Response to COVID-19
The COVID-19 virus has had a significant impact on the way we live our lives. Its impact has been pervasive as so many of us will find ourselves affected in one way or another. Fortunately the loss of lives and illness in Australia has been significantly lower than rates seen across other parts of the globe. We have not been spared of economic hardship however and tragically, many people across various sectors have found themselves without employment, unexpectedly, within a matter of days. Stress, anxiety, fear and uncertainty levels are at an all time high and being cooped up at home for extended durations of time with family members can be trying. This can give rise to new mental health difficulties or exacerbate previously underlying issues.
What I’m able to do:
For those who are in need of service, I’m available to assist with a host of mental health and family concerns.
For those who may no longer be able to afford therapy at the full price, I am increasing my bulk billing capacity. This means you will be able to access a therapy service with no co-payment required to make up the gap between the government subsidised amount ($86.15) and the regular price of $170.
Priority will be given to exiting patients who may no longer be able to afford therapy at their previous rate and then I will be opening up to new clients who require a psychological service who cannot afford the gap.
To qualify, obtain a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from your GP. This will give you access to 10 therapy sessions. I’ll be assessing new clients based on need and will be trying to assist those in most critical situations first.
Access to therapy:
The office space is maintained to an exceptionally high level of cleanliness. Hard surfaces are wiped down daily, an air purifier is in consistent operation and client contact with the office space beyond the couch is very minimal. Face to face will continue where necessary. Distance between couches exceeds the current 1.5 meter social distancing recommendations yet still feels natural.
Other forms of access to psychological services:
Telehealth options are available and will be in ongoing use. The two platforms with a visual component used are Zoom and Skype. Phone sessions are also available.
The government’s mental health focused package announced on Sunday 29th March 2020 provided for Telehealth options which are Bulk Billed if you have an MHCP which means 10 sessions will come at no cost to you.
Tim Yassine Psychology
Psychologist for Young Adults, Adolescents and Older Children in Burwood.
Life can get overwhelming at times and it's helpful to be reminded you don't have to be alone. I’m a Registered Psychologist in Burwood in Sydney's Inner West, and I’m here to help you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery. For your child I'm able to help them directly, or help you help them.
I'm able to assist Teens, Young Adults, Adolescents and Older Children with a range of issues related but not limited to: stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, grief, identity issues, family issues, relationship issues or if you are just needing a supportive relationship.
Finding the right professional can be challenging but when the right one is found, it can harness real change coming from within. I'm a relatively young psychologist who resonates well with Teens, Young Adults, Adolescents and Older Children able to participate in forms of talk therapy. I do work with adults also up to about forty years of age.
I work really well with young guys who sometimes find it hard to connect to a therapist and their existing friends and family aren't really a support option. I adhere to strict values around confidentiality and my clinic has confidential entry with no obvious signage leading up to the entry nor on the suite door. A GP referral is not necessary to see me although if you are looking to claim the Medicare rebate (see Services page), it will be required.
Due to my experience and interests, a large component of my work is also assisting young people with disabilities and I have been working within the NDIS framework since its rollout in 2016.
About Therapy - A Little About What to Expect
Our first session is generally spent discussing what you're seeking to obtain from our time together and determining the best approach for ongoing work. I lean towards a more psychodynamic, existential and humanistic style thus I look to do some deeper work. However, I can work within a cognitive behavioural framework which looks at the interplay of thoughts, emotions and behaviour or an Interpersonal style which examines relationships and communication style. This is additional to mindfulness based approaches.
The first few sessions are about getting to know you and the issues you'd like to bring to the conversation. Afterwards we get to more in depth work which is not always structured but always meaningful.
All meetings are required to be scheduled before arriving at the clinic door.
The clinic is located in the heart of Burwood a minute walk from Burwood Train Station and buses. It is a brief 3 - 5 minute walk from Burwood Westfield where free parking can be found for 2 hours. Alternatively, there is a paid parking station directly opposite the clinic for a quick entry and escape as well as a council car park close by on George street. Street parking is available but challenging.
Suite 6, Level 1, 43 George Street
0455 033 034 | 02 8054 9868