Photo of Claire Foote - Wellness 'N' Nature, PACFA, Counsellor
Wellness 'N' Nature
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Bulli, NSW 2516
Waitlist for new clients
If you prefer to be outside, to have the freedom to move while exploring your emotions and concerns, I am your Gal. You are determined to have more compassion for yourself, and to use this as a springboard for self empowerment and healing. You want understanding of yourself, and tools for the alleviation of anxiety, sadness, heaviness, 'Stuckness', relationship concerns, and general emotional discomfort. I also have a room on Mondays in Wollongong, and offer Online therapy for those uncomfortable with being in the Outdoor Space, where we can still bring in Nature and Movement.
If you prefer to be outside, to have the freedom to move while exploring your emotions and concerns, I am your Gal. You are determined to have more compassion for yourself, and to use this as a springboard for self empowerment and healing. You want understanding of yourself, and tools for the alleviation of anxiety, sadness, heaviness, 'Stuckness', relationship concerns, and general emotional discomfort. I also have a room on Mondays in Wollongong, and offer Online therapy for those uncomfortable with being in the Outdoor Space, where we can still bring in Nature and Movement.
(02) 4214 4850 View (02) 4214 4850
Photo of Karen Towers, MA, PACFA, Counsellor
Karen Towers
Counsellor, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Bulli, NSW 2516
Waitlist for new clients
Towers Counselling is a creative & personal service for all ages. I have over 30 years of experience with children and teenagers. I'm now a counsellor & psychotherapist with 13 years of experience in working with carers, in an alcohol and drug service, with clients referred through centrelink and in EAP counselling. I currently work in private practice. Clients under the NDIS scheme who are self and plan-managed are able to access sessions. Art Therapy & Walk and Talk Therapy can make up part of an hourly session, every week or fortnight. I am also a Victims Services counsellor, ready to assist with moving on from trauma.
Towers Counselling is a creative & personal service for all ages. I have over 30 years of experience with children and teenagers. I'm now a counsellor & psychotherapist with 13 years of experience in working with carers, in an alcohol and drug service, with clients referred through centrelink and in EAP counselling. I currently work in private practice. Clients under the NDIS scheme who are self and plan-managed are able to access sessions. Art Therapy & Walk and Talk Therapy can make up part of an hourly session, every week or fortnight. I am also a Victims Services counsellor, ready to assist with moving on from trauma.
(02) 6189 2981 View (02) 6189 2981
Photo of Renee McDonald, PACFA, Counsellor
Renee McDonald
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bulli, NSW 2516
Waitlist for new clients
Life can be complex and uncertain. I can help you with your concerns. You may be feeling unfulfilled or worried about a recent loss or your relationships. I can assist you to walk along side you in your time of sadness, loss, grief, or situations that are holding you back from having a more fulfilling life. Many of my clients say they may have tried other counselling, though it hasn’t worked. I can work with you - no matter where you are at. I help you find hope in your life again.
Life can be complex and uncertain. I can help you with your concerns. You may be feeling unfulfilled or worried about a recent loss or your relationships. I can assist you to walk along side you in your time of sadness, loss, grief, or situations that are holding you back from having a more fulfilling life. Many of my clients say they may have tried other counselling, though it hasn’t worked. I can work with you - no matter where you are at. I help you find hope in your life again.
(02) 6189 2566 View (02) 6189 2566
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Tracey Rovere
Psychotherapist, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bulli, NSW 2516
Tracey Rovere Psychotherapist, Marriage Counsellor and Relationship Coach addresses many challenges that come with partnerships and relationships. Areas of counselling include; disconnection of intimacy, infidelity, trust issues, difficulty in communication, conflict and working through separation if necessary. The counselling process can help to enhance the friendship and support couples to feel more connected with one another. Other concerns in relationships such as substance use, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, trauma and attachment concerns are also explored in our practice to help you move forward.
Tracey Rovere Psychotherapist, Marriage Counsellor and Relationship Coach addresses many challenges that come with partnerships and relationships. Areas of counselling include; disconnection of intimacy, infidelity, trust issues, difficulty in communication, conflict and working through separation if necessary. The counselling process can help to enhance the friendship and support couples to feel more connected with one another. Other concerns in relationships such as substance use, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, trauma and attachment concerns are also explored in our practice to help you move forward.
(02) 4210 9059 View (02) 4210 9059
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Marcus Wicken
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Bulli, NSW 2516
I’m a Clinical Psychologist with experience working with people from many walks of life. I grew up locally, and worked in various fields at home and abroad before being inspired to pursue Clinical Psychology training while working with mental health professionals on a human rights consultancy in Indonesia. Since then, I have worked in public health/hospital and private settings, treating issues as diverse as depression and motivational issues, anxiety in its many forms, substance and behavioural addictions, grief and trauma, chronic disease adjustment, and palliative care.
I’m a Clinical Psychologist with experience working with people from many walks of life. I grew up locally, and worked in various fields at home and abroad before being inspired to pursue Clinical Psychology training while working with mental health professionals on a human rights consultancy in Indonesia. Since then, I have worked in public health/hospital and private settings, treating issues as diverse as depression and motivational issues, anxiety in its many forms, substance and behavioural addictions, grief and trauma, chronic disease adjustment, and palliative care.
(02) 4214 8830 View (02) 4214 8830
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Paul Thompson
Counsellor, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bulli, NSW 2516
Waitlist for new clients
My approach to counselling is to provide a safe and welcoming environment where you feel comfortable, respected and free to explore your reasons for getting in touch. Together, we can work towards finding the right tools to overcome many challenging experiences, ranging from feelings of low mood and energy, to feelings of restlessness and irritability, relationship difficulties and others. If you feel that I can be a support to help you move towards your goals, I would love to hear from you.
My approach to counselling is to provide a safe and welcoming environment where you feel comfortable, respected and free to explore your reasons for getting in touch. Together, we can work towards finding the right tools to overcome many challenging experiences, ranging from feelings of low mood and energy, to feelings of restlessness and irritability, relationship difficulties and others. If you feel that I can be a support to help you move towards your goals, I would love to hear from you.
(02) 4210 5121 View (02) 4210 5121
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Holly Read
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Bulli, NSW 2516
Waitlist for new clients
I have been supporting adults & young people with their mental health challenges for over 20 years, working with diverse populations. Including, over 13 years of experience working with a range of presenting issues in the field of clinical adolescent mental health and Indigenous health. With extensive counselling and psychotherapy experience obtained in a variety of setting including, but not limited to; private practise, NSW Health Dept., Corrective Services, Education Dept., Universities, private detox, and rehabilitation services.
I have been supporting adults & young people with their mental health challenges for over 20 years, working with diverse populations. Including, over 13 years of experience working with a range of presenting issues in the field of clinical adolescent mental health and Indigenous health. With extensive counselling and psychotherapy experience obtained in a variety of setting including, but not limited to; private practise, NSW Health Dept., Corrective Services, Education Dept., Universities, private detox, and rehabilitation services.
(02) 4210 5768 View (02) 4210 5768
Photo of Nada Appleby - Hope Christian Counselling, Counsellor
Hope Christian Counselling
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bulli, NSW 2516  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Nada, talking about our thoughts and feelings with someone we barely know can be a scary experience. I offer a gentle, compassionate approach which takes the fear out of this process and helps you feel comfortable and safe. I follow your lead in discovering your personal story and help you to uncover the wonderful strengths that you have. You can walk with me in the beautiful outdoors or wrap yourself in a blanky in your own home via telehealth or meet in person with me. I am trained in a range of evidenced based therapies and as we work together we can explore how they can support your wellbeing.
Hi, I'm Nada, talking about our thoughts and feelings with someone we barely know can be a scary experience. I offer a gentle, compassionate approach which takes the fear out of this process and helps you feel comfortable and safe. I follow your lead in discovering your personal story and help you to uncover the wonderful strengths that you have. You can walk with me in the beautiful outdoors or wrap yourself in a blanky in your own home via telehealth or meet in person with me. I am trained in a range of evidenced based therapies and as we work together we can explore how they can support your wellbeing.
(02) 4214 8627 View (02) 4214 8627
Photo of Susan Jane Milne - Sue Milne Psychology, MAPS, Psychologist
Sue Milne Psychology
Psychologist, MAPS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bulli, NSW 2516  (Online Only)
Sue is a Registered Psychologist and an Australian Psychology Board Supervisor. She has 20 years experience in the provision of psychological services to adults, providing assessments and counselling for individuals; workplace mediation and training; supervision of psychologists in training and management of psychology teams. She delights in working with clients using a broad range of interventions and a tailored approach that optimises both scientific and relational aspects of psychological practice. Sue partners with clients to discover new opportunities for growth and practical strategies for valued change.
Sue is a Registered Psychologist and an Australian Psychology Board Supervisor. She has 20 years experience in the provision of psychological services to adults, providing assessments and counselling for individuals; workplace mediation and training; supervision of psychologists in training and management of psychology teams. She delights in working with clients using a broad range of interventions and a tailored approach that optimises both scientific and relational aspects of psychological practice. Sue partners with clients to discover new opportunities for growth and practical strategies for valued change.
(02) 4210 5069 View (02) 4210 5069
Photo of Nadine Wright - Inner Calm Clinical Psychology, PsychD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych, Psychologist
Inner Calm Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bulli, NSW 2516
We are a group of skilled Clinical Psychologists that specialise in a wide range of mental health challenges. We assess and tailor effective treatment for mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, attachment issues, difficulties with relationships, self-esteem issues, body dysmorphia, and parenting challenges. We love to work and forge a relationship of trust and collaboration on this journey inwards, it can confronting to look at our shadows but the reward of letting them drop away can be life changing. We really hope you reach out to us and start your journey.
We are a group of skilled Clinical Psychologists that specialise in a wide range of mental health challenges. We assess and tailor effective treatment for mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, attachment issues, difficulties with relationships, self-esteem issues, body dysmorphia, and parenting challenges. We love to work and forge a relationship of trust and collaboration on this journey inwards, it can confronting to look at our shadows but the reward of letting them drop away can be life changing. We really hope you reach out to us and start your journey.
(02) 9159 6616 View (02) 9159 6616
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Mathew Aquilina
Psychologist, Australian Association of Psychologists - Member
Verified Verified
Bulli, NSW 2516
I am a registered psychologist and board-approved clinical supervisor. A decade of experience in the psychology field has seen me undertake a variety of work including: child and adolescent therapy; parenting support; group facilitation; university student counselling; adult therapy; clinical supervision; and service management. I practice from an attachment-based and relational framework and am trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Schema Therapy; Psychodynamic therapy; the Circle of Security protocol; and the 'Becoming Us' Perinatal Mental Health Facilitator Training.
I am a registered psychologist and board-approved clinical supervisor. A decade of experience in the psychology field has seen me undertake a variety of work including: child and adolescent therapy; parenting support; group facilitation; university student counselling; adult therapy; clinical supervision; and service management. I practice from an attachment-based and relational framework and am trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Schema Therapy; Psychodynamic therapy; the Circle of Security protocol; and the 'Becoming Us' Perinatal Mental Health Facilitator Training.
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Photo of Kendall Allsop - Curious Minds Studio, PsyBA - Clin. Psych, Psychologist
Curious Minds Studio
Psychologist, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Bulli, NSW 2516
Curious Minds Studio supports adults 18 years+ seeking psychological therapy for a range of mental health concerns. Our team of experienced psychologists have interests in a range of mild-complex mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, stress, trauma/complex trauma, attachment-related concerns, adult ADHD, grief and loss, burnout, perinatal concerns and more. Our therapy approaches include CBT, ACT, DBT, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, EMDR, and Cognitive processing therapy.
Curious Minds Studio supports adults 18 years+ seeking psychological therapy for a range of mental health concerns. Our team of experienced psychologists have interests in a range of mild-complex mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, stress, trauma/complex trauma, attachment-related concerns, adult ADHD, grief and loss, burnout, perinatal concerns and more. Our therapy approaches include CBT, ACT, DBT, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, EMDR, and Cognitive processing therapy.
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Photo of Joel Hoffman, PhD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych, Psychologist
Joel Hoffman
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Bulli, NSW 2516
Joel is a clinical psychologist, based in Thirroul (Illawarra). He believes all of us need help in our mental health journey from time to time. Joel aims to provide a space that is non-judgemental, open and understanding for you to talk about and work through the issues that are important to you. As a clinical psychologist, Joel is trained in assisting with a wide range of mental health difficulties, including trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, stress, drug and alcohol issues and more. He also draws on his extensive research experience in developing trauma-focused therapies for refugee communities and in treating moral injury.
Joel is a clinical psychologist, based in Thirroul (Illawarra). He believes all of us need help in our mental health journey from time to time. Joel aims to provide a space that is non-judgemental, open and understanding for you to talk about and work through the issues that are important to you. As a clinical psychologist, Joel is trained in assisting with a wide range of mental health difficulties, including trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, stress, drug and alcohol issues and more. He also draws on his extensive research experience in developing trauma-focused therapies for refugee communities and in treating moral injury.
(02) 4214 4735 View (02) 4214 4735
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Counselling Wollongong
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Bulli, NSW 2516  (Online Only)
As a dedicated and compassionate counseling professional with a deep-rooted connection to my Aboriginal heritage, I bring a unique and holistic approach to counselling and wellbeing. My extensive experience in developing and leading impactful programs has equipped me with the skills to support individuals through a range of challenges.
As a dedicated and compassionate counseling professional with a deep-rooted connection to my Aboriginal heritage, I bring a unique and holistic approach to counselling and wellbeing. My extensive experience in developing and leading impactful programs has equipped me with the skills to support individuals through a range of challenges.
(02) 4210 5753 View (02) 4210 5753
Photo of Tammy Shiva - Walk and talk with Rainbow, ACA-L4, Counsellor
Walk and talk with Rainbow
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bulli, NSW 2516
Embodied Processing is a technique which is used to safely meet and digest the underlying wounds, which is what often hides behind and is the driving force of many of our surface symptoms. Root-Cause Therapy is a trauma healing method that uses regression and progression practices which allow the completion of unprocessed emotions. This allows the unprocessed to finally process and no longer cause unwanted thoughts, behaviors and symptoms. Walking and Pet therapy combined decreasing anxiety and stress, reduce feelings of fear or worry, increase feelings of social support and provide motivation, stimulation and focus.
Embodied Processing is a technique which is used to safely meet and digest the underlying wounds, which is what often hides behind and is the driving force of many of our surface symptoms. Root-Cause Therapy is a trauma healing method that uses regression and progression practices which allow the completion of unprocessed emotions. This allows the unprocessed to finally process and no longer cause unwanted thoughts, behaviors and symptoms. Walking and Pet therapy combined decreasing anxiety and stress, reduce feelings of fear or worry, increase feelings of social support and provide motivation, stimulation and focus.
(02) 4210 5402 View (02) 4210 5402
Photo of Sue White, PACFA, Counsellor
Sue White
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Bulli, NSW 2516
Feeling stuck and battling with issues that are stopping you from living the life you know is waiting for you? Why not work through those problems in a supported way to get to where you want to be. Perhaps you are overcoming grief, wanting help with an addiction, needing help with personal relationships or wanting to build confidence, overcome anxiety and step out into the world feeling positive and calm. I'm here to help you in a non judgmental and inclusive way to overcome barriers and move forward.
Feeling stuck and battling with issues that are stopping you from living the life you know is waiting for you? Why not work through those problems in a supported way to get to where you want to be. Perhaps you are overcoming grief, wanting help with an addiction, needing help with personal relationships or wanting to build confidence, overcome anxiety and step out into the world feeling positive and calm. I'm here to help you in a non judgmental and inclusive way to overcome barriers and move forward.
(02) 4210 5759 View (02) 4210 5759
Photo of Sheree Blanch, PsyBA General, Psychologist
Sheree Blanch
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bulli, NSW 2516
I have several years’ experience in supporting adolescents, adults and parents using a collaborative treatment approach. Depending on your needs and preferences my therapeutic approach draws on several evidence-based models including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and motivational interviewing.
I have several years’ experience in supporting adolescents, adults and parents using a collaborative treatment approach. Depending on your needs and preferences my therapeutic approach draws on several evidence-based models including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and motivational interviewing.
(02) 4210 5805 View (02) 4210 5805
Photo of Chantelle Kerr Capelo, PsyBA General, Psychologist
Chantelle Kerr Capelo
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Bulli, NSW 2516  (Online Only)
Whether you are commencing therapy for the first time or it is something you have undertaken before, I am empathetic and understanding toward how daunting this can be. I offer a gentle and compassionate space where you can feel comfortable to explore your feelings at your own pace. My approach is non-judgemental where your experiences and values are respected. I enjoy working with ages 15+ with presentations of anxiety, panic, social anxiety, phobias, depression, stress, low self-esteem, body image and personal development. I use a range of evidence-based practices tailored to individual needs so I can provide the best treatment.
Whether you are commencing therapy for the first time or it is something you have undertaken before, I am empathetic and understanding toward how daunting this can be. I offer a gentle and compassionate space where you can feel comfortable to explore your feelings at your own pace. My approach is non-judgemental where your experiences and values are respected. I enjoy working with ages 15+ with presentations of anxiety, panic, social anxiety, phobias, depression, stress, low self-esteem, body image and personal development. I use a range of evidence-based practices tailored to individual needs so I can provide the best treatment.
(02) 4210 5340 View (02) 4210 5340
Photo of Nivi (Nivedita) Malik, MA, Psychologist
Nivi (Nivedita) Malik
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bulli, NSW 2516
I am a registered psychologist with over 14 years of clinical experience working with a wider range of range of client group in UK and Australia. Services that I deliver includes: Treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD, behavioural difficulties and other mental health issues for children, adolescents, and adults. *Post and perinatal depression *Neurodevelopmental Disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD *Cognitive Assessments: including WISC-V, WPPSI- IV, and *Parenting Skills Training for behavioural management of children and adolescents with challenging behaviours.
I am a registered psychologist with over 14 years of clinical experience working with a wider range of range of client group in UK and Australia. Services that I deliver includes: Treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD, behavioural difficulties and other mental health issues for children, adolescents, and adults. *Post and perinatal depression *Neurodevelopmental Disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD *Cognitive Assessments: including WISC-V, WPPSI- IV, and *Parenting Skills Training for behavioural management of children and adolescents with challenging behaviours.
(02) 4607 2716 View (02) 4607 2716
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Dr Sophie Russell
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Bulli, NSW 2516
Hi, I'm Sophie, I aim to offer a warm and supportive therapeutic space so we can engage in individualised psychotherapy. I am a clinically trained psychologist with 7 years of therapy experience, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I hope to create a welcoming therapy space, to work with whatever difficulties you are experiencing. I have a special interest in working with people experiencing anxiety and distress related to past trauma/difficult experiences. I also find psychotherapy for self/identity exploration and diverse genders and sexuality (LGBTQI+) really rewarding.
Hi, I'm Sophie, I aim to offer a warm and supportive therapeutic space so we can engage in individualised psychotherapy. I am a clinically trained psychologist with 7 years of therapy experience, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I hope to create a welcoming therapy space, to work with whatever difficulties you are experiencing. I have a special interest in working with people experiencing anxiety and distress related to past trauma/difficult experiences. I also find psychotherapy for self/identity exploration and diverse genders and sexuality (LGBTQI+) really rewarding.
(02) 4210 5803 View (02) 4210 5803

How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in 2516

20+

Average cost per session

$120

Counsellors in 2516 who prioritize treating:

88% Anxiety
79% Depression
75% Self Esteem
71% Trauma and PTSD
67% Stress
63% Relationship Issues
58% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% Medicare Rebates
50% Medibank Private
40% Bupa

How Counsellors in 2516 see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in 2516?

Search for nearby psychologists or counsellors by inputting your city, suburb, postcode, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are members of the main professional associations, mainly the Australian Counselling Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. Psychologists must be registered in the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Most Social Workers listed in the directory are members of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors in Australia, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and experience that enable them to do so in Australia.

Psychologists have earned a 4 year undergraduate degree in psychology and have completed a postgraduate internship or postgraduate degree. Psychotherapists generally have an undergraduate degree in a health related field in addition to 3-4 years of specialist training in psychotherapy and a period of personal psychotherapy. In order to belong to a professional organisation such as the ACA or PACFA, counsellors and psychotherapists are required to have completed a certain level of AQF qualifications and/ or an approved training course as well as clinical and supervision hours. Social Workers registered with the AASW are required to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited institution.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, the cost of a therapy session in Australia could be between $100 and $250. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. The Better Access Scheme is a government program offering Medicare rebates for mental health care. To access the program you will need to be assessed and diagnosed by your GP and get a Mental Health Plan. This will allow you to receive up to 10 individual sessions and 10 group sessions a year with practitioners who accept bulk billing, with no out of pocket costs for you.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Therapists who are part of a professional organisation such as the ACA, PACFA, or the APS are bound by an ethical framework that requires them to uphold a confidentiality agreement. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there is the potential or known harm to the client or others or when a minor is in danger, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.