What are your fees?

Our counseling services are priced at $155 per session, whether it’s conducted online or in-person.

Do you accept the Medicare Mental Care Plan?

Unfortunately, as a counselor and not a psychologist, I am not covered under Medicare. However, my rates are comparable to the average out-of-pocket expense you would have for a mental care plan with a psychologist. Our sessions are 50 minutes long and cost $149. According to the Australian Psychological Society, the recommended hourly fee for psychologists is $241 per consultation hour, with a Medicare rebate of $86 for a psychologist and $124 for a clinical psychologist. This means that the out-of-pocket expense for seeing a psychologist typically ranges from $95 to $160.

Do you accept Private Health Insurance?

Yes, we have a provider number with Medibank Private and AHM. You can contact them to check your rebate.

What can I expect from our first session?

During our first session, we will get to know each other. I will ask you some general questions about yourself and provide you with an opportunity to talk about why you have decided to seek counseling services. It’s also a chance for you to ask any questions you may have about our counseling process and to decide if you would like to work with me.

How does online counseling work?

We use Zoom, which is recommended by the Australian Counselling Association. You will receive an email after booking, and a reminder text message 24 hours before your session with a link to join. Please log in a few minutes before your session to test your sound and internet connection.

What should I expect if I have never seen a counselor before?

Our counseling sessions primarily involve talking. You won’t be doing ink drawings or lying on a couch. The way you feel after a therapy session can vary depending on the individual, the type of therapy you are receiving, and the specific issues you are addressing. That being said, many people report feeling a sense of relief, clarity, and empowerment after a therapy session. It’s not uncommon to feel emotional or drained after a session, but many people also report feeling a sense of release and catharsis after discussing their thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

Is it okay to cry during the session?

Yes, it’s okay to cry. We provide a safe space for you to express your emotions, and we work with clients who cry as well as those who don’t.

What does the counseling process involve?

We will primarily be talking during our sessions. I will ask you questions and listen to your responses. I will help you to identify patterns in your life that you may not have noticed, and we will discuss them together. The process is very gentle and guided by you. We work together to understand you, and I provide you with the space to change and grow.

How long is each session, and how often do we meet?

Each standard session lasts 50 minutes. At the beginning of our work together, I typically recommend weekly sessions, as six weeks of weekly sessions have been shown to create a significant shift in the issue you came in with. However, I also offer fortnightly and monthly bookings if that frequency is more suitable for your needs. Ultimately, the frequency of sessions is up to you and what works best for your unique situation. During our sessions, we can discuss what frequency will be most effective in helping you achieve your goals.

What is your booking policy?

To ensure consistency and availability for your therapy sessions, we recommend booking a regular session and keeping that time slot until you decide to change it. This approach provides several benefits, including consistency, priority, and accountability. By committing to a regular session time, you create a routine and a sense of structure in your life, prioritize your mental health and well-being, and hold yourself accountable.

Here’s the fine print;

Confidentiality Agreement

Confidentiality is maintained for clients as far as possible but when a person or persons are at risk, confidentiality must be waived and the appropriate authorities or family members notified. Such situations include the following:

1. The client is at risk of serious self-harm or of considering suicide,

2. Of harming another person or committing homicide,

3. Abuse of children is a mandatory reporting offence which I am required by law to report.

Where confidentiality cannot be maintained the counsellor will take all possible steps to first inform/discuss their intention with the client. By booking a session, you acknowledge that you have read the above and understand the counsellor’s social and ethical responsibility to make such decisions where necessary. You understand and agree to these conditions concerning confidentiality.