Counselling in Helensburgh, NSW

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Marcus Wicken
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Helensburgh, NSW 2508
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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Dr Sophie Russell
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Helensburgh, NSW 2508
Waitlist for new clients
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
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Jane Capp Psychotherapy Emdr
Psychotherapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Helensburgh, NSW 2508
Trauma work is always guided by you, the client. You have complete control over the speed and direction of the work we do together. I will check in often and find out how you’re travelling. My first priority is to make sure you feel in control and you feel safe. EMDR is often used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but it has also been used to address a range of other mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and phobias. Its effectiveness has been supported by numerous research studies, and is recommended as a treatment option by organisations such as the APA and the World Health Organisation.
Trauma work is always guided by you, the client. You have complete control over the speed and direction of the work we do together. I will check in often and find out how you’re travelling. My first priority is to make sure you feel in control and you feel safe. EMDR is often used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but it has also been used to address a range of other mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and phobias. Its effectiveness has been supported by numerous research studies, and is recommended as a treatment option by organisations such as the APA and the World Health Organisation.
(02) 4214 4745 View (02) 4214 4745
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Joel Hoffman
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Helensburgh, NSW 2508
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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Connie Easterbrook Counselling Services
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Helensburgh, NSW 2508
Experiencing relationship struggles or marriage breakdown. Wanting to refresh, renew or repair your relationship with your partner or loved one. Overwhelmed by grief and sadness. Anxious. Depressed. Stressed. Overwhelmed. Discouraged. Low self-esteem. If you are looking for compassionate care, support, hope for the future and a transformed emotional life - then I may be able to help. I am a warm, relational counsellor who offers experience, wisdom and compassion. I can provide practical skills and strategies to assist alongside empowering you to find your own unique way forward.
Experiencing relationship struggles or marriage breakdown. Wanting to refresh, renew or repair your relationship with your partner or loved one. Overwhelmed by grief and sadness. Anxious. Depressed. Stressed. Overwhelmed. Discouraged. Low self-esteem. If you are looking for compassionate care, support, hope for the future and a transformed emotional life - then I may be able to help. I am a warm, relational counsellor who offers experience, wisdom and compassion. I can provide practical skills and strategies to assist alongside empowering you to find your own unique way forward.
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Lucy Patarcic - Sex Therapist & Hypnotherapist
MSc
Verified Verified
Helensburgh, NSW 2508
I am an experienced and highly qualified Sex Therapist, Sexologist, Relationship Counsellor, General Counsellor, Sex Educator and Clinical Hypnotherapist in private practice at Bondi Junction and Wollongong (Fairy Meadow). I am passionate about helping people and find it extremely rewarding to see progress and positive changes that evolve in people’s lives. I use an integrated approach to therapy in a friendly, safe, professional & confidential environment. Expertise with Erectile Dysfunction, Premature Ejaculation, Vaginismus, Painful Sex, Desire Discrepancy, Porn Addiction, Sex Addiction, Couples Counselling, General Counselling.
I am an experienced and highly qualified Sex Therapist, Sexologist, Relationship Counsellor, General Counsellor, Sex Educator and Clinical Hypnotherapist in private practice at Bondi Junction and Wollongong (Fairy Meadow). I am passionate about helping people and find it extremely rewarding to see progress and positive changes that evolve in people’s lives. I use an integrated approach to therapy in a friendly, safe, professional & confidential environment. Expertise with Erectile Dysfunction, Premature Ejaculation, Vaginismus, Painful Sex, Desire Discrepancy, Porn Addiction, Sex Addiction, Couples Counselling, General Counselling.
(02) 4214 8422 View (02) 4214 8422
Curious Minds Studio
Psychologist, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Helensburgh, NSW 2508
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, trauma/complex trauma, attachment-related concerns, adult ADHD, grief/loss, stress/burnout, eating disorders/body image 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, trauma/complex trauma, attachment-related concerns, adult ADHD, grief/loss, stress/burnout, eating disorders/body image concerns and more. Our therapy approaches include CBT, ACT, DBT, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, EMDR, and Cognitive processing therapy.
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Gary Bunker
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Helensburgh, NSW 2508
Not accepting new clients
Do you feel like the people around you need you to be strong, but you feel like you’re about to break, or have already broken? Does a voice in your head criticise everything you do and leave you feeling miserable and alone? Are you feeling like you're different from everyone around you? You’re not alone, you’re not broken, and there is a way to change those feelings and to handle those pressures and fears. You might be looking for solutions and feeling trapped, or hopeless. You’re not trapped, and there is hope - you just need someone to share this with, and to help you see your way forward. That’s what I do.
Do you feel like the people around you need you to be strong, but you feel like you’re about to break, or have already broken? Does a voice in your head criticise everything you do and leave you feeling miserable and alone? Are you feeling like you're different from everyone around you? You’re not alone, you’re not broken, and there is a way to change those feelings and to handle those pressures and fears. You might be looking for solutions and feeling trapped, or hopeless. You’re not trapped, and there is hope - you just need someone to share this with, and to help you see your way forward. That’s what I do.
(02) 4214 4789 View (02) 4214 4789
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David Troup
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Helensburgh, NSW 2508
David Troup is the Principal Clinical Psychologist of Here Comes The Sun Psychology Clinic. He is passionate about understanding the personal experiences of his clients and providing evidenced-based treatments that are tailored to their needs, strengths and values. He has developed experience with treating a wide range of mental health conditions from years of working in public health, at an outpatient drug and alcohol clinic and community mental health clinic. David also has experience in a private hospital setting where he provided group CBT for mood and anxiety disorders and a DBT-based group for a range of conditions.
David Troup is the Principal Clinical Psychologist of Here Comes The Sun Psychology Clinic. He is passionate about understanding the personal experiences of his clients and providing evidenced-based treatments that are tailored to their needs, strengths and values. He has developed experience with treating a wide range of mental health conditions from years of working in public health, at an outpatient drug and alcohol clinic and community mental health clinic. David also has experience in a private hospital setting where he provided group CBT for mood and anxiety disorders and a DBT-based group for a range of conditions.
(02) 7501 1075 View (02) 7501 1075

More Therapists Nearby

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Dorothea (Tig) Lungershausen
Counsellor, PhD, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Campbelltown, NSW 2560
I include my gorgeous horses in client sessions to increase the potential for healing of emotional wounds, increasing resilience, building healthy relationships and restoring confidence. Together we use the authentic interactions with the horses to help build capacity in many areas of your life, such as learning skills to reduce stress and anxiety, alleviating mental health concerns, improving the ability to make appropriate choices and becoming aware of patterns that no longer serve us, developing clear and healthy boundaries, learning how to make heartfelt connections or increasing communication skills.
I include my gorgeous horses in client sessions to increase the potential for healing of emotional wounds, increasing resilience, building healthy relationships and restoring confidence. Together we use the authentic interactions with the horses to help build capacity in many areas of your life, such as learning skills to reduce stress and anxiety, alleviating mental health concerns, improving the ability to make appropriate choices and becoming aware of patterns that no longer serve us, developing clear and healthy boundaries, learning how to make heartfelt connections or increasing communication skills.
(02) 3816 2833 View (02) 3816 2833
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Tania Rose
Psychotherapist, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Campbelltown, NSW 2560
Tania Rose is a neurodiversity-affirming and queer-affirming psychotherapist providing support for adults and their loved-ones Australia-wide. Tania's 30 years of experience includes working with Autistic and ADHD adults who may self-identify or have a formal diagnosis and wish to build capacity, aid recovery, or aim for renewal. Tania Rose supports empowerment to address client issues, focusing on the unique experience of each individual. Supporting queer, neurodivergent, differently-abled, and creative clients. Ethical Non-Monogamous (ENM) and unique relationship styles welcome. Zoom sessions are available for remote support.
Tania Rose is a neurodiversity-affirming and queer-affirming psychotherapist providing support for adults and their loved-ones Australia-wide. Tania's 30 years of experience includes working with Autistic and ADHD adults who may self-identify or have a formal diagnosis and wish to build capacity, aid recovery, or aim for renewal. Tania Rose supports empowerment to address client issues, focusing on the unique experience of each individual. Supporting queer, neurodivergent, differently-abled, and creative clients. Ethical Non-Monogamous (ENM) and unique relationship styles welcome. Zoom sessions are available for remote support.
(02) 4708 9622 View (02) 4708 9622
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Jennifer Fisher
Psychologist, MA, MAPS
Verified Verified
Sutherland, NSW 2232
I enjoy working with a range of psychological and emotional concerns. My main area of interest is helping people who are living with an eating disorder. I am passionate about timely and effective support for individuals struggling with eating and body image concerns. In addition to eating disorders, I enjoy working with people who are experiencing different types of anxiety and emotional distress, chronic pain and illness, relationship concerns, grief, loss and adjusting to life changes including parenthood.
I enjoy working with a range of psychological and emotional concerns. My main area of interest is helping people who are living with an eating disorder. I am passionate about timely and effective support for individuals struggling with eating and body image concerns. In addition to eating disorders, I enjoy working with people who are experiencing different types of anxiety and emotional distress, chronic pain and illness, relationship concerns, grief, loss and adjusting to life changes including parenthood.
(02) 4214 8212 View (02) 4214 8212
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Self Reflections
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sutherland, NSW 2232
Self Reflections is a clinic that prides itself on delivering unparalleled quality, service and value to our clients. We have a team consisting of Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists and Accredited Practicing Dietitians providing services to those in the Illawarra and surrounding communities. In addition to individual therapeutic and dietetic services, we provide Couples Therapy, Assessment (Cognitive IQ, Functional Behavioural and Autism Assessments), Clinical Supervision as well as Groups and Workshops.
Self Reflections is a clinic that prides itself on delivering unparalleled quality, service and value to our clients. We have a team consisting of Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists and Accredited Practicing Dietitians providing services to those in the Illawarra and surrounding communities. In addition to individual therapeutic and dietetic services, we provide Couples Therapy, Assessment (Cognitive IQ, Functional Behavioural and Autism Assessments), Clinical Supervision as well as Groups and Workshops.
(02) 4288 2540 View (02) 4288 2540
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Mia Rochelle
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Engadine, NSW 2233
Dealing with the impact of life stressors, PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction can be overwhelming, but you are not alone. Mia Rochelle offers compassionate therapy tailored to your unique needs. Evidence-based therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) empowers individuals to build resilience and move forward in their lives. Many clients report long-lasting improvements with both reduction of distress and increased mental and emotional well-being. Mia Rochelle is also an Integrative Couples therapist who uses a range of modalities including Gottman; Imago; and Emotion Focused Therapy.
Dealing with the impact of life stressors, PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction can be overwhelming, but you are not alone. Mia Rochelle offers compassionate therapy tailored to your unique needs. Evidence-based therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) empowers individuals to build resilience and move forward in their lives. Many clients report long-lasting improvements with both reduction of distress and increased mental and emotional well-being. Mia Rochelle is also an Integrative Couples therapist who uses a range of modalities including Gottman; Imago; and Emotion Focused Therapy.
(02) 4214 8621 View (02) 4214 8621
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Anita S
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Panania, NSW 2213
Anita is a registered psychologist with extensive experience providing psychological assessment and interventions to children, adolescents, and adults. Anita’s specific interests include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions and adjustment difficulties, eating and body image concerns, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Global Developmental Delay and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also has a special interest in providing therapeutic interventions for clients who have experienced trauma such as abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
Anita is a registered psychologist with extensive experience providing psychological assessment and interventions to children, adolescents, and adults. Anita’s specific interests include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions and adjustment difficulties, eating and body image concerns, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Global Developmental Delay and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also has a special interest in providing therapeutic interventions for clients who have experienced trauma such as abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
(02) 8105 6470 View (02) 8105 6470
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Emma Jackson
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Engadine, NSW 2233  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Emma! I am a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working in a range of government and non-government sectors. I offer a warm and compassionate stance with my clients. I understand it can be challenging opening up about the harder parts of life, so I create a safe and supportive space for you to do so. We will work together at your pace and I will guide you towards a more rich and meaningful life where your struggles can have less of an impact on you.
Hello, my name is Emma! I am a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working in a range of government and non-government sectors. I offer a warm and compassionate stance with my clients. I understand it can be challenging opening up about the harder parts of life, so I create a safe and supportive space for you to do so. We will work together at your pace and I will guide you towards a more rich and meaningful life where your struggles can have less of an impact on you.
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Counselling Wollongong
Counsellor, MPsych, PACFA
Verified Verified
Woronora Dam, NSW 2508
Jacob and Amna will help you...“Once you understand the four mechanisms that determine why different parts of your ‘self’ do disturbing behaviours, then you can begin to compassionately change your behaviours in a sustainable way” Child mechanism an internal override of unique expression. Adolescent mechanism an attempt to override Externally. Adult mechanism an override of the Adolescent Mechanism. Self-Distraction/Medication an attempt to override seemingly overwhelming feelings. Our counsellors get the most fulfilment and satisfaction by helping people become ’emotionally independent’.
Jacob and Amna will help you...“Once you understand the four mechanisms that determine why different parts of your ‘self’ do disturbing behaviours, then you can begin to compassionately change your behaviours in a sustainable way” Child mechanism an internal override of unique expression. Adolescent mechanism an attempt to override Externally. Adult mechanism an override of the Adolescent Mechanism. Self-Distraction/Medication an attempt to override seemingly overwhelming feelings. Our counsellors get the most fulfilment and satisfaction by helping people become ’emotionally independent’.
(02) 4210 5604 View (02) 4210 5604
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Beyond NLP Coaching
Verified Verified
Campbelltown, NSW 2560
As a strategic psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist, I welcome those seeking to overcome stagnation and renew their personal journeys. Many want to break free from habits and find purpose. You're looking for guidance to see anew and navigate life's challenges. Your aim is growth across all aspects of life, a ripple effect leading to fulfillment. This means tackling concerns like anxiety, addictions, overthinking, and stress. Your drive is rooted in believing in second chances.
As a strategic psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist, I welcome those seeking to overcome stagnation and renew their personal journeys. Many want to break free from habits and find purpose. You're looking for guidance to see anew and navigate life's challenges. Your aim is growth across all aspects of life, a ripple effect leading to fulfillment. This means tackling concerns like anxiety, addictions, overthinking, and stress. Your drive is rooted in believing in second chances.
(02) 4606 4994 View (02) 4606 4994
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Leanne Fawcett
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Campbelltown, NSW 2560
Creating a secure and comfortable environment is crucial for my clients, whether they have previous therapy experience or are seeking support for the first time. I have worked extensively in the community providing clinically informed, culturally responsive, and high-quality evidence-based mental health and addiction services. Building healthy individuals, families, and communities through integrated models of therapy supporting personal coping strategies and strengths to increase resilience. I have experience working with Trauma, PTSD, child abuse, domestic and family violence, and addiction.
Creating a secure and comfortable environment is crucial for my clients, whether they have previous therapy experience or are seeking support for the first time. I have worked extensively in the community providing clinically informed, culturally responsive, and high-quality evidence-based mental health and addiction services. Building healthy individuals, families, and communities through integrated models of therapy supporting personal coping strategies and strengths to increase resilience. I have experience working with Trauma, PTSD, child abuse, domestic and family violence, and addiction.
(02) 4602 1923 View (02) 4602 1923
Photo of Scott O'Loughlin, Psychologist in Helensburgh, NSW
Scott O'Loughlin
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Campbelltown, NSW 2560
Accepting New Referrals - Scott is a Clinical Psychologist who creates a warm, friendly, and supportive environment where his clients can feel comfortable and understood. Your story matters - and being aware of that, Scott provides a safe and non-judgemental space to share that story. He works with people of all ages and backgrounds, and is especially passionate about early intervention with young people and those new to therapy. He has a wealth of experience in research and practice, and he uses evidence-based approaches to help his clients overcome their challenges and achieve their goals.
Accepting New Referrals - Scott is a Clinical Psychologist who creates a warm, friendly, and supportive environment where his clients can feel comfortable and understood. Your story matters - and being aware of that, Scott provides a safe and non-judgemental space to share that story. He works with people of all ages and backgrounds, and is especially passionate about early intervention with young people and those new to therapy. He has a wealth of experience in research and practice, and he uses evidence-based approaches to help his clients overcome their challenges and achieve their goals.
(02) 4210 5332 View (02) 4210 5332

How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Helensburgh, NSW

< 10

Counsellors in Helensburgh, NSW who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
89% Stress
78% Depression
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Self Esteem
56% Relationship Issues
56% Addiction

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Medicare Rebates
20% Medibank Private
20% NDIS

How Counsellors in Helensburgh, NSW see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Helensburgh?

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.