Counselling in Palm Beach, NSW

Photo of Amanda Helen Woolveridge, Psychotherapist in Palm Beach, NSW
Amanda Helen Woolveridge
Psychotherapist, MSc, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Beach, NSW 2108  (Online Only)
Amanda Woolveridge Counselling helps provide psychological and emotional relationship support for individuals facing difficult problems or couples who are together but feel alone. Amanda Woolveridge Counselling is a private space that welcomes a diverse set of relationships looking for acceptance, guidance and support. Counselling can help you: understand your partner's feelings, resist the urge to criticise your partner, communicate your wants and needs more effectively, learn conflict resolution strategies, heal past wounds and resentment, reduce stress and anxiety, understand how your thoughts and feelings affect relationships.
Amanda Woolveridge Counselling helps provide psychological and emotional relationship support for individuals facing difficult problems or couples who are together but feel alone. Amanda Woolveridge Counselling is a private space that welcomes a diverse set of relationships looking for acceptance, guidance and support. Counselling can help you: understand your partner's feelings, resist the urge to criticise your partner, communicate your wants and needs more effectively, learn conflict resolution strategies, heal past wounds and resentment, reduce stress and anxiety, understand how your thoughts and feelings affect relationships.
(02) 6189 2974 View (02) 6189 2974
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YouBeYou Therapy
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Palm Beach, NSW 2108  (Online Only)
I am here to sit and be with you as you get clear on what is important to you, my highest priority is supporting you to be authentically yourself. I believe from this place we can make choices for ourselves that are aligned and in integrity.
I am here to sit and be with you as you get clear on what is important to you, my highest priority is supporting you to be authentically yourself. I believe from this place we can make choices for ourselves that are aligned and in integrity.
(02) 8403 2074 View (02) 8403 2074
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Vanessa Steele
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Palm Beach, NSW 2108
As your counsellor, I work with you to meet the challenges in your life as you experience them. In a safe, caring space you are free to express your feelings, be heard and understood: where you can honestly explore your concerns. Together, we can clarify what kind of life you want to live, recognise your strengths and resources, discover your options, increase your self-awareness, and develop strategies to help you live your life the way you choose. My background in the performing arts has given me an appreciation of the incredible diversity in perspectives and choices we make as individuals, and to truly value the human spirit.
As your counsellor, I work with you to meet the challenges in your life as you experience them. In a safe, caring space you are free to express your feelings, be heard and understood: where you can honestly explore your concerns. Together, we can clarify what kind of life you want to live, recognise your strengths and resources, discover your options, increase your self-awareness, and develop strategies to help you live your life the way you choose. My background in the performing arts has given me an appreciation of the incredible diversity in perspectives and choices we make as individuals, and to truly value the human spirit.
(02) 8403 1873 View (02) 8403 1873
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Julie Preston Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, NSW 2108
Julie is an experienced Registered Psychologist with a strong background in substance and process addictions, PTSD and developmental trauma, relationships issues, mood disorders and eating disorders. Julie’s empathic and wholehearted approach creates an environment for clients to feel safe to be able to be vulnerable and explore underlying issues to their presenting problems. She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and has been a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Julie also received training from The Institute for the Psychology of Eating and is a qualified Eating Psychology Coach.
Julie is an experienced Registered Psychologist with a strong background in substance and process addictions, PTSD and developmental trauma, relationships issues, mood disorders and eating disorders. Julie’s empathic and wholehearted approach creates an environment for clients to feel safe to be able to be vulnerable and explore underlying issues to their presenting problems. She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and has been a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Julie also received training from The Institute for the Psychology of Eating and is a qualified Eating Psychology Coach.
(02) 9909 6171 View (02) 9909 6171
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Jessie Booth
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, NSW 2108
Jessie’s unwavering belief in the possibility of change and optimal health is contagious and will enable you to make positive and meaningful changes in your life. Successful therapy is about connection, and this is one of Jessie’s particular strengths. Her aim is to make your session comfortable and productive, without over-reliance on worksheets and psychological theory. With her down to earth approach it becomes easy for you to slip into “doing the work”. With warmth and curiosity, Jessie will gently challenge you to face the hard stuff, providing the space you need to begin to heal.
Jessie’s unwavering belief in the possibility of change and optimal health is contagious and will enable you to make positive and meaningful changes in your life. Successful therapy is about connection, and this is one of Jessie’s particular strengths. Her aim is to make your session comfortable and productive, without over-reliance on worksheets and psychological theory. With her down to earth approach it becomes easy for you to slip into “doing the work”. With warmth and curiosity, Jessie will gently challenge you to face the hard stuff, providing the space you need to begin to heal.
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Alan Geoffrey Stokes
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
Appointments available now! Taking new patients. I can help because we all lose our way at times. Forget who we are. Lose touch with what makes us strong and our life worthwhile. Perhaps it’s time to find yourself again. I am a qualified therapist, mental health trainer and crisis supporter. I will listen, support and guide you when you want. You decide how. You might like to meet at my Balmain or St Leonard's rooms, online, or at a beach or park near you.
Appointments available now! Taking new patients. I can help because we all lose our way at times. Forget who we are. Lose touch with what makes us strong and our life worthwhile. Perhaps it’s time to find yourself again. I am a qualified therapist, mental health trainer and crisis supporter. I will listen, support and guide you when you want. You decide how. You might like to meet at my Balmain or St Leonard's rooms, online, or at a beach or park near you.
(02) 9100 0904 View (02) 9100 0904
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Gaia Maestri
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are" said Carl Jung. We are all born with unique gifts and potential. My believe is that, despite the trauma, loss and disappointments that you have suffered, you have the ability to heal and live a meaningful life. I love working with people that are committed to change and are ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing. I consider it a privilege to be part of such a precious process and I offer my full commitment and genuine care to each client I work with. I help people to recover from substance abuse issues, trauma, depression, anxiety and life transitions.
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are" said Carl Jung. We are all born with unique gifts and potential. My believe is that, despite the trauma, loss and disappointments that you have suffered, you have the ability to heal and live a meaningful life. I love working with people that are committed to change and are ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing. I consider it a privilege to be part of such a precious process and I offer my full commitment and genuine care to each client I work with. I help people to recover from substance abuse issues, trauma, depression, anxiety and life transitions.
(02) 9538 7002 View (02) 9538 7002
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Inner View Art Therapy
Psychotherapist, AThR
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, disconnected or struggling with a difficult event in your life? Are you finding it difficult to put into words just what you're feeling and thinking? Do you want support to feel lighter, calmer and clearer? Are you hoping to find a safe, supportive space to improve and maintain your mental wellbeing?
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, disconnected or struggling with a difficult event in your life? Are you finding it difficult to put into words just what you're feeling and thinking? Do you want support to feel lighter, calmer and clearer? Are you hoping to find a safe, supportive space to improve and maintain your mental wellbeing?
(02) 8999 5048 View (02) 8999 5048
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Brett Mark Acworth
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
Change is inevitable so the saying goes. Changes in our relationships are changes we often feel deeply: with our partner; in our family; with our children as they grow; with our parents as they get older; in our workplace; with friends. We can also experience change in ourselves: the place we live; our health; our life goals. Mostly we have the capacity and resilience to thrive through change. But sometimes we experience frustration, hurt, pain, anger, sadness, despair. Sometimes we can feel stuck. It may be working with a counsellor like me will help better understand the experience and rediscover your resilience.
Change is inevitable so the saying goes. Changes in our relationships are changes we often feel deeply: with our partner; in our family; with our children as they grow; with our parents as they get older; in our workplace; with friends. We can also experience change in ourselves: the place we live; our health; our life goals. Mostly we have the capacity and resilience to thrive through change. But sometimes we experience frustration, hurt, pain, anger, sadness, despair. Sometimes we can feel stuck. It may be working with a counsellor like me will help better understand the experience and rediscover your resilience.
(02) 8403 0803 View (02) 8403 0803
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Rebecca Higgins - EMDR & Trauma Treatment
Psychotherapist, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
My name is Rebecca Higgins, you may call me Bec. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Psychotherapist and EMDR Consultant. Life is not always easy and sometimes we need a gentle guiding hand to keep us on our path. I truly believe with the support of an experienced, focused and dedicated therapist, growth and healing is possible. We offer innovative, research based recovery and treatment programs that have proven and lasting results. Our treatment programs include individually tailored recovery and treatment plans and support, intensive outpatient programs and group programs.
My name is Rebecca Higgins, you may call me Bec. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Psychotherapist and EMDR Consultant. Life is not always easy and sometimes we need a gentle guiding hand to keep us on our path. I truly believe with the support of an experienced, focused and dedicated therapist, growth and healing is possible. We offer innovative, research based recovery and treatment programs that have proven and lasting results. Our treatment programs include individually tailored recovery and treatment plans and support, intensive outpatient programs and group programs.
(02) 9159 6688 View (02) 9159 6688
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Seedling Psychology - Online Telehealth
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107  (Online Only)
Narelle Gibbs, Senior Psychologist at Seedling Psychology: Narelle is a warm and compassionate psychologist who has extensive experience in Child/Adolescent & Young Adult treatment. She integrates a range of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Psychoeducation, and positive psychology principles and practices. Narelle has 27 years' experience working with children, adolescents and young adults in public health, schools, and residential settings, both here in Australia and in the UK. She understands rural life, which informs her approach for clients from these areas.
Narelle Gibbs, Senior Psychologist at Seedling Psychology: Narelle is a warm and compassionate psychologist who has extensive experience in Child/Adolescent & Young Adult treatment. She integrates a range of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Psychoeducation, and positive psychology principles and practices. Narelle has 27 years' experience working with children, adolescents and young adults in public health, schools, and residential settings, both here in Australia and in the UK. She understands rural life, which informs her approach for clients from these areas.
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EMDR and Trauma Treatment - Changes Group
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
Are you struggling with PTSD, complex PTSD, or any addiction? Is your current therapy just not working even though you tried your hardest? Recent brain research tells us that talk therapy doesn't give us the expected outcomes we once thought. We know that traumatic incidents can affect us years later. Our brain stores past traumas in a particular way that tries to keep us safe from disturbing memories; we know that the trauma resurfaces elsewhere. It comes out in flashbacks, heightened nervous system responses or self-soothing behaviours, which result in addictions. If you feel like you are going around in circles, help is at hand.
Are you struggling with PTSD, complex PTSD, or any addiction? Is your current therapy just not working even though you tried your hardest? Recent brain research tells us that talk therapy doesn't give us the expected outcomes we once thought. We know that traumatic incidents can affect us years later. Our brain stores past traumas in a particular way that tries to keep us safe from disturbing memories; we know that the trauma resurfaces elsewhere. It comes out in flashbacks, heightened nervous system responses or self-soothing behaviours, which result in addictions. If you feel like you are going around in circles, help is at hand.
(02) 9909 6142 View (02) 9909 6142
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Melinda Phillips
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Newport, NSW 2106
School leaders and staff are facing challenging times. Balancing the needs of students, colleagues and leaders with our own life transitions and challenges, and those of our own families, can be difficult and at times overwhelming. Finding evidence based ways to cope and thrive empowers school staff to be well and live well (and work well too).
School leaders and staff are facing challenging times. Balancing the needs of students, colleagues and leaders with our own life transitions and challenges, and those of our own families, can be difficult and at times overwhelming. Finding evidence based ways to cope and thrive empowers school staff to be well and live well (and work well too).
(02) 8403 1068 View (02) 8403 1068
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Amanda Moore
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
Are you struggling with managing your emotions? Do you feel overwhelmed with life at times? Is it difficult for you to ask for what you need? Are you experiencing difficulty in your relationships? Do you feel like you are not being heard? Are you new to parenthood and need some guidance? I can help you manage anxiety and depression, or help with building self-esteem and resilience, and manage the struggles that might stem from situational difficulties and life changes. You will be met with warmth, in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
Are you struggling with managing your emotions? Do you feel overwhelmed with life at times? Is it difficult for you to ask for what you need? Are you experiencing difficulty in your relationships? Do you feel like you are not being heard? Are you new to parenthood and need some guidance? I can help you manage anxiety and depression, or help with building self-esteem and resilience, and manage the struggles that might stem from situational difficulties and life changes. You will be met with warmth, in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
(02) 8403 1833 View (02) 8403 1833
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Nicola Unite
Counsellor, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
Sometimes things feel like they are too hard. Sometimes we may feel like we are 'stuck' because of a challenging situation or from a past pattern of behaviour that doesn't seem to let us go. Sometimes our thoughts seem to go around and around and take control of our actions. Sometimes, we just don't know which direction we need to head in, or want to head in, and why. These transitions in life need some time to process. And sometimes it feels like nobody understands us and we just need someone to talk to and to find a bit of grounding and presence.
Sometimes things feel like they are too hard. Sometimes we may feel like we are 'stuck' because of a challenging situation or from a past pattern of behaviour that doesn't seem to let us go. Sometimes our thoughts seem to go around and around and take control of our actions. Sometimes, we just don't know which direction we need to head in, or want to head in, and why. These transitions in life need some time to process. And sometimes it feels like nobody understands us and we just need someone to talk to and to find a bit of grounding and presence.
(02) 8403 0987 View (02) 8403 0987
Photo of Sarah Beetham Psychotherapist, Counsellor in Palm Beach, NSW
Sarah Beetham Psychotherapist
Counsellor, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
You may show up to counselling immobilised & stuck, unable to move beyond entrenched unhealthy relational patterns or addictions deeply impacting your emotional, psychological and physical well-being. The repetition of these unsatisfactory behaviours, thoughts and feelings is what leads most clients through my door. MY TASK as your counsellor is to provide an environment that disrupts your current level of functioning & move you towards change and renewed progression. I observe your Discrepancies, Mixed Messages and Inner Conflicts within your Narrative and Behaviours, regarding the most personal dimensions of your LIFE Challenges.
You may show up to counselling immobilised & stuck, unable to move beyond entrenched unhealthy relational patterns or addictions deeply impacting your emotional, psychological and physical well-being. The repetition of these unsatisfactory behaviours, thoughts and feelings is what leads most clients through my door. MY TASK as your counsellor is to provide an environment that disrupts your current level of functioning & move you towards change and renewed progression. I observe your Discrepancies, Mixed Messages and Inner Conflicts within your Narrative and Behaviours, regarding the most personal dimensions of your LIFE Challenges.
(02) 8074 3973 View (02) 8074 3973
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Jane Macnaught
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
Overwhelmed. Stressed. Anxious. Exhausted. Overcome with grief. Feeling low in self esteem. Struggling. In pain & suffering. Lack of direction. Distressed. Panic. Numb. Disconnected. If you relate to any or many of these feelings then I may be able to help you move through these states to feeling more connected, empowered, happier, and energised to live a more wholehearted life.
Overwhelmed. Stressed. Anxious. Exhausted. Overcome with grief. Feeling low in self esteem. Struggling. In pain & suffering. Lack of direction. Distressed. Panic. Numb. Disconnected. If you relate to any or many of these feelings then I may be able to help you move through these states to feeling more connected, empowered, happier, and energised to live a more wholehearted life.
(02) 9158 6747 View (02) 9158 6747
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Alison Glass - EMDR & Trauma Treatment
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
Alison is passionate about the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, addictions and eating disorders with a particular interest and training in treating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Alison uses an integrative approach to enable her to tailor therapy to the individual client’s needs, integrating EMDR with other therapies. She is experienced in working with older adolescents and adults presenting with eating disorders, mood, anxiety disorders, grief and phobias.
Alison is passionate about the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, addictions and eating disorders with a particular interest and training in treating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Alison uses an integrative approach to enable her to tailor therapy to the individual client’s needs, integrating EMDR with other therapies. She is experienced in working with older adolescents and adults presenting with eating disorders, mood, anxiety disorders, grief and phobias.
(02) 8806 0772 View (02) 8806 0772
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Arzu Aksu Chapman
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clareville, NSW 2107
You, seeking understanding and connection in a world that often feels overwhelming. My ideal client navigates the intricate landscape of neurodivergence—be it ADHD, Autism, or related experiences. In couples, I welcome those facing unique dynamics, including neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ pairs. Your issues may vary, but the core need is universal: a safe space to explore challenges, cultivate understanding, and forge a path towards fulfillment. As a passionate therapist specializing in neurodiversity and couples therapy, my approach transcends conventional methods. Let's embark on a journey where acceptance and growth intersect.
You, seeking understanding and connection in a world that often feels overwhelming. My ideal client navigates the intricate landscape of neurodivergence—be it ADHD, Autism, or related experiences. In couples, I welcome those facing unique dynamics, including neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ pairs. Your issues may vary, but the core need is universal: a safe space to explore challenges, cultivate understanding, and forge a path towards fulfillment. As a passionate therapist specializing in neurodiversity and couples therapy, my approach transcends conventional methods. Let's embark on a journey where acceptance and growth intersect.
(02) 8403 1928 View (02) 8403 1928
Photo of Emma May Spencer, Psychologist in Palm Beach, NSW
Emma May Spencer
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
Emma is a Clinical Psychologist with 22 years experience in supporting the mental health of children adolescents and adults. She has a special interest in assessing neurodiversity and in supporting clients to discover and better understand their unique brain styles. Emma is trained in numerous evidence based therapies including CBT, ACT, EMDR, DBT, schema therapy, SFBT and Art & Play therapies. Emma's experience is varied and she provides support in relation to anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, phobia's and burnout related to ADHD and Autistic brain styles.
Emma is a Clinical Psychologist with 22 years experience in supporting the mental health of children adolescents and adults. She has a special interest in assessing neurodiversity and in supporting clients to discover and better understand their unique brain styles. Emma is trained in numerous evidence based therapies including CBT, ACT, EMDR, DBT, schema therapy, SFBT and Art & Play therapies. Emma's experience is varied and she provides support in relation to anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, phobia's and burnout related to ADHD and Autistic brain styles.
(02) 9909 6140 View (02) 9909 6140

How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Palm Beach, NSW

< 10

Counsellors in Palm Beach, NSW who prioritize treating:

80% Relationship Issues
80% Depression
80% Coping Skills
80% Stress
60% Addiction
60% Anger Management
60% Substance Use

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Other
100% Bupa
100% CUA Health

How Counsellors in Palm Beach, NSW see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Palm Beach?

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.