Counselling in Carrum Downs, VIC

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Perpetual Wellness Counselling Service
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
Looking for an experienced grief and trauma specialist who goes beyond traditional talk therapy to help you on your healing journey? I am a Medicare Registered Mental Health Clinician and Registered EMDR therapist, with more than 20 years of clinical experience, offering integrative mind-body psychotherapy, play therapy, incorporating a humanistic trauma-informed and attachment focused approach to facilitate your trauma recovery and relational growth.
Looking for an experienced grief and trauma specialist who goes beyond traditional talk therapy to help you on your healing journey? I am a Medicare Registered Mental Health Clinician and Registered EMDR therapist, with more than 20 years of clinical experience, offering integrative mind-body psychotherapy, play therapy, incorporating a humanistic trauma-informed and attachment focused approach to facilitate your trauma recovery and relational growth.
(03) 5910 7930 View (03) 5910 7930
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Kay Wise
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified
1 Endorsed
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
I'm passionate about Counselling and supporting people who are experiencing challenging times with their mental health, family violence, trauma related issues, sexual abuse and childhood trauma, healthy/unhealthy relationships, anger management, addictions, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, grief and loss, life challenges, disabilities ,work or carer challenges, and parenting skills, . Building on their strengths and teaching strategies such as EFT, Breathwork & grounding to build confidence and improve coping skills, giving clients a voice to feel heard and walking alongside them through their healing journey to reach their goals.
I'm passionate about Counselling and supporting people who are experiencing challenging times with their mental health, family violence, trauma related issues, sexual abuse and childhood trauma, healthy/unhealthy relationships, anger management, addictions, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, grief and loss, life challenges, disabilities ,work or carer challenges, and parenting skills, . Building on their strengths and teaching strategies such as EFT, Breathwork & grounding to build confidence and improve coping skills, giving clients a voice to feel heard and walking alongside them through their healing journey to reach their goals.
(03) 5907 5000 View (03) 5907 5000
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Fiona Gabriel
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L4
Verified
1 Endorsed
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
My passion is for people in need of change. As a trained Counsellor, I provide a compassionate and safe environment for adults, couples and young people to explore their concerns in order to achieve solution-focussed outcomes. I believe that with the assistance of Counselling, clients are able to overcome the deep traumas of life, finding healing and wholeness. I use a combination of modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy.
My passion is for people in need of change. As a trained Counsellor, I provide a compassionate and safe environment for adults, couples and young people to explore their concerns in order to achieve solution-focussed outcomes. I believe that with the assistance of Counselling, clients are able to overcome the deep traumas of life, finding healing and wholeness. I use a combination of modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy.
(03) 8771 5942 View (03) 8771 5942
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Kyssanda Robinson - Holistic Counselling Services
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
I help ladies who are survivors of toxic childhoods, narcissistic relationships and domestic violence release their pain and reclaim their sass. .......................................................................... Using my unique THRIVE method, you will break free of the conditioning beliefs, release the toxic cycles and grow your self trust. ...................................................................................................... You will emerge feeling empowered, aligned to your truth and ready to THRIVE.
I help ladies who are survivors of toxic childhoods, narcissistic relationships and domestic violence release their pain and reclaim their sass. .......................................................................... Using my unique THRIVE method, you will break free of the conditioning beliefs, release the toxic cycles and grow your self trust. ...................................................................................................... You will emerge feeling empowered, aligned to your truth and ready to THRIVE.
(08) 9126 9429 View (08) 9126 9429
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Rebecca Pike - Lyfetree Therapy
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L2
Verified
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
EMDR Trained, IFS Informed, Grief Certified, Trauma Informed. I am a discerning, warm, inclusive therapist, here to care for and help you to reprocess trauma.  I am a qualified, trained and registered psychotherapist with lived experience of trauma recovery.  In my work I use therapies such as parts therapy (IFS), EMDR and narrative therapy to help you along your healing journey.  I find these therapies combined with guidance have been able to help my clients work through traumatic events they have experienced throughout life.  I am privileged to be able help people transform their painful memories.
EMDR Trained, IFS Informed, Grief Certified, Trauma Informed. I am a discerning, warm, inclusive therapist, here to care for and help you to reprocess trauma.  I am a qualified, trained and registered psychotherapist with lived experience of trauma recovery.  In my work I use therapies such as parts therapy (IFS), EMDR and narrative therapy to help you along your healing journey.  I find these therapies combined with guidance have been able to help my clients work through traumatic events they have experienced throughout life.  I am privileged to be able help people transform their painful memories.
(03) 5906 7487 View (03) 5906 7487
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Empowered Art Therapy
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
Art Therapy for Empowered Personal & Professional Development. Kerryn Knight is a Masters qualified Art Therapist, Sandplay Therapist, Clinical Counsellor, Supervisor and founder of Kindred Art Space – a specialist Creative Mental Health Centre. Kerryn and her art therapy studio can be found in Frankston , on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. Kerryn empowers you to gain clarity and make positive changes in a creative and culturally appropriate manner. Kerryn achieves this through specialist art therapy and psycho-spiritual processes for your mental health and wellbeing.
Art Therapy for Empowered Personal & Professional Development. Kerryn Knight is a Masters qualified Art Therapist, Sandplay Therapist, Clinical Counsellor, Supervisor and founder of Kindred Art Space – a specialist Creative Mental Health Centre. Kerryn and her art therapy studio can be found in Frankston , on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. Kerryn empowers you to gain clarity and make positive changes in a creative and culturally appropriate manner. Kerryn achieves this through specialist art therapy and psycho-spiritual processes for your mental health and wellbeing.
(03) 9068 5278 View (03) 9068 5278
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Kathleen Mills
1 Endorsed
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
For reasons that I cannot explain, the more complex the clients needs, the more likely they are to find themselves on my doorstep. Commonly, I have clients tell me in their first session that 'they have many issues and no one else has ever been able to help them before' - this is generally an indication that we will build a lasting relationship. I am patient, very open-minded and laid back in my approach whilst still maintaining professionalism. If you fear therapy because of the overly clinical approach then you will find my way of forming a therapeutic alliance refreshing and endearing.
For reasons that I cannot explain, the more complex the clients needs, the more likely they are to find themselves on my doorstep. Commonly, I have clients tell me in their first session that 'they have many issues and no one else has ever been able to help them before' - this is generally an indication that we will build a lasting relationship. I am patient, very open-minded and laid back in my approach whilst still maintaining professionalism. If you fear therapy because of the overly clinical approach then you will find my way of forming a therapeutic alliance refreshing and endearing.
(03) 5909 9913 View (03) 5909 9913
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Benjamin Watkins
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
Appointments are Available within a week. Sessions are bookable online via my website. Do you struggle with feeling like you are not a good person, partner, or parent? Are you going through a transitional phase of your life? You're not alone! There are times we all feel like we are not enough or just can't get that balance in life but knowing that other people go through it doesn't help. You want action, you want a plan, and steps you can take to make that change. You want someone you can trust and talk to that is not involved or connected. Counsellors do not work with MHP or offer services under Medicare in Australia.
Appointments are Available within a week. Sessions are bookable online via my website. Do you struggle with feeling like you are not a good person, partner, or parent? Are you going through a transitional phase of your life? You're not alone! There are times we all feel like we are not enough or just can't get that balance in life but knowing that other people go through it doesn't help. You want action, you want a plan, and steps you can take to make that change. You want someone you can trust and talk to that is not involved or connected. Counsellors do not work with MHP or offer services under Medicare in Australia.
(03) 5909 9631 View (03) 5909 9631
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Rewire Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA - Couns. Psych.
Verified
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
We all experience some problems in our day-to-day lives.When problems we face impact our physical & emotional well-being & our quality of life, it is helpful to reach out to someone for support. Pri provides counselling to young children, adolescents, & adults. She can help with stress management, anxiety, behaviour management, body image concerns, bullying, depression, grief, gender & sexuality, neurodevelopmental differences, NDIS support, parents’ separation & divorce, school attendance & trauma. She also provides counselling to adults experiencing anxiety, separation, grief and loss, parenting support, and family conflict.
We all experience some problems in our day-to-day lives.When problems we face impact our physical & emotional well-being & our quality of life, it is helpful to reach out to someone for support. Pri provides counselling to young children, adolescents, & adults. She can help with stress management, anxiety, behaviour management, body image concerns, bullying, depression, grief, gender & sexuality, neurodevelopmental differences, NDIS support, parents’ separation & divorce, school attendance & trauma. She also provides counselling to adults experiencing anxiety, separation, grief and loss, parenting support, and family conflict.
(03) 5905 7130 View (03) 5905 7130
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Kirsty Vondeling
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Ed. Psych.
Verified
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
Kirsty is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and holds Educational and Developmental Psychology endorsement. She has gained her clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults across educational, community, and private settings in south-east Melbourne.
Kirsty is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and holds Educational and Developmental Psychology endorsement. She has gained her clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults across educational, community, and private settings in south-east Melbourne.
(03) 8797 2195 View (03) 8797 2195
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Calming Waves Mental Health and Family Support
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
Hi there, I'm Miranda. I'm an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 20 years experience working in with children, youth and families. I have also done additional training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). My work is driven by a desire to help people feel connected, seen, heard and supported. I support people to find ways to overcome the challenges they face and to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and achieve optimal mental health. More information can be found at www.calmingwaves.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/calmingwavesmentalhealthfamilysupport
Hi there, I'm Miranda. I'm an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 20 years experience working in with children, youth and families. I have also done additional training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). My work is driven by a desire to help people feel connected, seen, heard and supported. I support people to find ways to overcome the challenges they face and to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and achieve optimal mental health. More information can be found at www.calmingwaves.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/calmingwavesmentalhealthfamilysupport
(03) 5906 7103 View (03) 5906 7103
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Nav Sohal
Counsellor, AASW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
If you are looking for caring, safe and confidential support you are in the right place! I’m Nav. I’m Accredited Social Worker/ Counsellor and very passionate to work with people who are experiencing challenges in their life. I have over 15 years of experience with adults and teenagers, who have experienced mental health issues, family violence, relationship, trauma related issues, childhood trauma, anger management, PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, BPD, grief and loss, parenting, workplace issues leading to trauma, and struggles in life.
If you are looking for caring, safe and confidential support you are in the right place! I’m Nav. I’m Accredited Social Worker/ Counsellor and very passionate to work with people who are experiencing challenges in their life. I have over 15 years of experience with adults and teenagers, who have experienced mental health issues, family violence, relationship, trauma related issues, childhood trauma, anger management, PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, BPD, grief and loss, parenting, workplace issues leading to trauma, and struggles in life.
(03) 5905 9797 View (03) 5905 9797
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Bayside Counselling and Consultation Pty Ltd
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
Our team includes Psychologists, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Counsellors and Provisional Psychologists experience in the provision of work-based mediation, critical incident debriefing, trauma-focused therapy, the effects of substance abuse in the workplace, anger management and increasing work attendance and satisfaction. Private counselling is also available in our three practice locations (Seaford, Glen Waverley and Cranbourne).
Our team includes Psychologists, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Counsellors and Provisional Psychologists experience in the provision of work-based mediation, critical incident debriefing, trauma-focused therapy, the effects of substance abuse in the workplace, anger management and increasing work attendance and satisfaction. Private counselling is also available in our three practice locations (Seaford, Glen Waverley and Cranbourne).
(03) 5907 5890 View (03) 5907 5890
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Looking Forward Counselling & Hypnotherapy
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified
1 Endorsed
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
I employ an evidence-based, multi-faceted approach, working with you to create the next chapter. A qualified and registered Counsellor, based in the Mornington Peninsula, who skilfully supports adolescents, adults and relationships. Helping you navigate the path to find your purpose, reframe concerns and look forward to an improved relationship with yourself and others. Passionate about empowering you to develop a set of tools to help you become your own coach. Supporting a wide range of concerns including: Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Self-esteem, Confidence, Grief, Conflict, Anger, Eating Disorder behaviour management
I employ an evidence-based, multi-faceted approach, working with you to create the next chapter. A qualified and registered Counsellor, based in the Mornington Peninsula, who skilfully supports adolescents, adults and relationships. Helping you navigate the path to find your purpose, reframe concerns and look forward to an improved relationship with yourself and others. Passionate about empowering you to develop a set of tools to help you become your own coach. Supporting a wide range of concerns including: Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Self-esteem, Confidence, Grief, Conflict, Anger, Eating Disorder behaviour management
(08) 9126 9332 View (08) 9126 9332
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Edita Manak
Psychologist, MPsych
Verified
1 Endorsed
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
Edita is very passionate about helping children, adolescents and their families improve their quality of life, build resilience and strong connections and relationships with significant others. Edita often sees clients who are anxious, have behavioral difficulties, experienced some form of trauma (domestic violence, death, bullying, parental separation etc) or require assistance in building new skills such as social skills or assertiveness.
Edita is very passionate about helping children, adolescents and their families improve their quality of life, build resilience and strong connections and relationships with significant others. Edita often sees clients who are anxious, have behavioral difficulties, experienced some form of trauma (domestic violence, death, bullying, parental separation etc) or require assistance in building new skills such as social skills or assertiveness.
(08) 8514 9930 View (08) 8514 9930
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Dianne Katherine Hopkins
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201  (Online Only)
I only charge $50 per hour for counselling and I specialise in anxiety disorders (health anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, generalised anxiety disorder) and PTSD. I am a registered and highly experienced counsellor who has the knowledge, training, experience and skills to successfully treat your anxiety disorder or PTSD.
I only charge $50 per hour for counselling and I specialise in anxiety disorders (health anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, generalised anxiety disorder) and PTSD. I am a registered and highly experienced counsellor who has the knowledge, training, experience and skills to successfully treat your anxiety disorder or PTSD.
(08) 9126 9447 View (08) 9126 9447
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Emma Lowe
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
I wholeheartedly believe in therapeutic healing through safety, compassion & acceptance in the present moment. If we are in distress, feeling lost, alone, sad, anxious or angry it can be hard to know whom to talk with or, what to talk about. Sometimes we don't want to talk at all to start with and, would prefer to do a creative/movement exercise to express ourselves. Maybe we know exactly what we want to talk about and explore, maybe learning new skills to integrate into daily life. I can be there to support you, whatever stage you are at.
I wholeheartedly believe in therapeutic healing through safety, compassion & acceptance in the present moment. If we are in distress, feeling lost, alone, sad, anxious or angry it can be hard to know whom to talk with or, what to talk about. Sometimes we don't want to talk at all to start with and, would prefer to do a creative/movement exercise to express ourselves. Maybe we know exactly what we want to talk about and explore, maybe learning new skills to integrate into daily life. I can be there to support you, whatever stage you are at.
(08) 9025 3270 View (08) 9025 3270
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Dr. Sunaina Seth - Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified
1 Endorsed
Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
Life can be challenging and we all experience difficult emotions and stress at times. Sometimes these internal experiences can have a significant impact on our life and goals. I am a clinical psychologist who is passionate about helping people manage their concerns and optimise their quality of life. I have experience working with a variety of issues, ranging from daily life stressors to complex psychological issues. When delivering therapy, I draw upon several evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, EMDR, Family Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Life can be challenging and we all experience difficult emotions and stress at times. Sometimes these internal experiences can have a significant impact on our life and goals. I am a clinical psychologist who is passionate about helping people manage their concerns and optimise their quality of life. I have experience working with a variety of issues, ranging from daily life stressors to complex psychological issues. When delivering therapy, I draw upon several evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, EMDR, Family Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
(03) 5905 7136 View (03) 5905 7136

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Phoenix Rise Equine Therapies
Counsellor
Verified
Cranbourne, VIC 3977
Phoenix Rise Equine Therapies offers counselling whilst engaging with our amazing therapy horses. Our programs are for children, young people and adults including NDIS participants, with a focus on mental health support through somatic exploration with a holistic and trauma informed approach to healing the mind, body and spirit. We are passionate in supporting those who experience a range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, PTSD, trauma, autism, ADHD, plus so much more. We tailor our programs to our clients individual goals they are wanting to work towards.
Phoenix Rise Equine Therapies offers counselling whilst engaging with our amazing therapy horses. Our programs are for children, young people and adults including NDIS participants, with a focus on mental health support through somatic exploration with a holistic and trauma informed approach to healing the mind, body and spirit. We are passionate in supporting those who experience a range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, PTSD, trauma, autism, ADHD, plus so much more. We tailor our programs to our clients individual goals they are wanting to work towards.
(03) 5907 3454 View (03) 5907 3454
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Tina Corcoran
Psychotherapist
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cranbourne, VIC 3977
My goal as a Creative Counsellor is to assist my clients of all ages to gain a quality of life that is enriched with possibilities, and to embrace change with more confidence and mindfulness. It is my intention for you to gain a sense of worth, and to explore these feelings together one step at a time through engagement with creative experiences on offer. No artistic skills are needed to experience the positive effects Art Therapy can offer. It is centred around your own interests, and what is resonating with you in the present moment, while we discover and clarify the issues at hand in a safe and therapeutic environment.
My goal as a Creative Counsellor is to assist my clients of all ages to gain a quality of life that is enriched with possibilities, and to embrace change with more confidence and mindfulness. It is my intention for you to gain a sense of worth, and to explore these feelings together one step at a time through engagement with creative experiences on offer. No artistic skills are needed to experience the positive effects Art Therapy can offer. It is centred around your own interests, and what is resonating with you in the present moment, while we discover and clarify the issues at hand in a safe and therapeutic environment.
(03) 8657 9464 View (03) 8657 9464

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Carrum Downs, VIC

10+

Average cost per session

$156

Counsellors in Carrum Downs, VIC who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Stress
94% Depression
89% Coping Skills
89% Self Esteem
67% Child
67% Parenting

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

64% NDIS
55% Bupa
55% Medicare Rebates

How Counsellors in Carrum Downs, VIC see their clients

95% In Person and Online
5% Online Only

Gender breakdown

95% Female
5% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Carrum Downs?

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.