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In Group Therapy, the process can take one of two forms known as 'Open Groups' or 'Closed Groups' and both have their pro's and con's. Open Groups allow new people to come into the program at any stage whereas a Closed Group means that the same group of people will go through the program together from start to finish.

The Empowered Recovery Groups program is a Closed Group and the next intake is to be confirmed.
Please note that payment is required in full prior to the start of the program and the deposit is non-refundable.
You asked, we answered.
When reviewing your options for outpatient addiction treatment, it is important to shop around. This process can assist you to shift the question from “What is the cost?” to “What is the value for me?” as you gain more understanding and direction around what the best option is for you.

At The TARA Clinic, our focus is on providing the highest value for your investment.

Under Medicare’s Better Access Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP), when you see a psychologist who is registered with Medicare you may be entitled to claim an $86.15 rebate for up to 10 individual sessions per calendar year. It is important to bring the MHCP referral to your appointment.

After each session eligible under your MHCP you will be provided with an invoice which you can lodge with Medicare to claim the rebate. After you have claimed your 6th rebate, you are required to see your GP for a MHCP Review and receive another referral letter. This letter must be provided to your therapist before you will be able to claim the further 4 rebates in the calendar year.

For clients who have private health insurance, depending on your level of cover and provider you may be eligible to claim a rebate from them. It is best to speak with someone from your health fund for further information.

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) recommended rate for individual psychological treatment for 46-60 minutes is $254.

Please note that payment for your Empowered Recovery program or Individual Consultation session is due on or prior to your initial appointment. We accept standard Visa or Mastercard Debit or Credit Cards payments, direct bank transfer or cash.
We understand that seeking support and treatment can be daunting, however we want to make your first session as comfortable as possible.

In your first session your therapist will focus on listening and asking questions to get to know you and understand what your concerns are. Then together you will create a plan that best meets your goals for therapy.

Your treatment plan is designed specifically with your individual needs in mind and initially will likely include weekly sessions or the suggestion to attend the Empowered Recovery outpatient programs. The number and frequency of sessions you need will be mutually agreed upon with your therapist and is always open for review.
Making the effort to arrive on time and having to wait can be frustrating. We understand your time is as valuable as ours and as such, your therapist will work hard to make sure that your session starts and finishes on time.

However, in the event that your therapist is managing a concern with another client and is a few minutes late to meet you, we ask for your patience as this will take priority.

Each individual session is 45-50 minutes in duration. Should you arrive late for your session, you will forfeit some of that time to ensure that it does not impact on other clients.
The TARA Clinic’s cancellation policy states:

Empowered Recovery Programs

In the event that you will be unable to attend a scheduled session, please inform The TARA Clinic by email to a minimum of 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. It is recommended that the appointment be rescheduled for within the same working day, where possible, to ensure continuity of care.

The TARA Clinic reserves the right to cancel treatment in the event that your rescheduling of or missed appointments is negatively impacting on the therapeutic result of your treatment. This will be discussed with you where possible prior to cancelation in order to assist you through any barriers to treatment. Upon cancelation, there will be no refund for any sessions not completed.

Individual Consultations

Any cancellations or rescheduled appointments must be made a minimum of 24 hours prior to the scheduled session. In the event of a late cancellation, non-attendance or rescheduled appointment within 24 hours of the consultation is the full fee in addition to the fee of the new consultation.

The TARA Clinic's therapists are well versed in other areas of concern such as Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues and Work-Related Stress.

If the concern you are experiencing is outside our clinician’s scope of expertise, we will ensure that an appropriate referral suggestion is made, and a clinical handover is provided to your chosen clinician. We want to ensure that you are looked after by the best person possible.
As registered health professionals, we are legally not permitted to provide client testimonials.

Though, the honest answer is that it all depends on how ready you may be for change. Your therapist will be honest with you and work at your pace to guide you towards your goals, challenging and motivating you along the way.

By understanding the difference between a lapse and relapse, you will begin to see your own success in a more realistic light.

Our mission is to ensure that you will be educated, have access to the correct tools and therapies and a point of contact to reach your recovery goals.

It is important to understand that your therapist will provide you with the tools and strategies for recovery, and it will be up to you to put them into action. We will be here to support you every step of the way though we can't do the work for you.
Psychologists are bound by strict confidentiality regulations which ensure that your details will not be shared with anyone outside of the therapeutic relationship.

There are limitations to this confidentiality agreement where we may need to speak to someone about our concerns.

The limitations to confidentiality include:
- If the psychologist is concerned for your safety or the safety of someone else
- If the psychologist is concerned for the safety of a child/minor, an elderly person or another vulnerable person
- If the psychologist is made aware of specific criminal activity that has not been dealt with by the judicial system and meets the criteria of a Serious Indictable Offence.
- If details of a registered health professional who is placing their patient's at risk

In the event that we are required to breach confidentiality however, the psychologist will make every effort to inform you of their intention to breach confidentiality, unless in doing so increases the risk of harm.
The short answer is no.

Our clinicians will work with you to assist you reaching your own recovery goals. In doing so, you will be provided with information about any risks involved in the unhelpful behaviour patterns you are living with and offer ways to reduce the risks. This is called Harm Minimisation and focusses on reducing the risks to yourself and the community from your behaviour.

During your treatment, you will learn the difference between substance use, substance abuse and addiction. Usually this will help you to understand more clearly what your recovery goal would look like and how to work towards it.

It is strongly recommended to avoid consuming any substances prior to attending your session to ensure you are able to engage fully in the session as well as ensuring the welfare and safety of yourself and the therapist. The TARA Clinic reserves the right to refuse to provide treatment at any time.