Counselling in Bentleigh, VIC

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Esin Toprak Newspace Psychology
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Esin is a registered psychologist with over 14 years of experience working with adults in Australia and England. She has worked in various clinical settings, including primary care psychology within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), domestic violence services, services for adult survivors of childhood trauma, and rehabilitation services, catering to individuals from all walks of life. Esin earned her Master's Degree in Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) from Victoria University.
Esin is a registered psychologist with over 14 years of experience working with adults in Australia and England. She has worked in various clinical settings, including primary care psychology within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), domestic violence services, services for adult survivors of childhood trauma, and rehabilitation services, catering to individuals from all walks of life. Esin earned her Master's Degree in Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) from Victoria University.
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Paul Vanderputt
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Hi I'm Paul, I'm a registered Psychologist and the Director of Adaptive Counselling and Psychology in Bentleigh. I believe that good therapy means having a good therapeutic relationship, and I take the time to build this before getting stuck into treatment. I see anyone aged 15+ and have a particular focus on working with depression, anxiety (general and social), stress, and trauma.
Hi I'm Paul, I'm a registered Psychologist and the Director of Adaptive Counselling and Psychology in Bentleigh. I believe that good therapy means having a good therapeutic relationship, and I take the time to build this before getting stuck into treatment. I see anyone aged 15+ and have a particular focus on working with depression, anxiety (general and social), stress, and trauma.
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Dimitra Tsoukalas
Psychotherapist, MA, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
I am a registered Clinical Counsellor & Psychotherapist. I have extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, families, couples and adults in various settings. Building a trusting and safe space for you is my primary aim. I am also a yoga teacher and I use mindfulness, meditation and trauma informed therapy in my treatment approach. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy are some of the interventions used in the treatment plan and according to your individual needs. You will feel supported, empowered and provided with helpful strategies to achieve your goals confidently.
I am a registered Clinical Counsellor & Psychotherapist. I have extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, families, couples and adults in various settings. Building a trusting and safe space for you is my primary aim. I am also a yoga teacher and I use mindfulness, meditation and trauma informed therapy in my treatment approach. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy are some of the interventions used in the treatment plan and according to your individual needs. You will feel supported, empowered and provided with helpful strategies to achieve your goals confidently.
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Melanie Colhoun - Integrated Psychology Centre
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Melanie is the Principal Clinical Psychologist at Integrated Psychology Centre, a group private practice including Clinical, Counselling. Health, Educational & Developmental registered psychologists. A Graduate of Monash University, Melanie has over eighteen years experience in private practice and other clinical settings including; university counselling, employee assistance programmes, employment services, asylum seeker detention centres and educational settings. Melanie works with adolescents and adults.
Melanie is the Principal Clinical Psychologist at Integrated Psychology Centre, a group private practice including Clinical, Counselling. Health, Educational & Developmental registered psychologists. A Graduate of Monash University, Melanie has over eighteen years experience in private practice and other clinical settings including; university counselling, employee assistance programmes, employment services, asylum seeker detention centres and educational settings. Melanie works with adolescents and adults.
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Sylvie Braverman
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
I am a registered clinical counsellor. I use Emotion-Focused Therapy as my main mode of practice. EFT is Person Centred/Humanistic and Process Experiential Therapy, based on the Attachment and Identity theory. It also means that in therapy I prioritize focusing on identifying, connecting, expressing, and processing emotions in the hope of achieving authenticity and a sense of well-being. You may have learned to avoid and suppress your emotions or they may have been overwhelming you. In therapy, my aim is to support you in befriending and welcoming your emotions so they become a resource as they are meant to be and not a hindrance.
I am a registered clinical counsellor. I use Emotion-Focused Therapy as my main mode of practice. EFT is Person Centred/Humanistic and Process Experiential Therapy, based on the Attachment and Identity theory. It also means that in therapy I prioritize focusing on identifying, connecting, expressing, and processing emotions in the hope of achieving authenticity and a sense of well-being. You may have learned to avoid and suppress your emotions or they may have been overwhelming you. In therapy, my aim is to support you in befriending and welcoming your emotions so they become a resource as they are meant to be and not a hindrance.
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Isabella Seddon
Psychologist, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204  (Online Only)
Isabella is an Australian based counsellor who has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). She adopts a warm and empathetic approach to therapy and mainly works to address anxiety-related issues with clients of all ages. This includes health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks and generalised anxiety. She also can help with self-esteem issues, poor body-image, relationship difficulties and mood-related issues.
Isabella is an Australian based counsellor who has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). She adopts a warm and empathetic approach to therapy and mainly works to address anxiety-related issues with clients of all ages. This includes health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks and generalised anxiety. She also can help with self-esteem issues, poor body-image, relationship difficulties and mood-related issues.
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Jennifer Vincent-Green
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
I am an experienced Psychologist who has worked extensively with both Children, Adolescents and families during the past 32 years - predominantly within the school setting and in private practice. Areas of expertise include Psychological and Educational Assessment and Counselling. I have assisted young people and adults cope with difficulties in their life, supporting them to make sense of their experiences and learn coping strategies. I am an experienced group and training facilitator in Personality assessment and Social and Emotional programs.
I am an experienced Psychologist who has worked extensively with both Children, Adolescents and families during the past 32 years - predominantly within the school setting and in private practice. Areas of expertise include Psychological and Educational Assessment and Counselling. I have assisted young people and adults cope with difficulties in their life, supporting them to make sense of their experiences and learn coping strategies. I am an experienced group and training facilitator in Personality assessment and Social and Emotional programs.
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Dr Gávi Ansara
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working together to overcome oppression & help you to thrive. I often work with people in D/s relationships, non-binary folks, sex workers, & autistic people. I have 20 years of international experience in Anti-Oppressive Practice. I am a Full Clinical PACFA Registrant, an AAFT-registered Clinical Family Therapist, and an AAFT-accredited Clinical Supervisor. I am recognised by Pink Therapy as an Advanced Accredited Gender, Sex, & Relationship Diversities Therapist (AAGSRDT). I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II: Complex Trauma & Dissociation (CCTP-II) & Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP).
I enjoy working together to overcome oppression & help you to thrive. I often work with people in D/s relationships, non-binary folks, sex workers, & autistic people. I have 20 years of international experience in Anti-Oppressive Practice. I am a Full Clinical PACFA Registrant, an AAFT-registered Clinical Family Therapist, and an AAFT-accredited Clinical Supervisor. I am recognised by Pink Therapy as an Advanced Accredited Gender, Sex, & Relationship Diversities Therapist (AAGSRDT). I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II: Complex Trauma & Dissociation (CCTP-II) & Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP).
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Jeremy Neumann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
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.
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Lital Fee
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Lital is a qualified counsellor with extensive experience working with families and couples who have experienced trauma, family violence, depression and anxiety and mental health related issues. She works from a client-centered, strengths-based approach and provides a safe and supportive therapeutic environment for clients to work through their issues.
Lital is a qualified counsellor with extensive experience working with families and couples who have experienced trauma, family violence, depression and anxiety and mental health related issues. She works from a client-centered, strengths-based approach and provides a safe and supportive therapeutic environment for clients to work through their issues.
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Rachel O'meara
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Rachel is a compassionate Psychologist dedicated to providing support to individuals across the lifespan, from children to adolescents and adults, who are navigating a variety of challenges. With experience in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders, family violence and physical disabilities, Rachel brings a comprehensive approach to her practice. She believes in the power of strengths-based intervention plans tailored to each person’s unique needs, fostering a sense of empowerment and agency.
Rachel is a compassionate Psychologist dedicated to providing support to individuals across the lifespan, from children to adolescents and adults, who are navigating a variety of challenges. With experience in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders, family violence and physical disabilities, Rachel brings a comprehensive approach to her practice. She believes in the power of strengths-based intervention plans tailored to each person’s unique needs, fostering a sense of empowerment and agency.
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Melbourne Therapy and Counselling Centre
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
We are a specialist Anxiety, Stress and Trauma Counselling Clinic providing Neuropsychotherapy and Counselling services to meet the unique needs of our clients. Our services are affordable & accessible via tele health & in person at our clinic in Murrumbeena and we offer counselling for women, men, young adults, families & couples. Our registered and experienced team are trained in integrative evidence-based therapies including CBT, ACT, CPT, EMDR & Trauma care. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, PTSD, relationship or family difficulties, societal pressures or just need support please reach out for help.
We are a specialist Anxiety, Stress and Trauma Counselling Clinic providing Neuropsychotherapy and Counselling services to meet the unique needs of our clients. Our services are affordable & accessible via tele health & in person at our clinic in Murrumbeena and we offer counselling for women, men, young adults, families & couples. Our registered and experienced team are trained in integrative evidence-based therapies including CBT, ACT, CPT, EMDR & Trauma care. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, PTSD, relationship or family difficulties, societal pressures or just need support please reach out for help.
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Kate Barber
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Hi, I'm Kate and I am the founder of Bloom Counselling. I specialise in providing support around anxiety, loss, grief and bereavement. I have a special interest in providing support for anyone affected by cancer or a life limiting illness (such as,MND). With my experience as a Counsellor ,and 20 plus years of being a nurse, I bring experience, empathy and understanding to help you manage this very uncertain time. From the shock of a diagnosis, managing treatment, being a carer, survivorship, end of life care, decision making and everything in between, I have an understanding of what you may be going through and can support you.
Hi, I'm Kate and I am the founder of Bloom Counselling. I specialise in providing support around anxiety, loss, grief and bereavement. I have a special interest in providing support for anyone affected by cancer or a life limiting illness (such as,MND). With my experience as a Counsellor ,and 20 plus years of being a nurse, I bring experience, empathy and understanding to help you manage this very uncertain time. From the shock of a diagnosis, managing treatment, being a carer, survivorship, end of life care, decision making and everything in between, I have an understanding of what you may be going through and can support you.
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Gwyn Rees
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health. I am passionate about helping people cope with difficulties related to fertility, pregnancy loss, infant loss, birth trauma, pre and postnatal anxiety, depression as well as the transition to parenting. The journey to becoming a parent can be a turbulent time and I believe parenting is one of the most demanding jobs there is. This time can also offer the opportunity for self-discovery and growth. I aim to provide a warm, respectful and non-judgmental space to allow you to feel comfortable to share, reflect and grow.
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health. I am passionate about helping people cope with difficulties related to fertility, pregnancy loss, infant loss, birth trauma, pre and postnatal anxiety, depression as well as the transition to parenting. The journey to becoming a parent can be a turbulent time and I believe parenting is one of the most demanding jobs there is. This time can also offer the opportunity for self-discovery and growth. I aim to provide a warm, respectful and non-judgmental space to allow you to feel comfortable to share, reflect and grow.
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David Berlinski
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA Endorsed
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Hi, I'm David, my approach is to be a warm and caring psychologist who will work collaboratively with you to create a safe and trusting relationship where your challenges will be explored with sensitivity and honesty. My therapeutic style is compassionate & non-judgmental, with the aim of helping you to connect with your emotions to better develop a deeper understanding of yourself. I believe that while pain is inevitable in life, suffering does not need to be.
Hi, I'm David, my approach is to be a warm and caring psychologist who will work collaboratively with you to create a safe and trusting relationship where your challenges will be explored with sensitivity and honesty. My therapeutic style is compassionate & non-judgmental, with the aim of helping you to connect with your emotions to better develop a deeper understanding of yourself. I believe that while pain is inevitable in life, suffering does not need to be.
(03) 7500 5830 View (03) 7500 5830
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Penelope Lovegrove
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Currently accepting new clients. I pride myself on developing a supportive, collaborative and compassionate relationship with my clients, focusing on delivering psychological treatments based on current evidence. I work with individuals aged 17 and above across a range of issues. I am particularly interested in anxiety and related disorders in men and the intersection of mental health and menopause in women. More information can be found on my website www.southeastclinicalpsychology.com.au or affiliated site www.mindmymind.com.au
Currently accepting new clients. I pride myself on developing a supportive, collaborative and compassionate relationship with my clients, focusing on delivering psychological treatments based on current evidence. I work with individuals aged 17 and above across a range of issues. I am particularly interested in anxiety and related disorders in men and the intersection of mental health and menopause in women. More information can be found on my website www.southeastclinicalpsychology.com.au or affiliated site www.mindmymind.com.au
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Clarissa Martinez
Counsellor, MC, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Hello you may have arrived here in search of support and clarity or to understand some issues that may have had a profound impact within your life. If you are looking for support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move into a new direction in your life I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals. I predominantly work one on one with adults at my practice located in Brighton, www.ruclaptyltd.com. The services I provide is an integrative mixture of Kinesiology, Counselling and Neurofeedback therapy.
Hello you may have arrived here in search of support and clarity or to understand some issues that may have had a profound impact within your life. If you are looking for support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move into a new direction in your life I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals. I predominantly work one on one with adults at my practice located in Brighton, www.ruclaptyltd.com. The services I provide is an integrative mixture of Kinesiology, Counselling and Neurofeedback therapy.
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Melissa Thompson
Psychotherapist, MC, PACFA
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Trying to find a therapist through an online site is a daunting task, but the fact that you're looking means that you're that much closer to feeling better. We all feel overwhelmed at times during our lives. There's no reason to feel alone. I'm here to sit beside you as we uncover and explore your inner resources together.
Trying to find a therapist through an online site is a daunting task, but the fact that you're looking means that you're that much closer to feeling better. We all feel overwhelmed at times during our lives. There's no reason to feel alone. I'm here to sit beside you as we uncover and explore your inner resources together.
(03) 7500 5860 View (03) 7500 5860
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Soulful Energetics Therapies
MA
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Feeling overwhelmed, depressed and stuck with obstacles you're facing right now that seem insurmountable? I am here to guide you through this transformative time. Within a nurturing and client-centered approach, I aim to support you in rediscovering your self-confidence, trust, and self-worth, fostering a genuine relationship with your inner wisdom. Together, we'll embark on a journey to find that deep connection to freedom you seek, and I will be right by your side, providing unwavering support.
Feeling overwhelmed, depressed and stuck with obstacles you're facing right now that seem insurmountable? I am here to guide you through this transformative time. Within a nurturing and client-centered approach, I aim to support you in rediscovering your self-confidence, trust, and self-worth, fostering a genuine relationship with your inner wisdom. Together, we'll embark on a journey to find that deep connection to freedom you seek, and I will be right by your side, providing unwavering support.
(03) 7500 5401 View (03) 7500 5401
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Brighton East Counselling
Psychotherapist, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Bentleigh, VIC 3204
Mary Ann Oakley at Brighton East Counselling is a trusted resource for adolescents and their parents seeking support in navigating the challenges of school and beyond. With 30 years of experience in the education system, Mary Ann understands the unique pressures and stressors that young adults face including anxiety, lack of motivation and academic stress. Mary Ann helps to empower clients to cultivate self-awareness, develop coping strategies, and foster resilience as they navigate the complexities of young adulthood. At Brighton East Counselling young adults are supported to embrace their strengths and find purpose and meaning.
Mary Ann Oakley at Brighton East Counselling is a trusted resource for adolescents and their parents seeking support in navigating the challenges of school and beyond. With 30 years of experience in the education system, Mary Ann understands the unique pressures and stressors that young adults face including anxiety, lack of motivation and academic stress. Mary Ann helps to empower clients to cultivate self-awareness, develop coping strategies, and foster resilience as they navigate the complexities of young adulthood. At Brighton East Counselling young adults are supported to embrace their strengths and find purpose and meaning.
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Number of Counsellors in Bentleigh, VIC

60+

Average cost per session

$199

Counsellors in Bentleigh, VIC who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
89% Depression
85% Stress
84% Self Esteem
79% Relationship Issues
69% Trauma and PTSD
61% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

69% Medicare Rebates
56% Bupa
41% Other

How Counsellors in Bentleigh, VIC see their clients

92% In Person and Online
8% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Bentleigh?

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.