Counselling in Seaford, VIC

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Bayside Counselling and Consultation Pty Ltd
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
Our team includes Psychologists, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Counsellors and Provisional Psychologists experience in the provision of work-based mediation, critical incident debriefing, trauma-focused therapy, the effects of substance abuse in the workplace, anger management and increasing work attendance and satisfaction. Private counselling is also available in our three practice locations (Seaford, Glen Waverley and Cranbourne).
Our team includes Psychologists, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Counsellors and Provisional Psychologists experience in the provision of work-based mediation, critical incident debriefing, trauma-focused therapy, the effects of substance abuse in the workplace, anger management and increasing work attendance and satisfaction. Private counselling is also available in our three practice locations (Seaford, Glen Waverley and Cranbourne).
(03) 5907 5890 View (03) 5907 5890
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Lee Wong Counselling
Counsellor, MC, ACA-L4
Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt exhausted or overwhelmed? Do you get hard on yourself easily and feel you're not living up to your own potential? Perhaps you just need a space to release and gather your thoughts. Mental health is vital in our daily lives. When we're on top of it we thrive. When we're not, we try to survive. Often parts of ourselves are in conflict with each other - "should I protect others or protect myself?"; "how can I be both gay and Christian?"; "I'm so mad at myself for getting mad!"; "I know I'm trying, but it's still not enough!". Learning to navigate these internal conflicts is key to being your healthiest possible self!
Have you ever felt exhausted or overwhelmed? Do you get hard on yourself easily and feel you're not living up to your own potential? Perhaps you just need a space to release and gather your thoughts. Mental health is vital in our daily lives. When we're on top of it we thrive. When we're not, we try to survive. Often parts of ourselves are in conflict with each other - "should I protect others or protect myself?"; "how can I be both gay and Christian?"; "I'm so mad at myself for getting mad!"; "I know I'm trying, but it's still not enough!". Learning to navigate these internal conflicts is key to being your healthiest possible self!
(03) 5905 9831 View (03) 5905 9831
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Danielle Melia - Affirming Wellness
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seaford, VIC 3198  (Online Only)
There are 4 separate areas of focus that I support clients with; 1).Healthcare professionals grappling with burnout symptoms or demanding standards associated with their careers. 2). Everyday client concerns like managing anxiety, low mood, or relationship challenges. 3). 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. 4). Adult ADHD/ Autism assessments.
There are 4 separate areas of focus that I support clients with; 1).Healthcare professionals grappling with burnout symptoms or demanding standards associated with their careers. 2). Everyday client concerns like managing anxiety, low mood, or relationship challenges. 3). 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. 4). Adult ADHD/ Autism assessments.
(03) 5905 7089 View (03) 5905 7089
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Rachael Flack
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
Hi, I am Rachael & have been a social worker since 2007. I have worked with a range of diverse clients, but my passion is to support the full motherhood journey. Having personal experience of infertility & pregnancy loss, & a mother of three children, I know the importance of having support through all of these stages of motherhood. I have focused my care & support since 2019 in caring for those trying to conceive, infertility, pregnancy & infant loss, pregnancy and birth & any time postpartum. Motherhood is a huge time of change, physically, emotionally & spiritually so it is so important to be surrounded with support.
Hi, I am Rachael & have been a social worker since 2007. I have worked with a range of diverse clients, but my passion is to support the full motherhood journey. Having personal experience of infertility & pregnancy loss, & a mother of three children, I know the importance of having support through all of these stages of motherhood. I have focused my care & support since 2019 in caring for those trying to conceive, infertility, pregnancy & infant loss, pregnancy and birth & any time postpartum. Motherhood is a huge time of change, physically, emotionally & spiritually so it is so important to be surrounded with support.
(03) 5909 9996 View (03) 5909 9996
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Bayside Counselling and Consultation Pty Ltd
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seaford, VIC 3198
Bayside Counselling and Consultation provides psychological support to private and government organisations in the form of Employment Assistance Programs. Our team includes Psychologists experienced 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.
Bayside Counselling and Consultation provides psychological support to private and government organisations in the form of Employment Assistance Programs. Our team includes Psychologists experienced 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.
(03) 9034 6183 View (03) 9034 6183
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Empowered Art Therapy
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
Art Therapy for Empowered Personal & Professional Development. Kerryn Knight is a Masters qualified Art Therapist, Sandplay Therapist, Clinical Counsellor, Supervisor and founder of Kindred Art Space – a specialist Creative Mental Health Centre. Kerryn and her art therapy studio can be found in Frankston , on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. Kerryn empowers you to gain clarity and make positive changes in a creative and culturally appropriate manner. Kerryn achieves this through specialist art therapy and psycho-spiritual processes for your mental health and wellbeing.
Art Therapy for Empowered Personal & Professional Development. Kerryn Knight is a Masters qualified Art Therapist, Sandplay Therapist, Clinical Counsellor, Supervisor and founder of Kindred Art Space – a specialist Creative Mental Health Centre. Kerryn and her art therapy studio can be found in Frankston , on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. Kerryn empowers you to gain clarity and make positive changes in a creative and culturally appropriate manner. Kerryn achieves this through specialist art therapy and psycho-spiritual processes for your mental health and wellbeing.
(03) 9068 5278 View (03) 9068 5278
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Rewire Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA - Couns. Psych.
Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
We all experience some problems in our day-to-day lives.When problems we face impact our physical & emotional well-being & our quality of life, it is helpful to reach out to someone for support. Pri provides counselling to young children, adolescents, & adults. She can help with stress management, anxiety, behaviour management, body image concerns, bullying, depression, grief, gender & sexuality, neurodevelopmental differences, NDIS support, parents’ separation & divorce, school attendance & trauma. She also provides counselling to adults experiencing anxiety, separation, grief and loss, parenting support, and family conflict.
We all experience some problems in our day-to-day lives.When problems we face impact our physical & emotional well-being & our quality of life, it is helpful to reach out to someone for support. Pri provides counselling to young children, adolescents, & adults. She can help with stress management, anxiety, behaviour management, body image concerns, bullying, depression, grief, gender & sexuality, neurodevelopmental differences, NDIS support, parents’ separation & divorce, school attendance & trauma. She also provides counselling to adults experiencing anxiety, separation, grief and loss, parenting support, and family conflict.
(03) 5905 7130 View (03) 5905 7130
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Rebecca Pike - Lyfetree Therapy
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L2
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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Peninsula Counselling Solutions
Counsellor, ACA-L2
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. Joshua’s unique journey in counselling enables him to truly connect with anyone and provide the understanding needed to help empower you to facilitate change. Joshua is client centred, meeting clients where they are and is passionate about helping people move beyond what they feel is impacting their quality of life. "
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. Joshua’s unique journey in counselling enables him to truly connect with anyone and provide the understanding needed to help empower you to facilitate change. Joshua is client centred, meeting clients where they are and is passionate about helping people move beyond what they feel is impacting their quality of life. "
(03) 5905 7043 View (03) 5905 7043
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Benjamin Watkins
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Seaford, VIC 3198
Appointments are Available within a week. Sessions are bookable online via my website. Do you struggle with feeling like you are not a good person, partner, or parent? Are you going through a transitional phase of your life? You're not alone! There are times we all feel like we are not enough or just can't get that balance in life but knowing that other people go through it doesn't help. You want action, you want a plan, and steps you can take to make that change. You want someone you can trust and talk to that is not involved or connected. Counsellors do not work with MHP or offer services under Medicare in Australia.
Appointments are Available within a week. Sessions are bookable online via my website. Do you struggle with feeling like you are not a good person, partner, or parent? Are you going through a transitional phase of your life? You're not alone! There are times we all feel like we are not enough or just can't get that balance in life but knowing that other people go through it doesn't help. You want action, you want a plan, and steps you can take to make that change. You want someone you can trust and talk to that is not involved or connected. Counsellors do not work with MHP or offer services under Medicare in Australia.
(03) 5909 9631 View (03) 5909 9631
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Brooke Harris
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
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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Perpetual Wellness Counselling Service
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
Looking for an experienced grief and trauma specialist who goes beyond traditional talk therapy to help you on your healing journey? I am a Medicare Registered Mental Health Clinician and Registered EMDR therapist, with more than 20 years of clinical experience, offering integrative mind-body psychotherapy, play therapy, incorporating a humanistic trauma-informed and attachment focused approach to facilitate your trauma recovery and relational growth.
Looking for an experienced grief and trauma specialist who goes beyond traditional talk therapy to help you on your healing journey? I am a Medicare Registered Mental Health Clinician and Registered EMDR therapist, with more than 20 years of clinical experience, offering integrative mind-body psychotherapy, play therapy, incorporating a humanistic trauma-informed and attachment focused approach to facilitate your trauma recovery and relational growth.
(03) 5910 7930 View (03) 5910 7930
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Wonderings Counselling & Psychology
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
I work with clients experiencing a range of difficulties, I recognise that all clients are unique and therefore approach each and every session with genuineness, curiosity and a range of therapeutic interventions that I can draw on to support my clients. My specialty is working with Children, Adolescents, Mums and Bubs and Families. This client group can benefit from attachment-based interventions, relationship and communication skills as well as emotion regulation and psychoeducation.
I work with clients experiencing a range of difficulties, I recognise that all clients are unique and therefore approach each and every session with genuineness, curiosity and a range of therapeutic interventions that I can draw on to support my clients. My specialty is working with Children, Adolescents, Mums and Bubs and Families. This client group can benefit from attachment-based interventions, relationship and communication skills as well as emotion regulation and psychoeducation.
(03) 5907 5923 View (03) 5907 5923
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Melissa Rowe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
Hi! I'm an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with 2 decades experience working with a variety of clients. I work with children, adolescents, families and also individuals and in particular women. I work in a holistic manner; not only do I recognise the mind body connection but also acknowledges the system in which the child or family functions, never looking at a behaviour or symptom in isolation. I support individuals to overcome challenges in their lives, from relationships to navigating life transitions.
Hi! I'm an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with 2 decades experience working with a variety of clients. I work with children, adolescents, families and also individuals and in particular women. I work in a holistic manner; not only do I recognise the mind body connection but also acknowledges the system in which the child or family functions, never looking at a behaviour or symptom in isolation. I support individuals to overcome challenges in their lives, from relationships to navigating life transitions.
(03) 5905 9745 View (03) 5905 9745
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John Riddle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
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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Mindful Health Counselling
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
I am Anthony Grace, the principal therapist at Mindful Health Counselling. Mens Health is my speciality. I had many years of experience in the corporate sector prior to creating and running my own business for 10 years, where I successfully developed life skills programs for children and conducted courses about parenting, effective communication, and general life improvement strategies to individuals, parents and groups. I became a counsellor as I am passionate about helping people address and overcome the barriers that are preventing them from living the life they desire and deserve.
I am Anthony Grace, the principal therapist at Mindful Health Counselling. Mens Health is my speciality. I had many years of experience in the corporate sector prior to creating and running my own business for 10 years, where I successfully developed life skills programs for children and conducted courses about parenting, effective communication, and general life improvement strategies to individuals, parents and groups. I became a counsellor as I am passionate about helping people address and overcome the barriers that are preventing them from living the life they desire and deserve.
(03) 8771 4789 View (03) 8771 4789
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Dilek Yucel
Psychologist, MAPS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seaford, VIC 3198
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.
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.
(03) 5907 1442 View (03) 5907 1442
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Luke Carolan
Psychologist, PsyBA General
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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Calming Waves Mental Health and Family Support
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
Seaford, VIC 3198
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

More Therapists Nearby

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Cramli Psychological and Behavioural Services
MA
Frankston North, VIC 3200
At Cramli Psychological and Behavioural Services (CPBS) we offer therapeutic and evidence based interventions specifically for parents, children, teenagers, adults and their families, where emotional, behavioural and developmental concerns are present. CPBS focuses on providing strategies to assist with reducing symptoms of mental health, increasing emotional intelligence, emotional regulation and building an understanding of their triggers and early warning signs.
At Cramli Psychological and Behavioural Services (CPBS) we offer therapeutic and evidence based interventions specifically for parents, children, teenagers, adults and their families, where emotional, behavioural and developmental concerns are present. CPBS focuses on providing strategies to assist with reducing symptoms of mental health, increasing emotional intelligence, emotional regulation and building an understanding of their triggers and early warning signs.
(03) 5726 4706 View (03) 5726 4706

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Seaford, VIC

10+

Average cost per session

$170

Counsellors in Seaford, VIC who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
95% Stress
89% Depression
84% Coping Skills
84% Self Esteem
79% Life Transitions
74% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% Medicare Rebates
62% Bupa
54% NDIS

How Counsellors in Seaford, VIC see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Seaford?

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.