Counselling in Fortitude Valley, QLD

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Emma Austin
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
I support people going through fertility obstacles and infertility treatments. My clients face a range of problems, such as grief, loss and trauma from failed pregnancy attempts, unsuccessful IVF, infertility diagnosis & treatments, miscarriage, depression and anxiety. The stress of infertility often transfers into other areas of your life, such as your relationships, finances, careers, friendships, health & wellness, behaviour and your emotional state. I can help you through this journey and support you through making important decisions, exploring all options, and processing what’s next for you.
I support people going through fertility obstacles and infertility treatments. My clients face a range of problems, such as grief, loss and trauma from failed pregnancy attempts, unsuccessful IVF, infertility diagnosis & treatments, miscarriage, depression and anxiety. The stress of infertility often transfers into other areas of your life, such as your relationships, finances, careers, friendships, health & wellness, behaviour and your emotional state. I can help you through this journey and support you through making important decisions, exploring all options, and processing what’s next for you.
(07) 3186 5704 View (07) 3186 5704
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Ellie Putland - Provisional Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyBA Prov
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Ellie Putland - Provisional Psychologist works with children, teenagers and adults. She has experience working with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, have neurodiversity, autism, ADHD, intellectual disability, are experiencing difficulties with adjustment, substance use, trauma, PTSD, self-esteem/confidence, stress/burnout, bullying, specific learning disorders, OCD, bipolar disorder, phobias, anger, personality disorders and psychosis. Ellie works with clients from a trauma-informed care framework and works collaboratively with families on psychoeducation towards their goals.
Ellie Putland - Provisional Psychologist works with children, teenagers and adults. She has experience working with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, have neurodiversity, autism, ADHD, intellectual disability, are experiencing difficulties with adjustment, substance use, trauma, PTSD, self-esteem/confidence, stress/burnout, bullying, specific learning disorders, OCD, bipolar disorder, phobias, anger, personality disorders and psychosis. Ellie works with clients from a trauma-informed care framework and works collaboratively with families on psychoeducation towards their goals.
(07) 3113 9853 View (07) 3113 9853
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Chantelle Jones - Provisional Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyBA Prov
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Chantelle Jones - Provisional Psychologist works with older children, teenagers and adults utilising a strengths-focused approach. She has experience working with clients who are experiencing challenges in their daily life such as striving for something new, dealing with changes, or coping with injuries and illnesses. Chantelle works with clients who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, have autism, ADHD, intellectual disability, specific learning disorders, are seeking to improve self-esteem/confidence, stress/burnout, bullying, pain, anger, and provides LGBTQI+ counselling support.
Chantelle Jones - Provisional Psychologist works with older children, teenagers and adults utilising a strengths-focused approach. She has experience working with clients who are experiencing challenges in their daily life such as striving for something new, dealing with changes, or coping with injuries and illnesses. Chantelle works with clients who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, have autism, ADHD, intellectual disability, specific learning disorders, are seeking to improve self-esteem/confidence, stress/burnout, bullying, pain, anger, and provides LGBTQI+ counselling support.
(07) 3186 6023 View (07) 3186 6023
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Danijela (Dani) Ivanovic-McGillicuddy
Counsellor
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006  (Online Only)
If You have been looking for an overall Integrative mental health practitioner -You are at the right place. If You are in need of any sort of guidance, a listening ear, or compassion, while You are preparing for life changing steps, without overwhelming you- I can assist You and be next to You while You are taking steps to change your life the way You want to.If You are sick and tired of 'same old same old, let's shake things up once and for all!”Changing the way you eat or live starts with psychology"-You got this.I offer a one-off or multi sessions; Also a 3 Month Health Program with additional $120p/w as a discount for this site.
If You have been looking for an overall Integrative mental health practitioner -You are at the right place. If You are in need of any sort of guidance, a listening ear, or compassion, while You are preparing for life changing steps, without overwhelming you- I can assist You and be next to You while You are taking steps to change your life the way You want to.If You are sick and tired of 'same old same old, let's shake things up once and for all!”Changing the way you eat or live starts with psychology"-You got this.I offer a one-off or multi sessions; Also a 3 Month Health Program with additional $120p/w as a discount for this site.
(07) 3179 6797 View (07) 3179 6797
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Niamh Whiley
Occupational Therapist
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Niamh Whiley - Mental Health Occupational Therapist works with children, teenagers and adults and is passionate about utilising contemporary psychotherapeutic techniques to support individuals with engaging in meaningful daily activities. Niamh is experienced working with clients with autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disorders, ADHD, eating disorders, PTSD and trauma, anxiety depression, adjustment disorder, pain, stress/burnout and providing parenting support to families. Niamh’s approach is client-centred, collaborative and tailored to focus on empowering each client to reach their best possible individual goals.
Niamh Whiley - Mental Health Occupational Therapist works with children, teenagers and adults and is passionate about utilising contemporary psychotherapeutic techniques to support individuals with engaging in meaningful daily activities. Niamh is experienced working with clients with autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disorders, ADHD, eating disorders, PTSD and trauma, anxiety depression, adjustment disorder, pain, stress/burnout and providing parenting support to families. Niamh’s approach is client-centred, collaborative and tailored to focus on empowering each client to reach their best possible individual goals.
(07) 3132 3893 View (07) 3132 3893
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Mendwell Counselling and Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
By understanding ourselves, through our attachment relationships and life experiences, we can unlock parts of our life puzzle and integrate them into better futures. I am passionate about recovery and management of mental health issues, believing that the therapeutic relationship, along with evidence-based approaches, have the potential for change. My practice draws from a diverse range of therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Family Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Expressive Therapy, Play Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
By understanding ourselves, through our attachment relationships and life experiences, we can unlock parts of our life puzzle and integrate them into better futures. I am passionate about recovery and management of mental health issues, believing that the therapeutic relationship, along with evidence-based approaches, have the potential for change. My practice draws from a diverse range of therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Family Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Expressive Therapy, Play Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
(07) 3186 8693 View (07) 3186 8693
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Madeleine Leach
Psychologist, PsyBA Prov
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Madeleine Leach - Provisional Psychologist works with children and teenagers utilising evidence-based therapies to help manage neurodevelopmental diagnoses, mental health conditions and everyday challenges. She is experienced working with children and teenagers experiencing anxiety, depression and mood issues, autism, ADHD, adjustment difficulties, self-esteem/confidence, career and occupational concerns, stress/burnout, bullying, specific learning disorders, LGBTQI+ support, phobias, anger, sleep and interpersonal difficulties and provides parenting support.
Madeleine Leach - Provisional Psychologist works with children and teenagers utilising evidence-based therapies to help manage neurodevelopmental diagnoses, mental health conditions and everyday challenges. She is experienced working with children and teenagers experiencing anxiety, depression and mood issues, autism, ADHD, adjustment difficulties, self-esteem/confidence, career and occupational concerns, stress/burnout, bullying, specific learning disorders, LGBTQI+ support, phobias, anger, sleep and interpersonal difficulties and provides parenting support.
(07) 3179 6338 View (07) 3179 6338
Karen Dunshea
Psychologist, PsyBA - Org. Psych.
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Karen works with older teens and adults, helping them to better manage stressors and challenges of everyday life. Karen is experienced working with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, mood issues, self esteem issues, stress / burn out, grief & loss and pain. Karen has particular experience in workplace issues including career direction, interpersonal / relationship difficulties, bullying, workload, confidence and stress management. Karen enjoys working with clients at all levels in an organisation and can also provide sessions focused on coaching clients through career and work-related issues.
Karen works with older teens and adults, helping them to better manage stressors and challenges of everyday life. Karen is experienced working with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, mood issues, self esteem issues, stress / burn out, grief & loss and pain. Karen has particular experience in workplace issues including career direction, interpersonal / relationship difficulties, bullying, workload, confidence and stress management. Karen enjoys working with clients at all levels in an organisation and can also provide sessions focused on coaching clients through career and work-related issues.
(07) 3113 9848 View (07) 3113 9848
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Nourished Minds
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Welcome. Are you someone who enjoys their career, cherishes family life, and revels in the comfort of your home? Yet, despite these wonderful parts of your life, you may be grappling with constant challenges of intimate relationships or navigating the emotions of co-parenting with a toxic ex. If the drama, arguments, and toxic dynamics have left you feeling drained and questioning why these patterns persist, you've come to the right place. I understand the frustration of desiring a healthy, happy life but finding yourself entangled in relationships that seem to attract toxicity.
Welcome. Are you someone who enjoys their career, cherishes family life, and revels in the comfort of your home? Yet, despite these wonderful parts of your life, you may be grappling with constant challenges of intimate relationships or navigating the emotions of co-parenting with a toxic ex. If the drama, arguments, and toxic dynamics have left you feeling drained and questioning why these patterns persist, you've come to the right place. I understand the frustration of desiring a healthy, happy life but finding yourself entangled in relationships that seem to attract toxicity.
(07) 3060 8362 View (07) 3060 8362
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Haritha Jonnalagadda
Counsellor, MC, ACA-L4
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Haritha works with adults over 21 wanting to recover from developmental/complex trauma, relational trauma, pain, Trauma related dissociation, Depression & Anxiety Chronic Stress & Chronic Pain, Emotional & Somatic Pains, Joint/Muscular Pains, Repetitive Injuries Chronic Health Conditions, Poor relationship with movement & body, Postural Issues & Pain Functional Movement restrictions.
Haritha works with adults over 21 wanting to recover from developmental/complex trauma, relational trauma, pain, Trauma related dissociation, Depression & Anxiety Chronic Stress & Chronic Pain, Emotional & Somatic Pains, Joint/Muscular Pains, Repetitive Injuries Chronic Health Conditions, Poor relationship with movement & body, Postural Issues & Pain Functional Movement restrictions.
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Dianne Wheare
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Welcome to Brisbane Mind & Body Clinic. I’m a Registered Psychologist with 20 years’ experience working with adolescents, adults, and families who have presented with mood disorders, anxiety disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder, relationship breakdown, work conflict, family crisis, trauma, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I have a special interest in women's health and the interactions between mind and body in disorders such as post-natal depression and anxiety, together with the stress that accompanies major lifestyle transitions.
Welcome to Brisbane Mind & Body Clinic. I’m a Registered Psychologist with 20 years’ experience working with adolescents, adults, and families who have presented with mood disorders, anxiety disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder, relationship breakdown, work conflict, family crisis, trauma, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I have a special interest in women's health and the interactions between mind and body in disorders such as post-natal depression and anxiety, together with the stress that accompanies major lifestyle transitions.
(07) 3113 9982 View (07) 3113 9982
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Bradley Benson
Counsellor
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
As a compassionate therapist I am dedicated to creating a welcoming, affirming, and nonjudgmental space for individuals and couples seeking support. With a focus on various areas including relationships, LGBTQIA+, teenagers, anxiety, depression, life coaching, and career guidance, I am committed to helping clients navigate life's challenges and find resilience and growth. My approach is rooted in evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness practices, and narrative/person-centered therapy.
As a compassionate therapist I am dedicated to creating a welcoming, affirming, and nonjudgmental space for individuals and couples seeking support. With a focus on various areas including relationships, LGBTQIA+, teenagers, anxiety, depression, life coaching, and career guidance, I am committed to helping clients navigate life's challenges and find resilience and growth. My approach is rooted in evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness practices, and narrative/person-centered therapy.
(07) 2100 4208 View (07) 2100 4208
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Renee Louise Brown
Psychologist, MPsych, Assoc MAPS
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Waitlist for new clients
Hi! I’m Renee, and I am a clinical psychologist offering therapy to enhance your psychological wellness, and support you with any mental health difficulties. I aim to tailor my approach to therapy to suit your needs. Therapy provides a space to explore psychological wellbeing in a confidential, trauma-informed, and safe environment. Whether you are wishing to learn new skills to manage your psychological wellbeing, understand yourself better, gain treatment for a specific psychological disorder, or simply have a space to talk through difficulties, we will work out a collaborative plan for therapy to meet your needs.
Hi! I’m Renee, and I am a clinical psychologist offering therapy to enhance your psychological wellness, and support you with any mental health difficulties. I aim to tailor my approach to therapy to suit your needs. Therapy provides a space to explore psychological wellbeing in a confidential, trauma-informed, and safe environment. Whether you are wishing to learn new skills to manage your psychological wellbeing, understand yourself better, gain treatment for a specific psychological disorder, or simply have a space to talk through difficulties, we will work out a collaborative plan for therapy to meet your needs.
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Chelsea Perks Brisbane Psychologist
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
At times we find ourselves feeling low, worried, anxious and stressed by life, it's many changes, and the relationships we have with others. Perhaps this isn't new, and you find yourself in the same pattern, over and over, fighting the same battles with the same types of people. Or perhaps this is new, and a profoundly disruptive event has occurred and altered your very reality and identity. I hope that we can work together to gain a deepened understanding of who you are, what you've been up against, and find real ways to invoke changes in your life.
At times we find ourselves feeling low, worried, anxious and stressed by life, it's many changes, and the relationships we have with others. Perhaps this isn't new, and you find yourself in the same pattern, over and over, fighting the same battles with the same types of people. Or perhaps this is new, and a profoundly disruptive event has occurred and altered your very reality and identity. I hope that we can work together to gain a deepened understanding of who you are, what you've been up against, and find real ways to invoke changes in your life.
(07) 3132 2848 View (07) 3132 2848
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Helen D'Silva
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Helen supports and guides professionals, business owners and those in leadership roles to work through mental health challenges to achieve better results and experiences in their careers and personal lives. She never tires of helping her clients work through: anxiety, grief, loss of confidence, overwhelm, communication challenges, major life transitions, post-traumatic stress, bullying and harassment. A strong advocate of clients pursuing individual personal development, Helen's approach isn't merely remedial. She will teach you mental skills to chase greater goals in business, career, sport and experience a better quality of life.
Helen supports and guides professionals, business owners and those in leadership roles to work through mental health challenges to achieve better results and experiences in their careers and personal lives. She never tires of helping her clients work through: anxiety, grief, loss of confidence, overwhelm, communication challenges, major life transitions, post-traumatic stress, bullying and harassment. A strong advocate of clients pursuing individual personal development, Helen's approach isn't merely remedial. She will teach you mental skills to chase greater goals in business, career, sport and experience a better quality of life.
(07) 3184 8565 View (07) 3184 8565
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Sarah Moore
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Waitlist for new clients
Hello, I'm Sarah – I work with individuals who experience feelings of depression, loneliness, & emptiness, or anxiety, panic, & existential dread; have difficulty making or keeping relationships, or are in relationships that they find unsatisfying or destructive; struggle with eating, body image, or self esteem; struggle day-to-day but don’t quite understand why.
Hello, I'm Sarah – I work with individuals who experience feelings of depression, loneliness, & emptiness, or anxiety, panic, & existential dread; have difficulty making or keeping relationships, or are in relationships that they find unsatisfying or destructive; struggle with eating, body image, or self esteem; struggle day-to-day but don’t quite understand why.
(07) 3113 9831 View (07) 3113 9831
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Mariyah Shahrin | Sama Sama Counselling
Counsellor, MC, ACA-L2
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Looking for a queer, neurodivergent and culturally affirming counsellor? Hi! I'm Mariyah (she/her), a registered counsellor. I have a strong curiosity for people, the human experience and assisting people in achieving their best potential and life goals. I'm passionate in working with individuals in the LGBTQ+ community, people of colour, neurodivergent folk and everyone else who experiences mental health concerns. I enjoy taking a person-centered approach where you lead where our sessions go — whether that is to “fix” a particular problem you’re experiencing, or to better understand yourself.
Looking for a queer, neurodivergent and culturally affirming counsellor? Hi! I'm Mariyah (she/her), a registered counsellor. I have a strong curiosity for people, the human experience and assisting people in achieving their best potential and life goals. I'm passionate in working with individuals in the LGBTQ+ community, people of colour, neurodivergent folk and everyone else who experiences mental health concerns. I enjoy taking a person-centered approach where you lead where our sessions go — whether that is to “fix” a particular problem you’re experiencing, or to better understand yourself.
(07) 2104 1913 View (07) 2104 1913
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Brendan McMahon
Psychologist, MAPS
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
I am a psychologist and psychotherapist and I provide individual adult psychotherapy to persons over the age of 18. I assist people wanting change that is more focussed on deeper personal understanding rather than mere symptom relief. I help people to better understand themselves and develop more meaningful lives and thereby allow them to have more choices in life and break out of repetitive patterns that my be troubling and problematic. I aim to provide a safe space for you to feel heard and become yourself more fully. I also see people who do not have a diagnosis and are seeking personal growth.
I am a psychologist and psychotherapist and I provide individual adult psychotherapy to persons over the age of 18. I assist people wanting change that is more focussed on deeper personal understanding rather than mere symptom relief. I help people to better understand themselves and develop more meaningful lives and thereby allow them to have more choices in life and break out of repetitive patterns that my be troubling and problematic. I aim to provide a safe space for you to feel heard and become yourself more fully. I also see people who do not have a diagnosis and are seeking personal growth.
(07) 3184 4674 View (07) 3184 4674
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Dr Si Jing Tan
Psychologist, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
SJ's approach is influenced by psychodynamic psychotherapy. From this framework, treatment is centred on illuminating the unconscious narratives that we all carry within ourselves, impressed upon us by our early experiences. We may find ourselves feeling stuck, indifferent, or overwhelmed, despite immense efforts to change, unaware of the repeating patterns within ourselves, and in our interactions with others. Through the exploration of the past and paying close attention to what arises in the present moment-to-moment interactions, we can come to embrace the entirety of our experience and transformation begins anew.
SJ's approach is influenced by psychodynamic psychotherapy. From this framework, treatment is centred on illuminating the unconscious narratives that we all carry within ourselves, impressed upon us by our early experiences. We may find ourselves feeling stuck, indifferent, or overwhelmed, despite immense efforts to change, unaware of the repeating patterns within ourselves, and in our interactions with others. Through the exploration of the past and paying close attention to what arises in the present moment-to-moment interactions, we can come to embrace the entirety of our experience and transformation begins anew.
(07) 3132 1122 View (07) 3132 1122
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Felicity Storie
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker & EMDR Institute trained therapist with experience working with individuals from age 14 to 65. I take a holistic and warm approach to therapy and work collaboratively with clients from a strengths based and trauma informed model. My practice is tailored to each individual client and underpinned by core social work values of social justice, respect, empathy and integrity.
I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker & EMDR Institute trained therapist with experience working with individuals from age 14 to 65. I take a holistic and warm approach to therapy and work collaboratively with clients from a strengths based and trauma informed model. My practice is tailored to each individual client and underpinned by core social work values of social justice, respect, empathy and integrity.
(07) 2100 4977 View (07) 2100 4977

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Fortitude Valley, QLD

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Counsellors in Fortitude Valley, QLD who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
87% Self Esteem
85% Depression
82% Stress
77% Relationship Issues
69% Life Transitions
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% Medicare Rebates
59% Bupa
55% Medibank Private

How Counsellors in Fortitude Valley, QLD see their clients

93% In Person and Online
7% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Fortitude Valley?

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.