Counselling in Murwillumbah, NSW

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Catalina Arevalo
Counsellor
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
Hi there! I'm a Christian Counsellor. We can be hard to find : ( Within many communities, some people may not have a safe person in their life who they can turn to when life (and faith) becomes difficult and challenging. As a licenced Counsellor, I hold compassion tightly as people share their battles with me. It’s a very sacred space to be invited to walk through your darkest valleys and to celebrate with you on your green pastures. It can be a struggle to find therapists who cultivates therapeutic frameworks that professionally aligns with the Bible & our Supreme Creator and Redeemer.
Hi there! I'm a Christian Counsellor. We can be hard to find : ( Within many communities, some people may not have a safe person in their life who they can turn to when life (and faith) becomes difficult and challenging. As a licenced Counsellor, I hold compassion tightly as people share their battles with me. It’s a very sacred space to be invited to walk through your darkest valleys and to celebrate with you on your green pastures. It can be a struggle to find therapists who cultivates therapeutic frameworks that professionally aligns with the Bible & our Supreme Creator and Redeemer.
(02) 5603 0312 View (02) 5603 0312
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Marise Fallon
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484  (Online Only)
Marise is a Clinical Psychologist who enjoys working with clients seeking to better understand themselves and experience increased joy and meaning in their lives. Meeting and appreciating each client for the unique person they are and tailoring a treatment program to suit each individual’s needs, strengths and weaknesses are central to Marise’s practice. Marise has been a practising psychologist for over 10 years.
Marise is a Clinical Psychologist who enjoys working with clients seeking to better understand themselves and experience increased joy and meaning in their lives. Meeting and appreciating each client for the unique person they are and tailoring a treatment program to suit each individual’s needs, strengths and weaknesses are central to Marise’s practice. Marise has been a practising psychologist for over 10 years.
(02) 5605 5760 View (02) 5605 5760
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Monica Munro
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
I am a Counsellor, Parent Educator and School Consultant in Murwillumbah, I work in the Northern Rivers and Southern Gold Coast region. I specialise in supporting families, teachers and professionals who are caring for children who are neuro-diverse, have behaviour challenges and/or who are gender diverse. I have been supporting families for over ten years now and I'm passionate about supporting the whole family/support network ensuring you don't feel alone and to know your story matters, that you matter. If you are feeling overwhelmed, helpless and alone, reach out for a free 15 minute consult to see if we are a good fit.
I am a Counsellor, Parent Educator and School Consultant in Murwillumbah, I work in the Northern Rivers and Southern Gold Coast region. I specialise in supporting families, teachers and professionals who are caring for children who are neuro-diverse, have behaviour challenges and/or who are gender diverse. I have been supporting families for over ten years now and I'm passionate about supporting the whole family/support network ensuring you don't feel alone and to know your story matters, that you matter. If you are feeling overwhelmed, helpless and alone, reach out for a free 15 minute consult to see if we are a good fit.
(02) 5604 6560 View (02) 5604 6560
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Jess Hodges
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted or struggling with motivation? Do you have sensitivities that leave you feeling judged by others, or misunderstood? Do you experience stuck patterns of behaviour that effect your ability to feel satisfaction in life and in relationships? Do you feel pressure to conform to societal norms and expectations, which leaves you feeling "othered" and isolated? I see you! You are not alone and you don't have to work this out by yourself. Together we can explore your lived experience and the many ways it impacts your sense of self, worthiness and belonging.
Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted or struggling with motivation? Do you have sensitivities that leave you feeling judged by others, or misunderstood? Do you experience stuck patterns of behaviour that effect your ability to feel satisfaction in life and in relationships? Do you feel pressure to conform to societal norms and expectations, which leaves you feeling "othered" and isolated? I see you! You are not alone and you don't have to work this out by yourself. Together we can explore your lived experience and the many ways it impacts your sense of self, worthiness and belonging.
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Kerriann Dear
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
I will always do my best to create a welcoming, safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore what matters most to you. My role is to listen carefully to you and to support, guide and advocate for you to reach your best possible outcomes and build your inner strength and capability. As a life-long learner, and an experienced counsellor, yoga practitioner and psychotherapist, I understand that the power to heal and to intentionally make changes in our world lies within us. I love my work.
I will always do my best to create a welcoming, safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore what matters most to you. My role is to listen carefully to you and to support, guide and advocate for you to reach your best possible outcomes and build your inner strength and capability. As a life-long learner, and an experienced counsellor, yoga practitioner and psychotherapist, I understand that the power to heal and to intentionally make changes in our world lies within us. I love my work.
(02) 5662 0421 View (02) 5662 0421
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Nathan Dick
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
Do you feel lonely in your relationship? Do you argue about who is to blame? Or, do you feel disconnected from yourself, your friends or children? Are you longing for more from your life? I'd love to help. My approach is relational, non-judgemental and de-pathologising. I aim to level the power imbalance, so, rather than being the expert, we work together in an authentic collaborative relationship in a process of awareness-raising. Together, we come to understand habitual patterns, unmet attachment needs & longings - toward desired, lasting change through open, safe and honest communication with clear boundaries.
Do you feel lonely in your relationship? Do you argue about who is to blame? Or, do you feel disconnected from yourself, your friends or children? Are you longing for more from your life? I'd love to help. My approach is relational, non-judgemental and de-pathologising. I aim to level the power imbalance, so, rather than being the expert, we work together in an authentic collaborative relationship in a process of awareness-raising. Together, we come to understand habitual patterns, unmet attachment needs & longings - toward desired, lasting change through open, safe and honest communication with clear boundaries.
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Jack Tully
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
Hi, I’m Jack. I am a psychotherapist, educator, father and long term partner and I came to this work through my own experiences with therapy. I have come to trust that both acceptance and change are possible in our lives. There are many reasons we may begin therapy; we may long for change or hope for opportunities for healing, growth and transformation. Whether there is a particular thing you are struggling with, a need for greater support, or an interest in deepening self-awareness, I can support you on your journey.
Hi, I’m Jack. I am a psychotherapist, educator, father and long term partner and I came to this work through my own experiences with therapy. I have come to trust that both acceptance and change are possible in our lives. There are many reasons we may begin therapy; we may long for change or hope for opportunities for healing, growth and transformation. Whether there is a particular thing you are struggling with, a need for greater support, or an interest in deepening self-awareness, I can support you on your journey.
(02) 5605 0976 View (02) 5605 0976
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Lighthouse Journeys
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
My approach to working with you is deeply present, creating the space for exploration, to heal, to grow and to discover the inner resources that are uniquely yours. I am passionate about the journey of walking beside you as you transition through life changes, connecting more deeply with your authentic self. Your journey is fully supported and respected for its own timing and unique healing process. I work holistically involving the mind, body, heart and spirit. This work is deep, transformative and empowering.
My approach to working with you is deeply present, creating the space for exploration, to heal, to grow and to discover the inner resources that are uniquely yours. I am passionate about the journey of walking beside you as you transition through life changes, connecting more deeply with your authentic self. Your journey is fully supported and respected for its own timing and unique healing process. I work holistically involving the mind, body, heart and spirit. This work is deep, transformative and empowering.
(02) 5603 4328 View (02) 5603 4328
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Elise (Sakina) Bridgeman
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
Life presents us with unique challenges and complex emotions and can leave us feeling overwhelmed and seeking clarity. I offer support to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a range of unique issues and concerns. If you're struggling with grief, trauma, anxiety, school issues or navigating life transitions, I am here to offer you unwavering support. Together, we will explore the various dimensions of your obstacles and find a path forward that allows you to reclaim your sense of wholeness, connection, and confidence.
Life presents us with unique challenges and complex emotions and can leave us feeling overwhelmed and seeking clarity. I offer support to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a range of unique issues and concerns. If you're struggling with grief, trauma, anxiety, school issues or navigating life transitions, I am here to offer you unwavering support. Together, we will explore the various dimensions of your obstacles and find a path forward that allows you to reclaim your sense of wholeness, connection, and confidence.
(02) 5603 0914 View (02) 5603 0914
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Martha Ann Calhoun
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484  (Online Only)
I am passionate about the process of growth and the engagement with deep inner work. I work with organisations, groups and individuals. I have a particular love of working with children. I work wholistically incorporating heart, mind, body, spirit. The heart of my approach is to hold a safe supported space to allow the natural unfolding and timing of each persons healing process. My approach is experiential, somatic and emotion focused. I hold a transpersonal frame, acknowledging multiple dimensions of experience including individual, collective, generational, biographical, perinatal, shamanic, symbolic, mythical, archetypal...
I am passionate about the process of growth and the engagement with deep inner work. I work with organisations, groups and individuals. I have a particular love of working with children. I work wholistically incorporating heart, mind, body, spirit. The heart of my approach is to hold a safe supported space to allow the natural unfolding and timing of each persons healing process. My approach is experiential, somatic and emotion focused. I hold a transpersonal frame, acknowledging multiple dimensions of experience including individual, collective, generational, biographical, perinatal, shamanic, symbolic, mythical, archetypal...
(07) 5655 7552 View (07) 5655 7552
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Love Life Matters
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
Love Life Matters helps individuals and couples to work through relationship issues in the areas of commitment, communication, emotional connection, sexual intimacy, dealing with emotional hurts, conflict and crisis.
Love Life Matters helps individuals and couples to work through relationship issues in the areas of commitment, communication, emotional connection, sexual intimacy, dealing with emotional hurts, conflict and crisis.
(02) 5604 4425 View (02) 5604 4425
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Kerri Henderson
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
Waitlist for new clients
I work across the lifespan to support clients with a variety of presentations including Anxiety, Stress, Mood, Trauma, Grief and Loss, and Neurodiversity. I have knowledge and experience applying a number of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I also specialise in the assessment of neurodivergent cognitive profiles including Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, along with psychometric testing for IQ and learning difficulties.
I work across the lifespan to support clients with a variety of presentations including Anxiety, Stress, Mood, Trauma, Grief and Loss, and Neurodiversity. I have knowledge and experience applying a number of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I also specialise in the assessment of neurodivergent cognitive profiles including Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, along with psychometric testing for IQ and learning difficulties.
(08) 6846 1735 View (08) 6846 1735
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Martine Baglin
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
I provide a safe, supportive and nurturing space, and the sessions are tailored to address your personal life issues, needs and goals. As a Body Orientated Trauma informed Gestalt Therapist, and Senior Journey Practitioner, I enjoy assisting individuals on their unique journey to Wellness. The Therapy sessions are focused in the 'here and now' experience which holds our entire and unique history.
I provide a safe, supportive and nurturing space, and the sessions are tailored to address your personal life issues, needs and goals. As a Body Orientated Trauma informed Gestalt Therapist, and Senior Journey Practitioner, I enjoy assisting individuals on their unique journey to Wellness. The Therapy sessions are focused in the 'here and now' experience which holds our entire and unique history.
(02) 5605 6913 View (02) 5605 6913
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Tania Djipalo
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
Life offers us all challenges, sometimes huge, sometimes small, these challenges present themselves so that we may grow and in the process become wiser. I will support you to lean into your experiences rather than moving away from feelings, learning to befriend them and in the process develop a closer relationship with yourself and others. Developing emotional agility is a natural outcome of therapy that provides agency for change. Issues include parenting, relationships, depression, anxiety, life direction, addiction and trauma.
Life offers us all challenges, sometimes huge, sometimes small, these challenges present themselves so that we may grow and in the process become wiser. I will support you to lean into your experiences rather than moving away from feelings, learning to befriend them and in the process develop a closer relationship with yourself and others. Developing emotional agility is a natural outcome of therapy that provides agency for change. Issues include parenting, relationships, depression, anxiety, life direction, addiction and trauma.
(07) 5655 7533 View (07) 5655 7533
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Thirak Rochin
Counsellor
Verified
1 Endorsed
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
I see challenges as a great opportunity to know yourself and I have supported many people to face challenges in a way that transforms them into aliveness, passion, and fulfilment in life. I truly believe that every challenge, every heartbreak, every struggle is a doorway to rediscover who we truly are and unlock our true potential. Together, we will explore the depths of your being, uncover the root causes of your struggles, and pave the way for lasting healing and personal growth.
I see challenges as a great opportunity to know yourself and I have supported many people to face challenges in a way that transforms them into aliveness, passion, and fulfilment in life. I truly believe that every challenge, every heartbreak, every struggle is a doorway to rediscover who we truly are and unlock our true potential. Together, we will explore the depths of your being, uncover the root causes of your struggles, and pave the way for lasting healing and personal growth.
(02) 5605 5737 View (02) 5605 5737
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Rachael Carter - Somatic Experiencing
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
For clients with attachment wounding and early trauma, words are often not enough or get in the way. You may have an intuitive understanding what you need is an integrated and nuanced psychological, emotional, and cognitive processing approach. An approach that closely facilitates collaboration between the body and the mind. Knowing and feeling that all parts of ourselves are acknowledged, seen, heard and understood in conversation is extraordinary. You may have a deep knowing that there are parts of you that would like to breathe a little more to welcome in your authentic true self and open to the relationships you truly want.
For clients with attachment wounding and early trauma, words are often not enough or get in the way. You may have an intuitive understanding what you need is an integrated and nuanced psychological, emotional, and cognitive processing approach. An approach that closely facilitates collaboration between the body and the mind. Knowing and feeling that all parts of ourselves are acknowledged, seen, heard and understood in conversation is extraordinary. You may have a deep knowing that there are parts of you that would like to breathe a little more to welcome in your authentic true self and open to the relationships you truly want.
(02) 5605 1995 View (02) 5605 1995
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Monika McIntosh
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
I am a Clinical Psychotherapist, Counsellor and EMDR therapist specialising in child & adolescent development, mental health and trauma across lifespan. I am deeply aware that the story we each bring to therapy is unique. I am passionate about creating a safe and nurturing space that enables my clients, regardless of age, to find their own voice and live an authentic, fulfilling life. I believe that through having a safe space to explore our stories, feelings, thoughts, and embodied communication, we can transform this awareness into energy that supports personal growth and deeper connection to people and the world around us.
I am a Clinical Psychotherapist, Counsellor and EMDR therapist specialising in child & adolescent development, mental health and trauma across lifespan. I am deeply aware that the story we each bring to therapy is unique. I am passionate about creating a safe and nurturing space that enables my clients, regardless of age, to find their own voice and live an authentic, fulfilling life. I believe that through having a safe space to explore our stories, feelings, thoughts, and embodied communication, we can transform this awareness into energy that supports personal growth and deeper connection to people and the world around us.
(02) 5657 6577 View (02) 5657 6577
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Uri Bookman
Counsellor
Verified
1 Endorsed
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
You desire to be uniquely and authentically yourself. You yearn to feel confident, empowered, and free to express yourself. You crave to be seen, heard, and understood, and to belong without any effort. You aspire to be comfortable in your own skin and free from judgment, both towards yourself and others. And above all, you dream of a world where you can love and be loved without fear. In a relationship, you strive to be a part of something bigger than yourself. You aspire to create a space of safety, respect, and growth, where intimacy and mutual understanding abound. Most importantly, you dream of a happy life, adventure and joy.
You desire to be uniquely and authentically yourself. You yearn to feel confident, empowered, and free to express yourself. You crave to be seen, heard, and understood, and to belong without any effort. You aspire to be comfortable in your own skin and free from judgment, both towards yourself and others. And above all, you dream of a world where you can love and be loved without fear. In a relationship, you strive to be a part of something bigger than yourself. You aspire to create a space of safety, respect, and growth, where intimacy and mutual understanding abound. Most importantly, you dream of a happy life, adventure and joy.
(02) 5604 6607 View (02) 5604 6607
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Flavio De Grandis - Jungian Psychotherapist
MSc
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
There is a finality to symptoms such as insecurity, depression, anger and anxiety. Exploring one’s psyche can lead us on a path of transformation, creativity, authenticity to oneself and healing. Jungian therapy is a process suited to anyone with an interest in knowing more about themselves. As Jung said “one does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious” and so Jungian therapy is a journey of awakening inner aspects one may not have realised they carried, aspects brought forth which may have hindered a connection to ourselves and to others.
There is a finality to symptoms such as insecurity, depression, anger and anxiety. Exploring one’s psyche can lead us on a path of transformation, creativity, authenticity to oneself and healing. Jungian therapy is a process suited to anyone with an interest in knowing more about themselves. As Jung said “one does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious” and so Jungian therapy is a journey of awakening inner aspects one may not have realised they carried, aspects brought forth which may have hindered a connection to ourselves and to others.
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Steve Marriott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, AMHSW
Verified
Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
I have a busy private practice based in Bangalow and provide counselling and psychotherapy services to individuals, couples and families. I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (Medicare rebates available ), a clinical member and accredited supervisor of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) and have master’s qualifications in both Social Work and Couple & Family Therapy. I also offer professional supervision and training to health professionals, and I’m an editorial board member of the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.
I have a busy private practice based in Bangalow and provide counselling and psychotherapy services to individuals, couples and families. I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (Medicare rebates available ), a clinical member and accredited supervisor of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) and have master’s qualifications in both Social Work and Couple & Family Therapy. I also offer professional supervision and training to health professionals, and I’m an editorial board member of the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.
(07) 5655 7538 View (07) 5655 7538

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Number of Counsellors in Murwillumbah, NSW

20+

Average cost per session

$140

Counsellors in Murwillumbah, NSW who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
82% Depression
82% Trauma and PTSD
79% Relationship Issues
79% Life Transitions
75% Self Esteem
75% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

43% Medicare Rebates
43% Medibank Private
29% Other

How Counsellors in Murwillumbah, NSW see their clients

90% In Person and Online
10% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
31% Male
3% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Murwillumbah?

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.