Counselling in Blackburn, VIC

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Laburnum Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
At Laburnum Psychology we have sixteen psychologists. Due to the diversity in our team, we are well positioned to find the right person for you. We specialise across a broad range of issues, including depression, anxiety, life adjustment, trauma and children's issues, relationships, stress, work stress, to name a few. We can conduct cognitive, educational and developmental assessments & reports. We have psychologists who work with children and adolescents, as well as people who work with adults and the elderly. We can also work under NDIS, TAC and WorkCover funded arrangements. We are linked to most health insurance schemes.
At Laburnum Psychology we have sixteen psychologists. Due to the diversity in our team, we are well positioned to find the right person for you. We specialise across a broad range of issues, including depression, anxiety, life adjustment, trauma and children's issues, relationships, stress, work stress, to name a few. We can conduct cognitive, educational and developmental assessments & reports. We have psychologists who work with children and adolescents, as well as people who work with adults and the elderly. We can also work under NDIS, TAC and WorkCover funded arrangements. We are linked to most health insurance schemes.
(03) 9068 5884 View (03) 9068 5884
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Alicia Fisher
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
Hi, my name is Alisha, I enjoy working with children, teenagers, and young adults. Much of my work is directed toward Autism, ADHD, and learning difficulties, including tailored psychological assessments and reports for these issues. I also work with people who experience behavioural and social difficulties, low self-esteem, interpersonal difficulties, depression and anxiety disorders such as separation, phobias, and OCD. I will work collaboratively with parents (where relevant), and other professionals to help you find more peace in life and ensure that the best outcomes can be achieved.
Hi, my name is Alisha, I enjoy working with children, teenagers, and young adults. Much of my work is directed toward Autism, ADHD, and learning difficulties, including tailored psychological assessments and reports for these issues. I also work with people who experience behavioural and social difficulties, low self-esteem, interpersonal difficulties, depression and anxiety disorders such as separation, phobias, and OCD. I will work collaboratively with parents (where relevant), and other professionals to help you find more peace in life and ensure that the best outcomes can be achieved.
(03) 7500 5810 View (03) 7500 5810
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Jacynta Hodges
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSc, AMHSW
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
Specialising in high risk adolescents and adults, I offer contemporary psychoanalysis and EMDR resulting in powerful therapeutic benefits. Integrating several types of therapy (CBT, solution focused, problem solving), psychoanalysis informs my work in terms of the way I conceptualise the client's current problems and EMDR (as needed) results in a faster way of processing trauma. Combining these two therapies provides effective in-depth therapy with relatively brief therapy. If you have been suffering with unresolved psychological trauma, I can help you to overcome the problems that are keeping you from maximising your potential.
Specialising in high risk adolescents and adults, I offer contemporary psychoanalysis and EMDR resulting in powerful therapeutic benefits. Integrating several types of therapy (CBT, solution focused, problem solving), psychoanalysis informs my work in terms of the way I conceptualise the client's current problems and EMDR (as needed) results in a faster way of processing trauma. Combining these two therapies provides effective in-depth therapy with relatively brief therapy. If you have been suffering with unresolved psychological trauma, I can help you to overcome the problems that are keeping you from maximising your potential.
(03) 8771 4020 View (03) 8771 4020
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Angelique Marie Brown
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
My work in therapy includes experience in a range of emotional and psychological issues including depression, anxiety disorders (OCD, panic & generalised anxiety), trauma and PTSD (including complex trauma of historical sexual abuse and childhood trauma), relationship issues and personality disorders (such as BPD); as well as addiction problems (e.g. substance abuse, gambling, and pornography). Whilst these are all complex issues, I have also seen many people who are needing assistance with wanting to focus on living a better life, and working on strategies to improve and grow as a person or build their self esteem.
My work in therapy includes experience in a range of emotional and psychological issues including depression, anxiety disorders (OCD, panic & generalised anxiety), trauma and PTSD (including complex trauma of historical sexual abuse and childhood trauma), relationship issues and personality disorders (such as BPD); as well as addiction problems (e.g. substance abuse, gambling, and pornography). Whilst these are all complex issues, I have also seen many people who are needing assistance with wanting to focus on living a better life, and working on strategies to improve and grow as a person or build their self esteem.
(03) 6118 7175 View (03) 6118 7175
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Anna Earl
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
My interests are varied and this includes the age of clients that I see which ranges from 14 years through to adults. I have a passion for working with anxiety related conditions including general anxiety, adjustment, change of life difficulties, stress, and associated difficulties such as perfectionism. Through my work with young people I developed an interest in school related issues which led me to complete training in the Cool Kid Anxiety Program. I now offer the program which aims to support young people and their supports to learn ways to address their mental health struggles.
My interests are varied and this includes the age of clients that I see which ranges from 14 years through to adults. I have a passion for working with anxiety related conditions including general anxiety, adjustment, change of life difficulties, stress, and associated difficulties such as perfectionism. Through my work with young people I developed an interest in school related issues which led me to complete training in the Cool Kid Anxiety Program. I now offer the program which aims to support young people and their supports to learn ways to address their mental health struggles.
(03) 9842 4688 View (03) 9842 4688
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James Blaze
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
I work with a range of mental health conditions in people 18 years and over. My main interest is working with men to address their mental health and associated difficulties. These difficulties may include anxiety, depression, stress, relationship or parenting struggles. My other area of interest is in treating addictive behaviours around gaming and internet use. Helping people to learn to address their problematic behaviours has become an area that I am passionate about. This has also led to my interest in obsessive compulsive disorders which has some similar challenges for the individual.
I work with a range of mental health conditions in people 18 years and over. My main interest is working with men to address their mental health and associated difficulties. These difficulties may include anxiety, depression, stress, relationship or parenting struggles. My other area of interest is in treating addictive behaviours around gaming and internet use. Helping people to learn to address their problematic behaviours has become an area that I am passionate about. This has also led to my interest in obsessive compulsive disorders which has some similar challenges for the individual.
(03) 9842 4688 View (03) 9842 4688
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Brenda Taylor
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
It is my goal to help people through difficult periods of their life, help them feel empowered in a non-judgmental space. I use evidence-based treatment and a warm and caring approach to your mental wellbeing. I also offer coaching for ADHD and more information on my website btaylorpsychology.com. If you'd like to make an appointment feel free to email or leave a message as I don't have a receptionist. I work on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesday. Please note: I do not Bulk Bill
It is my goal to help people through difficult periods of their life, help them feel empowered in a non-judgmental space. I use evidence-based treatment and a warm and caring approach to your mental wellbeing. I also offer coaching for ADHD and more information on my website btaylorpsychology.com. If you'd like to make an appointment feel free to email or leave a message as I don't have a receptionist. I work on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesday. Please note: I do not Bulk Bill
(03) 5924 0088 View (03) 5924 0088
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Janeeta Ray
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
I recognize that seeking help can be a difficult step. You may have lived with emotional and personal difficulties for a long time. Alternatively, you may be navigating an important transition in work or personal relationships or change in your mental or physical health. My work focusses on assisting clients to understand the source of their distress or uncertainty and move toward a life that is more fulfilling. Using trauma informed practices, together we navigate challenging transitions, acknowledge grief and anxieties and make sense of patterns and choices. Together, we work toward making practical changes.
I recognize that seeking help can be a difficult step. You may have lived with emotional and personal difficulties for a long time. Alternatively, you may be navigating an important transition in work or personal relationships or change in your mental or physical health. My work focusses on assisting clients to understand the source of their distress or uncertainty and move toward a life that is more fulfilling. Using trauma informed practices, together we navigate challenging transitions, acknowledge grief and anxieties and make sense of patterns and choices. Together, we work toward making practical changes.
(03) 8797 2584 View (03) 8797 2584
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Roshanak (Roshi) Raoofi
Psychotherapist, MSc, ACA-L2
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
I am a registered counsellor and psychotherapist in Australia, holding a Master's degree in Counselling, and I am honoured to be an affiliated member of the Australian Institute of Counselling (25403). My professional accreditations include the following: Registered and Certified Individual/Group Clinical Supervisor with College of Supervisor, Level 1 Certified Emotionally Focused Individual Therapist, Level 1 & 2 Certified Complex Trauma Therapist, Level 1 Solution-Focused Couple Therapist, Certified Anger Management Therapist, Certified Guilt & Shame Specialist, Certified Sex Therapist and Level 1 Gottman Couple Certification.
I am a registered counsellor and psychotherapist in Australia, holding a Master's degree in Counselling, and I am honoured to be an affiliated member of the Australian Institute of Counselling (25403). My professional accreditations include the following: Registered and Certified Individual/Group Clinical Supervisor with College of Supervisor, Level 1 Certified Emotionally Focused Individual Therapist, Level 1 & 2 Certified Complex Trauma Therapist, Level 1 Solution-Focused Couple Therapist, Certified Anger Management Therapist, Certified Guilt & Shame Specialist, Certified Sex Therapist and Level 1 Gottman Couple Certification.
(03) 7500 5937 View (03) 7500 5937
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Thea Baker Wellbeing
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
I am a counsellor and body-based psychotherapist with special interests in all aspects women’s health, trauma and couples therapy. I work collaboratively with clients to find a place of healing and recovery and I'm not the kind of therapist that is ok with “feeling better” if better is still a long way off being truly well. That’s why I feel such an affinity with the word ‘wellbeing’. as it is much more than the absence of disease or illness. Wellbeing is a multidimensional mix of getting your physical, mental and social health in balance, and I have a team of Counsellors working at the practice to support you in your healing.
I am a counsellor and body-based psychotherapist with special interests in all aspects women’s health, trauma and couples therapy. I work collaboratively with clients to find a place of healing and recovery and I'm not the kind of therapist that is ok with “feeling better” if better is still a long way off being truly well. That’s why I feel such an affinity with the word ‘wellbeing’. as it is much more than the absence of disease or illness. Wellbeing is a multidimensional mix of getting your physical, mental and social health in balance, and I have a team of Counsellors working at the practice to support you in your healing.
(03) 9008 1971 View (03) 9008 1971
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Rebekah Evans
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
Hi! My name is Rebekah and I am an accredited Mental Health Social Worker who works with women and their families during pregnancy and the postpartum period. I support parents with a range of emotional, mental health, and adjustment issues, as well as helping parents to develop nurturing relationships with their infant and/or child. I have also worked extensively with children, adolescents, and families, and continue my work with young people and adults who have experienced developmental trauma, and other mental health difficulties.
Hi! My name is Rebekah and I am an accredited Mental Health Social Worker who works with women and their families during pregnancy and the postpartum period. I support parents with a range of emotional, mental health, and adjustment issues, as well as helping parents to develop nurturing relationships with their infant and/or child. I have also worked extensively with children, adolescents, and families, and continue my work with young people and adults who have experienced developmental trauma, and other mental health difficulties.
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Kat Aycardo
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
Kat has been passionate about supporting adults and children with neurodiversity since 2007. She has specialized in assessment and intervention for individuals with ASD, ADHD, Specific Learning Disability, Intellectual Disability, giftedness, and developmental differences. She is a warm and collaborative clinician with an evidence based and neurodiverse affirming approach to supporting children, adolescents, and adults to reach their individual goals.
Kat has been passionate about supporting adults and children with neurodiversity since 2007. She has specialized in assessment and intervention for individuals with ASD, ADHD, Specific Learning Disability, Intellectual Disability, giftedness, and developmental differences. She is a warm and collaborative clinician with an evidence based and neurodiverse affirming approach to supporting children, adolescents, and adults to reach their individual goals.
(03) 8203 5767 View (03) 8203 5767
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Anugrah Bhagwat - Yellow Brick Counseling
Psychologist, MSc, PsyBA General
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
I'm truly interested in what my clients have to say. I am a warm, compassionate, non-judgmental, person-centered psychologist. I have practiced since 2011 - working with individuals, couples, families and groups. Using a EMDR, a trauma-informed approach, I walk beside clients on their healing journey. I use many creative Arts therapy, movement and bodywork techniques to process and expel trauma stored in the body. This keeps therapy gentle and non-threatening, whilst deepening the process at the same time. I empower and equip my clients to navigate the uncertainties of life and achieve the goals they set for themselves.
I'm truly interested in what my clients have to say. I am a warm, compassionate, non-judgmental, person-centered psychologist. I have practiced since 2011 - working with individuals, couples, families and groups. Using a EMDR, a trauma-informed approach, I walk beside clients on their healing journey. I use many creative Arts therapy, movement and bodywork techniques to process and expel trauma stored in the body. This keeps therapy gentle and non-threatening, whilst deepening the process at the same time. I empower and equip my clients to navigate the uncertainties of life and achieve the goals they set for themselves.
(02) 4504 0193 View (02) 4504 0193
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Magdalen Ser
EMDRAA Accredited Practitioner, MSc
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
Waitlist for new clients
Trauma affects mental and emotional processes, disrupts brain physiology and impairs attachment experiences. Looking beyond traditional talk therapy for post trauma growth and resiliency ? I am an UK and USA trained, Medicare -registered, trauma and attachment therapist with 30 years of clinical experience offering mind-body integrative psychotherapy incorporating modalities such as EMDR, Neurofeedback (Neurotherapy) Internal Family Systems, Ego State Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychotherapy.
Trauma affects mental and emotional processes, disrupts brain physiology and impairs attachment experiences. Looking beyond traditional talk therapy for post trauma growth and resiliency ? I am an UK and USA trained, Medicare -registered, trauma and attachment therapist with 30 years of clinical experience offering mind-body integrative psychotherapy incorporating modalities such as EMDR, Neurofeedback (Neurotherapy) Internal Family Systems, Ego State Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychotherapy.
(03) 9994 1795 View (03) 9994 1795
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Nadine Touzeau
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
Nadine is a devoted practitioner, specializing in assessment and intervention for adults and children with neurodiversity, ADHD, Autism, anxiety, learning and emotional difficulties. For over 15 years, she has been committed to supporting clients to develop skills, greater independence and confidence, encompassing a growth mindset approach. Nadine understands the nutritional gut-brain connection and how lifestyle can positively impact one’s mental health and quality of life. She promotes a collaborate, safe environment, with a listening ear and support for life’s challenges.
Nadine is a devoted practitioner, specializing in assessment and intervention for adults and children with neurodiversity, ADHD, Autism, anxiety, learning and emotional difficulties. For over 15 years, she has been committed to supporting clients to develop skills, greater independence and confidence, encompassing a growth mindset approach. Nadine understands the nutritional gut-brain connection and how lifestyle can positively impact one’s mental health and quality of life. She promotes a collaborate, safe environment, with a listening ear and support for life’s challenges.
(03) 8203 5862 View (03) 8203 5862
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Michele McCallum
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
I provide support for children, young people, adults, couples, and families for issues including: anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, eating disorders, ASD, school refusal, Substance use, grief and loss and carer support. I will work with you to identify challenges and strengths, to consider options and implement strategies suited to your needs.
I provide support for children, young people, adults, couples, and families for issues including: anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, eating disorders, ASD, school refusal, Substance use, grief and loss and carer support. I will work with you to identify challenges and strengths, to consider options and implement strategies suited to your needs.
(03) 8797 2431 View (03) 8797 2431
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Vine Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
I thrive on helping people improve the quality of their lives by better managing their mental health. Maybe you have always struggled with things like worry, stress, change or low mood. Or maybe for the first time you have encountered a challenge that is difficult to manage on your own. We all face difficult and challenging times at some point, and may need to look beyond ourselves for practical support to resolve a psychological issue. When we learn how to constructively deal with our mental health challenges, we feel more empowered and better able to pursue those things in life that fulfill us and enable us to thrive.
I thrive on helping people improve the quality of their lives by better managing their mental health. Maybe you have always struggled with things like worry, stress, change or low mood. Or maybe for the first time you have encountered a challenge that is difficult to manage on your own. We all face difficult and challenging times at some point, and may need to look beyond ourselves for practical support to resolve a psychological issue. When we learn how to constructively deal with our mental health challenges, we feel more empowered and better able to pursue those things in life that fulfill us and enable us to thrive.
(03) 7500 5927 View (03) 7500 5927
Matthew Franco
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130  (Online Only)
Matthew has experience working in various settings including both community and hospital organisations. He has successfully worked with people who have struggled with psychological symptoms since early childhood. Additionally, Matthew is confident at helping people work through psychological issues which may have presented recently. Matthew’s approach to psychological treatment is not exclusively based on a patient’s diagnosis, rather, it is considered upon the patient’s willingness to engage in the therapeutic process, readiness, and capacity for change.
Matthew has experience working in various settings including both community and hospital organisations. He has successfully worked with people who have struggled with psychological symptoms since early childhood. Additionally, Matthew is confident at helping people work through psychological issues which may have presented recently. Matthew’s approach to psychological treatment is not exclusively based on a patient’s diagnosis, rather, it is considered upon the patient’s willingness to engage in the therapeutic process, readiness, and capacity for change.
(03) 8771 5752 View (03) 8771 5752
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Danielle Dabley
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
Hello! My name is Dani and I am a friendly Clinical Psychologist and Certified Schema Therapist, who values the importance of building a trusted therapeutic partnership. I take an attentive approach in understanding your lived experience and work collaboratively with you to create a meaningful change in your life. I have extensive experience across multiple public hospitals in community mental health teams and crisis assessment teams, and have also worked in private hospital outpatient group programs.
Hello! My name is Dani and I am a friendly Clinical Psychologist and Certified Schema Therapist, who values the importance of building a trusted therapeutic partnership. I take an attentive approach in understanding your lived experience and work collaboratively with you to create a meaningful change in your life. I have extensive experience across multiple public hospitals in community mental health teams and crisis assessment teams, and have also worked in private hospital outpatient group programs.
(03) 7500 5807 View (03) 7500 5807
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Holly Hudson
Counsellor, MC, ACA-L2
Verified
Blackburn, VIC 3130
Are you planning a wedding only to discover anxiety is overcoming you? When facing life's pivotal moments such as a wedding or other significant life changes, your ideal outcome is clear: a future adorned with cherished memories and a stronger, more resilient you. You seek guidance and support through these transformations; your desire is to create lasting memories while addressing relationship dynamics and people-pleasing tendencies. You’re lookin support to turn challenges into opportunities for self-discovery and development, finding solutions to relationship issues and mastering the art of setting healthy boundaries.
Are you planning a wedding only to discover anxiety is overcoming you? When facing life's pivotal moments such as a wedding or other significant life changes, your ideal outcome is clear: a future adorned with cherished memories and a stronger, more resilient you. You seek guidance and support through these transformations; your desire is to create lasting memories while addressing relationship dynamics and people-pleasing tendencies. You’re lookin support to turn challenges into opportunities for self-discovery and development, finding solutions to relationship issues and mastering the art of setting healthy boundaries.
(03) 7500 5779 View (03) 7500 5779

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Blackburn, VIC

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Counsellors in Blackburn, VIC who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
85% Depression
78% Coping Skills
74% Self Esteem
74% Stress
70% Relationship Issues
63% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% Medicare Rebates
53% Bupa
53% NDIS

How Counsellors in Blackburn, VIC see their clients

97% In Person and Online
3% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Blackburn?

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.