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Supporting the psychological and emotional well being of D/deaf and hard of hearing people and their families

E: christina_clarke@outlook.com      T: 07 3317 8366 (relay, voice)      M: 0468 577 225 (SMS, relay, voice)

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"Empathy... is one of the most potent aspects of therapy.  If a person is understood, he or she belongs."

Carl Rodgers

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Services

I offer a range of services including individual and family sessions, workshops and training, group work, consultancy and supervision.  If you are looking for something different, please get in touch so we can discuss the best way to work together.

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About

Dr Christina Clarke is a solo practitioner, who works alongside other therapists from time to time, providing supervision, placements and support to gain skills working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.  She founded and currently chairs the 'Online Mental Health & Deaf and Hard of Hearing People Network' which provides support and professional development to professionals from across Australia as part of the Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN).

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Dr Christina Clarke

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does each appointment last?

Sessions are approximately 50 minutes.  

How much do sessions cost?

GP referral/Mental Health Care Plan/Private:

Clinical Psychologist - $235


NDIS:

Clinical Psychologist - $224.41 (If Plan Managed, this means a $10 out of pocket cost for you.  If Self Managed, you are able to claim the entire fee from the NDIS)

Group fees vary - please contact us for further information. 

Am I eligible for a rebate?

You may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare with a relevant Mental Health Care Plan referral from your GP.  The current rebate from Medicare to see a

- Clinical Psychologist is $131.65 ($93.35 out of pocket)

- Psychologist/Registrar is $89.65 ($90.35 out of pocket)


Please speak to your GP for further information regarding eligibility.

Private fund rebates differ. Please contact your provider for eligibility and rebate amounts.

Please note - Christina no longer provides bulk billing.

Do you accept private health funds?

Yes we do.  Please check with your private health care provider regarding their coverage for psychological therapy and associated gap fees.

Are there other ways to fund therapy or group work?

NDIS : We provide individual and group work under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) under Therapeutic Supports/Improved Daily Living Skills category.  We are only able to provide services to participants who are Self or Plan managed.  Contact us for more information.

 Do you sign or use interpreters?

Christina currently holds a Diploma of Auslan Qualification. While her social signing is pretty good, she lacks the skill (not yet fluent or experienced enough) to unpack complex psychological concepts clearly and therefore uses professional Auslan interpreters for clients whose first language is Auslan or who prefer signing to spoken word. 


What days/hours do you work?

CHRISTINA - Clinical hours: 

Monday & Wednesday - 9am - 5pm; Thursday 10am - 2:30pm (Supervision only).

Workshops, supervision, group work, school visits: Please contact for availability.

What happens in a therapy session?

Sessions are flexible and tailored to the needs of clients.  This means that sometimes we meet with a family as a whole, other times it may be helpful to only speak with parents/carers or see a child or young person on their own.

Very often, sessions are a mixture of these options to allow information to be gathered from everyone and provide a space in which everyone feels supported. 

Do you see adults?

Yes: The main issues Christina supports in her adult work are: anxiety, depression/low mood, grief & loss, and stress.

Location/Parking

We are located on the mezzanine level of Aspley Hypermarket in Offices First opposite the main entrance.  There is lift access.  There is plenty of free onsite parking and buses run regularly to the Hypermarket Interchange.  The closest train station is Zillmere and Translink operate a bus service to the Hypermarket.

Do you provide Telehealth sessions or home visits?

We do provide telehealth appointments but conditions apply.  Please contact us for further information.  Unfortunately, we currently do not have capacity for home visits.

I am interested in working with you - what should I do?

Christina is ALWAYS interested in working with others who share an interest in deafness, hearing loss and mental health.  Regardless of profession or whether your interest is research or therapy based, or you want to see if I am hiring or are interested in a professional placement - please contact her.

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Information & Resources

Supportive helplines, websites, books and resources that I often recommend to clients.

National Helplines

Beyond Blue have summarised a list of helplines and websites within Queensland and nationally.

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/national-help-lines-and-websites

Parenting

Raising Children Network is an Australian website providing up-to-date and accurate advice and information on all topics in relation to children and young people. It is an excellent place to gain further information on just about everything.

https://raisingchildren.net.au/

All things Deaf

National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) - Leading UK charity for deaf children and their families.  An excellent website full of information, resources and advice.  All signed video is in BSL (British Sign Language) https://www.ndcs.org.uk/

Aussie Deaf Kids - Australian charity which aims to support families with deaf children. Another great website with information, advice and resources. https://www.aussiedeafkids.org.au/

Useful Apps & Books

Smiling Mind (App) - Mindfulness app with programs for every age and almost every issue.  Developed in Australia and highly recommended.

Sesame Street: Breathe, Think, Do (App) - Great app for under 7's or younger thinkers to help with emotional regulation. 

Poo goes to Pooland (App) - Useful story based app from the UK for children who struggle to use the toilet.

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Contact

Please note we work part time so it may be a few days/a week before we respond to your email.  Thank you for your patience.  We are also unable to provide a crisis service or support out of hours.  In an emergency or crisis situation please call Triple 000.  Online/telephone support can be found in the 'Resources' section.

59 Albany Creek Rd
Aspley Hypermarket (Offices First -Mezzanine Level) Aspley, Brisbane, QLD 4034

T: 07 3317 8366 (relay, voice) M: 0468577225 (SMS, relay, voice)

F: 07 3317 8300

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