Dr Paulette Corry Calabro

Clinical Psychologist

About Paulette

Dr. Calabro has had experience working in private practice and various hospital settings, including The University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Veterans’ Administration Hospital, Friends Hospital, JFK Community Mental Health Center, and Peter’s Place – A Centre for Grieving Children and their Families in Philadelphia. After returning to Australia, she has worked at the Psychiatric Services Unit at Canberra Hospital, in private practice in Canberra and Sydney and at St. Johns’s College within Sydney University.  In these settings she provided care to those with clinical issues ranging from depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, grief, addictions, life transition adjustments, learning difficulties and ADHD to relationship problems, eating disorders and acute mental illness. A particular interest during her time in the US was working with clients with breast cancer in individual and group settings.

Paulette graduated from Immaculata University (USA) with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and an Advanced Doctoral Certificate in Neuropsychological Assessment. She has a MSc. from Villanova University (USA) and a BA (Hons) from Temple University (USA). She is a member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society, The Australian Clinical Psychology Association, the American Psychological Association (APA), The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy, The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counsellors. Paulette is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), is an endorsed Principal Supervisor for other psychologists and a Medicare provider. She is committed to the highest standards of professional ethics, confidentiality and ongoing professional training.

Therapy Approach  

An important aspect of building a richer and more fulfilling life is identifying and dealing with underlying concerns. Paulette’s confidential sessions allow clients to address issues that may be preventing them from enjoying their lives and reaching their full potential.

Younger clients are looking for a more satisfying way to balance personal life, work and university studies, manage time, deal with chronic physical and mental illness, gain an understanding of relationship and family difficulties, reduce stress and learn ways to improve their satisfaction with life. Paulette is a compassionate, non-judgmental and trusted therapist whose psychodynamic training in a two–year masters and six year doctoral program prepared her to work with clients in the process of self-discovery and self-understanding.

Many of Paulette’s older clients are interested in learning how to achieve successful healthy ageing, navigate life transitions and individual and family issues, as well as deal with chronic illness, grief and loss. Her advanced doctoral certificate in neuropsychological assessment enables her to assess and differentiate between early-stage dementia and depression as well as other cognitive problems related to ageing.

Paulette tailors her approach to the unique needs of each individual, using an integrated therapeutic approach. During her postgraduate studies she was fully trained in Psychodynamic theory and practice, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Emotion-Focused and Relational Couples Therapy, Mindfulness training and other evidence-based therapies and strategies including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma, that can maximize a client’s healing, effectiveness and potential, while helping to improving self-confidence, resilience and wellbeing.

Clinical Psychologist


Degrees:

B.A.(Hons)(USA)
M.S.(USA)
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology (USA)

Registered with:

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Clinical Endorsement)

Member of:

Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society
The Australian Clinical Psychology Association
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy
The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
The International Association of Marriage and Family Counsellors

Workhours:

Wednesday

9am – 6pm

Fees

An initial and follow-up appointment with Dr Paulette Calabro is 50-60 minutes in length and costs $251.   Paulette follows the guide of the Australian Psychological Society in charging their recommended fee.

If you have a valid Medicare referral from a GP (via a Mental Health Care Plan), or a standard referral letter from a psychiatrist or paediatrician, the Medicare rebate is $126.50 for up to 10 sessions per year. Your out of pocket cost for each of these 10 appointments is $126.50.  In the absence of a valid referral, there is no Medicare rebate.

The initial appointment includes a detailed history of your current difficulties, a discussion of how they fit into your life story, along with a comprehensive plan to address your concerns.  Based on good practice (and Medicare legislation), a brief letter will be sent back to your referring doctor at various points in time, with a copy for you to keep.  The aim is to provide high quality care and transparent communication, while also respecting your need for confidentiality.

Paulette also conducts telehealth consultations (over the phone).

Please note that Paulette is not taking new patients

Duration Total Fee Medicare Rebate Out of Pocket cost
50 mins (initial & follow-up) $251 $126.50 $124.50

Prices subject to change without notice.

The safety net:

Each year, Medicare automatically keeps a tally of your Medicare-claimable services and counts this towards the Medicare Safety Net.  Once your out of pocket expenses (combining all specialists, GPs and psychologists) reach a certain threshold (currently either $2133 per year generally or $680.70 for concessional or Family Tax Benefit Part A), Medicare will pay back the usual rebate listed above PLUS 80% of the remaining gap for the rest of the calendar year. You can register your family to be counted towards the same safety net threshold.

Learn about Medicare Safety Nets

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