Counselling in Whittlesea, VIC

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Vanessa Tranter
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified
Whittlesea, VIC 3757
Seeing people conquer anxiety truly warms my heart. If I could choose a superpower, it'd be to shake up their thinking in this very realm. Creating a haven where someone can kickstart their healing journey is what fuels my passion. More than anything, I strive to be the kind of counsellor I yearned for during my own healing expedition. Diving deep into the intricacies of the brain and neuroplasticity for years has given me a keen understanding of our wiring. This means, regardless of the challenge you're facing, I genuinely believe that you can walk away with a fresh perspective and newfound hope.
Seeing people conquer anxiety truly warms my heart. If I could choose a superpower, it'd be to shake up their thinking in this very realm. Creating a haven where someone can kickstart their healing journey is what fuels my passion. More than anything, I strive to be the kind of counsellor I yearned for during my own healing expedition. Diving deep into the intricacies of the brain and neuroplasticity for years has given me a keen understanding of our wiring. This means, regardless of the challenge you're facing, I genuinely believe that you can walk away with a fresh perspective and newfound hope.
(08) 9126 9219 View (08) 9126 9219
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Amanda Barber
Psychotherapist, AACBT
Verified
Whittlesea, VIC 3757
Feeling better is great, but I love to empower people with skills, strategies, and mechanisms to DO better. Strategic Psychotherapy is about effecting measurable change and progress. Talking about things and debriefing is great and comforting, however progress is what really counts.
Feeling better is great, but I love to empower people with skills, strategies, and mechanisms to DO better. Strategic Psychotherapy is about effecting measurable change and progress. Talking about things and debriefing is great and comforting, however progress is what really counts.
(03) 8104 9751 View (03) 8104 9751
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Aston Psychology Clinic
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
Whittlesea, VIC 3757
Lavinia McSwain is a registered psychologist with over 15 years experience working in hospitals, community mental health, university and forensic settings. She works with adults who experience anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, grief, addiction, other mental health issues or life difficulties in general. She provides individual treatment on site and online, as well as relationship counselling and Employee Assistance Programs(EAP) counselling. She is also a registered supervisor providing training for provisional psychologists.
Lavinia McSwain is a registered psychologist with over 15 years experience working in hospitals, community mental health, university and forensic settings. She works with adults who experience anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, grief, addiction, other mental health issues or life difficulties in general. She provides individual treatment on site and online, as well as relationship counselling and Employee Assistance Programs(EAP) counselling. She is also a registered supervisor providing training for provisional psychologists.
(03) 7303 3862 View (03) 7303 3862
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Rae Kruger - Counselling and Training
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified
1 Endorsed
Whittlesea, VIC 3757
Counselling is the collaborative approach addressing day to day challenges individuals face in their life time. At times, doing it by yourself seems overwhelming and hopeless. Counselling provides a safe and confidential space to talk about these issues and develop the necessary skills to manage your mental and emotional wellbeing as an individual or within a relationship. Rae is willing and able to work with clients to address challenges and help you achieve your goals supporting your overall well-being.
Counselling is the collaborative approach addressing day to day challenges individuals face in their life time. At times, doing it by yourself seems overwhelming and hopeless. Counselling provides a safe and confidential space to talk about these issues and develop the necessary skills to manage your mental and emotional wellbeing as an individual or within a relationship. Rae is willing and able to work with clients to address challenges and help you achieve your goals supporting your overall well-being.
(03) 8737 9417 View (03) 8737 9417
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Kristine Lutter
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L3
Verified
2 Endorsed
Whittlesea, VIC 3757
I specialise in anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, trauma, self esteem/self worth, guilt, shame, family of origin issues, bullying and women struggling with infertility. My approach is holistic looking at the physical, social, spiritual and emotional aspects. I attempt to ensure clients feel safe and comfortable before they are able to share what has happened to them. With my experience in this industry, I have trained and supervise counsellors. This has helped me to deepen my understanding of what clients need.
I specialise in anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, trauma, self esteem/self worth, guilt, shame, family of origin issues, bullying and women struggling with infertility. My approach is holistic looking at the physical, social, spiritual and emotional aspects. I attempt to ensure clients feel safe and comfortable before they are able to share what has happened to them. With my experience in this industry, I have trained and supervise counsellors. This has helped me to deepen my understanding of what clients need.
(03) 8104 9918 View (03) 8104 9918
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Erin Jones Art Therapy
Psychotherapist, MA, AThR
Verified
3 Endorsed
Whittlesea, VIC 3757
I have a passion working with people to improve their wellbeing and achieve the goals that they set for themselves. I am experienced working with individuals with complex chronic and acute illness and understand the complexities of illness and the impacts this has on a persons mental and emotion state. I also have a large and invested interest in supporting women as they navigate the journey into motherhood (matrescence) and the emotional challenges this can bring along with the change in identity and self. As a mother of 2 young children I understand first hand the day to day challenges being a mother can be.
I have a passion working with people to improve their wellbeing and achieve the goals that they set for themselves. I am experienced working with individuals with complex chronic and acute illness and understand the complexities of illness and the impacts this has on a persons mental and emotion state. I also have a large and invested interest in supporting women as they navigate the journey into motherhood (matrescence) and the emotional challenges this can bring along with the change in identity and self. As a mother of 2 young children I understand first hand the day to day challenges being a mother can be.
(03) 8104 9750 View (03) 8104 9750
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Andelain Therapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, ACA-L4
Verified
Whittlesea, VIC 3757  (Online Only)
Judy is a warm, highly qualified trauma psychotherapist specialising in EMDR and early attachment wounding. Because having a deep understanding what happens to us following trauma, or the cumulative and long term impacts of having lived in less than 'good enough’ childhood environments, is central to effective, healing trauma therapy. Sadly, what you end up believing about yourself because of these experiences and continue to carry emotionally and psychologically will be the root cause of the distress impacting your life. There really is a way through...
Judy is a warm, highly qualified trauma psychotherapist specialising in EMDR and early attachment wounding. Because having a deep understanding what happens to us following trauma, or the cumulative and long term impacts of having lived in less than 'good enough’ childhood environments, is central to effective, healing trauma therapy. Sadly, what you end up believing about yourself because of these experiences and continue to carry emotionally and psychologically will be the root cause of the distress impacting your life. There really is a way through...
(03) 4713 9314 View (03) 4713 9314
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Wellness Psychology Clinic Australia
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified
2 Endorsed
Whittlesea, VIC 3757  (Online Only)
Clinical Psychologist Paula Garrido, is registered with the NDIS and provides evidence-based treatment online/video call therapy to NDIS Participants. She is Certified Autism, PTSD and ADHD expert and provides neurodiverse affirming therapy. She is a warm, understanding, non-judgmental psychologist that is experienced in assisting patients rebuild their self-confidence and successfully work towards their goals. She has experience working in public hospitals, private psychology clinics with people with mild to severe mental illness and with the NDIA and NDIS including writing NDIS patient reports.
Clinical Psychologist Paula Garrido, is registered with the NDIS and provides evidence-based treatment online/video call therapy to NDIS Participants. She is Certified Autism, PTSD and ADHD expert and provides neurodiverse affirming therapy. She is a warm, understanding, non-judgmental psychologist that is experienced in assisting patients rebuild their self-confidence and successfully work towards their goals. She has experience working in public hospitals, private psychology clinics with people with mild to severe mental illness and with the NDIA and NDIS including writing NDIS patient reports.
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Jamie Camamile
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
1 Endorsed
Whittlesea, VIC 3757
NO WAIT list - With over 10 years experience I work with a range of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, OCD, grief and loss, interpersonal issues, sleep assistance and work place injuries. I also have a strong interest and experience working with trauma, including veterans and both survivors and perpetrators of family violence. I am a strong believer in positive psychology and the concept of accessing psychological support to accomplish self-growth.
NO WAIT list - With over 10 years experience I work with a range of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, OCD, grief and loss, interpersonal issues, sleep assistance and work place injuries. I also have a strong interest and experience working with trauma, including veterans and both survivors and perpetrators of family violence. I am a strong believer in positive psychology and the concept of accessing psychological support to accomplish self-growth.
(03) 4713 9244 View (03) 4713 9244
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Alana Stewart
Counsellor, AThR
Verified
3 Endorsed
Whittlesea, VIC 3757
As an Art Therapist and Counsellor, I am committed to providing a person-centered, empathetic, and inclusive therapeutic environment. I work from the Yellow Gum Art Therapy Studio with therapy dog, Evie, who loves greeting new clients and comforting them during sessions. Experienced in helping clients navigate through the challenges of depression, anxiety, PTSD, disability, autism, and complex trauma. I bring a unique perspective informed by my own experiences with neurodivergence.
As an Art Therapist and Counsellor, I am committed to providing a person-centered, empathetic, and inclusive therapeutic environment. I work from the Yellow Gum Art Therapy Studio with therapy dog, Evie, who loves greeting new clients and comforting them during sessions. Experienced in helping clients navigate through the challenges of depression, anxiety, PTSD, disability, autism, and complex trauma. I bring a unique perspective informed by my own experiences with neurodivergence.
(03) 8400 0787 View (03) 8400 0787

More Therapists Nearby

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Dina Aouad - Yes To New Beginnings Counselling
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified
1 Endorsed
South Morang, VIC 3752
Welcome to "Yes To New Beginnings Counselling" profile, where the transformative power of counselling is beautifully mirrored in the life cycle of a butterfly. Just as the butterfly undergoes a remarkable metamorphosis, counselling has the potential to transform individuals by empowering them to embrace new beginnings. With a person-centred approach and expertise in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Existential Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, I assist individuals in embracing new beginnings.
Welcome to "Yes To New Beginnings Counselling" profile, where the transformative power of counselling is beautifully mirrored in the life cycle of a butterfly. Just as the butterfly undergoes a remarkable metamorphosis, counselling has the potential to transform individuals by empowering them to embrace new beginnings. With a person-centred approach and expertise in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Existential Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, I assist individuals in embracing new beginnings.
(03) 8400 0382 View (03) 8400 0382
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Natascha Newton
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified
Mernda, VIC 3754
At Rise Wellbeing we are driven by the desire to find and offer the best supports to match the needs of our clients, to give back to others and to provide affordable counselling and education services to the community. I am driven to support my clients with evidence based practice and an encouraging and person centered approach. Rise wellbeing is an NDIS registered businedd. We are able to support NDIS participants who are seeking Counselling.
At Rise Wellbeing we are driven by the desire to find and offer the best supports to match the needs of our clients, to give back to others and to provide affordable counselling and education services to the community. I am driven to support my clients with evidence based practice and an encouraging and person centered approach. Rise wellbeing is an NDIS registered businedd. We are able to support NDIS participants who are seeking Counselling.
(03) 8595 5028 View (03) 8595 5028
Damien Gafforini
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified
Doreen, VIC 3754
I have 20 years of experience, in particular supporting those whom have experienced some form of traumatic event (especially sexual abuse). This includes current serving members of the Australian Defence Forces, Veterans and their families (PTSD). I work with children and young people who have behavioural and emotional difficulties and developmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD. I also provide Neurofeedback therapy and EMDR. Essentially if you are ready to engage in therapy, open to exploring current behaviours and how change may occur - Then lets get started!
I have 20 years of experience, in particular supporting those whom have experienced some form of traumatic event (especially sexual abuse). This includes current serving members of the Australian Defence Forces, Veterans and their families (PTSD). I work with children and young people who have behavioural and emotional difficulties and developmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD. I also provide Neurofeedback therapy and EMDR. Essentially if you are ready to engage in therapy, open to exploring current behaviours and how change may occur - Then lets get started!
(03) 9068 6002 View (03) 9068 6002
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Zain Timimi
Psychotherapist, MPsych, PACFA
Verified
South Morang, VIC 3752
This is Zain, BNurs , BParamedicS, MCouns&Psy. I’m a registered counsellor with PACFA, who works with both adults and adolescents. I employ a person-cantered approach to therapy whilst also implementing other therapeutic intervention techniques. During therapy I aim to understand each individual and the personal circumstances that surround their life. My main focus is to provide a safe space that allows clients to feel comfortable when expressing themselves, ultimately allowing me to understand their perspective and encouraging positive change in their life. Common therapy techniques I use are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
This is Zain, BNurs , BParamedicS, MCouns&Psy. I’m a registered counsellor with PACFA, who works with both adults and adolescents. I employ a person-cantered approach to therapy whilst also implementing other therapeutic intervention techniques. During therapy I aim to understand each individual and the personal circumstances that surround their life. My main focus is to provide a safe space that allows clients to feel comfortable when expressing themselves, ultimately allowing me to understand their perspective and encouraging positive change in their life. Common therapy techniques I use are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
(03) 7302 2957 View (03) 7302 2957
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Tim Nolan Counselling & Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, ACA-L1
Verified
1 Endorsed
Doreen, VIC 3754
Tim has over 10 years counselling & psychotherapy experience in treating clients with trauma, complex mental health and substance abuse presentations. He has worked across various settings including residential rehabilitation, hospitals, psychiatric, 'not for profit' and general counselling. Tim is trained in Schema Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy and Gottman Method Counselling (for couples), and practice CBT, emotional regulation and psychodynamic therapies. Tim is also a qualified Mental Health & AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) Clinician
Tim has over 10 years counselling & psychotherapy experience in treating clients with trauma, complex mental health and substance abuse presentations. He has worked across various settings including residential rehabilitation, hospitals, psychiatric, 'not for profit' and general counselling. Tim is trained in Schema Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy and Gottman Method Counselling (for couples), and practice CBT, emotional regulation and psychodynamic therapies. Tim is also a qualified Mental Health & AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) Clinician
(03) 8400 0062 View (03) 8400 0062
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Wholehearted Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified
South Morang, VIC 3752
We can focus on a specific problem area you bring to therapy, and delve to a deeper level of understanding of the issue/s so as to resolve it, or we can work in a more fluid, open-ended manner, with self-discovery in mind. While I am not resistant to diagnosis and working within a pathological lens, I like to see people outside of narrow diagnostic labels. In the first instance, my first approach is to understand a client’s suffering by learning about them as unique individuals with complex histories and adaptive coping strategies. As I engage wholeheartedly with clients, my ask is that clients attempt to engage wholeheartedly too.
We can focus on a specific problem area you bring to therapy, and delve to a deeper level of understanding of the issue/s so as to resolve it, or we can work in a more fluid, open-ended manner, with self-discovery in mind. While I am not resistant to diagnosis and working within a pathological lens, I like to see people outside of narrow diagnostic labels. In the first instance, my first approach is to understand a client’s suffering by learning about them as unique individuals with complex histories and adaptive coping strategies. As I engage wholeheartedly with clients, my ask is that clients attempt to engage wholeheartedly too.
(03) 8338 1979 View (03) 8338 1979
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Roula Abughazaleh - Petunia Counselling Services
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Mernda, VIC 3754
Life presents numerous challenges that can trigger anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and procrastination, among other struggles. Managing emotions and intrusive thoughts can feel overwhelming, prompting the desire for change and personal growth. Through hope, I aim to support you on your path to healing and well-being, empowering you to take control of your life and find greater satisfaction.
Life presents numerous challenges that can trigger anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and procrastination, among other struggles. Managing emotions and intrusive thoughts can feel overwhelming, prompting the desire for change and personal growth. Through hope, I aim to support you on your path to healing and well-being, empowering you to take control of your life and find greater satisfaction.
(03) 8104 9237 View (03) 8104 9237
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Inas Abosh
MC
South Morang, VIC 3752  (Online Only)
I am a qualified Counsellor, specialised in Depression, Relationships, Career, Return to Work, Rehabilitation, and Vocational counselling. I have a Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation and mental health Counselling from Latrobe University. I am accredited by the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC). I have also a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy from ACAP (in progress). Many years experience working with individuals and families, offering support in challenges accompanied by mental health, unemployment, disability and domestic violence.
I am a qualified Counsellor, specialised in Depression, Relationships, Career, Return to Work, Rehabilitation, and Vocational counselling. I have a Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation and mental health Counselling from Latrobe University. I am accredited by the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC). I have also a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy from ACAP (in progress). Many years experience working with individuals and families, offering support in challenges accompanied by mental health, unemployment, disability and domestic violence.
(03) 7303 3921 x039957 View (03) 7303 3921 x039957
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Lea O'Meara
Psychotherapist, AACBT
Verified
Mernda, VIC 3754
I'm passionate about working with all people including Neurodivergent individuals. I absolutely love working with kids and young people to help them change forward, learn and develop emotional regulation techniques and to build bigger capacities, to manage and overcome the challenges they face in their lives. My approach is solution orientated, strategic and fun and engaging. I help clients understand who they are, what patterns they run that are getting them stuck and help guide them on a more effective path, based on them and the unique individual they are.
I'm passionate about working with all people including Neurodivergent individuals. I absolutely love working with kids and young people to help them change forward, learn and develop emotional regulation techniques and to build bigger capacities, to manage and overcome the challenges they face in their lives. My approach is solution orientated, strategic and fun and engaging. I help clients understand who they are, what patterns they run that are getting them stuck and help guide them on a more effective path, based on them and the unique individual they are.
(03) 8104 9405 View (03) 8104 9405
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Valerene Chin
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified
South Morang, VIC 3752
I have worked as a psychologist in a variety of settings, including AOD rehab, refuges, women’s organisations (focused on family violence), NDIS realm, and private practice. I work with a broad range of presentations across the lifespan, including personality disorders, complex trauma, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety, depression, chronic illnesses, addictions, autism spectrum disorder, and schizophrenia. I mainly practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, so the way clients relate to themselves, others and the world is often central in the therapy room. Having said this, I also tailor my approach to suit an individual's needs.
I have worked as a psychologist in a variety of settings, including AOD rehab, refuges, women’s organisations (focused on family violence), NDIS realm, and private practice. I work with a broad range of presentations across the lifespan, including personality disorders, complex trauma, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety, depression, chronic illnesses, addictions, autism spectrum disorder, and schizophrenia. I mainly practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, so the way clients relate to themselves, others and the world is often central in the therapy room. Having said this, I also tailor my approach to suit an individual's needs.
(03) 8400 0503 View (03) 8400 0503

How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Whittlesea, VIC

10+

Average cost per session

$167

Counsellors in Whittlesea, VIC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% Trauma and PTSD
90% Self Esteem
70% Relationship Issues
70% Stress
60% Bereavement

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

50% Bupa
50% Medibank Private
33% Other

How Counsellors in Whittlesea, VIC see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Whittlesea?

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.