can start with this and then get a new referral when you need one in order to access the full 10 sessions for that calendar year.

Can I claim through my Health Fund?

Depending on your Health Fund and your level of extra’s cover, you may be eligible to claim a rebate for psychological services. However, you will not be able to receive both a Medicare and Health Fund rebate for the same session. We recommend you contact your Health Fund to find out more about what you may be covered for.

Do you see children and adolescents as well as adults?

Yes. Lorren has experience with children of all ages and also adults.

Do you see adults wanting to deal with their childhood trauma?

Yes we do. Lorren is experienced in working with childhood trauma, whether they present as children or later in life as adults.

What about confidentiality?
As a registered Clinical Psychologist, Lorren is required to maintain confidentiality of all personal information gathered as part of the provision of the psychological service.  This means she is required to store all personal information securely and also not disclose it to other parties. The only exceptions to this are:
      • If you have given prior consent for the information to be shared (e.g. with a partner or other family members or with other professionals or stakeholders).
      • If not disclosing information would place you or another person at risk of harm,
      • If it is subpoenaed by a court.
How long does a session last?

Standard sessions are 50 minutes (maximum of 60 minutes). Generally this is sufficient, however if you feel you need longer you are free to request a double appointment. Please note however that you will only be able to claim the Medicare rebate on one of these sessions.

Do you bulk bill?

Sorry, we do not bulk bill.

Can I just pay the difference (the gap)?

No. With Medicare rebates, you will need to pay the full amount. After payment, the claim can then be submitted to Medicare.

Do you have a concession rate?

Not as a rule. However if you are currently experiencing financial difficulties, please talk to us and we will see what we are able to do to ensure you still have access to the support you need.

Are you a Clinical Psychologist?

Yes. Lorren has an endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychologist. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society and an accredited Practitioner and Consultant in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Lorren has also been trained in the Circle of Security (COS) Parenting intervention framework.

Whats the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?
Both Psychologists and Psychiatrists work in the area of mental health, however there are some differences between the two professions. 
      • A Psychiatrist is required to complete a medical degree prior to specialising in mental health.
      • A Psychiatrist can prescribe medication but a Psychologist cannot.
      • Psychologists work with a range of people with emotional and psychological difficulties including people who may not have mental health difficulties but who just want to improve their overall functioning and wellbeing.  
      • Psychologists receive specialist training in a range of non-medical interventions however will work closely with GPs and other medical specialists.

Clinic appointments

Shop 36, 302 South Pine  Rd, Brendale QLD 4500

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Contact

Phone: (07) 3261 2909

Postal

PO BOX 113, Clontarf Beach QLD 4019

Clinical Supervision or DDP

If you are seeking a supervisor for your clinical work, or would like to know more about Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy or Practice (DDP or DDP-PACE), please click here