Parenting Therapy FAQs

What is videoconference parenting therapy?

This is a therapy provided to parents with the goal of improving their children's mental health issue. Parents meet regularly via videoconference to discuss strategies to improve either the behaviour, emotion or thinking of their child with a focus on reducing distress (both to child and others) and increasing functioning (both of child and others). The parenting strategies employed in our online treatment are all evidence-based and utilise an attachment-based behavioural approach.

What is the evidence base for videoconference and self-directed parenting therapy?

At Couch in the Cloud we utilise an attachment-based behavioural family approach for child behaviour problems and a cognitive-behavioural family systems approach for mood and anxiety issues. Both of these interventions have been shown to be effective for the improvement of child behaviour and anxiety. See research below.

What is self-directed parenting therapy?

We have developed an online program for use by parents to improve their children's mental health. The program involves 8 modules that help parents learn strategies to improve their child's functioning and reduce their child's distress.

What does it cost?

Videoconference: At present we offer 50 minute therapy sessions plus 10 minutes of administration (i.e. writing notes and liaising with other professionals on your behalf) for $75. Self-directed: Each treatment program costs $60.

Who provides videoconference based parenting therapy at Couch in the Cloud?

In keeping with Couch in the Cloud's commitment to professional excellence, all of our clinicians are trained Clinical Psychologists. This means they are specialist mental health professionals accredited to practice clinical psychology by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority (Australia's peak body overseeing health carer registration). A clinical psychologist undertakes more psychology training than most mental health professionals. Specifically, each of our clinical psychologist have undertaken 4 years of basic psychology training including an honours research year; in addition to a further 2 years of postgraduate training in clinical psychology practice that is followed by a further 2 years of supervision by an experienced Clinical Psychologist. Following this, most of our clinicians complete PhD research in the field of clinical psychology (a further 3 years of training). Many of our clinicians have published research in the field of adult and child mental health. In total, our clinicians will have completed approximately 8-11 years of training.

Can I find out about my clinician before I get started?

Sure, no problem. We can send you information about each of our clinicians. You can confirm their credentials on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.

Is my child's GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist involved in this process?

Werequire some level of collaboration and involvement with GPs. Therefore, in all instances we require contact and collaboration with your General Practitioner (GP). Your GP may be managing your child's Mental Health Care Plan or your medication or both and therefore it is important that your clinician speaks with them regularly to update on your situation.

How long does each session last?

A typical session runs for 1 hour, however we believe it is important to be flexible to your needs.In some cases only a brief session (e.g., 20 minutes) is required, and in some cases a longer session (e.g., 2 hours) is required.

Am I eligible for a rebate?

At present Medicare does not provide rebates for online psychological services to all people. However, shortly (in November) Medicare will start to offer rebates for people in certain remote areas. The Medicare rebatable psychological services via telehealth will be available for patients living in Modified Monash Model regions four to seven, which cover smaller country towns and remote and very remote locations See the below weblink for more information.

Do you charge for an initial chat?

No. After you contact us we will email or phone you so you can find out more about our service and whether it would be a good fit for you.

Where do I attend the initial assessment session?

We have two options: 1. We can meet you online. We use Adobe Connect for all of our video sessions. It is a reliable and secure videoconferencing platform. When you have been allocated to a clinician they will send you a welcome package in a pdf or word format document with instructions on how to connect. 2. We can speak to you over the phone.

How long will the therapy last?

We expect most people to complete the videoconference or self-directed parenting therapy programs with 3-4 months.

Where do I attend sessions?

We use Adobe Connect for all of our video sessions. It is a reliable and secure videoconferencing platform. When you have been allocated to a clinician they will send you a welcome package in a pdf or word format document with instructions on how to connect.

How do I book sessions?

For your initial session you and your therapist will agree upon a time to meet. For all sessions after that we have an online booking system to make it a seemless process for you. We will send you a text reminder 24 hours before your session in case you forget. You should treat the process like face-to-face therapy, turning up on time, dressed approppriately and not avoiding late cancellations.