Counselling in Ballarat Central, VIC

Ballarat Psychology Clinic
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Ballarat Psychology is a private psychology clinic located in the heart of Ballarat. Our experienced and diverse team of clinicians offer therapy for adults, adolescents, and children with a variety of mental health concerns. We use the most modern psychology approaches to create sustained change and help you build a meaningful life.
Ballarat Psychology is a private psychology clinic located in the heart of Ballarat. Our experienced and diverse team of clinicians offer therapy for adults, adolescents, and children with a variety of mental health concerns. We use the most modern psychology approaches to create sustained change and help you build a meaningful life.
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Amy Greaves
Psychologist, MAPS
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Amy Greaves is a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She has more than 17 years of experience providing quality psychological care to clients in a variety of settings. Amy’s warm, engaging, and empathetic personality combined with her wide knowledge of evidence-based therapeutic interventions, has led to her success in helping a wide variety of clients to enhance meaning and quality in their lives. With her clientele of adults and adolescents, she is dedicated to creating a safe and trusting therapeutic environment.
Amy Greaves is a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She has more than 17 years of experience providing quality psychological care to clients in a variety of settings. Amy’s warm, engaging, and empathetic personality combined with her wide knowledge of evidence-based therapeutic interventions, has led to her success in helping a wide variety of clients to enhance meaning and quality in their lives. With her clientele of adults and adolescents, she is dedicated to creating a safe and trusting therapeutic environment.
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Elizabeth Holmquest - Paper Daisy Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Elizabeth. Are you struggling with family of origin issues from the past and need support? I work with people who have had experiences including (but not limited to) sexual, physical and emotional abuse and/or neglect. You're not alone. Recovery is possible. I support people to achieve the goals and intentions most important to them.
Hello! I'm Elizabeth. Are you struggling with family of origin issues from the past and need support? I work with people who have had experiences including (but not limited to) sexual, physical and emotional abuse and/or neglect. You're not alone. Recovery is possible. I support people to achieve the goals and intentions most important to them.
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Anastasia Jones
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Anastasia is a Clinical Psychologist in Ballarat who specialises in empowering adults to reach their therapeutic goals. Anastasia works with clients who are ready to make changes and engage in therapy that translates into real-life differences. Anastasia prioritises a welcoming, non-judgmental and safe therapeutic environment. Anastasia believes it is essential to take the time to get to know each of her clients and collaboratively tailors treatment to suit the specific needs of each individual. As a Clinical Psychologist, Anastasia works with evidence based skills and tools.
Anastasia is a Clinical Psychologist in Ballarat who specialises in empowering adults to reach their therapeutic goals. Anastasia works with clients who are ready to make changes and engage in therapy that translates into real-life differences. Anastasia prioritises a welcoming, non-judgmental and safe therapeutic environment. Anastasia believes it is essential to take the time to get to know each of her clients and collaboratively tailors treatment to suit the specific needs of each individual. As a Clinical Psychologist, Anastasia works with evidence based skills and tools.
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Live Life Well Counselling
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Kerri-Ann welcomes all to her private practice via Telehealth, telephone across Australia or in person in Ballarat, Vic. Appointments now available. No GP referral required. Specialist in grief and loss, mental health, carer stress, relationships, illness, dementia, palliative care. Supporting individuals and families to live their lives well for over 19 years having worked in Palliative care, Dementia care and community services. I create a safe, non-judgmental counselling space for you, we work together, using various therapies. Emotional wellness is integral to overall good health, let's have a chat, book online or call today
Kerri-Ann welcomes all to her private practice via Telehealth, telephone across Australia or in person in Ballarat, Vic. Appointments now available. No GP referral required. Specialist in grief and loss, mental health, carer stress, relationships, illness, dementia, palliative care. Supporting individuals and families to live their lives well for over 19 years having worked in Palliative care, Dementia care and community services. I create a safe, non-judgmental counselling space for you, we work together, using various therapies. Emotional wellness is integral to overall good health, let's have a chat, book online or call today
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Portia Kambasha
MSc
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
I have 20 years experience with complex mental health issues across the age spectrum. I offer a kind, empathetic service to families and individuals using my skills as a family therapist and mental health clinician. I welcome individuals and families who represent marginalised communities, (neurodiverse, LGBTQIA, culturally diverse, and anyone who has ever been “othered”) and provide a service that is inclusive and affirming whilst utilising an anti racist and decolonized lens.
I have 20 years experience with complex mental health issues across the age spectrum. I offer a kind, empathetic service to families and individuals using my skills as a family therapist and mental health clinician. I welcome individuals and families who represent marginalised communities, (neurodiverse, LGBTQIA, culturally diverse, and anyone who has ever been “othered”) and provide a service that is inclusive and affirming whilst utilising an anti racist and decolonized lens.
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Vanessa Katherine Bowen
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
I am passionate about using my skills and knowledge to assist clients to explore their strengths and resources and empower them to make positive changes in their lives. I have a special interest in working with clients experiencing grief and loss to validate their experience and work at their own pace to move through their grief. I am a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and my practice is a safe space for people of all sexualities and genders. I am supportive of non-traditional relationships. I value empathy, autonomy, non-judgement, compassion and respect and aim to embody these values through my practice.
I am passionate about using my skills and knowledge to assist clients to explore their strengths and resources and empower them to make positive changes in their lives. I have a special interest in working with clients experiencing grief and loss to validate their experience and work at their own pace to move through their grief. I am a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and my practice is a safe space for people of all sexualities and genders. I am supportive of non-traditional relationships. I value empathy, autonomy, non-judgement, compassion and respect and aim to embody these values through my practice.
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Teresa Peers
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Waitlist for new clients
Offering psychological therapy services and assessments from ages 7 and over. Experience in a range of psychometric testing, ASD assessments (ADIR, ADOS, Sensory Profile), cognitive assessments (WISC, WAIS), ADHD assessments, Adaptive functioning (ABAS, Vineland), and other diagnostic assessments (PAI, Conners). As I am usually very busy in sessions with clients, the best way to make contact with me is via email. Board approved supervisor offering supervision for 5+1 and 4+2 pathways.
Offering psychological therapy services and assessments from ages 7 and over. Experience in a range of psychometric testing, ASD assessments (ADIR, ADOS, Sensory Profile), cognitive assessments (WISC, WAIS), ADHD assessments, Adaptive functioning (ABAS, Vineland), and other diagnostic assessments (PAI, Conners). As I am usually very busy in sessions with clients, the best way to make contact with me is via email. Board approved supervisor offering supervision for 5+1 and 4+2 pathways.
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Boundless Minds Therapy
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Hi, I'm Jordan and I am a registered Psychologist located in Ballarat, Victoria. I work with people over the age of 16 in enhancing the quality of their life, from boosting their confidence, building healthier relationships to finding more meaning and purpose in their lives. Supporting people to achieve their mental health goals by empowering them to overcome personal challenges and build resilience is something I'm passionate about.
Hi, I'm Jordan and I am a registered Psychologist located in Ballarat, Victoria. I work with people over the age of 16 in enhancing the quality of their life, from boosting their confidence, building healthier relationships to finding more meaning and purpose in their lives. Supporting people to achieve their mental health goals by empowering them to overcome personal challenges and build resilience is something I'm passionate about.
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KIT Psychology - Michelle Maya
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Hello I'm Michelle. I am an ACA registered counsellor and ICF registered life coach. In my practice, I work alongside young people & adults to support them in navigating life’s challenges, achieving desired improvements in their mental health, wellbeing, relationships and life circumstances. I have a gentle, compassionate nature and provide a comfortable, discreet space where my clients feel safe and supported to share, grow and connect with inner wisdom. My approach is intuitive, flexible and strengths-based, often solution-focussed and always person centred around an individual’s unique interests, values and hopes for the future.
Hello I'm Michelle. I am an ACA registered counsellor and ICF registered life coach. In my practice, I work alongside young people & adults to support them in navigating life’s challenges, achieving desired improvements in their mental health, wellbeing, relationships and life circumstances. I have a gentle, compassionate nature and provide a comfortable, discreet space where my clients feel safe and supported to share, grow and connect with inner wisdom. My approach is intuitive, flexible and strengths-based, often solution-focussed and always person centred around an individual’s unique interests, values and hopes for the future.
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Creative Butterfly Expressive Arts Therapy
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
I offer Arts-based inquiry and counselling even if you feel you're not creative or can't do art. Using arts-based processes, we can explore ways to live well with emotional and physical pain, diagnosed illnesses or neurodivergence, to find wisdom to live with more well-being or healing. We can collaborate to find the best way forward for you, with a personalised plan to support you or a young person in your care.
I offer Arts-based inquiry and counselling even if you feel you're not creative or can't do art. Using arts-based processes, we can explore ways to live well with emotional and physical pain, diagnosed illnesses or neurodivergence, to find wisdom to live with more well-being or healing. We can collaborate to find the best way forward for you, with a personalised plan to support you or a young person in your care.
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KIT Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Hello, my name is Kelly. I am a registered psychologist practicing as a clinical psychology registrar. Within my practice at KIT Psychology, I offer therapeutic, evidence-based interventions to young people and adults struggling with their mental health and wellbeing. I have a special interest in using creative therapies as an adjunct to traditional talk-therapies.
Hello, my name is Kelly. I am a registered psychologist practicing as a clinical psychology registrar. Within my practice at KIT Psychology, I offer therapeutic, evidence-based interventions to young people and adults struggling with their mental health and wellbeing. I have a special interest in using creative therapies as an adjunct to traditional talk-therapies.
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Zubia Jawed
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
I am a registered Mental Health Counsellor. I have helped many clients feel validated and normalised in what they experience in life. I specialise in providing culturally sensitive therapy, addressing variety of topics including identity, belonging, gender roles, women’s issues, managing societal, community and family expectations, discrimination, racism, and issues around migrants and refugees. I feel utmost contentment when I know I have made an individual feel worthy, validated, understood, and hopeful. Through incorporating our cultural roots in sessions, we can truly feel empowered and seen.
I am a registered Mental Health Counsellor. I have helped many clients feel validated and normalised in what they experience in life. I specialise in providing culturally sensitive therapy, addressing variety of topics including identity, belonging, gender roles, women’s issues, managing societal, community and family expectations, discrimination, racism, and issues around migrants and refugees. I feel utmost contentment when I know I have made an individual feel worthy, validated, understood, and hopeful. Through incorporating our cultural roots in sessions, we can truly feel empowered and seen.
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Louise Grunwaldt Mental Health [LGMH]
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Hi! I'm Lou, an experienced Credentialed Mental Health Nurse + Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician, who is passionate about providing a quality service to children (10+), adolescents, young adults and their families, experiencing eating disorders, disordered eating, anxiety and mood disorders, neurodiversity and so much more. My approach is integrative, creative, flexible, family-inclusive + recovery focused. Self referrals welcomed. Medicare rebates for clients who have a Chronic Disease Management Plans (Item 10956). Sorry, I cannot provide Medicare rebates for Mental Health / Eating Disorder treatment.
Hi! I'm Lou, an experienced Credentialed Mental Health Nurse + Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician, who is passionate about providing a quality service to children (10+), adolescents, young adults and their families, experiencing eating disorders, disordered eating, anxiety and mood disorders, neurodiversity and so much more. My approach is integrative, creative, flexible, family-inclusive + recovery focused. Self referrals welcomed. Medicare rebates for clients who have a Chronic Disease Management Plans (Item 10956). Sorry, I cannot provide Medicare rebates for Mental Health / Eating Disorder treatment.
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Heart and Hope Counselling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
I provide counselling, therapy and social work services in both the Newport and Footscray areas. I provide supportive, empathic and flexible responses to individual needs, taking the body, mind and soul into consideration. I have over twenty years of general counselling experience and have particular expertise in grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, mental health issues and working with many other concerns. I am passionate about holding the hope and working from the heart as well as utilising diverse knowledge and skills. It is important to me that counselling is accessible and affordable to people who need it.
I provide counselling, therapy and social work services in both the Newport and Footscray areas. I provide supportive, empathic and flexible responses to individual needs, taking the body, mind and soul into consideration. I have over twenty years of general counselling experience and have particular expertise in grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, mental health issues and working with many other concerns. I am passionate about holding the hope and working from the heart as well as utilising diverse knowledge and skills. It is important to me that counselling is accessible and affordable to people who need it.
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Absolute Wellbeing Mind & Body
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Book a FREE 10 minute discovery call. Consulting Rooms in Ballarat and Stawell. Focusing on the needs of individuals in smaller communities and country towns, where there is generally fewer resources available for those who need support. Using a person-centered approach, I work with client on relationships, conflict resolution, trauma, behaviour, adolescents, mental health disorders, mindfulness and Cultural Counselling. I am very much community-minded. Welcome NDIS self-managed clients. Every situation is different, while I have a base rate, please contact me to ask how I can assist you if financial difficulty is an issue.
Book a FREE 10 minute discovery call. Consulting Rooms in Ballarat and Stawell. Focusing on the needs of individuals in smaller communities and country towns, where there is generally fewer resources available for those who need support. Using a person-centered approach, I work with client on relationships, conflict resolution, trauma, behaviour, adolescents, mental health disorders, mindfulness and Cultural Counselling. I am very much community-minded. Welcome NDIS self-managed clients. Every situation is different, while I have a base rate, please contact me to ask how I can assist you if financial difficulty is an issue.
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Barbara Grace
Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Relationship troubles? Wondering if anything or anyone could help? You may be feeling alone, and doubtful - full of worry, guilt or shame at being here. But hearing more anger or blame as you withdraw emotionally only prolongs the problem & often makes things worse. It's lonely being in a relationship where the other person no longer feels 'present'. Ignoring the problems doesn't work, rather it pushes them underground where they fester. At this point you may be feeling raw, stressed, isolated, fearful or disillusioned. Tears & frustration one minute, anger the next. If rekindling love and connection is important to you, let's talk.
Relationship troubles? Wondering if anything or anyone could help? You may be feeling alone, and doubtful - full of worry, guilt or shame at being here. But hearing more anger or blame as you withdraw emotionally only prolongs the problem & often makes things worse. It's lonely being in a relationship where the other person no longer feels 'present'. Ignoring the problems doesn't work, rather it pushes them underground where they fester. At this point you may be feeling raw, stressed, isolated, fearful or disillusioned. Tears & frustration one minute, anger the next. If rekindling love and connection is important to you, let's talk.
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Patti Dainton
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
I am passionate about journeying with people at all ages and stages of their lives, to increase their capacity and create change in themselves and to find joy and growth in their lives. I work from a trauma informed viewpoint, that incorporates family, to ensure person-centred, relationship-focussed therapy. I have also undergone additional training in Havening. I am comfortable working with personal spirituality and understand the significance and role of spirituality within lives.
I am passionate about journeying with people at all ages and stages of their lives, to increase their capacity and create change in themselves and to find joy and growth in their lives. I work from a trauma informed viewpoint, that incorporates family, to ensure person-centred, relationship-focussed therapy. I have also undergone additional training in Havening. I am comfortable working with personal spirituality and understand the significance and role of spirituality within lives.
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Alice Paton
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350  (Online Only)
Taking a holistic approach to care, Alice aim's to guide clients to explore themselves with curiosity and an open mind. It is her goal to guide clients to uncover root causes, rather than just symptom management. To feel safe and comfortable to express themselves, expand their mind, and speak into their true wants, needs, and desires. Increase your self-awareness and understanding of your unconscious beliefs, perceptions, and patterns. Alice aim's to assist you in setting personal goals that lead to you feeling empowered, open to change, and to bring more joy into your life. Alice is currently working with adults only.
Taking a holistic approach to care, Alice aim's to guide clients to explore themselves with curiosity and an open mind. It is her goal to guide clients to uncover root causes, rather than just symptom management. To feel safe and comfortable to express themselves, expand their mind, and speak into their true wants, needs, and desires. Increase your self-awareness and understanding of your unconscious beliefs, perceptions, and patterns. Alice aim's to assist you in setting personal goals that lead to you feeling empowered, open to change, and to bring more joy into your life. Alice is currently working with adults only.
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Bloom Well-being
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Do you struggle with relationships, with yourself and others? Maybe you find it hard to connect with your emotions or even your body? We value our clients as the expert of their lives, and acknowledge that reaching our for extra support isn't always easy. But our team have spent their entire careers dedicated to ongoing learning to ensure the people who enter our space feel seen, heard and believed. We specialise in supporting those who have experienced difficult childhoods or been exposed to abuse or neglect (physical or emotional).
Do you struggle with relationships, with yourself and others? Maybe you find it hard to connect with your emotions or even your body? We value our clients as the expert of their lives, and acknowledge that reaching our for extra support isn't always easy. But our team have spent their entire careers dedicated to ongoing learning to ensure the people who enter our space feel seen, heard and believed. We specialise in supporting those who have experienced difficult childhoods or been exposed to abuse or neglect (physical or emotional).
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Ballarat Central, VIC

40+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Ballarat Central, VIC who prioritize treating:

83% Anxiety
79% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
77% Stress
71% Depression
71% Trauma and PTSD
63% Women's Issues

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

63% Medicare Rebates
58% NDIS
33% Bupa

How Counsellors in Ballarat Central, VIC see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Ballarat Central?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.