Counselling in Russell Vale, NSW

Photo of Karen Towers, MA, PACFA, Counsellor
Karen Towers
Counsellor, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Russell Vale, NSW 2517
Waitlist for new clients
Towers Counselling is a creative & personal service for all ages. I have over 30 years of experience with children and teenagers. I'm now a counsellor & psychotherapist with 13 years of experience in working with carers, in an alcohol and drug service, with clients referred through centrelink and in EAP counselling. I currently work in private practice. Clients under the NDIS scheme who are self and plan-managed are able to access sessions. Art Therapy & Walk and Talk Therapy can make up part of an hourly session, every week or fortnight. I am also a Victims Services counsellor, ready to assist with moving on from trauma.
Towers Counselling is a creative & personal service for all ages. I have over 30 years of experience with children and teenagers. I'm now a counsellor & psychotherapist with 13 years of experience in working with carers, in an alcohol and drug service, with clients referred through centrelink and in EAP counselling. I currently work in private practice. Clients under the NDIS scheme who are self and plan-managed are able to access sessions. Art Therapy & Walk and Talk Therapy can make up part of an hourly session, every week or fortnight. I am also a Victims Services counsellor, ready to assist with moving on from trauma.
(02) 6189 2981 View (02) 6189 2981
Photo of Sheree Blanch, PsyBA General, Psychologist
Sheree Blanch
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Russell Vale, NSW 2517
I have several years’ experience in supporting adolescents, adults and parents using a collaborative treatment approach. Depending on your needs and preferences my therapeutic approach draws on several evidence-based models including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and motivational interviewing.
I have several years’ experience in supporting adolescents, adults and parents using a collaborative treatment approach. Depending on your needs and preferences my therapeutic approach draws on several evidence-based models including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and motivational interviewing.
(02) 4210 5805 View (02) 4210 5805
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Walk and talk with Rainbow
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Russell Vale, NSW 2517
Embodied Processing is a technique which is used to safely meet and digest the underlying wounds, which is what often hides behind and is the driving force of many of our surface symptoms. Root-Cause Therapy is a trauma healing method that uses regression and progression practices which allow the completion of unprocessed emotions. This allows the unprocessed to finally process and no longer cause unwanted thoughts, behaviors and symptoms. Walking and Pet therapy combined decreasing anxiety and stress, reduce feelings of fear or worry, increase feelings of social support and provide motivation, stimulation and focus.
Embodied Processing is a technique which is used to safely meet and digest the underlying wounds, which is what often hides behind and is the driving force of many of our surface symptoms. Root-Cause Therapy is a trauma healing method that uses regression and progression practices which allow the completion of unprocessed emotions. This allows the unprocessed to finally process and no longer cause unwanted thoughts, behaviors and symptoms. Walking and Pet therapy combined decreasing anxiety and stress, reduce feelings of fear or worry, increase feelings of social support and provide motivation, stimulation and focus.
(02) 4210 5402 View (02) 4210 5402
Photo of Renee McDonald, PACFA, Counsellor
Renee McDonald
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Russell Vale, NSW 2517
Waitlist for new clients
Life can be complex and uncertain. I can help you with your concerns. You may be feeling unfulfilled or worried about a recent loss or your relationships. I can assist you to walk along side you in your time of sadness, loss, grief, or situations that are holding you back from having a more fulfilling life. Many of my clients say they may have tried other counselling, though it hasn’t worked. I can work with you - no matter where you are at. I help you find hope in your life again.
Life can be complex and uncertain. I can help you with your concerns. You may be feeling unfulfilled or worried about a recent loss or your relationships. I can assist you to walk along side you in your time of sadness, loss, grief, or situations that are holding you back from having a more fulfilling life. Many of my clients say they may have tried other counselling, though it hasn’t worked. I can work with you - no matter where you are at. I help you find hope in your life again.
(02) 6189 2566 View (02) 6189 2566
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Hope and Grow
Counsellor, AASW
Verified Verified
Russell Vale, NSW 2517
Are you at a crossroads in your life, and need help navigating changes in your life? Are your relationships falling apart and need help building stronger connections? Do you struggle with saying NO and having your own voice? Does anxiety keep you trapped in your situation and feel like you cannot breathe? Like many people, you might find that you overthink things or become overwhelmed with the situation or you find that your mind does not STOP! With a little work and learning some new skills, I can help you to navigate these obstacles in your life, so you can move forward.
Are you at a crossroads in your life, and need help navigating changes in your life? Are your relationships falling apart and need help building stronger connections? Do you struggle with saying NO and having your own voice? Does anxiety keep you trapped in your situation and feel like you cannot breathe? Like many people, you might find that you overthink things or become overwhelmed with the situation or you find that your mind does not STOP! With a little work and learning some new skills, I can help you to navigate these obstacles in your life, so you can move forward.
(02) 9158 6175 View (02) 9158 6175
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Naomi Fisher
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Russell Vale, NSW 2517
Reaching out and connecting can be difficult, and knowing that caring support is available when you're ready to start your journey towards increased emotional health and wholeness can make all the difference. I aim to provide a safe, supportive counselling environment where you feel heard, respected and valued. Whether you're hoping to work through painful emotions or memories; significant fears, worries and anxiety; reductions in energy and motivation, negative thought patterns; significant loss; relationship difficulties; or if your goals are focused around personal development, we can work together to find a way forward.
Reaching out and connecting can be difficult, and knowing that caring support is available when you're ready to start your journey towards increased emotional health and wholeness can make all the difference. I aim to provide a safe, supportive counselling environment where you feel heard, respected and valued. Whether you're hoping to work through painful emotions or memories; significant fears, worries and anxiety; reductions in energy and motivation, negative thought patterns; significant loss; relationship difficulties; or if your goals are focused around personal development, we can work together to find a way forward.
(02) 4058 4087 View (02) 4058 4087

More Therapists Nearby

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Holly Read
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Corrimal, NSW 2518
Waitlist for new clients
I have been supporting adults & young people with their mental health challenges for over 20 years, working with diverse populations. Including, over 13 years of experience working with a range of presenting issues in the field of clinical adolescent mental health and Indigenous health. With extensive counselling and psychotherapy experience obtained in a variety of setting including, but not limited to; private practise, NSW Health Dept., Corrective Services, Education Dept., Universities, private detox, and rehabilitation services.
I have been supporting adults & young people with their mental health challenges for over 20 years, working with diverse populations. Including, over 13 years of experience working with a range of presenting issues in the field of clinical adolescent mental health and Indigenous health. With extensive counselling and psychotherapy experience obtained in a variety of setting including, but not limited to; private practise, NSW Health Dept., Corrective Services, Education Dept., Universities, private detox, and rehabilitation services.
(02) 4210 5768 View (02) 4210 5768
Photo of Sharon Wallace - Core Counselling Services, ACA-L2, Counsellor
Core Counselling Services
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Corrimal, NSW 2518
Are you experiencing difficulty in life at the moment? I help clients address problems in a positive way by helping to clarify the issues, increase self-awareness, empower, explore options and develop strategies . As an experienced and Registered Counsellor, I provide a safe place to be heard and feel valued. I help clients question things which can help them understand why they occur at a deeper level, and provide practical tools so they feel inspired to create the change they're looking for. ​​
Are you experiencing difficulty in life at the moment? I help clients address problems in a positive way by helping to clarify the issues, increase self-awareness, empower, explore options and develop strategies . As an experienced and Registered Counsellor, I provide a safe place to be heard and feel valued. I help clients question things which can help them understand why they occur at a deeper level, and provide practical tools so they feel inspired to create the change they're looking for. ​​
(02) 4214 8086 View (02) 4214 8086
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Tracey Rovere
Psychotherapist, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bulli, NSW 2516
Tracey Rovere Psychotherapist, Marriage Counsellor and Relationship Coach addresses many challenges that come with partnerships and relationships. Areas of counselling include; disconnection of intimacy, infidelity, trust issues, difficulty in communication, conflict and working through separation if necessary. The counselling process can help to enhance the friendship and support couples to feel more connected with one another. Other concerns in relationships such as substance use, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, trauma and attachment concerns are also explored in our practice to help you move forward.
Tracey Rovere Psychotherapist, Marriage Counsellor and Relationship Coach addresses many challenges that come with partnerships and relationships. Areas of counselling include; disconnection of intimacy, infidelity, trust issues, difficulty in communication, conflict and working through separation if necessary. The counselling process can help to enhance the friendship and support couples to feel more connected with one another. Other concerns in relationships such as substance use, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, trauma and attachment concerns are also explored in our practice to help you move forward.
(02) 4210 9059 View (02) 4210 9059
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Rani Kocyan, Couples and individual therapist
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
Thirroul, NSW 2515
Rani is an experienced registered Counsellor, specialising in "all things relationships" How to resolve conflict respectfully, develop emotional connection, sex, repair, affairs, trust, forgiveness, express needs, manage relationship breakup and importantly how to cultivate a healthy relationship with your Self. Rani is a Family therapist, has a BSc-Psychology with over a decade experience working with couples, individuals adolescents and their families. Rani strives to foster a safe environment through trust, respect and collaboration. In couples counselling, she works from a compassionate space, where she doesn’t take sides.
Rani is an experienced registered Counsellor, specialising in "all things relationships" How to resolve conflict respectfully, develop emotional connection, sex, repair, affairs, trust, forgiveness, express needs, manage relationship breakup and importantly how to cultivate a healthy relationship with your Self. Rani is a Family therapist, has a BSc-Psychology with over a decade experience working with couples, individuals adolescents and their families. Rani strives to foster a safe environment through trust, respect and collaboration. In couples counselling, she works from a compassionate space, where she doesn’t take sides.
(02) 4210 5200 View (02) 4210 5200
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Unlocking You Counselling
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Woonona, NSW 2517
Brad has successfully worked with clients from all ages and backgrounds to help address issues as broad as relationship difficulties, poor self-image, career development and academic results. With over two decades as an educator and learning support teacher, he has developed an insight into the complex issues that families face during the schooling years. Brad uses a variety of counselling tools to help his clients explore their own thoughts and patterns of behaviour to move past disappointments and difficult experiences, or to grow in areas that will allow them to think more clearly and maintain healthy and positive relationships.
Brad has successfully worked with clients from all ages and backgrounds to help address issues as broad as relationship difficulties, poor self-image, career development and academic results. With over two decades as an educator and learning support teacher, he has developed an insight into the complex issues that families face during the schooling years. Brad uses a variety of counselling tools to help his clients explore their own thoughts and patterns of behaviour to move past disappointments and difficult experiences, or to grow in areas that will allow them to think more clearly and maintain healthy and positive relationships.
(02) 9158 6404 View (02) 9158 6404
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Marcus Wicken
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Thirroul, NSW 2515
I’m a Clinical Psychologist with experience working with people from many walks of life. I grew up locally, and worked in various fields at home and abroad before being inspired to pursue Clinical Psychology training while working with mental health professionals on a human rights consultancy in Indonesia. Since then, I have worked in public health/hospital and private settings, treating issues as diverse as depression and motivational issues, anxiety in its many forms, substance and behavioural addictions, grief and trauma, chronic disease adjustment, and palliative care.
I’m a Clinical Psychologist with experience working with people from many walks of life. I grew up locally, and worked in various fields at home and abroad before being inspired to pursue Clinical Psychology training while working with mental health professionals on a human rights consultancy in Indonesia. Since then, I have worked in public health/hospital and private settings, treating issues as diverse as depression and motivational issues, anxiety in its many forms, substance and behavioural addictions, grief and trauma, chronic disease adjustment, and palliative care.
(02) 4214 8830 View (02) 4214 8830
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Sophie Panozzo
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Corrimal, NSW 2518
As a registered psychologist, I am dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to positive mental well-being, to build resilience and to overcome difficulties. My areas of work include people presenting with anxiety, depression, ADHD, low self-esteem, grief, loss, stress, panic, phobias and social anxiety. I also help with difficulties in relationships, communication and emotional regulation. I provide comprehensive psychological assessments for ADHD.
As a registered psychologist, I am dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to positive mental well-being, to build resilience and to overcome difficulties. My areas of work include people presenting with anxiety, depression, ADHD, low self-esteem, grief, loss, stress, panic, phobias and social anxiety. I also help with difficulties in relationships, communication and emotional regulation. I provide comprehensive psychological assessments for ADHD.
(02) 8105 6739 View (02) 8105 6739
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Silva Counselling
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Woonona, NSW 2517
The goal at Silva Counselling is to see clients achieve a healthier and wholesome way of life, encompassing their emotional, mental, physical and relational worlds. Collaboratively, we work to identify and learn what has you or your relationship stuck. We explore the roadblocks and ways to move past them. Silva Counselling is passionate in seeing individuals and couples thrive in every way. The outcomes achieved are a testament to the commitment and resilience within individuals and couples. This is certainly not an overnight achievement but with diligence and dedication, change and growth is possible.
The goal at Silva Counselling is to see clients achieve a healthier and wholesome way of life, encompassing their emotional, mental, physical and relational worlds. Collaboratively, we work to identify and learn what has you or your relationship stuck. We explore the roadblocks and ways to move past them. Silva Counselling is passionate in seeing individuals and couples thrive in every way. The outcomes achieved are a testament to the commitment and resilience within individuals and couples. This is certainly not an overnight achievement but with diligence and dedication, change and growth is possible.
(02) 4208 0614 View (02) 4208 0614
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Tracey Fairweather - The Counselling Therapist
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Tarrawanna, NSW 2518
Hello and welcome to your Counselling Therapist Tracey. I absolutely love my work in the helping profession and would be honoured to hear your story. At times our lives can be turned upside down or spiral out of control. We can feel overwhelmed, anxious and isolated not knowing how to manage these experiences. My aim as your therapist is to listen, support and walk along side you during these difficult times. I would assist in helping you find your inner strength to empower you on your journey to a more meaningful way of life.
Hello and welcome to your Counselling Therapist Tracey. I absolutely love my work in the helping profession and would be honoured to hear your story. At times our lives can be turned upside down or spiral out of control. We can feel overwhelmed, anxious and isolated not knowing how to manage these experiences. My aim as your therapist is to listen, support and walk along side you during these difficult times. I would assist in helping you find your inner strength to empower you on your journey to a more meaningful way of life.
(02) 4607 2752 View (02) 4607 2752
Photo of Tori Dyson, MPsych, MACPA Assoc, Psychologist
Tori Dyson
Psychologist, MPsych, MACPA Assoc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Balgownie, NSW 2519
It’s always nice to know a bit more about the person you are about to work closely with on your mental health journey, so here is a bit more about me. I completed my clinical psychology training with the University of Wollongong working within the public health and NGO sectors working with children, adolescents, adults, and families experiencing mental health distress. I am quite excited to bring my skills and experience to the private sector with the Inner Calm team.
It’s always nice to know a bit more about the person you are about to work closely with on your mental health journey, so here is a bit more about me. I completed my clinical psychology training with the University of Wollongong working within the public health and NGO sectors working with children, adolescents, adults, and families experiencing mental health distress. I am quite excited to bring my skills and experience to the private sector with the Inner Calm team.
(02) 4214 8014 View (02) 4214 8014
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Ahmed Tohamy
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Balgownie, NSW 2519
I work with these areas of struggle: • Parenting struggles and child and adolescent mental health (including school related issues) • Early intervention for children and adolescents • Trauma, including complex trauma • Anxiety and related disorders • Navigating young adulthood and other life transitions • Depression • Obsessive compulsive and related disorders • Emotional difficulties and personality disorders • Relationship problems
I work with these areas of struggle: • Parenting struggles and child and adolescent mental health (including school related issues) • Early intervention for children and adolescents • Trauma, including complex trauma • Anxiety and related disorders • Navigating young adulthood and other life transitions • Depression • Obsessive compulsive and related disorders • Emotional difficulties and personality disorders • Relationship problems
(02) 4210 5139 View (02) 4210 5139
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Dr Sophie Russell
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Corrimal, NSW 2518
Hi, I'm Sophie, I aim to offer a warm and supportive therapeutic space so we can engage in individualised psychotherapy. I am a clinically trained psychologist with 7 years of therapy experience, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I hope to create a welcoming therapy space, to work with whatever difficulties you are experiencing. I have a special interest in working with people experiencing anxiety and distress related to past trauma/difficult experiences. I also find psychotherapy for self/identity exploration and diverse genders and sexuality (LGBTQI+) really rewarding.
Hi, I'm Sophie, I aim to offer a warm and supportive therapeutic space so we can engage in individualised psychotherapy. I am a clinically trained psychologist with 7 years of therapy experience, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I hope to create a welcoming therapy space, to work with whatever difficulties you are experiencing. I have a special interest in working with people experiencing anxiety and distress related to past trauma/difficult experiences. I also find psychotherapy for self/identity exploration and diverse genders and sexuality (LGBTQI+) really rewarding.
(02) 4210 5803 View (02) 4210 5803
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Sue White
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Woonona, NSW 2517
Feeling stuck and battling with issues that are stopping you from living the life you know is waiting for you? Why not work through those problems in a supported way to get to where you want to be. Perhaps you are overcoming grief, wanting help with an addiction, needing help with personal relationships or wanting to build confidence, overcome anxiety and step out into the world feeling positive and calm. I'm here to help you in a non judgmental and inclusive way to overcome barriers and move forward.
Feeling stuck and battling with issues that are stopping you from living the life you know is waiting for you? Why not work through those problems in a supported way to get to where you want to be. Perhaps you are overcoming grief, wanting help with an addiction, needing help with personal relationships or wanting to build confidence, overcome anxiety and step out into the world feeling positive and calm. I'm here to help you in a non judgmental and inclusive way to overcome barriers and move forward.
(02) 4210 5759 View (02) 4210 5759
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Curious Minds Studio
Psychologist, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Woonona, NSW 2517
Curious Minds Studio supports adults 18 years+ seeking psychological therapy for a range of mental health concerns. Our team of experienced psychologists have interests in a range of mild-complex mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, stress, trauma/complex trauma, attachment-related concerns, adult ADHD, grief and loss, burnout, perinatal concerns and more. Our therapy approaches include CBT, ACT, DBT, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, EMDR, and Cognitive processing therapy.
Curious Minds Studio supports adults 18 years+ seeking psychological therapy for a range of mental health concerns. Our team of experienced psychologists have interests in a range of mild-complex mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, stress, trauma/complex trauma, attachment-related concerns, adult ADHD, grief and loss, burnout, perinatal concerns and more. Our therapy approaches include CBT, ACT, DBT, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, EMDR, and Cognitive processing therapy.
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Number of Counsellors in Russell Vale, NSW

< 10

Counsellors in Russell Vale, NSW who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
83% Depression
83% Parenting
83% Self Esteem
67% Relationship Issues
67% Peer Relationships

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Medibank Private
67% Other
67% Bupa

How Counsellors in Russell Vale, NSW see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Russell Vale?

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.