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Amy Howie, Psychologist

Are you struggling with some aspect of your life? Feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or in pain? Speaking to a psychologist may help you have a better understanding of your symptoms or issues, as well as develop strategies and tools to manage more effectively in your daily life. Taking the first step to admitting you need help can be hard, and finding the right person to assist can be a challenge, so why choose Live Well Now Psychology?

My name is Amy Howie and I am the Psychologist and Director of Live Well Now Psychology. I have over 17 years’ experience as a psychologist and have assisted many clients across the lifespan who have presented with a wide range of issues. Some issues include anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, grief, personality disorders, relationship difficulty, adjustment problems, addiction, health issues and life transitions. I have a supportive, practical, non-judgmental style and have a home-based practice offering a comfortable and relaxed environment for you to be supported in your journey toward valued living. If you choose to work with me, we will work as a team to help you build the life you want.

I offer short, medium and long-term therapy for adults, children, adolescents, and couples.  I offer services through Medicare, Work Cover, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), private health, and am a provider for Australian Defence Force personnel. I prepare psychological reports and offer consultation and supervision to other health professionals.

Consulting RoomI have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Applied Psychology, am registered with the Australian Board of Psychology and am a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. I am a Board-Certified Supervisor for intern psychologists. This means that I must work to the highest professional standard, adhere to a Code of Ethics and am required to do at least 30 hours of professional development every year to maintain my accreditation. I have attended training in numerous models of therapy over the course of my career and draw from evidence-based models of therapy such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy.

Live Well Now Psychology is conveniently located in Shailer Park on the Southside of Brisbane, 5 minutes off the M1 motorway just 25 minutes from the CBD, half way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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Hours

Our hours are by appointment only. Most appointments are conducted in normal office hours from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.  Some after hours and Saturday appointments are available upon request. After hours appointments are not available through the online booking system. Please call or use the contact page to enquire about after hours services.

Booking an Appointment

Appointments  and enquiries can be made by:

To allow us to keep our consultation fees as low as possible we do not have a receptionist and are unable to take calls during consultations.  However, your enquiry is important to us so please leave a clear message and we will return your call as soon as possible, usually within an hour or two. A referral is  not required to make an appointment.

Fees

Counselling with a psychologist is more affordable than most people realise, with possible rebates from Medicare or private health. With a Doctor’s referral you may be eligible for a $84.80 Medicare rebate leaving an out of pocket expense of just $40.20 for subsequent sessions in business hours.

Initial individual counselling session (business hours) – $150

Subsequent individual counselling sessions (business hours) – $125

Initial individual counselling sessions (weekends/after hours) – $165

Subsequent individual counselling sessions (weekends/after hours) – $150

Initial session for couples/families (90 minutes) – $180 + $40 for online assessments

Subsequent sessions for couples – $150

Bulk billing or reduced fees may be available on request on a cancellation basis for health care card holders. Please note that this service will only be available to a small number of clients at any one time and is not available for initial or couple sessions.

Please enquire for fees relating to Work Cover, Victims of Crime, insurance claims, Employee Assistance Programs,  reports and professional supervision.

Consultation fees are due at the time of your appointment. We accept cash, credit and Eftpos.  For your convenience we have HICAPS for rebates from participating private health fundsMedicare rebates can usually be processed at the time of your appointment via the Hicaps system and paid directly into your cheque/savings account with your Eftpos card. 

Rebates

A Medicare rebate of $84.80 is available  with a current Mental Health Care Plan and a referral from your GP.  The out of pocket (gap) expense after the Medicare rebate for individual ongoing sessions with a Care Plan is $40.20 per session. The Medicare rebate can be refunded to your Eftpos card at the time of your appointment.

Private health fund rebates can obtained at the time of your appointment via Hicaps. Please check with your fund for rebates and limits for psychology services.

Work Cover and Employee Assistance Program invoices can be billed directly to the company.

Cancellations

We understand that from time to time emergencies occur that prevent you being able to attend your scheduled appointment. However, last minute cancellations cost our business a lot in lost income and prevent others from accessing services when needed. We therefore appreciate it if you can give us at least 2 days notice if you need to re-schedule. Same day cancellations will incur a $50 cancellation fee if the appointment cannot be filled and non-attendance without notice will incur the full fee.  To help you avoid cancellation fees an SMS reminder will be sent to you the day before your appointment, but please set your own reminders.

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