Counselling in Soldiers Hill, VIC

Photo of Laurenza Buglisi, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Laurenza Buglisi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Soldiers Hill, VIC 3350
I support children and families where sexual abuse or sexually concerning behaviours have become a road block for healthy functioning family life. I am passionate about supporting families who are grappling with the associated shame, stigma, loss and grief. I am especially interested in supporting families that have experienced sexual abuse between siblings or cousins. I am also strongly committed to finding creative ways to educate parents on what prevents children disclosing (or adults recognising these disclosures), along with the ripple effects that disclosures have on relationships with family members.
I support children and families where sexual abuse or sexually concerning behaviours have become a road block for healthy functioning family life. I am passionate about supporting families who are grappling with the associated shame, stigma, loss and grief. I am especially interested in supporting families that have experienced sexual abuse between siblings or cousins. I am also strongly committed to finding creative ways to educate parents on what prevents children disclosing (or adults recognising these disclosures), along with the ripple effects that disclosures have on relationships with family members.
(03) 4327 9285 View (03) 4327 9285
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Live Life Well Counselling
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified
Soldiers Hill, VIC 3350
Kerri-Ann welcomes all to her private practice via Telehealth, telephone across Australia or in person in Ballarat, Vic. Appointments now available. No GP referral required. Specialist in grief and loss, mental health, carer stress, relationships, illness, dementia, palliative care. Supporting individuals and families to live their lives well for over 19 years having worked in Palliative care, Dementia care and community services. I create a safe, non-judgmental counselling space for you, we work together, using various therapies. Emotional wellness is integral to overall good health, let's have a chat, book online or call today
Kerri-Ann welcomes all to her private practice via Telehealth, telephone across Australia or in person in Ballarat, Vic. Appointments now available. No GP referral required. Specialist in grief and loss, mental health, carer stress, relationships, illness, dementia, palliative care. Supporting individuals and families to live their lives well for over 19 years having worked in Palliative care, Dementia care and community services. I create a safe, non-judgmental counselling space for you, we work together, using various therapies. Emotional wellness is integral to overall good health, let's have a chat, book online or call today
(03) 4328 2575 View (03) 4328 2575
Photo of The Psychology and Therapy clinic, Melissa Boulind, Psychologist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
The Psychology and Therapy clinic, Melissa Boulind
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified
Soldiers Hill, VIC 3350  (Online Only)
Melissa has been working in private practice for over 10 years, recognising that individuals need to change and focus on growth, be involved in active decision making and she is passionate about assisting people to make positive lifestyle changes. She has extensive experience working with a variety of psychiatric difficulties, working in hospitals for 5 years (with an acute mental health care unit). She will work closely with you, tailoring your therapy to suit you. She works via Telehealth so you can have therapy on video or by phone - you can see her from the comfort of your own home (or car, or office or garden)- anywhere.
Melissa has been working in private practice for over 10 years, recognising that individuals need to change and focus on growth, be involved in active decision making and she is passionate about assisting people to make positive lifestyle changes. She has extensive experience working with a variety of psychiatric difficulties, working in hospitals for 5 years (with an acute mental health care unit). She will work closely with you, tailoring your therapy to suit you. She works via Telehealth so you can have therapy on video or by phone - you can see her from the comfort of your own home (or car, or office or garden)- anywhere.
(03) 7302 2139 View (03) 7302 2139

More Therapists Nearby

Photo of Aleksandra Kajpust, Psychologist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Aleksandra Kajpust
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350  (Online Only)
I am a passionate, caring and dedicated European who loves helping others. I travel and engage with others with passion and am curious about the world and people. I have developed a reputation for an inquisitive and warm environment in the therapy room. I believe my good energy and genuine enthusiasm encourages people to learn about their mind and behaviour! I love working with kids, adolescents, and adults who have a strong desire to question and understand themselves in their own unique ways. I work collaboratively to develop an evidence-based treatment plan with my clients, empowering them to take control of their lives and goals
I am a passionate, caring and dedicated European who loves helping others. I travel and engage with others with passion and am curious about the world and people. I have developed a reputation for an inquisitive and warm environment in the therapy room. I believe my good energy and genuine enthusiasm encourages people to learn about their mind and behaviour! I love working with kids, adolescents, and adults who have a strong desire to question and understand themselves in their own unique ways. I work collaboratively to develop an evidence-based treatment plan with my clients, empowering them to take control of their lives and goals
(03) 7500 5037 View (03) 7500 5037
Photo of The Wellspring Within, Psychologist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
The Wellspring Within
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
I use a wholistic frame, inclusive of body, mind and spirit in my work as a therapist. I have found that working somatically can be tremendously revealing of inner gems that lay beneath the level of consciousness. They can provide answers, understandings, and can lead to living a fuller life. The use of your spiritual frames of reference in therapy can also bring meaning and can provide leverage for the changes you are wanting to make. You may feel supported to become more whole, self-actualised, self-understanding and accepting of the person you are.
I use a wholistic frame, inclusive of body, mind and spirit in my work as a therapist. I have found that working somatically can be tremendously revealing of inner gems that lay beneath the level of consciousness. They can provide answers, understandings, and can lead to living a fuller life. The use of your spiritual frames of reference in therapy can also bring meaning and can provide leverage for the changes you are wanting to make. You may feel supported to become more whole, self-actualised, self-understanding and accepting of the person you are.
(03) 4420 3861 View (03) 4420 3861
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Barbara Grace
Psychotherapist, MA
Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Relationship troubles? Wondering if anything or anyone could help? You may be feeling alone, and doubtful - full of worry, guilt or shame at being here. But hearing more anger or blame as you withdraw emotionally only prolongs the problem & often makes things worse. It's lonely being in a relationship where the other person no longer feels 'present'. Ignoring the problems doesn't work, rather it pushes them underground where they fester. At this point you may be feeling raw, stressed, isolated, fearful or disillusioned. Tears & frustration one minute, anger the next. If rekindling love and connection is important to you, let's talk.
Relationship troubles? Wondering if anything or anyone could help? You may be feeling alone, and doubtful - full of worry, guilt or shame at being here. But hearing more anger or blame as you withdraw emotionally only prolongs the problem & often makes things worse. It's lonely being in a relationship where the other person no longer feels 'present'. Ignoring the problems doesn't work, rather it pushes them underground where they fester. At this point you may be feeling raw, stressed, isolated, fearful or disillusioned. Tears & frustration one minute, anger the next. If rekindling love and connection is important to you, let's talk.
(03) 9070 5773 View (03) 9070 5773
Photo of Martin Gladman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Martin Gladman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, AMHSW
Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Hello, my name is Martin. I work as a Clinical Sexologist, Relationship Counsellor and Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. As a Clinical Sexologist, I support individuals and their partner/s to address concerns about their sexual function and overall sexual well-being. These can include difficulties relating to erectile dysfunction, premature or delayed ejaculation, vulvodynia, vaginismus, as well as other difficulties with sex and relating. I also support clients in discussing topics relating to sexuality and gender more generally, with a particular interest in helping people with unwanted or distressing legal paraphilias.
Hello, my name is Martin. I work as a Clinical Sexologist, Relationship Counsellor and Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. As a Clinical Sexologist, I support individuals and their partner/s to address concerns about their sexual function and overall sexual well-being. These can include difficulties relating to erectile dysfunction, premature or delayed ejaculation, vulvodynia, vaginismus, as well as other difficulties with sex and relating. I also support clients in discussing topics relating to sexuality and gender more generally, with a particular interest in helping people with unwanted or distressing legal paraphilias.
(02) 4504 0147 View (02) 4504 0147
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Bloom Well-being
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Do you struggle with relationships, with yourself and others? Maybe you find it hard to connect with your emotions or even your body? We value our clients as the expert of their lives, and acknowledge that reaching our for extra support isn't always easy. But our team have spent their entire careers dedicated to ongoing learning to ensure the people who enter our space feel seen, heard and believed. We specialise in supporting those who have experienced difficult childhoods or been exposed to abuse or neglect (physical or emotional).
Do you struggle with relationships, with yourself and others? Maybe you find it hard to connect with your emotions or even your body? We value our clients as the expert of their lives, and acknowledge that reaching our for extra support isn't always easy. But our team have spent their entire careers dedicated to ongoing learning to ensure the people who enter our space feel seen, heard and believed. We specialise in supporting those who have experienced difficult childhoods or been exposed to abuse or neglect (physical or emotional).
(03) 5316 7205 View (03) 5316 7205
Photo of Light Space Psychology, Psychologist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Light Space Psychology
Psychologist, MSc, PsyBA General
Verified
Newington, VIC 3350  (Online Only)
Take advantage of a free - no obligation consultation with a Registered Psychologist (10 years clinical experience). I offer a non-judgemental and safe space for therapy, via video or phone (telehealth). $95 out of pocket expense (after rebate) for clients with a GP referral. Research has shown that CBT can help you learn to regulate emotions, learn healthier thinking patterns, develop new behavioural patterns.
Take advantage of a free - no obligation consultation with a Registered Psychologist (10 years clinical experience). I offer a non-judgemental and safe space for therapy, via video or phone (telehealth). $95 out of pocket expense (after rebate) for clients with a GP referral. Research has shown that CBT can help you learn to regulate emotions, learn healthier thinking patterns, develop new behavioural patterns.
(02) 5604 8889 View (02) 5604 8889
Photo of Tamera Broughton, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Tamera Broughton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Hi, I’m Tamera. I’m an Accredit Mental Health Social Worker and owner and director of Centre Self Collective, a private mental health practice based in Brunswick, Melbourne and Daylesford. I am passionate about providing therapy, tools and resources to help you make sense of challenging times and develop ways to better manage difficulties and thrive in life. My approach to therapy is collaborative, strengths-based, sensitive and non-judgmental.
Hi, I’m Tamera. I’m an Accredit Mental Health Social Worker and owner and director of Centre Self Collective, a private mental health practice based in Brunswick, Melbourne and Daylesford. I am passionate about providing therapy, tools and resources to help you make sense of challenging times and develop ways to better manage difficulties and thrive in life. My approach to therapy is collaborative, strengths-based, sensitive and non-judgmental.
(03) 4420 3660 View (03) 4420 3660
Photo of Louise Jansz - Fourfold Therapy, Psychotherapist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Louise Jansz - Fourfold Therapy
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified
Redan, VIC 3350
Louise is a PACFA registered psychotherapist and holistic counsellor. Using targeted interventions, including somatic experiencing and brainspotting, I guide you through life's transitions, fostering self-discovery and growth. I support both lifelong questing and short term crisis. You may be facing uncertainty, anxiety, depression, addiction or an identity crisis. We will work on strategies to manage emotions and adapt to changing circumstances. I create a safe haven to foster self-compassion, self-understanding as you learn to self-regulate, build resilience and communicate your needs as you gain momentum back in your life.
Louise is a PACFA registered psychotherapist and holistic counsellor. Using targeted interventions, including somatic experiencing and brainspotting, I guide you through life's transitions, fostering self-discovery and growth. I support both lifelong questing and short term crisis. You may be facing uncertainty, anxiety, depression, addiction or an identity crisis. We will work on strategies to manage emotions and adapt to changing circumstances. I create a safe haven to foster self-compassion, self-understanding as you learn to self-regulate, build resilience and communicate your needs as you gain momentum back in your life.
(03) 4240 3277 View (03) 4240 3277
Photo of Marie Mirbach (The Present Place), Psychotherapist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Marie Mirbach (The Present Place)
Psychotherapist, ACA-L2
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Hi there, I’m Marie and I love creating spaces for people to realise the patterns of their own minds and work towards feeling more alive and connected. As an integrative psychotherapist I work with couples and individuals in a way that honours your uniqueness as well as recognises the circumstances shaping your life. My approach is warm, inquisitive and creative and above all else I value collaborating with you to ensure we are creating processes that let you feel safe, inspired and closer to your most authentic and empowered self. I specialise in eating disorders, ASD, gender/identity and relationship problems.
Hi there, I’m Marie and I love creating spaces for people to realise the patterns of their own minds and work towards feeling more alive and connected. As an integrative psychotherapist I work with couples and individuals in a way that honours your uniqueness as well as recognises the circumstances shaping your life. My approach is warm, inquisitive and creative and above all else I value collaborating with you to ensure we are creating processes that let you feel safe, inspired and closer to your most authentic and empowered self. I specialise in eating disorders, ASD, gender/identity and relationship problems.
(03) 4420 9044 View (03) 4420 9044
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The Team Approach
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Employee stress, overwhelm and anxiety impacts work performance, productivity and engagement. And this has a direct impact on businesses. We know that poor mental health effects workplace culture, communication, retention, productivity, relationships and success. In a world where stress, overwhelm, anxiety, burnout, and mental health concerns are on the rise, workplaces need to support the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. EAP counselling services support employees to handle challenges that effect work performance.
Employee stress, overwhelm and anxiety impacts work performance, productivity and engagement. And this has a direct impact on businesses. We know that poor mental health effects workplace culture, communication, retention, productivity, relationships and success. In a world where stress, overwhelm, anxiety, burnout, and mental health concerns are on the rise, workplaces need to support the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. EAP counselling services support employees to handle challenges that effect work performance.
(03) 4231 7016 View (03) 4231 7016
Photo of Alice Paton, Counsellor in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Alice Paton
Counsellor
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350  (Online Only)
Taking a holistic approach to care, Alice aim's to guide clients to explore themselves with curiosity and an open mind. It is her goal to guide clients to uncover root causes, rather than just symptom management. To feel safe and comfortable to express themselves, expand their mind, and speak into their true wants, needs, and desires. Increase your self-awareness and understanding of your unconscious beliefs, perceptions, and patterns. Alice aim's to assist you in setting personal goals that lead to you feeling empowered, open to change, and to bring more joy into your life. Alice is currently working with adults only.
Taking a holistic approach to care, Alice aim's to guide clients to explore themselves with curiosity and an open mind. It is her goal to guide clients to uncover root causes, rather than just symptom management. To feel safe and comfortable to express themselves, expand their mind, and speak into their true wants, needs, and desires. Increase your self-awareness and understanding of your unconscious beliefs, perceptions, and patterns. Alice aim's to assist you in setting personal goals that lead to you feeling empowered, open to change, and to bring more joy into your life. Alice is currently working with adults only.
(02) 5023 7460 View (02) 5023 7460
Photo of Bianca Bozzo - Endeavour Psychology, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Bianca Bozzo - Endeavour Psychology
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350  (Online Only)
Bianca is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, eligible to provide psychological services with Medicare rebates. Bianca enjoys supporting children, adolescents and young adults. Bianca practices a range of therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Psychoeducation. Bianca strives to understand each client’s unique situation and provides tailored, evidence-based practices to support them. Outside of work Bianca enjoys nature camping and beach days.
Bianca is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, eligible to provide psychological services with Medicare rebates. Bianca enjoys supporting children, adolescents and young adults. Bianca practices a range of therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Psychoeducation. Bianca strives to understand each client’s unique situation and provides tailored, evidence-based practices to support them. Outside of work Bianca enjoys nature camping and beach days.
(03) 4238 2745 View (03) 4238 2745
Photo of Freya's Farm: Animal Assisted Therapy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Freya's Farm: Animal Assisted Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Hi, I'm Freya. I've been counselling for over 25 years, and 2 years ago started incorporating my animals (horses, dogs, cats) into my therapeutic practice. I work with all ages, and the people I work with are as unique as the issues they want to address. My clients are individuals, couples, and children. I have lived experience of neurodiversity (ASD, ADHD, Dyslexia, HSP) and consequently work with a lot of people who are neurodiverse themselves. My work focusses on understanding why we are the way we are, combined with techniques that foster change and growth, with the end goal of increased well being and resilience.
Hi, I'm Freya. I've been counselling for over 25 years, and 2 years ago started incorporating my animals (horses, dogs, cats) into my therapeutic practice. I work with all ages, and the people I work with are as unique as the issues they want to address. My clients are individuals, couples, and children. I have lived experience of neurodiversity (ASD, ADHD, Dyslexia, HSP) and consequently work with a lot of people who are neurodiverse themselves. My work focusses on understanding why we are the way we are, combined with techniques that foster change and growth, with the end goal of increased well being and resilience.
(03) 4320 5775 View (03) 4320 5775
Photo of Dr Joshua Comyn, Psychotherapist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Dr Joshua Comyn
Psychotherapist, PhD, ACA-L3
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350  (Online Only)
Something isn’t quite right. It may be that you can’t stop yourself from worrying. Or you are compulsively avoiding things (places, people, certain situations). Perhaps you find yourself flying into a sudden, uncontrollable, panic. It may be that you are feeling down: you can’t shake the sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness in your life. You may be feeling worthless and guilty too. It could be your relationships that aren’t working (partner, friends, family, boss, or colleagues). Perhaps past experiences are haunting you so that you lose your connection to the present and the people in it. Perhaps it's all of the above.
Something isn’t quite right. It may be that you can’t stop yourself from worrying. Or you are compulsively avoiding things (places, people, certain situations). Perhaps you find yourself flying into a sudden, uncontrollable, panic. It may be that you are feeling down: you can’t shake the sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness in your life. You may be feeling worthless and guilty too. It could be your relationships that aren’t working (partner, friends, family, boss, or colleagues). Perhaps past experiences are haunting you so that you lose your connection to the present and the people in it. Perhaps it's all of the above.
(03) 7003 2150 View (03) 7003 2150
Photo of Rachael Jolly, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Rachael Jolly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSc, AMHSW
Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
I'm a passionate trauma and couples therapist. Helping you to reconnect with your body; being able to live your life more presently and without fear. Supporting you to feel safe in mind and body to return home. I’m here to support you to make meaning of your experiences, be present with, understand and give voice to your feelings. When our mind and body are living with unhealed trauma wounds - we can be reactionary in our relationships.
I'm a passionate trauma and couples therapist. Helping you to reconnect with your body; being able to live your life more presently and without fear. Supporting you to feel safe in mind and body to return home. I’m here to support you to make meaning of your experiences, be present with, understand and give voice to your feelings. When our mind and body are living with unhealed trauma wounds - we can be reactionary in our relationships.
(03) 4240 5757 View (03) 4240 5757
Photo of Louise Grunwaldt Mental Health in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Louise Grunwaldt Mental Health [LGMH]
Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Hi! I'm Lou, an experienced Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician, who is passionate about providing a quality service to children (10+), adolescents, young adults and their families, experiencing eating disorders, disordered eating, anxiety and mood disorders, neurodiversity and so much more. My approach is integrative, creative, flexible, family-inclusive + recovery focused. Self referrals welcomed. Medicare rebates for clients who have a Chronic Disease Management Plans (Item 10956). Sorry, I cannot provide Medicare rebates for Mental Health / Eating Disorder treatment.
Hi! I'm Lou, an experienced Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician, who is passionate about providing a quality service to children (10+), adolescents, young adults and their families, experiencing eating disorders, disordered eating, anxiety and mood disorders, neurodiversity and so much more. My approach is integrative, creative, flexible, family-inclusive + recovery focused. Self referrals welcomed. Medicare rebates for clients who have a Chronic Disease Management Plans (Item 10956). Sorry, I cannot provide Medicare rebates for Mental Health / Eating Disorder treatment.
(03) 4328 5553 View (03) 4328 5553
Photo of Amy Greaves, Psychologist in Soldiers Hill, VIC
Amy Greaves
Psychologist, MAPS
Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Amy Greaves is a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She has more than 17 years of experience providing quality psychological care to clients in a variety of settings. Amy’s warm, engaging, and empathetic personality combined with her wide knowledge of evidence-based therapeutic interventions, has led to her success in helping a wide variety of clients to enhance meaning and quality in their lives. With her clientele of adults and adolescents, she is dedicated to creating a safe and trusting therapeutic environment.
Amy Greaves is a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She has more than 17 years of experience providing quality psychological care to clients in a variety of settings. Amy’s warm, engaging, and empathetic personality combined with her wide knowledge of evidence-based therapeutic interventions, has led to her success in helping a wide variety of clients to enhance meaning and quality in their lives. With her clientele of adults and adolescents, she is dedicated to creating a safe and trusting therapeutic environment.
(03) 4321 2617 View (03) 4321 2617

How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Soldiers Hill, VIC

< 10

Counsellors in Soldiers Hill, VIC who prioritize treating:

100% Trauma and PTSD
67% Relationship Issues
67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% Bereavement
67% Stress
33% Child

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

50% Bupa
50% Medicare Rebates
50% NDIS

How Counsellors in Soldiers Hill, VIC see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Soldiers Hill?

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.