Counselling in Balaclava, VIC

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Victoria Soar
Psychotherapist, MA, AThR
Verified
Balaclava, VIC 3183
Hi, I'm Vicki. I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist in England and Australia. I am passionate about art therapy and specialise in trauma informed art psychotherapy. This involves helping and educating clients on how to regulate their nervous system with art making, in a safe therapeutic relationship. This is particularly effective for clients with ptsd and anxiety disorders (select mutism, ocd). Client's goals are often to learn new ways of regulating their emotions and reduce anxiety and build coping skills. We can do this with art therapy, so they can be empowered to live the life they desire, with freedom from the past.
Hi, I'm Vicki. I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist in England and Australia. I am passionate about art therapy and specialise in trauma informed art psychotherapy. This involves helping and educating clients on how to regulate their nervous system with art making, in a safe therapeutic relationship. This is particularly effective for clients with ptsd and anxiety disorders (select mutism, ocd). Client's goals are often to learn new ways of regulating their emotions and reduce anxiety and build coping skills. We can do this with art therapy, so they can be empowered to live the life they desire, with freedom from the past.
(03) 7003 2425 View (03) 7003 2425
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Alanna Lorenzon
Counsellor, AThR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Balaclava, VIC 3183
As a Creative Arts Therapist and Artist with years of experience in the mental health and disability sector, I am committed to utilising the power of art to promote well-being and healing in individuals. I received my Masters in Art Therapy from Latrobe University and completed my Honours in Fine Arts from Monash University. My practice is grounded in a person-centred and trauma-informed approach, which allows me to collaborate with clients and support them in using the art process as a tool for self-exploration, self-expression, and meaning-making.
As a Creative Arts Therapist and Artist with years of experience in the mental health and disability sector, I am committed to utilising the power of art to promote well-being and healing in individuals. I received my Masters in Art Therapy from Latrobe University and completed my Honours in Fine Arts from Monash University. My practice is grounded in a person-centred and trauma-informed approach, which allows me to collaborate with clients and support them in using the art process as a tool for self-exploration, self-expression, and meaning-making.
(03) 7003 2403 View (03) 7003 2403
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Nonie Carr
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified
Balaclava, VIC 3183
You might seek help from me because you want to perform more effectively and be the best you can be. You might want to learn to manage your anxiety more effectively. You may want to learn to regulate your mood so your low moods have less impact on your day-to-day life. You might want to learn to relate better to others. You might want to learn more about yourself and your values and how this could impact on behaviour and on others. You might be struggling with changes and want to learn how to struggle less or to integrate these changes into your life in an easier way. You want to live your most enhanced life.
You might seek help from me because you want to perform more effectively and be the best you can be. You might want to learn to manage your anxiety more effectively. You may want to learn to regulate your mood so your low moods have less impact on your day-to-day life. You might want to learn to relate better to others. You might want to learn more about yourself and your values and how this could impact on behaviour and on others. You might be struggling with changes and want to learn how to struggle less or to integrate these changes into your life in an easier way. You want to live your most enhanced life.
(03) 9070 5732 View (03) 9070 5732
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Embody Counselling
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Balaclava, VIC 3183
Embody counselling is an embodied, somatic and humanistic approach that integrates the mind and the body. I embrace the profound connection between mental and physical well-being. I foster a supportive and gentle environment where you can explore and be supported to gain insight into your life and relate to yourself through the lens of curiosity and compassion. I am trauma-informed and address a range of personal difficulties including chronic illness, autoimmune, trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, relationships and addiction. Healing is a result of feeling safe, empowered and supported.
Embody counselling is an embodied, somatic and humanistic approach that integrates the mind and the body. I embrace the profound connection between mental and physical well-being. I foster a supportive and gentle environment where you can explore and be supported to gain insight into your life and relate to yourself through the lens of curiosity and compassion. I am trauma-informed and address a range of personal difficulties including chronic illness, autoimmune, trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, relationships and addiction. Healing is a result of feeling safe, empowered and supported.
(03) 7500 5200 View (03) 7500 5200
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Jeremy Neumann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, AMHSW
Verified
Balaclava, VIC 3183
Jeremy is an experienced youth/family and adult counsellor and an accredited Mental Health Social Worker (BBus; GDipPsych; MSW, AMHSW), with a breadth of clinical experience across both the public and the private sectors. Jeremy has a clinical interest working with people through anxiety, life transitions, identity and depression. He has a strong grounding in mindfulness based approaches, completing further training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and also in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for working with trauma. Jeremy incorporates the ideals of everyday mindfulness into his practice.
Jeremy is an experienced youth/family and adult counsellor and an accredited Mental Health Social Worker (BBus; GDipPsych; MSW, AMHSW), with a breadth of clinical experience across both the public and the private sectors. Jeremy has a clinical interest working with people through anxiety, life transitions, identity and depression. He has a strong grounding in mindfulness based approaches, completing further training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and also in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for working with trauma. Jeremy incorporates the ideals of everyday mindfulness into his practice.
(03) 7003 2136 View (03) 7003 2136
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Kind Connections - Counselling & Play Therapy
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified
Balaclava, VIC 3183
As a Registered Play Therapist (APTA), I provide play therapy support for children aged 3 - 10 with a wide range of social, emotional & behavioural challenges. I am also a Family Violence Counsellor (Level 4 ACA), & Level 2 trained EMDR practitioner with a passion for supporting adoptive, foster & kinship care families. I provide counselling to adults impacted by complex trauma, as well as parent/caregiver victim-survivors of FV (especially where consent cannot be obtained for a child victim-survivor to access therapy). I can provide my services to both Self-Managed & Plan-managed individuals through the NDIS.
As a Registered Play Therapist (APTA), I provide play therapy support for children aged 3 - 10 with a wide range of social, emotional & behavioural challenges. I am also a Family Violence Counsellor (Level 4 ACA), & Level 2 trained EMDR practitioner with a passion for supporting adoptive, foster & kinship care families. I provide counselling to adults impacted by complex trauma, as well as parent/caregiver victim-survivors of FV (especially where consent cannot be obtained for a child victim-survivor to access therapy). I can provide my services to both Self-Managed & Plan-managed individuals through the NDIS.
(03) 7003 2207 View (03) 7003 2207
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Howearth Psychology
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified
Balaclava, VIC 3183
Howearth Psychology is run by Aaron Howearth in St Kilda, Victoria. Aaron spent 23 years in the Royal Australian Navy, followed by several years as a dog walker while making the change into psychology, with the simple aim of helping people and strengthening the community. Aaron draws on several therapeutic models including, cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and schema therapy. Aaron draws on his training and personal experience to provide empathic understanding and focused treatment for people with mental health difficulties, and those seeking to improve their day-to-day lives.
Howearth Psychology is run by Aaron Howearth in St Kilda, Victoria. Aaron spent 23 years in the Royal Australian Navy, followed by several years as a dog walker while making the change into psychology, with the simple aim of helping people and strengthening the community. Aaron draws on several therapeutic models including, cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and schema therapy. Aaron draws on his training and personal experience to provide empathic understanding and focused treatment for people with mental health difficulties, and those seeking to improve their day-to-day lives.
(03) 7003 2034 View (03) 7003 2034
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Ryan Klibansky
Counsellor, MC
Balaclava, VIC 3183
Hi, I’m Ryan. I am a registered counsellor and psychotherapist, a husband, father, an advocate for your wellbeing. I hold a Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and offer my services in private practice both online and in-person. There are many reasons we may begin therapy; we may long for change or hope for opportunities for healing, growth and transformation. I want to help however I can. Helping people to understand themselves, navigate relationships, perceive the world more clearly, and discover meaning in life brings me great joy. Even better is helping people find their own innate resources to cope and to heal.
Hi, I’m Ryan. I am a registered counsellor and psychotherapist, a husband, father, an advocate for your wellbeing. I hold a Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and offer my services in private practice both online and in-person. There are many reasons we may begin therapy; we may long for change or hope for opportunities for healing, growth and transformation. I want to help however I can. Helping people to understand themselves, navigate relationships, perceive the world more clearly, and discover meaning in life brings me great joy. Even better is helping people find their own innate resources to cope and to heal.
(03) 9118 9065 View (03) 9118 9065
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Fiona Fouvy
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
1 Endorsed
Balaclava, VIC 3183
I am a Psychologist (Clinical Registrar) and Executive Coach with 25+ years of experience in corporate and public sector organisations, and 7 years in private practice. I help adults of all ages experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem, perfectionism, life transitions, relationship issues, or trauma. I have a special interest in work-related issues such as high stress and high demands, workplace interpersonal difficulties or conflicts, organisational change, job or career dissatisfaction.
I am a Psychologist (Clinical Registrar) and Executive Coach with 25+ years of experience in corporate and public sector organisations, and 7 years in private practice. I help adults of all ages experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem, perfectionism, life transitions, relationship issues, or trauma. I have a special interest in work-related issues such as high stress and high demands, workplace interpersonal difficulties or conflicts, organisational change, job or career dissatisfaction.
(03) 8372 0460 View (03) 8372 0460
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Deborah Cameron
Psychotherapist, MC, PACFA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Balaclava, VIC 3183
I am a PACFA accredited supervisor, 20 years experience, and a psychotherapist/ counsellor. A collaborative effort, depends upon two parties working together in therapy for a success. I focus on my clients, actively listening, empathising, and reflecting on the client's story non judgementally. I support my clients in identifying their goals and potential solutions to their issues and possibly provide strategies to support their daily lives. Talk therapy helps support clients and their goals. I do not give advice. However, I am not a 'passive' listener but an 'active' listener. call (03) 7003 2799 for a consultation.
I am a PACFA accredited supervisor, 20 years experience, and a psychotherapist/ counsellor. A collaborative effort, depends upon two parties working together in therapy for a success. I focus on my clients, actively listening, empathising, and reflecting on the client's story non judgementally. I support my clients in identifying their goals and potential solutions to their issues and possibly provide strategies to support their daily lives. Talk therapy helps support clients and their goals. I do not give advice. However, I am not a 'passive' listener but an 'active' listener. call (03) 7003 2799 for a consultation.
(03) 7003 2799 View (03) 7003 2799
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Elizabeth Rocha
Psychotherapist, AAFT
Verified
Balaclava, VIC 3183
Elizabeth Rocha - I am a Relationship & Couples Therapist with a Masters in Couple and Family Therapy, & Bach of Behavioural Science . As Director and Founder for the last 16 years of Glen Eira Relationship Counselling Clinic I have a deep understanding and bring years of experience to the field of relationship counselling. When you work with a specialist, progress can happen quite fast. Within a warm, supportive environment I offer direct feedback, recommendations and gentle guidance on how you can make your relationship better: Gottman endorsed and an EFT Therapist with a systems approach means that I offer a broad toolkit.
Elizabeth Rocha - I am a Relationship & Couples Therapist with a Masters in Couple and Family Therapy, & Bach of Behavioural Science . As Director and Founder for the last 16 years of Glen Eira Relationship Counselling Clinic I have a deep understanding and bring years of experience to the field of relationship counselling. When you work with a specialist, progress can happen quite fast. Within a warm, supportive environment I offer direct feedback, recommendations and gentle guidance on how you can make your relationship better: Gottman endorsed and an EFT Therapist with a systems approach means that I offer a broad toolkit.
(03) 7003 2345 View (03) 7003 2345
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Heart Expression - Heidi Gaspar
Psychotherapist, MA, ACA-L1
Verified
Balaclava, VIC 3183
Heart Expression was founded in 2009 by Heidi Gaspar, an experienced Psychotherapist & Provisional Psychologist providing an eclectic mix of clinical counselling and Psychological therapeutic services, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focussed Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Expressive Therapies such as Art Therapy, Sandplay, Music Therapy, and Mindfulness based stress reduction strategies for children, teenagers, adults, parents, couples and families. Experienced school Provisional Psychologist with many years in Private Practice.
Heart Expression was founded in 2009 by Heidi Gaspar, an experienced Psychotherapist & Provisional Psychologist providing an eclectic mix of clinical counselling and Psychological therapeutic services, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focussed Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Expressive Therapies such as Art Therapy, Sandplay, Music Therapy, and Mindfulness based stress reduction strategies for children, teenagers, adults, parents, couples and families. Experienced school Provisional Psychologist with many years in Private Practice.
(03) 9118 9036 View (03) 9118 9036
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Loretta Bell
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA Endorsed
Verified
Balaclava, VIC 3183
Helping couples & individuals with relationship issues (improve insight, self-reflection & acceptance). Working with relationship dynamics to improve conflict, recover from affairs, & manage change & life transitions & interpersonal emotional reactions, thoughts, & feelings. Helping clients understand repetitive, unwanted patterns helps people step out of the fray & gain a meta-perspective allowing choices. I don't work with seriour interpersonal violence (physical or emotional) or prepare Court reports/reports, or act as an expert witness).
Helping couples & individuals with relationship issues (improve insight, self-reflection & acceptance). Working with relationship dynamics to improve conflict, recover from affairs, & manage change & life transitions & interpersonal emotional reactions, thoughts, & feelings. Helping clients understand repetitive, unwanted patterns helps people step out of the fray & gain a meta-perspective allowing choices. I don't work with seriour interpersonal violence (physical or emotional) or prepare Court reports/reports, or act as an expert witness).
(03) 9068 5472 View (03) 9068 5472
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Contemporary Psychology
Psychologist, Australian Association of Psychologists - Member
Verified
Balaclava, VIC 3183
Contemporary Psychology is a modern space filled with a passionate group of psychologists that work to educate and inspire the public on mental health and wellbeing. We believe psychological health care should be accessible, supportive and effective. Our clinic offers education, assessment, counselling, short term coaching and long-term therapy for all those with curious minds. All staff are qualified and experienced and uphold strict ethical standards. We provide a modern professional space where everyone in the community is welcome.
Contemporary Psychology is a modern space filled with a passionate group of psychologists that work to educate and inspire the public on mental health and wellbeing. We believe psychological health care should be accessible, supportive and effective. Our clinic offers education, assessment, counselling, short term coaching and long-term therapy for all those with curious minds. All staff are qualified and experienced and uphold strict ethical standards. We provide a modern professional space where everyone in the community is welcome.
(03) 7003 2981 View (03) 7003 2981
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Christine Weber
Counsellor, MA, PACFA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Balaclava, VIC 3183
You may have come to this site because you feel stuck – because you are not moving in the direction you most want to. You may feel aspects of your life could be better, or you may be dealing with problems that feel overwhelming. These feelings may be related to your work, relationships or health, or they may be about your attitudes and feelings toward yourself. You may not know what is wrong or why you feel the way you do. Whatever the issue, I hope I am able to help.
You may have come to this site because you feel stuck – because you are not moving in the direction you most want to. You may feel aspects of your life could be better, or you may be dealing with problems that feel overwhelming. These feelings may be related to your work, relationships or health, or they may be about your attitudes and feelings toward yourself. You may not know what is wrong or why you feel the way you do. Whatever the issue, I hope I am able to help.
(03) 6120 6374 View (03) 6120 6374
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Ilana Laps
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified
Balaclava, VIC 3183
I am an experienced psychotherapist, counsellor and educator, with additional niche interests in non-duality and working therapeutically with dreams. I have 20 years of professional experience working with life's grief, bereavement and existential concerns, such as finding meaning after loss, being with and growing through traumatic events, and facing our own mortality.
I am an experienced psychotherapist, counsellor and educator, with additional niche interests in non-duality and working therapeutically with dreams. I have 20 years of professional experience working with life's grief, bereavement and existential concerns, such as finding meaning after loss, being with and growing through traumatic events, and facing our own mortality.
(03) 7003 2636 View (03) 7003 2636

More Therapists Nearby

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Anchored Counselling Services
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Life can be tough, right? Ever faced a crisis of faith from a religious upbringing or abuse in your spiritual community? Perhaps you were raised in a religious household, and you're still unraveling the lingering effects. Healing from religious trauma or deconstructing takes time, commitment, and self-compassion, but healing is possible! In the LGBTQIA+ community too? I get it. I provide a safe and affirming space for exploring your spirituality, sexuality and gender, on your terms.
Life can be tough, right? Ever faced a crisis of faith from a religious upbringing or abuse in your spiritual community? Perhaps you were raised in a religious household, and you're still unraveling the lingering effects. Healing from religious trauma or deconstructing takes time, commitment, and self-compassion, but healing is possible! In the LGBTQIA+ community too? I get it. I provide a safe and affirming space for exploring your spirituality, sexuality and gender, on your terms.
(02) 3820 3213 View (02) 3820 3213
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Kayleigh Young
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified
1 Endorsed
Melbourne, VIC 3004  (Online Only)
Dr Kayleigh Young is a clinical psychologist with expertise delivering a range of assessment and therapeutic services across both public and private settings. Kayleigh works with clients of all ages experiencing a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, abuse, workplace issues, interpersonal difficulties, grief and loss, and substance use, among other mental health and wellbeing issues. Kayleigh has completed extensive clinical training and draws upon a number of empirically sound techniques and interventions to ensure sessions are tailored to the presenting issues and individual needs of each client.
Dr Kayleigh Young is a clinical psychologist with expertise delivering a range of assessment and therapeutic services across both public and private settings. Kayleigh works with clients of all ages experiencing a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, abuse, workplace issues, interpersonal difficulties, grief and loss, and substance use, among other mental health and wellbeing issues. Kayleigh has completed extensive clinical training and draws upon a number of empirically sound techniques and interventions to ensure sessions are tailored to the presenting issues and individual needs of each client.
(03) 9068 5543 View (03) 9068 5543
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Astrid - Integrative Counselling & Mediation
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified
Melbourne, VIC 3000
If you would like to improve your relationships, feel better about yourself and/or improve your communication (especially around conflict), I can help. I love working with partners and improving relationships in all aspects is my passion. Living in The Kimberley I am well aware of challenges for First Nation people and I feel honoured and privileged to support how and where I can. I apply a simple, effective and successful method for trauma healing, which is so needed in our society.
If you would like to improve your relationships, feel better about yourself and/or improve your communication (especially around conflict), I can help. I love working with partners and improving relationships in all aspects is my passion. Living in The Kimberley I am well aware of challenges for First Nation people and I feel honoured and privileged to support how and where I can. I apply a simple, effective and successful method for trauma healing, which is so needed in our society.
(02) 4312 8537 View (02) 4312 8537
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Counselling and Wellbeing
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified
1 Endorsed
Melbourne, VIC 3000  (Online Only)
With more than 22 years in the helping professions in the UK and Australia, in various health, education; mental health areas across the lifespan, I'm able to support people with a wide range of presenting issues to support people navigating life's challenges. It can feel like no one gets it sometimes, even those closest to you. Wanting someone to listen to you who really gets it, I truly do and I know how to support you. I provide an opportunity to explore what you're experiencing with compassion focused on guiding you towards health and wellbeing.
With more than 22 years in the helping professions in the UK and Australia, in various health, education; mental health areas across the lifespan, I'm able to support people with a wide range of presenting issues to support people navigating life's challenges. It can feel like no one gets it sometimes, even those closest to you. Wanting someone to listen to you who really gets it, I truly do and I know how to support you. I provide an opportunity to explore what you're experiencing with compassion focused on guiding you towards health and wellbeing.
(08) 6206 8179 View (08) 6206 8179

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Balaclava, VIC

10+

Average cost per session

$170

Counsellors in Balaclava, VIC who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
75% Anxiety
63% Relationship Issues
63% Trauma and PTSD
63% Self Esteem
56% Stress
56% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

63% Bupa
63% Medicare Rebates
50% Medibank Private

How Counsellors in Balaclava, VIC see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

82% Female
12% Male
6% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Balaclava?

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.