Counselling in Saint Kilda, VIC

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Kind Connections - Counselling & Play Therapy
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
As a Registered Play Therapist (APTA), I provide play therapy support for children aged 3 - 10 with a wide range of social, emotional & behavioural challenges. I am also a Family Violence Counsellor (Level 4 ACA), & Level 2 trained EMDR practitioner with a passion for supporting adoptive, foster & kinship care families. I provide counselling to adults impacted by complex trauma, as well as parent/caregiver victim-survivors of FV (especially where consent cannot be obtained for a child victim-survivor to access therapy). I can provide my services to both Self-Managed & Plan-managed individuals through the NDIS.
As a Registered Play Therapist (APTA), I provide play therapy support for children aged 3 - 10 with a wide range of social, emotional & behavioural challenges. I am also a Family Violence Counsellor (Level 4 ACA), & Level 2 trained EMDR practitioner with a passion for supporting adoptive, foster & kinship care families. I provide counselling to adults impacted by complex trauma, as well as parent/caregiver victim-survivors of FV (especially where consent cannot be obtained for a child victim-survivor to access therapy). I can provide my services to both Self-Managed & Plan-managed individuals through the NDIS.
(03) 7003 2207 View (03) 7003 2207
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Howearth Psychology
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Howearth Psychology is run by Aaron Howearth in St Kilda, Victoria. Aaron spent 23 years in the Royal Australian Navy, followed by several years as a dog walker while making the change into psychology, with the simple aim of helping people and strengthening the community. Aaron draws on several therapeutic models including, cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and schema therapy. Aaron draws on his training and personal experience to provide empathic understanding and focused treatment for people with mental health difficulties, and those seeking to improve their day-to-day lives.
Howearth Psychology is run by Aaron Howearth in St Kilda, Victoria. Aaron spent 23 years in the Royal Australian Navy, followed by several years as a dog walker while making the change into psychology, with the simple aim of helping people and strengthening the community. Aaron draws on several therapeutic models including, cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and schema therapy. Aaron draws on his training and personal experience to provide empathic understanding and focused treatment for people with mental health difficulties, and those seeking to improve their day-to-day lives.
(03) 7003 2034 View (03) 7003 2034
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Steph Sier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Waitlist for new clients
Steph is a senior clinician and therapist at Q Psychology, and a mental health accredited social worker. She has an extensive background working in inpatient and outpatient mental health programs and helps guide and support the clinical team at Q Psychology. Steph is a gender diverse, queer affirmative therapist. She works across various psychological difficulties (including depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma and many others) and uses various psychological therapies (including ACT, CBT, DBT & mindfulness). Steph completed her master’s in social work, and after extensive work in MH, has obtained mental health accreditation.
Steph is a senior clinician and therapist at Q Psychology, and a mental health accredited social worker. She has an extensive background working in inpatient and outpatient mental health programs and helps guide and support the clinical team at Q Psychology. Steph is a gender diverse, queer affirmative therapist. She works across various psychological difficulties (including depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma and many others) and uses various psychological therapies (including ACT, CBT, DBT & mindfulness). Steph completed her master’s in social work, and after extensive work in MH, has obtained mental health accreditation.
(03) 9111 2638 View (03) 9111 2638
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David Hilton Demmer
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Dave works with the LGBTQIA+ community. Dave has a particularly interest in issues related to trauma, attachment, self-worth/self-esteem, substance-related issues, and relationship problems. Dave's main approaches are Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). He is also trained in couples therapy and has a diploma of clinical hypnosis. Dave is also available for WPATH assessments for individuals who may require this as part of their gender affirmation/transition process.
Dave works with the LGBTQIA+ community. Dave has a particularly interest in issues related to trauma, attachment, self-worth/self-esteem, substance-related issues, and relationship problems. Dave's main approaches are Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). He is also trained in couples therapy and has a diploma of clinical hypnosis. Dave is also available for WPATH assessments for individuals who may require this as part of their gender affirmation/transition process.
(03) 8797 2169 View (03) 8797 2169
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Contemporary Psychology
Psychologist, Australian Association of Psychologists - Member
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Contemporary Psychology is a modern space filled with a passionate group of psychologists that work to educate and inspire the public on mental health and wellbeing. We believe psychological health care should be accessible, supportive and effective. Our clinic offers education, assessment, counselling, short term coaching and long-term therapy for all those with curious minds. All staff are qualified and experienced and uphold strict ethical standards. We provide a modern professional space where everyone in the community is welcome.
Contemporary Psychology is a modern space filled with a passionate group of psychologists that work to educate and inspire the public on mental health and wellbeing. We believe psychological health care should be accessible, supportive and effective. Our clinic offers education, assessment, counselling, short term coaching and long-term therapy for all those with curious minds. All staff are qualified and experienced and uphold strict ethical standards. We provide a modern professional space where everyone in the community is welcome.
(03) 7003 2981 View (03) 7003 2981
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Lilac Psychology - Jessica Carstairs
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Waitlist for new clients
Jessica is a Clinical Psychologist with experience in both private and public sectors. Jessica enjoys working with adolescents (16+) and adults with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, life transitions, and emotion regulation difficulties. You may also like to work with Jessica simply to better understand yourself or for personal development, which might include clarifying your values, re-connecting to yourself/others, making an important decision, increasing confidence, or finding meaning & purpose in your life.
Jessica is a Clinical Psychologist with experience in both private and public sectors. Jessica enjoys working with adolescents (16+) and adults with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, life transitions, and emotion regulation difficulties. You may also like to work with Jessica simply to better understand yourself or for personal development, which might include clarifying your values, re-connecting to yourself/others, making an important decision, increasing confidence, or finding meaning & purpose in your life.
(03) 7020 2750 View (03) 7020 2750
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foResilience Counselling & Wellness Services
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
People are bombarded with messages telling them to be perfect. The typical belief is that problems should be solved quickly, in one go, in order to feel better about themselves. This approach completely disregards the fact that problems are complicated and multifaceted in nature, and that it's normal for people to need patience for healing. This mentality also ignores how much work it takes for someone who has experienced hardships to heal. We all need to find a way to heal and move through adversity for a more fulfilling and satisfying life. No matter who you are or where you've been, you have the capacity for healing.
People are bombarded with messages telling them to be perfect. The typical belief is that problems should be solved quickly, in one go, in order to feel better about themselves. This approach completely disregards the fact that problems are complicated and multifaceted in nature, and that it's normal for people to need patience for healing. This mentality also ignores how much work it takes for someone who has experienced hardships to heal. We all need to find a way to heal and move through adversity for a more fulfilling and satisfying life. No matter who you are or where you've been, you have the capacity for healing.
(03) 7003 2503 View (03) 7003 2503
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Jeannine Mills
Psychologist, Assoc MAPS
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
I help people with anxiety and relationship issues who wish to reduce their anxiety and improve their well-being and confidence. If you are often stressed or anxious, stuck in your head, thinking negatively, giving yourself a hard time, doing too much for others, and feeling exhausted and doubting yourself, I can help you get to the root cause of your stress and anxiety, and learn strategies to manage the difficult physical and emotional symptoms that come with anxiety.
I help people with anxiety and relationship issues who wish to reduce their anxiety and improve their well-being and confidence. If you are often stressed or anxious, stuck in your head, thinking negatively, giving yourself a hard time, doing too much for others, and feeling exhausted and doubting yourself, I can help you get to the root cause of your stress and anxiety, and learn strategies to manage the difficult physical and emotional symptoms that come with anxiety.
(02) 4810 0625 View (02) 4810 0625
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Rachel Wright
Psychotherapist, ACA-L2
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Rachel Wright is a registered psychotherapist and counsellor based in St Kilda, Melbourne. With lived experience and over 20 years of experience working in mental health, as well as in depth experience with families and relationships, trauma and abuse. Using an integrative approach that is oriented around tailoring to the specific needs of each individual client. My philosophy is rooted in the belief that every person, given the right support in a therapeutic setting, possesses the potential to heal from psychological distress and trauma. It is my goal—and an honour—to provide this support to all my clients.
Rachel Wright is a registered psychotherapist and counsellor based in St Kilda, Melbourne. With lived experience and over 20 years of experience working in mental health, as well as in depth experience with families and relationships, trauma and abuse. Using an integrative approach that is oriented around tailoring to the specific needs of each individual client. My philosophy is rooted in the belief that every person, given the right support in a therapeutic setting, possesses the potential to heal from psychological distress and trauma. It is my goal—and an honour—to provide this support to all my clients.
(03) 7003 2627 View (03) 7003 2627
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Amplify Therapies
Psychotherapist
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182  (Online Only)
Why is life easy and effortless for some people and for others, it can be tiring and hard work? It has a lot to do with where you place your focus. We are not our thoughts or beliefs, it's all negotiable and successful people have learnt that where they place their attention, their life quickly follows. So if your feeling stuck in a pattern or a behaviour we can change it - it all starts with changing how you think. A thought becomes a feeling and a feeling becomes a habit. Do you need to change some of your habits to change your life?
Why is life easy and effortless for some people and for others, it can be tiring and hard work? It has a lot to do with where you place your focus. We are not our thoughts or beliefs, it's all negotiable and successful people have learnt that where they place their attention, their life quickly follows. So if your feeling stuck in a pattern or a behaviour we can change it - it all starts with changing how you think. A thought becomes a feeling and a feeling becomes a habit. Do you need to change some of your habits to change your life?
(03) 7003 2450 View (03) 7003 2450
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Mark Hooy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, AMHSW
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Principally as an IFS (level 2) and EMDR practitioner my work involves guiding clients in healing, and recovery, towards fulfilling one's potential in life. Regardless of the burden, or challenge, from complex trauma, PTSD, personality disorders, grief, anxiety, depression, phobias, and addictions, healing is the focus. My work focuses on a compassionate, warm, trauma informed, and person-centered approach, applying evidence-based trauma therapies such as EMDR, IFS, as well as DBT, CBT, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness. All people and their needs are warmly welcomed.
Principally as an IFS (level 2) and EMDR practitioner my work involves guiding clients in healing, and recovery, towards fulfilling one's potential in life. Regardless of the burden, or challenge, from complex trauma, PTSD, personality disorders, grief, anxiety, depression, phobias, and addictions, healing is the focus. My work focuses on a compassionate, warm, trauma informed, and person-centered approach, applying evidence-based trauma therapies such as EMDR, IFS, as well as DBT, CBT, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness. All people and their needs are warmly welcomed.
(03) 7003 2951 View (03) 7003 2951
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Ridhima Tandon
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
I am a LGBTQIA plus affirmative therapist and work across the adult population with issues related to depression, anxiety, self worth and relationship dynamics. I have an Indian heritage and speak fluent Hindi. Being from a South Asian background and a child of migrants puts me in a position to understand the relational difficulties you might be going through and how to navigate these situations.
I am a LGBTQIA plus affirmative therapist and work across the adult population with issues related to depression, anxiety, self worth and relationship dynamics. I have an Indian heritage and speak fluent Hindi. Being from a South Asian background and a child of migrants puts me in a position to understand the relational difficulties you might be going through and how to navigate these situations.
(03) 7003 2024 View (03) 7003 2024
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Lynn Natalie Chaitman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Lynn is a social worker and psychotherapist with a passion for helping individuals to recognize their own strengths and inner resources. Her goal is to create a safe and supportive space where you can feel heard and understood. Lynn believes that therapy can be useful for anyone, and that no issue is too small or too big to bring to the table. She is committed to treating the whole person rather than focusing on a diagnosis. This compassion based approach creates a shame free zone for self exploration and growth. Lynn applies a trauma informed lens to her work, and is an LGBTIQ+ affirmative and inclusive practitioner.
Lynn is a social worker and psychotherapist with a passion for helping individuals to recognize their own strengths and inner resources. Her goal is to create a safe and supportive space where you can feel heard and understood. Lynn believes that therapy can be useful for anyone, and that no issue is too small or too big to bring to the table. She is committed to treating the whole person rather than focusing on a diagnosis. This compassion based approach creates a shame free zone for self exploration and growth. Lynn applies a trauma informed lens to her work, and is an LGBTIQ+ affirmative and inclusive practitioner.
(03) 7003 2106 View (03) 7003 2106
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Dr Mike van Dijkhuizen
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA General
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182  (Online Only)
I am clinical psychologist and work with anxiety disorders, depression, addictions, trauma and relationships. My therapeutic approach uses CBT, ACT and mindfulness for letting go of unhelpful thoughts, being present with difficult emotions and connecting to your values; the things that really matter to you.
I am clinical psychologist and work with anxiety disorders, depression, addictions, trauma and relationships. My therapeutic approach uses CBT, ACT and mindfulness for letting go of unhelpful thoughts, being present with difficult emotions and connecting to your values; the things that really matter to you.
(02) 7804 4107 View (02) 7804 4107
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Gabrielle Klepfisz
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA General
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
I am a clinical and forensic psychologist who has experience and knowledge in a variety of areas including mood/affective disorders, anxiety disorders, forensic mental health, substance use, anger management, and trauma. I help clients who are struggling with substance use, anxiety, depression, and/or difficult or traumatic experiences, better understand what has been going on for them, and together, we will make a plan for how best to address these concerns.
I am a clinical and forensic psychologist who has experience and knowledge in a variety of areas including mood/affective disorders, anxiety disorders, forensic mental health, substance use, anger management, and trauma. I help clients who are struggling with substance use, anxiety, depression, and/or difficult or traumatic experiences, better understand what has been going on for them, and together, we will make a plan for how best to address these concerns.
(03) 9994 1733 View (03) 9994 1733
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Damien Pannett
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182  (Online Only)
Life can get difficult at times - whether it be experiences of loss, shame or self-doubt, we can all experience challenges. Sometimes we might need a safe space to reflect and discuss where we are headed or how we are feeling.
Life can get difficult at times - whether it be experiences of loss, shame or self-doubt, we can all experience challenges. Sometimes we might need a safe space to reflect and discuss where we are headed or how we are feeling.
(03) 7003 2439 View (03) 7003 2439
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Ronnie Adamowicz
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Are you feeling stuck, like something important is missing from your life, but you can't quite put your finger on it? Do you find it challenging to have your emotional needs met in relationships? Are you trapped in repetitive patterns, struggling to define healthy boundaries? There is a reason behind these struggles, and together, we will uncover what is holding you back, providing you with the clarity and confidence needed to turn things around. I specialize in somatic therapy, an approach that dives deep into the core of unresolved trauma within the body, facilitating rapid healing.
Are you feeling stuck, like something important is missing from your life, but you can't quite put your finger on it? Do you find it challenging to have your emotional needs met in relationships? Are you trapped in repetitive patterns, struggling to define healthy boundaries? There is a reason behind these struggles, and together, we will uncover what is holding you back, providing you with the clarity and confidence needed to turn things around. I specialize in somatic therapy, an approach that dives deep into the core of unresolved trauma within the body, facilitating rapid healing.
(03) 7037 6993 View (03) 7037 6993
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Ingrid Camilleri
Counsellor, MA, PACFA
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Ingrid, welcome to my counselling profile! I am a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, offering online therapeutic services to clients across Australia and abroad. I am a firm believer in the restorative power of supportive connections built on trust, and the potential for change that they create. I work with individuals who may be going through difficult life experiences, or life transitions, and are needing support in navigating: anxiety; depression; grief; loss; trauma; identity issues; relationships; mental well-being, or anyone wishing to gain deeper insight into themselves.
Hi, I'm Ingrid, welcome to my counselling profile! I am a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, offering online therapeutic services to clients across Australia and abroad. I am a firm believer in the restorative power of supportive connections built on trust, and the potential for change that they create. I work with individuals who may be going through difficult life experiences, or life transitions, and are needing support in navigating: anxiety; depression; grief; loss; trauma; identity issues; relationships; mental well-being, or anyone wishing to gain deeper insight into themselves.
(03) 7003 2198 View (03) 7003 2198
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Loretta Bell
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA Endorsed
Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Helping couples & individuals with relationship issues (improve insight, self-reflection & acceptance). Working with relationship dynamics to improve conflict, recover from affairs, & manage change & life transitions & interpersonal emotional reactions, thoughts, & feelings. Helping clients understand repetitive, unwanted patterns helps people step out of the fray & gain a meta-perspective allowing choices. I don't work with seriour interpersonal violence (physical or emotional) or prepare Court reports/reports, or act as an expert witness).
Helping couples & individuals with relationship issues (improve insight, self-reflection & acceptance). Working with relationship dynamics to improve conflict, recover from affairs, & manage change & life transitions & interpersonal emotional reactions, thoughts, & feelings. Helping clients understand repetitive, unwanted patterns helps people step out of the fray & gain a meta-perspective allowing choices. I don't work with seriour interpersonal violence (physical or emotional) or prepare Court reports/reports, or act as an expert witness).
(03) 9068 5472 View (03) 9068 5472
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Shaun Williams - Bent Couch Counselling
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Bent Couch Counselling, founded by Shaun Williams, is a Melbourne-based LGBTIQA+ counselling service specialising in fostering and supporting mental health and positive change within the LGBTIQA+ community, particularly focusing on individuals identifying as male. Providing 1-on-1 online counselling services across Australia and also in-person consultations in Melbourne. Shaun brings an empathetic, professional approach to counselling that is based on his own journey as a CIS gay male and a father. He is a member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and has over 18 years of experience in healthcare.
Bent Couch Counselling, founded by Shaun Williams, is a Melbourne-based LGBTIQA+ counselling service specialising in fostering and supporting mental health and positive change within the LGBTIQA+ community, particularly focusing on individuals identifying as male. Providing 1-on-1 online counselling services across Australia and also in-person consultations in Melbourne. Shaun brings an empathetic, professional approach to counselling that is based on his own journey as a CIS gay male and a father. He is a member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and has over 18 years of experience in healthcare.
(03) 9111 2666 View (03) 9111 2666

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Number of Counsellors in Saint Kilda, VIC

100+

Average cost per session

$180

Counsellors in Saint Kilda, VIC who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
85% Depression
84% Self Esteem
83% Relationship Issues
76% Stress
72% Trauma and PTSD
68% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Medicare Rebates
48% Bupa
38% Medibank Private

How Counsellors in Saint Kilda, VIC see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
35% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Saint Kilda?

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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.