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Kelly Bramstedt
Psychologist, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
McKinnon, VIC 3204
Clinical Psychologist Kelly Bramstedt brings over a decade of experience in mental health, transitioning from a background as a Psychiatric Nurse to private practice. Working with adults and adolescents, Kelly employs an integrative therapeutic approach, drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Tailoring her methods to each client's unique needs and preferences, Kelly fosters a warm and supportive environment to explore and address concerns, aiding clients in reaching their goals.
Clinical Psychologist Kelly Bramstedt brings over a decade of experience in mental health, transitioning from a background as a Psychiatric Nurse to private practice. Working with adults and adolescents, Kelly employs an integrative therapeutic approach, drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Tailoring her methods to each client's unique needs and preferences, Kelly fosters a warm and supportive environment to explore and address concerns, aiding clients in reaching their goals.
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Paul Vanderputt
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Hi I'm Paul, I'm a registered Psychologist and the Director of Adaptive Counselling and Psychology in Bentleigh. I believe that good therapy means having a good therapeutic relationship, and I take the time to build this before getting stuck into treatment. I see anyone aged 15+ and have a particular focus on working with depression, anxiety (general and social), stress, and trauma.
Hi I'm Paul, I'm a registered Psychologist and the Director of Adaptive Counselling and Psychology in Bentleigh. I believe that good therapy means having a good therapeutic relationship, and I take the time to build this before getting stuck into treatment. I see anyone aged 15+ and have a particular focus on working with depression, anxiety (general and social), stress, and trauma.
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Melanie Colhoun - Integrated Psychology Centre
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Melanie is the Principal Clinical Psychologist at Integrated Psychology Centre, a group private practice including Clinical, Counselling. Health, Educational & Developmental registered psychologists. A Graduate of Monash University, Melanie has over eighteen years experience in private practice and other clinical settings including; university counselling, employee assistance programmes, employment services, asylum seeker detention centres and educational settings. Melanie works with adolescents and adults.
Melanie is the Principal Clinical Psychologist at Integrated Psychology Centre, a group private practice including Clinical, Counselling. Health, Educational & Developmental registered psychologists. A Graduate of Monash University, Melanie has over eighteen years experience in private practice and other clinical settings including; university counselling, employee assistance programmes, employment services, asylum seeker detention centres and educational settings. Melanie works with adolescents and adults.
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Isabella Seddon
Psychologist, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204  (Online Only)
Isabella is an Australian based counsellor who has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). She adopts a warm and empathetic approach to therapy and mainly works to address anxiety-related issues with clients of all ages. This includes health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks and generalised anxiety. She also can help with self-esteem issues, poor body-image, relationship difficulties and mood-related issues.
Isabella is an Australian based counsellor who has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). She adopts a warm and empathetic approach to therapy and mainly works to address anxiety-related issues with clients of all ages. This includes health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks and generalised anxiety. She also can help with self-esteem issues, poor body-image, relationship difficulties and mood-related issues.
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Sylvie Braverman
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
I am a registered clinical counsellor. I use Emotion-Focused Therapy as my main mode of practice. EFT is Person Centred/Humanistic and Process Experiential Therapy, based on the Attachment and Identity theory. It also means that in therapy I prioritize focusing on identifying, connecting, expressing, and processing emotions in the hope of achieving authenticity and a sense of well-being. You may have learned to avoid and suppress your emotions or they may have been overwhelming you. In therapy, my aim is to support you in befriending and welcoming your emotions so they become a resource as they are meant to be and not a hindrance.
I am a registered clinical counsellor. I use Emotion-Focused Therapy as my main mode of practice. EFT is Person Centred/Humanistic and Process Experiential Therapy, based on the Attachment and Identity theory. It also means that in therapy I prioritize focusing on identifying, connecting, expressing, and processing emotions in the hope of achieving authenticity and a sense of well-being. You may have learned to avoid and suppress your emotions or they may have been overwhelming you. In therapy, my aim is to support you in befriending and welcoming your emotions so they become a resource as they are meant to be and not a hindrance.
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Natalie Solomon
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
McKinnon, VIC 3204
Natalie, brings over 19 years of professional experience from South Africa. Her integrative therapy approach blends psychodynamic, attachment, person-centered, and dialectical behavior theories, ensuring personalised sessions tailored to each client's needs. Specialising in short and long-term individual therapy, Natalie's expertise extends across public mental health, education, and hospital settings. Proficient in counseling children, adolescents, and parents, she has also conducted group interventions for younger demographics.
Natalie, brings over 19 years of professional experience from South Africa. Her integrative therapy approach blends psychodynamic, attachment, person-centered, and dialectical behavior theories, ensuring personalised sessions tailored to each client's needs. Specialising in short and long-term individual therapy, Natalie's expertise extends across public mental health, education, and hospital settings. Proficient in counseling children, adolescents, and parents, she has also conducted group interventions for younger demographics.
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Esin Toprak Newspace Psychology
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Esin is a registered psychologist with over 14 years of experience working with adults in Australia and England. She has worked in various clinical settings, including primary care psychology within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), domestic violence services, services for adult survivors of childhood trauma, and rehabilitation services, catering to individuals from all walks of life. Esin earned her Master's Degree in Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) from Victoria University.
Esin is a registered psychologist with over 14 years of experience working with adults in Australia and England. She has worked in various clinical settings, including primary care psychology within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), domestic violence services, services for adult survivors of childhood trauma, and rehabilitation services, catering to individuals from all walks of life. Esin earned her Master's Degree in Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) from Victoria University.
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Dimitra Tsoukalas
Psychotherapist, MA, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
I am a registered Clinical Counsellor & Psychotherapist with over 15 yrs experience and 30+ in Relationship Mgt. Life's too short to be unhappy, unsure or unfulfilled. Let me help you learn & develop better ways to handle issues standing in your way so that you can overcome them with confidence. I am curious, nurturing and pride myself on being client centered and non-judgmental, which enables me to engage & build a safe place for you to be able to express yourself authentically. I specialise in trauma & relationships & I have a variety of tools / modalities to help you become the best version of YOU!
I am a registered Clinical Counsellor & Psychotherapist with over 15 yrs experience and 30+ in Relationship Mgt. Life's too short to be unhappy, unsure or unfulfilled. Let me help you learn & develop better ways to handle issues standing in your way so that you can overcome them with confidence. I am curious, nurturing and pride myself on being client centered and non-judgmental, which enables me to engage & build a safe place for you to be able to express yourself authentically. I specialise in trauma & relationships & I have a variety of tools / modalities to help you become the best version of YOU!
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Expressive Art Therapy
Counsellor, PsychD, PACFA
Verified Verified
McKinnon, VIC 3204
Vera is a qualified counsellor and founder of Expressive Art Therapy. She loves to heal and enhance the life of others and has a personal touch. She brings years of counselling experience in the mental health field and dedication to the forefront.
Vera is a qualified counsellor and founder of Expressive Art Therapy. She loves to heal and enhance the life of others and has a personal touch. She brings years of counselling experience in the mental health field and dedication to the forefront.
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Jennifer Vincent-Green
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
I am an experienced Psychologist who has worked extensively with both Children, Adolescents and families during the past 32 years - predominantly within the school setting and in private practice. Areas of expertise include Psychological and Educational Assessment and Counselling. I have assisted young people and adults cope with difficulties in their life, supporting them to make sense of their experiences and learn coping strategies. I am an experienced group and training facilitator in Personality assessment and Social and Emotional programs.
I am an experienced Psychologist who has worked extensively with both Children, Adolescents and families during the past 32 years - predominantly within the school setting and in private practice. Areas of expertise include Psychological and Educational Assessment and Counselling. I have assisted young people and adults cope with difficulties in their life, supporting them to make sense of their experiences and learn coping strategies. I am an experienced group and training facilitator in Personality assessment and Social and Emotional programs.
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Graeme Lewis
Psychologist, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
McKinnon, VIC 3204
Graeme Lewis, a principal clinical psychologist at Reflection Psychology Group, boasts over 20 years of private practice experience. Transitioning from law to psychology, driven by a fervent desire to aid others in personal growth and healing, Graeme primarily serves adults and older adolescents. He deeply values each client's unique life narrative, recognising how past experiences shape present struggles. Graeme prioritises cultivating an authentic, compassionate connection, equipping clients with insight and tools to surmount life challenges through collaborative therapy.
Graeme Lewis, a principal clinical psychologist at Reflection Psychology Group, boasts over 20 years of private practice experience. Transitioning from law to psychology, driven by a fervent desire to aid others in personal growth and healing, Graeme primarily serves adults and older adolescents. He deeply values each client's unique life narrative, recognising how past experiences shape present struggles. Graeme prioritises cultivating an authentic, compassionate connection, equipping clients with insight and tools to surmount life challenges through collaborative therapy.
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Kate Andison
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
McKinnon, VIC 3204
Kate, a registered psychologist with AHPRA, brings over twenty years of experience in therapeutic and leadership roles across various settings. With a interest in aiding individuals, couples, and groups through mental health, life transitions, and behavioral issues, she's particularly passionate about guiding clients through life changes to enhance productivity and fulfillment.
Kate, a registered psychologist with AHPRA, brings over twenty years of experience in therapeutic and leadership roles across various settings. With a interest in aiding individuals, couples, and groups through mental health, life transitions, and behavioral issues, she's particularly passionate about guiding clients through life changes to enhance productivity and fulfillment.
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Kat O'Mara
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
McKinnon, VIC 3204
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the challenges life has thrown your way? Struggling to navigate through a difficult situation? I'm here to lend a helping hand. As a registered counselor, I can provide the support you need to overcome these tough times. Together, we can create a safe space for you to explore your emotions and work towards healing at your own pace. My main focus is on assisting women who are dealing with depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem resulting from unhealthy relationships or sexual assault. Throughout the years, I have helped numerous women heal and move forward from the pain of toxic relationships.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the challenges life has thrown your way? Struggling to navigate through a difficult situation? I'm here to lend a helping hand. As a registered counselor, I can provide the support you need to overcome these tough times. Together, we can create a safe space for you to explore your emotions and work towards healing at your own pace. My main focus is on assisting women who are dealing with depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem resulting from unhealthy relationships or sexual assault. Throughout the years, I have helped numerous women heal and move forward from the pain of toxic relationships.
(03) 7500 5605 View (03) 7500 5605
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Dr Gávi Ansara
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working together to overcome oppression & help you to thrive. I often work with people in D/s relationships, non-binary folks, sex workers, & autistic people. I have 20 years of international experience in Anti-Oppressive Practice. I am a Full Clinical PACFA Registrant, an AAFT-registered Clinical Family Therapist, and an AAFT-accredited Clinical Supervisor. I am recognised by Pink Therapy as an Advanced Accredited Gender, Sex, & Relationship Diversities Therapist (AAGSRDT). I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II: Complex Trauma & Dissociation (CCTP-II) & Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP).
I enjoy working together to overcome oppression & help you to thrive. I often work with people in D/s relationships, non-binary folks, sex workers, & autistic people. I have 20 years of international experience in Anti-Oppressive Practice. I am a Full Clinical PACFA Registrant, an AAFT-registered Clinical Family Therapist, and an AAFT-accredited Clinical Supervisor. I am recognised by Pink Therapy as an Advanced Accredited Gender, Sex, & Relationship Diversities Therapist (AAGSRDT). I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II: Complex Trauma & Dissociation (CCTP-II) & Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP).
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Gwyn Rees
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health. I am passionate about helping people cope with difficulties related to fertility, pregnancy loss, infant loss, birth trauma, pre and postnatal anxiety, depression as well as the transition to parenting. The journey to becoming a parent can be a turbulent time and I believe parenting is one of the most demanding jobs there is. This time can also offer the opportunity for self-discovery and growth. I aim to provide a warm, respectful and non-judgmental space to allow you to feel comfortable to share, reflect and grow.
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health. I am passionate about helping people cope with difficulties related to fertility, pregnancy loss, infant loss, birth trauma, pre and postnatal anxiety, depression as well as the transition to parenting. The journey to becoming a parent can be a turbulent time and I believe parenting is one of the most demanding jobs there is. This time can also offer the opportunity for self-discovery and growth. I aim to provide a warm, respectful and non-judgmental space to allow you to feel comfortable to share, reflect and grow.
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Rachel O'meara
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Rachel is a compassionate Psychologist dedicated to providing support to individuals across the lifespan, from children to adolescents and adults, who are navigating a variety of challenges. With experience in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders, family violence and physical disabilities, Rachel brings a comprehensive approach to her practice. She believes in the power of strengths-based intervention plans tailored to each person’s unique needs, fostering a sense of empowerment and agency.
Rachel is a compassionate Psychologist dedicated to providing support to individuals across the lifespan, from children to adolescents and adults, who are navigating a variety of challenges. With experience in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders, family violence and physical disabilities, Rachel brings a comprehensive approach to her practice. She believes in the power of strengths-based intervention plans tailored to each person’s unique needs, fostering a sense of empowerment and agency.
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Kate Barber
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Hi, I'm Kate and I am the founder of Bloom Counselling. I specialise in providing support around anxiety, loss, grief and bereavement. I have a special interest in providing support for anyone affected by cancer or a life limiting illness (such as,MND). With my experience as a Counsellor ,and 20 plus years of being a nurse, I bring experience, empathy and understanding to help you manage this very uncertain time. From the shock of a diagnosis, managing treatment, being a carer, survivorship, end of life care, decision making and everything in between, I have an understanding of what you may be going through and can support you.
Hi, I'm Kate and I am the founder of Bloom Counselling. I specialise in providing support around anxiety, loss, grief and bereavement. I have a special interest in providing support for anyone affected by cancer or a life limiting illness (such as,MND). With my experience as a Counsellor ,and 20 plus years of being a nurse, I bring experience, empathy and understanding to help you manage this very uncertain time. From the shock of a diagnosis, managing treatment, being a carer, survivorship, end of life care, decision making and everything in between, I have an understanding of what you may be going through and can support you.
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Lital Fee
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Lital is a qualified counsellor with extensive experience working with families and couples who have experienced trauma, family violence, depression and anxiety and mental health related issues. She works from a client-centered, strengths-based approach and provides a safe and supportive therapeutic environment for clients to work through their issues.
Lital is a qualified counsellor with extensive experience working with families and couples who have experienced trauma, family violence, depression and anxiety and mental health related issues. She works from a client-centered, strengths-based approach and provides a safe and supportive therapeutic environment for clients to work through their issues.
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Jeremy Neumann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Jeremy is the director and principle clinician of a thriving psychology/counselling clinic in Malvern and is a highly experienced psychotherapist (BBus; GDipPsych; MSW, AMHSW) with a breadth of clinical experience across both the public and the private sectors. Jeremy has a clinical interest working with people through anxiety, life transitions, identity and depression. He has a strong grounding in humanistic psych & mindfulness based approaches, completing further training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and also in EMDR for working with trauma. Jeremy incorporates the ideals of everyday mindfulness into his practice.
Jeremy is the director and principle clinician of a thriving psychology/counselling clinic in Malvern and is a highly experienced psychotherapist (BBus; GDipPsych; MSW, AMHSW) with a breadth of clinical experience across both the public and the private sectors. Jeremy has a clinical interest working with people through anxiety, life transitions, identity and depression. He has a strong grounding in humanistic psych & mindfulness based approaches, completing further training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and also in EMDR for working with trauma. Jeremy incorporates the ideals of everyday mindfulness into his practice.
(03) 7003 2136 View (03) 7003 2136
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Melbourne Therapy and Counselling Centre
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
We are a specialist Anxiety, Stress and Trauma Counselling Clinic providing Neuropsychotherapy and Counselling services to meet the unique needs of our clients. Our services are affordable & accessible via tele health & in person at our clinic in Murrumbeena and we offer counselling for women, men, young adults, families & couples. Our registered and experienced team are trained in integrative evidence-based therapies including CBT, ACT, CPT, EMDR & Trauma care. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, PTSD, relationship or family difficulties, societal pressures or just need support please reach out for help.
We are a specialist Anxiety, Stress and Trauma Counselling Clinic providing Neuropsychotherapy and Counselling services to meet the unique needs of our clients. Our services are affordable & accessible via tele health & in person at our clinic in Murrumbeena and we offer counselling for women, men, young adults, families & couples. Our registered and experienced team are trained in integrative evidence-based therapies including CBT, ACT, CPT, EMDR & Trauma care. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, PTSD, relationship or family difficulties, societal pressures or just need support please reach out for help.
(03) 7500 5117 View (03) 7500 5117
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in 3204

70+

Average cost per session

$199

Counsellors in 3204 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
83% Stress
78% Self Esteem
76% Relationship Issues
67% Trauma and PTSD
63% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

69% Medicare Rebates
60% Bupa
49% Medibank Private

How Counsellors in 3204 see their clients

94% In Person and Online
6% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in 3204?

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.

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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.