Counselling in Mount Dandenong, VIC

Photo of Kristy-Lee Powell - Knox Mindfulness, PACFA, Counsellor
Knox Mindfulness
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Mount Dandenong, VIC 3767
Limited waiting times! We are pleased to now offer Clinical Hypnotherapy! Knox Mindfulness is a holistic wellness practice based at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges. With a strong focus on looking at the individual, their issues, their needs, and goals as a whole; aiming at bringing greater awareness and change to the individual's life through deeper understanding and personal growth.
Limited waiting times! We are pleased to now offer Clinical Hypnotherapy! Knox Mindfulness is a holistic wellness practice based at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges. With a strong focus on looking at the individual, their issues, their needs, and goals as a whole; aiming at bringing greater awareness and change to the individual's life through deeper understanding and personal growth.
(03) 5909 9802 View (03) 5909 9802
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Charlotte White
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified Verified
Mount Dandenong, VIC 3767
Hello! My name is Charlotte and I created Being Human Psychology to provide a space for each individual to feel heard, known and seen while exploring all the messy, beautiful and imperfect parts of being a human. I work from a space of curiosity, fostering an environment where laughter and tears can coexist. In particular I enjoy working with adult clients to address past hurts and childhood issues that contribute to long term difficulties, such as PTSD/CPTSD. As well as those experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, relationship difficulties and life transitions.
Hello! My name is Charlotte and I created Being Human Psychology to provide a space for each individual to feel heard, known and seen while exploring all the messy, beautiful and imperfect parts of being a human. I work from a space of curiosity, fostering an environment where laughter and tears can coexist. In particular I enjoy working with adult clients to address past hurts and childhood issues that contribute to long term difficulties, such as PTSD/CPTSD. As well as those experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, relationship difficulties and life transitions.
(03) 8203 5335 View (03) 8203 5335
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Melbourne Sandplay & Expressive Therapies
Psychotherapist, MA, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
Mount Dandenong, VIC 3767
Melbourne Sandplay and Expressive Therapies provides a safe space for you to explore your inner psyche and find peace and healing through deep therapeutic engagement. Sandplay is the ideal mode to heal from trauma and find your own inner resources. Guided drawing also helps you engage your body “knowing” to guide you towards healing. I would be honoured to share your healing journey with you.
Melbourne Sandplay and Expressive Therapies provides a safe space for you to explore your inner psyche and find peace and healing through deep therapeutic engagement. Sandplay is the ideal mode to heal from trauma and find your own inner resources. Guided drawing also helps you engage your body “knowing” to guide you towards healing. I would be honoured to share your healing journey with you.
(03) 9864 1852 View (03) 9864 1852
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Michelle Elizabeth Urquhart
Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Mount Dandenong, VIC 3767
As an Art therapist/Counsellor I work in relation to your needs and goals, in a safe non-judgemental space. During a session, I will check in with you to see if there is anything you would like to share or express. I will share a little about myself to help begin the therapeutic relationship. There is no need to be nervous or worry about being artistic as this is not necessary at all. I can help you work through issues with the healing power of this truly magical therapy. All you need is an open mind and a little curiosity, the sessions are totally driven by you, which means you can participate in the therapy at any stage.
As an Art therapist/Counsellor I work in relation to your needs and goals, in a safe non-judgemental space. During a session, I will check in with you to see if there is anything you would like to share or express. I will share a little about myself to help begin the therapeutic relationship. There is no need to be nervous or worry about being artistic as this is not necessary at all. I can help you work through issues with the healing power of this truly magical therapy. All you need is an open mind and a little curiosity, the sessions are totally driven by you, which means you can participate in the therapy at any stage.
(03) 8203 5028 View (03) 8203 5028

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Photo of Dorianne Oliver, ACA-L1, Counsellor
Dorianne Oliver
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montrose, VIC 3765
“The good life is a process, not a state of being, it is a direction not a destination” Carl Rogers. I offer individual and couples counselling and have a warm and engaging style. I use a person-centered approach and work collaboratively with you to explore your emotional and psychological difficulties. I bring my skills, compassion, empathy, and presence so we can explore your challenges. I’ll help you develop understanding and skills to better navigate them and to build strength and resilience. Along with my straightforward nature and insightfulness I provide a safe, psychological space for you to connect, express and grow.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being, it is a direction not a destination” Carl Rogers. I offer individual and couples counselling and have a warm and engaging style. I use a person-centered approach and work collaboratively with you to explore your emotional and psychological difficulties. I bring my skills, compassion, empathy, and presence so we can explore your challenges. I’ll help you develop understanding and skills to better navigate them and to build strength and resilience. Along with my straightforward nature and insightfulness I provide a safe, psychological space for you to connect, express and grow.
(03) 8771 5919 View (03) 8771 5919
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Victoria Procyk
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Montrose, VIC 3765
As your counsellor, I am here to support you through any challenges that might be affecting your daily life - these could be (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, or managing your emotions. Maybe you are ready to talk about an event that occurred in your childhood, something that happened yesterday, difficulties in your relationships or perhaps you just want to talk to someone - whatever the challenge is, we will endeavour to identify, understand, and process it while developing healthy coping strategies.
As your counsellor, I am here to support you through any challenges that might be affecting your daily life - these could be (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, or managing your emotions. Maybe you are ready to talk about an event that occurred in your childhood, something that happened yesterday, difficulties in your relationships or perhaps you just want to talk to someone - whatever the challenge is, we will endeavour to identify, understand, and process it while developing healthy coping strategies.
(03) 8203 5199 View (03) 8203 5199
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Holly Hudson
Counsellor, MC, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Olinda, VIC 3788
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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Doongalla Counselling
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montrose, VIC 3765
With a particular interest in trauma recovery, Kate prioritises a safe, confidential and empathic therapy space. It is in such an environment that a collaborative therapeutic relationship may be developed to facilitate client goals. These goals may consist of developing emotional regulation, recovering from childhood trauma, establishing communication skills, enhancing self-care practices or any other number of goals. Individuals may engage with short-term counselling or longer therapeutic work to address issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, self-esteem issues, relationship conflict and personal development.
With a particular interest in trauma recovery, Kate prioritises a safe, confidential and empathic therapy space. It is in such an environment that a collaborative therapeutic relationship may be developed to facilitate client goals. These goals may consist of developing emotional regulation, recovering from childhood trauma, establishing communication skills, enhancing self-care practices or any other number of goals. Individuals may engage with short-term counselling or longer therapeutic work to address issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, self-esteem issues, relationship conflict and personal development.
(03) 8777 0432 View (03) 8777 0432
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Tas Manolopoulos
Psychotherapist, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Sassafras, VIC 3787
I have been working as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Private Practice since 2011. My aim is to create spaces of trust for clients to explore the intricacy of their own lives, to identify the fullness and complexity of their experience, to come to terms with themselves, and to release behaviour which no longer serves them. My work is Humanistic, Person Centred and Emotion Focused, and I use the integrative approaches of my training as entry points for us to language, feel, and honour, all that we carry deeply within us.
I have been working as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Private Practice since 2011. My aim is to create spaces of trust for clients to explore the intricacy of their own lives, to identify the fullness and complexity of their experience, to come to terms with themselves, and to release behaviour which no longer serves them. My work is Humanistic, Person Centred and Emotion Focused, and I use the integrative approaches of my training as entry points for us to language, feel, and honour, all that we carry deeply within us.
(03) 7003 2801 View (03) 7003 2801
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Byron de Ridder
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Olinda, VIC 3788
As a Clinical Psychologist, I love working with adults and teens with a variety of concerns, ranging from symptom relief to serious mental illness. I pride myself on building strong connections with my clients, and ensuring their comfort throughout the process. I use a strengths-based approach to therapy, and enjoy being flexible for my clients when needed. My aim is to help you get tangible results from therapy. I hope that we can work collaboratively together, and I'll do my best to create an accepting, non-judgemental space for you to safely explore your concerns.
As a Clinical Psychologist, I love working with adults and teens with a variety of concerns, ranging from symptom relief to serious mental illness. I pride myself on building strong connections with my clients, and ensuring their comfort throughout the process. I use a strengths-based approach to therapy, and enjoy being flexible for my clients when needed. My aim is to help you get tangible results from therapy. I hope that we can work collaboratively together, and I'll do my best to create an accepting, non-judgemental space for you to safely explore your concerns.
(03) 5907 5753 View (03) 5907 5753
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Autism Counselling
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
Olinda, VIC 3788
Autism Counselling is a group of 6 experienced therapists who deliver specifically tailored sessions to suit children, teens, adults , couples and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are dedicated to helping individuals and families manage the specific challenges of ASD.
Autism Counselling is a group of 6 experienced therapists who deliver specifically tailored sessions to suit children, teens, adults , couples and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are dedicated to helping individuals and families manage the specific challenges of ASD.
(03) 9071 0181 View (03) 9071 0181
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Aspect Clinic
Psychologist, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Olinda, VIC 3788
Waitlist for new clients
Dr Andrew Telley is a Clinical Psychologist with a background in human resources management, who works with a small team of female and male psychologists. Aspect Clinic was established to provide affordable, evidence based psychological intervention, and neurodivergent & educational assessments and now provides services to the communities in Olinda and afar. Aspect Clinic prides itself on being a small service where patients are a human being, not just a referral. We take a holistic approach, and understand that many factors, including financial stress, interpersonal conflict, and substance use can all impact on your mental health.
Dr Andrew Telley is a Clinical Psychologist with a background in human resources management, who works with a small team of female and male psychologists. Aspect Clinic was established to provide affordable, evidence based psychological intervention, and neurodivergent & educational assessments and now provides services to the communities in Olinda and afar. Aspect Clinic prides itself on being a small service where patients are a human being, not just a referral. We take a holistic approach, and understand that many factors, including financial stress, interpersonal conflict, and substance use can all impact on your mental health.
(03) 8203 5803 View (03) 8203 5803
Photo of Matthew Blake - Eucalyptus Psychology, PhD, MAPS, Psychologist
Eucalyptus Psychology
Psychologist, PhD, MAPS
Verified Verified
Montrose, VIC 3765
Eucalyptus Psychology is designed to be a sanctuary. We have been serving eastern Melbourne for over seven years. We are committed to providing mental health support with warmth and respect. Our team of seven psychologists personalises interventions to the individual using a holistic, flexible, and pragmatic approach to therapy. We are available to see people of all ages who are experiencing a broad range of concerns and life challenges. We aim to provide authentic care in a tranquil setting. We accept GP Mental Health Plans, private insurance, NDIS, WorkSafe, TAC, and DVA referrals. Book an appointment as a private patient too.
Eucalyptus Psychology is designed to be a sanctuary. We have been serving eastern Melbourne for over seven years. We are committed to providing mental health support with warmth and respect. Our team of seven psychologists personalises interventions to the individual using a holistic, flexible, and pragmatic approach to therapy. We are available to see people of all ages who are experiencing a broad range of concerns and life challenges. We aim to provide authentic care in a tranquil setting. We accept GP Mental Health Plans, private insurance, NDIS, WorkSafe, TAC, and DVA referrals. Book an appointment as a private patient too.
(02) 4810 0642 View (02) 4810 0642
Photo of Eliza Phillips, ACA-L1, Counsellor
Eliza Phillips
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olinda, VIC 3788
Eliza is a child and adolescent counsellor with additional qualifications in Art Therapy and Play Therapy. She is also a qualified and registered teacher. Eliza utilises different creative modalities to assist children and their families experiencing anxiety, school refusal, trauma, grief, depression, behavioural challenges etc. Eliza has experience working with clients with ASD, ADHD, PDA, learning delays/disabilities, OCD and sensory issues. Also available for adult Art Therapy.
Eliza is a child and adolescent counsellor with additional qualifications in Art Therapy and Play Therapy. She is also a qualified and registered teacher. Eliza utilises different creative modalities to assist children and their families experiencing anxiety, school refusal, trauma, grief, depression, behavioural challenges etc. Eliza has experience working with clients with ASD, ADHD, PDA, learning delays/disabilities, OCD and sensory issues. Also available for adult Art Therapy.
(03) 5907 1013 View (03) 5907 1013
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Mindfulness Matters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Olinda, VIC 3788
Feeling out of sorts? Relationships not working? People not understanding? Feeling alone? Wanting to change life, change relationships, change patterns of behaviour? I can assist you in clarifying your thought patterns and develop new strategies to enjoy positive and emotional wellbeing in your daily life including your relationship with others. Managing issues relating to Child abuse? Family violence? Sexual assault? Experiencing Post Traumatic Stress disorder that leaves you feeling confused, dissociated, angry, highly anxious or fearful? Together we can work through these issues and regain a sense of emotional wellbeing
Feeling out of sorts? Relationships not working? People not understanding? Feeling alone? Wanting to change life, change relationships, change patterns of behaviour? I can assist you in clarifying your thought patterns and develop new strategies to enjoy positive and emotional wellbeing in your daily life including your relationship with others. Managing issues relating to Child abuse? Family violence? Sexual assault? Experiencing Post Traumatic Stress disorder that leaves you feeling confused, dissociated, angry, highly anxious or fearful? Together we can work through these issues and regain a sense of emotional wellbeing
(03) 8592 9256 View (03) 8592 9256
Photo of Camila Daniela Camilleri - The Healing Mind Hub, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych, Psychologist
The Healing Mind Hub
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Olinda, VIC 3788
Camila, our Principal Clinical Psychologist, is an LGBTQIA+ ally, a Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She is neuro-affirming and provides a safe, friendly, open, and inclusive environment for clients 15+. Camila's strengths include her humour and compassion in areas such as life stressors, adjustment, body image, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, social/emotional difficulties, adult children of emotionally immature parents, eating disorders, cultural differences, perfectionism, neurodivergent burnout, building communication skills, radical acceptance, grief and loss.
Camila, our Principal Clinical Psychologist, is an LGBTQIA+ ally, a Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She is neuro-affirming and provides a safe, friendly, open, and inclusive environment for clients 15+. Camila's strengths include her humour and compassion in areas such as life stressors, adjustment, body image, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, social/emotional difficulties, adult children of emotionally immature parents, eating disorders, cultural differences, perfectionism, neurodivergent burnout, building communication skills, radical acceptance, grief and loss.
(03) 8203 5569 View (03) 8203 5569
Photo of Yvonne Wells - Relating Well Centre, ACA-L1, Counsellor
Relating Well Centre
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
The Basin, VIC 3154
My experience is in helping my clients obtain better relationships with partners, family and friends. I am a facilitator in "Prepare Enrich" and the Gottman's method, A great start to a new relationship or existing one, discover your partners and yours, strengths within the relationship and areas of growth, I Specifically focus on such areas as emotional awareness, self-insight, higher emotional intelligence, emotional astuteness, attachment style awareness. An overarching goal for my clients is to, ‘know thy self’, where you begin and end in your relationships, who are you? What is the essence of who you are?
My experience is in helping my clients obtain better relationships with partners, family and friends. I am a facilitator in "Prepare Enrich" and the Gottman's method, A great start to a new relationship or existing one, discover your partners and yours, strengths within the relationship and areas of growth, I Specifically focus on such areas as emotional awareness, self-insight, higher emotional intelligence, emotional astuteness, attachment style awareness. An overarching goal for my clients is to, ‘know thy self’, where you begin and end in your relationships, who are you? What is the essence of who you are?
(03) 5905 7145 View (03) 5905 7145
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Simone Hall
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Olinda, VIC 3788
As a counsellor my role is to create a safe space for you to explore the issues that you are dealing with in your life, to find understanding, peace and resolution. If you are experiencing frustration, anxiety, depression or trauma from the challenges of everyday life, loss, bereavement, the end of relationships, or abuse, I am comfortable sitting with you and quietly exploring the emotions and thoughts which arise. I intentionally keep my fees affordable, so that cost isn't a barrier for people to access help.
As a counsellor my role is to create a safe space for you to explore the issues that you are dealing with in your life, to find understanding, peace and resolution. If you are experiencing frustration, anxiety, depression or trauma from the challenges of everyday life, loss, bereavement, the end of relationships, or abuse, I am comfortable sitting with you and quietly exploring the emotions and thoughts which arise. I intentionally keep my fees affordable, so that cost isn't a barrier for people to access help.
(03) 5907 3917 View (03) 5907 3917
Photo of Melissa Hardy, MA, AASW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Melissa Hardy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, AASW
Verified Verified
Montrose, VIC 3765
Melissa Hardy is the Director of Wellbeing Campus (wellbeingcampus.com.au) and is dedicated to providing person-centred therapy to clients experiencing mental health concerns such as substance use problems (including alcohol), Anxiety or Depression. She utilises active listening skills and non-judgemental empathy to build strong therapeutic relationships with her clients. Melissa offers one-on-one therapy sessions to those seeking guidance in overcoming life's challenges. She collaborates with her clients to establish personalised goals and develops strategies to help them overcome any obstacles they may encounter along the way.
Melissa Hardy is the Director of Wellbeing Campus (wellbeingcampus.com.au) and is dedicated to providing person-centred therapy to clients experiencing mental health concerns such as substance use problems (including alcohol), Anxiety or Depression. She utilises active listening skills and non-judgemental empathy to build strong therapeutic relationships with her clients. Melissa offers one-on-one therapy sessions to those seeking guidance in overcoming life's challenges. She collaborates with her clients to establish personalised goals and develops strategies to help them overcome any obstacles they may encounter along the way.
(03) 8203 5437 View (03) 8203 5437
Photo of Lorraine Ann Marsh - Mindheart Therapy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Mindheart Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Olinda, VIC 3788
My name is Lorraine Marsh, and if you have found your way here, then maybe you are looking for a different way to live your life. Have you lost a sense of your authentic self? What dreams have you let go of? Maybe you have never been encouraged to want something just for yourself? What are your intrinsic values? Would you like to understand thought and relationship patterns that no longer serve you? How can you rediscover what you love and to learn new skills to thrive? When was the last time you thought about what you wanted and took action to get it?
My name is Lorraine Marsh, and if you have found your way here, then maybe you are looking for a different way to live your life. Have you lost a sense of your authentic self? What dreams have you let go of? Maybe you have never been encouraged to want something just for yourself? What are your intrinsic values? Would you like to understand thought and relationship patterns that no longer serve you? How can you rediscover what you love and to learn new skills to thrive? When was the last time you thought about what you wanted and took action to get it?
(03) 5909 9829 View (03) 5909 9829

How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Mount Dandenong, VIC

< 10

Counsellors in Mount Dandenong, VIC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Women's Issues
75% Relationship Issues
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Coping Skills
75% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Bupa
100% Medibank Private
50% Other

How Counsellors in Mount Dandenong, VIC see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Mount Dandenong?

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.