Fergus McPharlin

LLB GDipPsych Adel, GDipPsych Bond
Registered Psychologist
Locations
  • Telehealth
  • North Adelaide
Client Age Groups
  • Children 5-12
  • Children 12-15
  • Adults
  • Adolescents/Youth 16-25

Currently available for new bookings

Fergus practices at our North Adelaide rooms on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9am-5pm and on Thursdays from 2pm-8:30pm. Fergus is accepting new clients for face-to-face and Telehealth appointments.

Fergus is a Registered Psychologist who works with children aged 10 and above, adolescents, parents, professionals, and adults across the lifespan. He has provided support to many children, parents and families since attaining registration in 2018.

Fergus plays an active role in the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as the National Convenor of the Child, Adolescent and Family Interest Group. His practice focuses on highly prevalent psychological issues that impact the majority of Australians.

Therapeutic Approach

Fergus approaches each session by aiming to listen carefully, identify problems or issues, and apply evidenced-based psychotherapies to create meaningful and lasting improvement or change. He knows that seeking help is an act of bravery and vulnerability and he hopes to provide high quality support that leads to lifelong change.

Fergus understands that life can be full of challenges and pressures which can be caused by or present themselves at school, university, work or home. He believes that improving mental health is crucial to living a balanced and happy life.

Fergus strives to ensure that his clients feel safe and supported. He tailors his approach to suit each client and works using an ‘other person centered’ and conversational approach.

Fergus uses a present, practical and outcome focused approach designed to provide each client with high quality information, actionable steps and a sense of real engagement and change. He uses a collaborative and workshop style often using handouts and/or ‘workshopping’ issues using a whiteboard. Fergus often refers clients to additional sources of information and support such as books and websites.

Fergus welcomes working across the lifespan. He emphasises the connection between client and therapist because research shows that this is critical to successful outcomes.

Fergus apply these evidenced based approaches:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment Theory
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Positive Psychology

Qualifications and Memberships

  • National Convenor, Child, Adolescent and Family Interest Group, 2021-Present
  • Registered Psychologist, Psychology Board of Australia, 2018-Present
  • Member, Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), 2018-Present
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science, Bond University
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide

Special Areas of Interest

  • Anxiety
  • Burnout
  • Depression
  • Perfectionism
  • Sleep issues
  • Stress
  • Study issues (procrastination, motivation)
  • Relationship issues
  • Work life balance

Fee Schedule

50-minute sessions, face to face or via telehealth, are $220 (business hours), which reduces to $130.35 after your Medicare rebate if you are under a Mental Health Care Plan referred by your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician. For after hours services the session costs $255, which reduces to $165.35 after your mental health care fund rebate.

These are the standard length for subsequent individual sessions unless otherwise negotiated.

Health funds and payments

You can pay online via card for telehealth bookings in advance or on the day prior to your appointment or for face to face sessions use Eftpos in our practice before or after your appointment.
Our team will process your Medicare and private health rebates immediately after your appointment.

For telehealth appointments the claim may be made for Medicare by our team through our software. For private health we will send you a receipt in the case of telehealth services. Please note that although we may process payments in advance we are not permitted to process the rebates until after the appointment has finished by law.

If you have private cover you do not need a referral and will pay a variable gap depending on your level of cover and your health fund. Please check with your health fund before booking to understand whether you are entitled to a rebate for psychology services. If you are in the rooms we will process the gap but if doing telehealth we will send you a receipt for claiming after full payment has been made.

Referral Information

To access our services as part of Mental Health Care Plan (allowed up to 20 visits per calendar year (initial referral for 6 sessions), please email our reception team with your valid Plan and a referral letter from your GP.

We accept clients with a self-managed or plan-managed NDIS referral but do not take NDIS agency referrals. There will be a gap payment beyond the NDIS fee that is payable on the day of your appointment. Please call us before booking to make sure your plan fits our criteria for referrals within our practice.

Booking Information

Currently available for new bookings

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