Counselling in Oyster Bay, NSW

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Well With My Soul Counselling
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Oyster Bay, NSW 2225
Danny Suleiman is a qualified counsellor and therapist who is registered with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Danny helps people find meaning in life and works with them to find healing in their souls and resolve their pain. This positive outcome is not an event that happens instantaneously but rather it is a process of discovering oneself by honestly and transparently confronting the issues that weigh a person down. Danny has a passion to help individuals and couples overcome the painful struggles that have developed in life. In this safe setting you can discuss what happened to you. wellwithmysoulcounselling.com
Danny Suleiman is a qualified counsellor and therapist who is registered with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Danny helps people find meaning in life and works with them to find healing in their souls and resolve their pain. This positive outcome is not an event that happens instantaneously but rather it is a process of discovering oneself by honestly and transparently confronting the issues that weigh a person down. Danny has a passion to help individuals and couples overcome the painful struggles that have developed in life. In this safe setting you can discuss what happened to you. wellwithmysoulcounselling.com
(02) 7501 0937 View (02) 7501 0937
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Marie Farthing, Counselling & Therapeutic Supports
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Oyster Bay, NSW 2225
Safe, sensitive, inclusive counselling & therapeutic supports for children, adolescents and adults. My therapeutic style is warm, creative and adaptable. I create a space where you can feel safe, understood and accepted. I focus on your strengths. I help you identify what you are doing well and build on those abilities. My specialist skills can help people of all ages and abilities to express their thoughts and feelings creatively.
Safe, sensitive, inclusive counselling & therapeutic supports for children, adolescents and adults. My therapeutic style is warm, creative and adaptable. I create a space where you can feel safe, understood and accepted. I focus on your strengths. I help you identify what you are doing well and build on those abilities. My specialist skills can help people of all ages and abilities to express their thoughts and feelings creatively.
(02) 9538 7872 View (02) 9538 7872
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The Mind Clinic
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oyster Bay, NSW 2225
I enjoy working with people from all ages and stages in life including children, adolescents, parents & their families with concerns such as anxiety (including OCD & selective mutism), depression, emotion dysregulation, issues at school, family relationship difficulties, self-esteem and traumatic experiences. I also enjoy working with adults of all ages who are experiencing relationship difficulties, adjusting to life stages/changes, mood and anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD, burnout, perinatal & postnatal support & sleep issues.
I enjoy working with people from all ages and stages in life including children, adolescents, parents & their families with concerns such as anxiety (including OCD & selective mutism), depression, emotion dysregulation, issues at school, family relationship difficulties, self-esteem and traumatic experiences. I also enjoy working with adults of all ages who are experiencing relationship difficulties, adjusting to life stages/changes, mood and anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD, burnout, perinatal & postnatal support & sleep issues.
(02) 9538 7417 View (02) 9538 7417
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Trix Harvey
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Oyster Bay, NSW 2225
As a dedicated and compassionate counselor, Trix is committed to providing exceptional care to clients seeking support and guidance. With a background in working with refugee trauma and 10 years of experience, She offers a wealth of expertise in trauma counseling, e.g. anxiety, trauma recovery, relationship issues, etc. She believes in a holistic approach to counseling and neuro plasticity, addressing the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit and working with a bio-psycho-social model of treatment. Through evidence-based techniques and personalized treatment plans, she strive to empower individuals to overcome challenges.
As a dedicated and compassionate counselor, Trix is committed to providing exceptional care to clients seeking support and guidance. With a background in working with refugee trauma and 10 years of experience, She offers a wealth of expertise in trauma counseling, e.g. anxiety, trauma recovery, relationship issues, etc. She believes in a holistic approach to counseling and neuro plasticity, addressing the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit and working with a bio-psycho-social model of treatment. Through evidence-based techniques and personalized treatment plans, she strive to empower individuals to overcome challenges.
(02) 8355 9713 View (02) 8355 9713

More Therapists Nearby

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Michelle Lin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hurstville, NSW 2220
I specialise in Anti-Oppressive Practice, relationships, self-growth and identity, search for meaning, grief & loss, work-life stuff, victim-survivors of interpersonal and systemic violence (domestic violence and structural oppression), cultural identity, the LGBTIQA+ community, family of origin issues, and relational trauma such as childhood abuse or neglect. I enjoy working with individuals to really unpack their experiences of relationships and sense of self. I also provide clinical supervision for students, new grads, activists and peers working in counselling and helping professions.
I specialise in Anti-Oppressive Practice, relationships, self-growth and identity, search for meaning, grief & loss, work-life stuff, victim-survivors of interpersonal and systemic violence (domestic violence and structural oppression), cultural identity, the LGBTIQA+ community, family of origin issues, and relational trauma such as childhood abuse or neglect. I enjoy working with individuals to really unpack their experiences of relationships and sense of self. I also provide clinical supervision for students, new grads, activists and peers working in counselling and helping professions.
(02) 8074 5461 View (02) 8074 5461
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Lisa Mulhall Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Kirrawee, NSW 2232  (Online Only)
Registered Psychologist of 20 years experience available for bookings (Telehealth ONLY) for people aged 18+ years. I've worked in occupational rehabilitation, supported people all over Australia working on Beyond Blue especially rural and remote locations. Over 15 years experience in the Mental Health Acute Care NSW Public Hospital System addressing psychosis, schizophrenia, personality and mood disorders, depression, anxiety, perinatal mental health, adjustment disorders, grief, PTSD and have worked alongside first responders. Available for Workcover. More information can be found at www.lisamulhallpsychology.com.au
Registered Psychologist of 20 years experience available for bookings (Telehealth ONLY) for people aged 18+ years. I've worked in occupational rehabilitation, supported people all over Australia working on Beyond Blue especially rural and remote locations. Over 15 years experience in the Mental Health Acute Care NSW Public Hospital System addressing psychosis, schizophrenia, personality and mood disorders, depression, anxiety, perinatal mental health, adjustment disorders, grief, PTSD and have worked alongside first responders. Available for Workcover. More information can be found at www.lisamulhallpsychology.com.au
(02) 7501 0199 View (02) 7501 0199
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Rachel Pollard
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oatley, NSW 2223
Rachel is a Psychologist at the Australian Institute for Human Wellness. Rachel has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at the Australian Catholic University, and both a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science and Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Bond University. Rachel’s approach to treatment is trauma informed, warm, and non-judgemental. She ensures compassionate, empathetic care, regardless of presentation or concern. Rachel enjoys working with clients across the life span, delivering both individual and group-based therapy. She has previous experience working in both education and private practice settings.
Rachel is a Psychologist at the Australian Institute for Human Wellness. Rachel has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at the Australian Catholic University, and both a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science and Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Bond University. Rachel’s approach to treatment is trauma informed, warm, and non-judgemental. She ensures compassionate, empathetic care, regardless of presentation or concern. Rachel enjoys working with clients across the life span, delivering both individual and group-based therapy. She has previous experience working in both education and private practice settings.
(02) 8105 5795 View (02) 8105 5795
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Spirit & Mind Therapy
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Hurstville, NSW 2220
My name is Hany, and I am deeply committed to fostering a safe, understanding, and empathetic space for all my clients, who seek understanding and growth amidst challenges such as anxiety, life transitions, or relationship issues. They desire a safe space to explore their feelings, understand their behaviors, and develop coping strategies to achieve emotional well-being, improve relationships, and find balance.
My name is Hany, and I am deeply committed to fostering a safe, understanding, and empathetic space for all my clients, who seek understanding and growth amidst challenges such as anxiety, life transitions, or relationship issues. They desire a safe space to explore their feelings, understand their behaviors, and develop coping strategies to achieve emotional well-being, improve relationships, and find balance.
(02) 8105 6402 View (02) 8105 6402
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Naomi McGrath
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Loftus, NSW 2232
Do you often feel overwhelmed, not sure how to cope with what is happening or has happened? Do you long for a compassionate ear to listen to you? Or need some extra support as you go through a difficult time? Many of life's hardships are beyond our control but there are ways we can learn to better cope with and get through distressing experiences.
Do you often feel overwhelmed, not sure how to cope with what is happening or has happened? Do you long for a compassionate ear to listen to you? Or need some extra support as you go through a difficult time? Many of life's hardships are beyond our control but there are ways we can learn to better cope with and get through distressing experiences.
(02) 7501 0112 View (02) 7501 0112
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Fiona Tzouramanis
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Sylvania, NSW 2224
Not accepting new clients
Fiona is a Registered Psychologist and Marte Meo Therapist, who has provided counselling and therapy to children, adolescents, adults and families for approximately 15 years. Fiona takes a multi-disciplinary approach to her work, involving school staff, Medical and Allied Health practitioners where appropriate to ensure each client has the support they need to have the best chance at success in therapy. Fiona is client focused and believes in the importance of developing a trusting therapeutic relationship with each of her clients in order to meet their needs and to provide the best outcome.
Fiona is a Registered Psychologist and Marte Meo Therapist, who has provided counselling and therapy to children, adolescents, adults and families for approximately 15 years. Fiona takes a multi-disciplinary approach to her work, involving school staff, Medical and Allied Health practitioners where appropriate to ensure each client has the support they need to have the best chance at success in therapy. Fiona is client focused and believes in the importance of developing a trusting therapeutic relationship with each of her clients in order to meet their needs and to provide the best outcome.
(02) 8766 0513 View (02) 8766 0513
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Erin Chan- Individual Couple And Family Counselling
Counsellor, MSc, PACFA
Verified Verified
Hurstville, NSW 2220
My approach is straightforward, helping you make sense of your experience, explore on coping mechanisms and restore confidence in your life, with evidence-based well-being tools, to better manage in those difficult situations. My goal is to journey together with you until you can take charge effectively! Sometimes with 1 session! With my guidance, you can grow confidently alongside with life issues without escaping from them nor being affected by them. If you are feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or unsatisfied with your relationship or feeling unhappy/sad/angry frequently, I’m here to help. Book a 15-min intro call to start
My approach is straightforward, helping you make sense of your experience, explore on coping mechanisms and restore confidence in your life, with evidence-based well-being tools, to better manage in those difficult situations. My goal is to journey together with you until you can take charge effectively! Sometimes with 1 session! With my guidance, you can grow confidently alongside with life issues without escaping from them nor being affected by them. If you are feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or unsatisfied with your relationship or feeling unhappy/sad/angry frequently, I’m here to help. Book a 15-min intro call to start
(02) 8503 4490 View (02) 8503 4490
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Lighthouse Therapeutic
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Hurstville, NSW 2220
Are you finding it hard to cope with day to day stressors. Do you have difficulty with food and body image, maybe you are restricting, binging, purging or yo-yo dieting. Have you found that your drug or alcohol intake has increased and is starting to feel out of control, or has been out of control for a while, have you just had a lapse/relapse. Is your anxiety holding you back or are you having difficulty with your relationships, emotion regulation or asserting boundaries?
Are you finding it hard to cope with day to day stressors. Do you have difficulty with food and body image, maybe you are restricting, binging, purging or yo-yo dieting. Have you found that your drug or alcohol intake has increased and is starting to feel out of control, or has been out of control for a while, have you just had a lapse/relapse. Is your anxiety holding you back or are you having difficulty with your relationships, emotion regulation or asserting boundaries?
(02) 8806 0119 View (02) 8806 0119
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The Kind Collective
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Miranda, NSW 2228
I like to bring both of our humanness to the therapy space. Messiness, with no judgment. I welcome tissue-filled tears, and embodied emotion, raw reflection, and a light touch of humour. The Kind Collective is a safe and secure space for healing, where you are invited to show up authentically. We move away from the textbook because life is never that scripted.
I like to bring both of our humanness to the therapy space. Messiness, with no judgment. I welcome tissue-filled tears, and embodied emotion, raw reflection, and a light touch of humour. The Kind Collective is a safe and secure space for healing, where you are invited to show up authentically. We move away from the textbook because life is never that scripted.
0416 709 247 View 0416 709 247
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Ability to Achieve
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Mortdale, NSW 2223
I believe that ‘’Talking is the medicine of the soul” The most powerful thing we can do is to speak up and share what is on our minds. Talking with a professional can be a transformative tool in promoting self-awareness, growth, and emotional well-being. I have gained experience and developed skills to support individuals in exploring and addressing personal challenges and difficulties. I am dedicated to creating a safe and confidential space where clients can share their experiences without judgment or criticism.
I believe that ‘’Talking is the medicine of the soul” The most powerful thing we can do is to speak up and share what is on our minds. Talking with a professional can be a transformative tool in promoting self-awareness, growth, and emotional well-being. I have gained experience and developed skills to support individuals in exploring and addressing personal challenges and difficulties. I am dedicated to creating a safe and confidential space where clients can share their experiences without judgment or criticism.
(02) 8105 5539 View (02) 8105 5539
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Irene Osman
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Hurstville, NSW 2220
I am a Clinical Counsellor/Psychotherapist that is a mature and responsible individual with strong communication skills who has a successful career in counselling and psychotherapy. I am empathetic and understanding towards my clients and I utilise diverse and appropriate therapeutic approaches suited to each individual’s needs. I provide therapy for adults with problems around Eating Disorders, depression and Borderline Personality Disorder. I incorporate a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology.
I am a Clinical Counsellor/Psychotherapist that is a mature and responsible individual with strong communication skills who has a successful career in counselling and psychotherapy. I am empathetic and understanding towards my clients and I utilise diverse and appropriate therapeutic approaches suited to each individual’s needs. I provide therapy for adults with problems around Eating Disorders, depression and Borderline Personality Disorder. I incorporate a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology.
(02) 8105 6941 View (02) 8105 6941
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Nathan Joel Green
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
Bangor, NSW 2234  (Online Only)
Nathan is a social worker who studied at the University of New South Wales. Currently working as a school counsellor at a private co-educational school in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, Nathan has honed his skills in supporting children, youth and their families through various mental health challenges. His down-to-earth, gentle approach enables children and youth to feel safe when sharing their story. By harnessing the power of storytelling, Nathan empowers his clients to reframe their experience, build resilience and create a positive sense of self.
Nathan is a social worker who studied at the University of New South Wales. Currently working as a school counsellor at a private co-educational school in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, Nathan has honed his skills in supporting children, youth and their families through various mental health challenges. His down-to-earth, gentle approach enables children and youth to feel safe when sharing their story. By harnessing the power of storytelling, Nathan empowers his clients to reframe their experience, build resilience and create a positive sense of self.
(02) 9100 0450 View (02) 9100 0450
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Mark Micelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Gymea, NSW 2227
You might be starting to feel like something is off, or you're not able to be your true self. Like life is becoming too complex or overwhelming to cope with. You might notice changes in your relationships with loved ones, co-workers, or friends, accompanied with feeling less motivated, connected, or present than you once were. You may have tried turning to the things that once brought you joy, but found limited success and are left feeling burnt out and stuck. You might be able to picture what a balanced life looks like, but struggle with creating real change.
You might be starting to feel like something is off, or you're not able to be your true self. Like life is becoming too complex or overwhelming to cope with. You might notice changes in your relationships with loved ones, co-workers, or friends, accompanied with feeling less motivated, connected, or present than you once were. You may have tried turning to the things that once brought you joy, but found limited success and are left feeling burnt out and stuck. You might be able to picture what a balanced life looks like, but struggle with creating real change.
(02) 7501 1967 View (02) 7501 1967
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Dr Gávi Ansara
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Sutherland, NSW 2232
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).
(03) 7003 2148 View (03) 7003 2148
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Alena Piccolruaz
Psychologist, MPsych, Assoc MAPS
Verified Verified
Lugarno, NSW 2210
I have a special interest in working with children, adolescents, and families in addition to supporting mums and dads through pregnancy and post-pregnancy. Issues treated (but not limited to) include; anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, school issues, suicidal thinking, personality disorder, anger management, gender transitioning, self-harm, grief and loss, work related issues (Workcover accredited psych), life coaching, relationship matters, family mediation, court and legal reports and the teaching of parenting skills. I also offer couples, family and marital therapy. I am also an accredited Supervisor to other psychologists.
I have a special interest in working with children, adolescents, and families in addition to supporting mums and dads through pregnancy and post-pregnancy. Issues treated (but not limited to) include; anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, school issues, suicidal thinking, personality disorder, anger management, gender transitioning, self-harm, grief and loss, work related issues (Workcover accredited psych), life coaching, relationship matters, family mediation, court and legal reports and the teaching of parenting skills. I also offer couples, family and marital therapy. I am also an accredited Supervisor to other psychologists.
(02) 9159 6930 View (02) 9159 6930
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Kristy Stack Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Hurstville, NSW 2220
Are you a new parent struggling with juggling the demands of your bundle of joy alongside managing household tasks? Are you feeling down when everyone around you is telling you to "enjoy every moment", "they grow up so fast"? Maybe you have older children struggling at school and you're not sure what to do? Do you have children experiencing big feelings and you're not sure how to help them?
Are you a new parent struggling with juggling the demands of your bundle of joy alongside managing household tasks? Are you feeling down when everyone around you is telling you to "enjoy every moment", "they grow up so fast"? Maybe you have older children struggling at school and you're not sure what to do? Do you have children experiencing big feelings and you're not sure how to help them?
(02) 8105 6818 View (02) 8105 6818

How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Oyster Bay, NSW

< 10

Counsellors in Oyster Bay, NSW who prioritize treating:

75% Relationship Issues
75% Depression
75% Anxiety
75% Child
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Emotional Disturbance

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Other
67% Bupa
67% Medicare Rebates

How Counsellors in Oyster Bay, NSW see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Oyster Bay?

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.