Counselling in Patterson Lakes, VIC

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John Riddle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Patterson Lakes, VIC 3197
John is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW) registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). John has more than 20 years of clinical mental health experience in a variety of settings working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Given John’s breadth of experience, he is a unique practitioner that utilises a variety of therapeutic approaches dependant on the needs of the person(s). Core to successful counselling is John’s commitment to providing a safe, positive and empathic environment that is founded on empowerment, acceptance and trust.
John is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW) registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). John has more than 20 years of clinical mental health experience in a variety of settings working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Given John’s breadth of experience, he is a unique practitioner that utilises a variety of therapeutic approaches dependant on the needs of the person(s). Core to successful counselling is John’s commitment to providing a safe, positive and empathic environment that is founded on empowerment, acceptance and trust.
(03) 8771 4141 View (03) 8771 4141
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Brooke Harris
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Patterson Lakes, VIC 3197
Not accepting new clients
Brooke is passionate about providing assessment and therapy that is evidence based, ethical, flexible, informative and personalised to the individual’s needs. She uses a trauma informed and culturally inclusive lens drawing on her training and expertise in Psychological Assessment, Trauma Focused Cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT) ,Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) , Narrative Therapy, Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Creative Art therapy.
Brooke is passionate about providing assessment and therapy that is evidence based, ethical, flexible, informative and personalised to the individual’s needs. She uses a trauma informed and culturally inclusive lens drawing on her training and expertise in Psychological Assessment, Trauma Focused Cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT) ,Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) , Narrative Therapy, Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Creative Art therapy.
(03) 5905 7095 View (03) 5905 7095
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Calming Waves Mental Health and Family Support
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Patterson Lakes, VIC 3197
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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Felicity Sayers
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Patterson Lakes, VIC 3197
I provide therapy to individuals throughout the lifespan with neurodivergence (developmental delay, autism, ADHD, and low intellectual ability), generalised anxiety, separation anxiety, selective mutism, trauma, stress, self-esteem difficulties, and depression.
I provide therapy to individuals throughout the lifespan with neurodivergence (developmental delay, autism, ADHD, and low intellectual ability), generalised anxiety, separation anxiety, selective mutism, trauma, stress, self-esteem difficulties, and depression.
(03) 8771 5898 View (03) 8771 5898
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Meditative Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Patterson Lakes, VIC 3197
Phil Hinz MAPS, FCCOUNP, MAAPi, DSO.HYP, Counselling Psychologist (Endorsed). Your Wellbeing Is My Focus. Highly experienced - 30 Years as a psychologist and therapist. Assistance with Anxiety, Stress Related Health Conditions / Psychosomatic, Trauma & PTSD, Depression & Mood disorders, Low self-esteem, Grief and Loss, Managing emotional and workplace stress, Support for Life Transitions and Change. Psychology Supervision - Registered with AHPRA.
Phil Hinz MAPS, FCCOUNP, MAAPi, DSO.HYP, Counselling Psychologist (Endorsed). Your Wellbeing Is My Focus. Highly experienced - 30 Years as a psychologist and therapist. Assistance with Anxiety, Stress Related Health Conditions / Psychosomatic, Trauma & PTSD, Depression & Mood disorders, Low self-esteem, Grief and Loss, Managing emotional and workplace stress, Support for Life Transitions and Change. Psychology Supervision - Registered with AHPRA.
(03) 5905 7216 View (03) 5905 7216

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Danielle Melia - Affirming Wellness
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seaford, VIC 3198  (Online Only)
There are a few areas of focus that I love supporting clients with; 1). The intersection of the following specific areas, or simply one of these more nuanced areas; people coping with trauma, understanding and managing their neurodivergence, the LGBTQIA+ community, addressing sexual health and intimacy issues, and trans-friendly and knowledgeable healthcare. 2). Everyday client concerns like managing anxiety, low mood, or relationship challenges. 3). Healthcare professionals grappling with burnout symptoms or demanding standards associated with their careers. 4). Adult ADHD/ Autism assessments.
There are a few areas of focus that I love supporting clients with; 1). The intersection of the following specific areas, or simply one of these more nuanced areas; people coping with trauma, understanding and managing their neurodivergence, the LGBTQIA+ community, addressing sexual health and intimacy issues, and trans-friendly and knowledgeable healthcare. 2). Everyday client concerns like managing anxiety, low mood, or relationship challenges. 3). Healthcare professionals grappling with burnout symptoms or demanding standards associated with their careers. 4). Adult ADHD/ Autism assessments.
(03) 5905 7089 View (03) 5905 7089
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Emily Bickerton
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198  (Online Only)
Emily uses a range of treatment modalities, including EMDR, schema therapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and motivational interviewing. These treatments are used to address common concerns, such as PTSD and trauma-based difficulties, anxiety and depression, relationship problems, personality disorders, adjustment disorders and struggles associated with grief and loss. She has also developed an understanding of the unique challenges faced by people who have had contact with the Criminal Justice System. She offers support to those who are currently on Community Corrections Orders and their families.
Emily uses a range of treatment modalities, including EMDR, schema therapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and motivational interviewing. These treatments are used to address common concerns, such as PTSD and trauma-based difficulties, anxiety and depression, relationship problems, personality disorders, adjustment disorders and struggles associated with grief and loss. She has also developed an understanding of the unique challenges faced by people who have had contact with the Criminal Justice System. She offers support to those who are currently on Community Corrections Orders and their families.
(03) 7003 2713 View (03) 7003 2713
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Dr Lyndel Cuesta
Psychologist, PhD, MAPS
Verified Verified
Chelsea, VIC 3196
When we learn how to constructively deal with our mental health challenges, we feel more at ease, more energized, and better able to pursue those things in life that nourish us and bring us joy; enabling us to thrive. I enjoy supporting and upskilling individuals who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, burnout, or grief & loss. As a registered Psychologist and full member of the APS, I have over 15 years experience in this field, and also regularly undertake further professional training to keep up to date with new developments in understanding and treating these concerns.
When we learn how to constructively deal with our mental health challenges, we feel more at ease, more energized, and better able to pursue those things in life that nourish us and bring us joy; enabling us to thrive. I enjoy supporting and upskilling individuals who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, burnout, or grief & loss. As a registered Psychologist and full member of the APS, I have over 15 years experience in this field, and also regularly undertake further professional training to keep up to date with new developments in understanding and treating these concerns.
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Elyse Nash-Ferry
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Chelsea Heights, VIC 3196
Elyse works with children, teens and young adults (ages 5-25 years) in areas such as anxiety, VCE/study stress, emotion regulation and self esteem. Elyse's main skill areas include anxiety and behavioural difficulties for children, and self esteem, depression/anxiety, study stress and life transitions for adolescents and young adults. Elyse is adaptable to her client's needs and engages collaboratively, playfully and authentically.
Elyse works with children, teens and young adults (ages 5-25 years) in areas such as anxiety, VCE/study stress, emotion regulation and self esteem. Elyse's main skill areas include anxiety and behavioural difficulties for children, and self esteem, depression/anxiety, study stress and life transitions for adolescents and young adults. Elyse is adaptable to her client's needs and engages collaboratively, playfully and authentically.
(03) 8771 4275 View (03) 8771 4275
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Alyona Kobevka - A Healing Bridge
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chelsea, VIC 3196  (Online Only)
Are you seeking a holistic and body-oriented style of therapy that respects the full spectrum of your human experience? My roots are in process work: a dynamic blend between Jungian psychology and nature-honoring shamanistic/spiritual traditions, with a focus on supporting your natural drive towards healing and wholeness. I work with women & men who are seeking a nourishing and empowering space to face the difficult and hidden dimensions of their lives. In my work, I most enjoy exploring the areas of sexuality & spirituality; relationships & love; power dynamics; grief & death; major life transitions; and healing with psychedelics.
Are you seeking a holistic and body-oriented style of therapy that respects the full spectrum of your human experience? My roots are in process work: a dynamic blend between Jungian psychology and nature-honoring shamanistic/spiritual traditions, with a focus on supporting your natural drive towards healing and wholeness. I work with women & men who are seeking a nourishing and empowering space to face the difficult and hidden dimensions of their lives. In my work, I most enjoy exploring the areas of sexuality & spirituality; relationships & love; power dynamics; grief & death; major life transitions; and healing with psychedelics.
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Luke Carolan
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198  (Online Only)
I enjoy helping adolescent and adult clients discover there is an alternative to the life of distress and discomfort quite often being experienced in the lead up to engaging with mental health support. I work with people who are experiencing low mood and/or low motivation, difficulties adjusting, stress, anger, confusion or worry, to empower them to discover their strengths whilst developing insight into their presentation. I also offer ADHD assessment at a location in Frankston.
I enjoy helping adolescent and adult clients discover there is an alternative to the life of distress and discomfort quite often being experienced in the lead up to engaging with mental health support. I work with people who are experiencing low mood and/or low motivation, difficulties adjusting, stress, anger, confusion or worry, to empower them to discover their strengths whilst developing insight into their presentation. I also offer ADHD assessment at a location in Frankston.
(03) 5909 9935 View (03) 5909 9935
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Dilek Yucel
Psychologist, MAPS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chelsea, VIC 3196
If you are feeling lost in your life or your relationship, I can support and guide you through a difficult time. In a safe and supportive manner with over 30 years of experience, together, we can co-create the type of life and relationship you deserve and aspire to have. Check out my relationship podcast The DnA of Mindful Relationships www.thednaofmindfulrelationships.com
If you are feeling lost in your life or your relationship, I can support and guide you through a difficult time. In a safe and supportive manner with over 30 years of experience, together, we can co-create the type of life and relationship you deserve and aspire to have. Check out my relationship podcast The DnA of Mindful Relationships www.thednaofmindfulrelationships.com
(03) 5907 1442 View (03) 5907 1442
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Linda Kollind
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Edithvale, VIC 3196
Linda have particular expertise in identifying, assessing and supporting neurodivergence, such as Autism, ADHD and Specific Learning Disorders, across the lifespan. Linda are using evidence based tools and a warm and individualised approach.
Linda have particular expertise in identifying, assessing and supporting neurodivergence, such as Autism, ADHD and Specific Learning Disorders, across the lifespan. Linda are using evidence based tools and a warm and individualised approach.
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Rebecca Pike - Lyfetree Therapy
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L3
Verified Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
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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Nicky Angelone
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edithvale, VIC 3196
Hi, I'm Nicky, a registered clinical counsellor (PACFA) and yoga teacher specialising in supporting corporate women experiencing stress, overwhelm, anxiety, burnout, grief and loss, chronic pain, and career and life transitions. I understand the unique pressures that come with working in corporate environments, as well as the challenges that life can bring.
Hi, I'm Nicky, a registered clinical counsellor (PACFA) and yoga teacher specialising in supporting corporate women experiencing stress, overwhelm, anxiety, burnout, grief and loss, chronic pain, and career and life transitions. I understand the unique pressures that come with working in corporate environments, as well as the challenges that life can bring.
(03) 7500 5911 View (03) 7500 5911
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Compass Counselling, Psychotherapy, Clinical Hypno
Psychotherapist, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Edithvale, VIC 3196
Are you seeking professional support to overcome challenges, achieve personal growth, or navigate the complexities of caregiving? I am ready to accompany you on your journey towards greater well-being and fulfillment. As a client working with me, you can expect a range of valuable services and support to address your specific needs and goals. I will work closely with you to understand your unique challenges, concerns, and aspirations. Tailoring my therapeutic approach to meet your specific needs, whether it's through clinical hypnotherapy, counselling, psychotherapy, or a combination of modalities.
Are you seeking professional support to overcome challenges, achieve personal growth, or navigate the complexities of caregiving? I am ready to accompany you on your journey towards greater well-being and fulfillment. As a client working with me, you can expect a range of valuable services and support to address your specific needs and goals. I will work closely with you to understand your unique challenges, concerns, and aspirations. Tailoring my therapeutic approach to meet your specific needs, whether it's through clinical hypnotherapy, counselling, psychotherapy, or a combination of modalities.
(03) 8771 4056 View (03) 8771 4056
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Peninsula Counselling Solutions
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
Joshua Cohen (Bcouns) is an accredited Australian Counselling Association Counsellor and has vast study and depth of experience in all areas of counselling and life challenges. I am client centred, meeting clients where they are and I am passionate about helping people move beyond what they feel is impacting their quality of life. Are you feeling anxious, finding motivation difficult, feeling like you want more from life or are even at a crossroads of not knowing where you would like to do with your life? Is negative self talk standing in your way?
Joshua Cohen (Bcouns) is an accredited Australian Counselling Association Counsellor and has vast study and depth of experience in all areas of counselling and life challenges. I am client centred, meeting clients where they are and I am passionate about helping people move beyond what they feel is impacting their quality of life. Are you feeling anxious, finding motivation difficult, feeling like you want more from life or are even at a crossroads of not knowing where you would like to do with your life? Is negative self talk standing in your way?
(03) 5905 7043 View (03) 5905 7043
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Port Phillip Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified Verified
Chelsea, VIC 3196
Port Phillip Psychology is a friendly practice in Melbourne's Bayside suburbs of St Kilda, Brighton and Chelsea. We provide counselling for children, adults and couples and can match a psychologist to your needs. We can help most issues including: anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, infidelity, relationship issues and children's counselling. We have both male and female psychologists and use a variety of tools including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Solution Focussed Therapy.
Port Phillip Psychology is a friendly practice in Melbourne's Bayside suburbs of St Kilda, Brighton and Chelsea. We provide counselling for children, adults and couples and can match a psychologist to your needs. We can help most issues including: anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, infidelity, relationship issues and children's counselling. We have both male and female psychologists and use a variety of tools including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Solution Focussed Therapy.
(03) 8797 2849 View (03) 8797 2849
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Emily Teape
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chelsea Heights, VIC 3196
My service offers psychological assessments to educate and empower children, adolescents, and adults. Assessments include cognitive, academic, ADHD, and autism assessments, as well as screeners and questionnaires for social/emotional/behavioural, adaptive, and executive skills/functioning. I am a friendly, kind, and caring Psychologist who has worked with individuals, families, and care teams, supporting clients across the lifespan in private practice, educational, and community settings. I have experience completing assessments and funding applications/reviews, as well as providing counselling and intervention.
My service offers psychological assessments to educate and empower children, adolescents, and adults. Assessments include cognitive, academic, ADHD, and autism assessments, as well as screeners and questionnaires for social/emotional/behavioural, adaptive, and executive skills/functioning. I am a friendly, kind, and caring Psychologist who has worked with individuals, families, and care teams, supporting clients across the lifespan in private practice, educational, and community settings. I have experience completing assessments and funding applications/reviews, as well as providing counselling and intervention.
(03) 8771 5469 View (03) 8771 5469
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Bayside Counselling and Consultation Pty Ltd
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified 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

How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Patterson Lakes, VIC

< 10

Counsellors in Patterson Lakes, VIC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Stress
80% Child
80% Parenting
80% Coping Skills
80% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

26 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Medicare Rebates
60% NDIS
40% Bupa

How Counsellors in Patterson Lakes, VIC see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Patterson Lakes?

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.