Counselling in South Lake, WA

Photo of Gizella Dudas, Counsellor in South Lake, WA
Gizella Dudas
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
South Lake, WA 6164
I’m a passionate Systemic Family Therapist, working with individuals, couples and families. The integrative, person centred & strength-based approach I use in therapy will ensure the best outcome in managing difficult relationships, separation or divorce, self harm and/or school avoidance in adolescence, prescription medication or illicit substance misuse, alcohol abuse, grief and loss of a loved one, and many other life developmental stage complexities. My trauma-informed approach provides safety, emotional growth, and strength building for all clients in need of support. I'm available for face to face and online or phone sessions
I’m a passionate Systemic Family Therapist, working with individuals, couples and families. The integrative, person centred & strength-based approach I use in therapy will ensure the best outcome in managing difficult relationships, separation or divorce, self harm and/or school avoidance in adolescence, prescription medication or illicit substance misuse, alcohol abuse, grief and loss of a loved one, and many other life developmental stage complexities. My trauma-informed approach provides safety, emotional growth, and strength building for all clients in need of support. I'm available for face to face and online or phone sessions
(08) 9473 6348 View (08) 9473 6348
Photo of Mohammed El-Hakim, Counsellor in South Lake, WA
Mohammed El-Hakim
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
South Lake, WA 6164  (Online Only)
www.toolsoflife.com.au . I am a registered counsellor/ psychotherapist with the Australian Counselling Association ACA, I hold a Master degree in Counselling from Edith Cowan University in Australia, and I have been blessed by studying Islamic Sharia at the Islamic University of Madinah. This unique combination of both Islamic knowledge and counselling and psychotherapy allows me to offer this great support to my clients. I have received training in various counselling techniques, I am based in Perth and deliver the sessions online as we have clients from across Australia and overseas. Get in touch to learn more.
www.toolsoflife.com.au . I am a registered counsellor/ psychotherapist with the Australian Counselling Association ACA, I hold a Master degree in Counselling from Edith Cowan University in Australia, and I have been blessed by studying Islamic Sharia at the Islamic University of Madinah. This unique combination of both Islamic knowledge and counselling and psychotherapy allows me to offer this great support to my clients. I have received training in various counselling techniques, I am based in Perth and deliver the sessions online as we have clients from across Australia and overseas. Get in touch to learn more.
(08) 6171 2132 View (08) 6171 2132
Photo of Janeen Cameron, Psychotherapist in South Lake, WA
Janeen Cameron
Psychotherapist, AThR
Verified Verified
South Lake, WA 6164
Become aware of, your bodies response to traumas and other life events. Explore & develop your awareness & to find solutions that are right for you. Using a trauma informed holistic approach to self-care. Using Neuroscience research, evidence based art therapy and creative psychotherapy you will tap into sensorimotor stress held within the body. Issues such as trauma, PTSD, reproductive mental health, adoption and identity, reducing chaos, managing control, stress, self-care, transitions, decision making and relationships which are impacted by wellbeing. Registered NDIS provider, EMDR, art therapy, dreamwork.
Become aware of, your bodies response to traumas and other life events. Explore & develop your awareness & to find solutions that are right for you. Using a trauma informed holistic approach to self-care. Using Neuroscience research, evidence based art therapy and creative psychotherapy you will tap into sensorimotor stress held within the body. Issues such as trauma, PTSD, reproductive mental health, adoption and identity, reducing chaos, managing control, stress, self-care, transitions, decision making and relationships which are impacted by wellbeing. Registered NDIS provider, EMDR, art therapy, dreamwork.
(08) 7079 4332 View (08) 7079 4332
Photo of Toni Jackson, Psychotherapist in South Lake, WA
Toni Jackson
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
South Lake, WA 6164
I specialise in working with women and LGBTQI+ folk who are wanting support with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and body image concerns. Many of my clients experience stigma and micro-aggressions on a daily basis. Some of the main reasons people choose to see me are because they struggle with feeling 'not good enough', or they have difficulty coping with overwhelming emotions, or they are struggling in a world that doesn't seem to accept them. Some of my clients feel disconnected from themselves and are wanting support to work out who they are. Most of my clients would like to feel safer.
I specialise in working with women and LGBTQI+ folk who are wanting support with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and body image concerns. Many of my clients experience stigma and micro-aggressions on a daily basis. Some of the main reasons people choose to see me are because they struggle with feeling 'not good enough', or they have difficulty coping with overwhelming emotions, or they are struggling in a world that doesn't seem to accept them. Some of my clients feel disconnected from themselves and are wanting support to work out who they are. Most of my clients would like to feel safer.
(08) 9521 4353 View (08) 9521 4353
Photo of Phil Gatt, Counsellor in South Lake, WA
Phil Gatt
Counsellor, MC, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Lake, WA 6164
Maybe this is the first time you've visited a page devoted to healing and personal growth. Or possibly you are travel-weary and wary after journeys yet to result in a sense of fulfilment? Whoever you are and whatever stage of life you are at... You are welcome here. I have travelled this path of healing and personal growth myself. I have learned from the best teachers, explored with the safest therapists and trained in ways backed by scientific evidence. As your self-study guide, and in the spirit of collaboration, I will ensure you feel safe and psychologically held.
Maybe this is the first time you've visited a page devoted to healing and personal growth. Or possibly you are travel-weary and wary after journeys yet to result in a sense of fulfilment? Whoever you are and whatever stage of life you are at... You are welcome here. I have travelled this path of healing and personal growth myself. I have learned from the best teachers, explored with the safest therapists and trained in ways backed by scientific evidence. As your self-study guide, and in the spirit of collaboration, I will ensure you feel safe and psychologically held.
(08) 6219 3737 View (08) 6219 3737

More Therapists Nearby

Photo of Paris Matthews, Psychologist in South Lake, WA
Paris Matthews
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Cockburn Central, WA 6164
As a Psychologist, I passionately believe that we as humans already hold the potential and resilience to be able to heal ourselves. I will work with you in a holistic and judgement-free way for you to be able to build upon your skills to be able to cope with the challenges that life presents to us. This is your journey, and I will be your guide. I have experience working with vulnerable populations within Government sectors of Disability Royal Commission, Child Protective Services and also Corrective Services, where I supported individuals with neurodiversity, couples and families, in addition to people experiencing addiction.
As a Psychologist, I passionately believe that we as humans already hold the potential and resilience to be able to heal ourselves. I will work with you in a holistic and judgement-free way for you to be able to build upon your skills to be able to cope with the challenges that life presents to us. This is your journey, and I will be your guide. I have experience working with vulnerable populations within Government sectors of Disability Royal Commission, Child Protective Services and also Corrective Services, where I supported individuals with neurodiversity, couples and families, in addition to people experiencing addiction.
(08) 6171 2171 View (08) 6171 2171
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Making Space Psychology
Psychologist, MSc, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cockburn Central, WA 6164
Making Space Psychology is committed to choice, safety and connection with a strong appreciation of the benefits of nature. My clients are in their late teens through adulthood to our elders in the latter stages of life. They may have recognised psychological disorders, relationship, adjustment and self-worth concerns, existential and climate anxiety or trauma, bereavement or medical crises. My clients often recognise the therapeutic benefits of nature and want to harness it. They like to walk and talk or engage in an activity whilst they are undertaking therapy. Just sitting in an office talking sometimes just doesn't cut it!
Making Space Psychology is committed to choice, safety and connection with a strong appreciation of the benefits of nature. My clients are in their late teens through adulthood to our elders in the latter stages of life. They may have recognised psychological disorders, relationship, adjustment and self-worth concerns, existential and climate anxiety or trauma, bereavement or medical crises. My clients often recognise the therapeutic benefits of nature and want to harness it. They like to walk and talk or engage in an activity whilst they are undertaking therapy. Just sitting in an office talking sometimes just doesn't cut it!
(08) 6219 3797 View (08) 6219 3797
Photo of Aksana Sutherland, Psychologist in South Lake, WA
Aksana Sutherland
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Cockburn Central, WA 6164
Hi there. I want you to take a deep breath in- hold- and an even longer breath out now. Well done on finding your way here. If you have done therapy before -welcome back! If its your first time, well done on being so courageous. Id love to say therapy is easy- but its not. It may very well be one of the hardest things you do in your life. BUT it might be a little easier than the struggle you have been living with so far. You might have come here feeling broken- rather than that, perhaps you are actually stuck. Effective therapy is largely based on human relationship so we will start by getting to know each other.
Hi there. I want you to take a deep breath in- hold- and an even longer breath out now. Well done on finding your way here. If you have done therapy before -welcome back! If its your first time, well done on being so courageous. Id love to say therapy is easy- but its not. It may very well be one of the hardest things you do in your life. BUT it might be a little easier than the struggle you have been living with so far. You might have come here feeling broken- rather than that, perhaps you are actually stuck. Effective therapy is largely based on human relationship so we will start by getting to know each other.
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Argrove Counselling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Cockburn Central, WA 6164
Argrove Counselling offers evidenced based psychological counselling to help children, adolescents and adults improve their mental health, develop healthy ways of managing and responding to life's challenges. We use a range of evidenced based therapy approaches such as Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness based strategies.
Argrove Counselling offers evidenced based psychological counselling to help children, adolescents and adults improve their mental health, develop healthy ways of managing and responding to life's challenges. We use a range of evidenced based therapy approaches such as Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness based strategies.
(08) 6120 1789 View (08) 6120 1789
Photo of Christopher Ladeira, Psychologist in South Lake, WA
Christopher Ladeira
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Atwell, WA 6164
Hey my name’s Chris, I’m a Clinical Psychologist working out of Fremantle. I work best with people who feel like things are off in life but can’t quite put their finger on what. People who feel grim even though they have a “good life” on paper. People that struggle with intense emotions which they tend to cover up with work or comfort seeking. People that feel like the past is somehow holding them back. A lot of the people I see aren’t sure why the feel the way they do, or how to feel better. Sometimes they know what to do but can’t quite put it all together. Sometimes they just want to talk and feel heard and understood.
Hey my name’s Chris, I’m a Clinical Psychologist working out of Fremantle. I work best with people who feel like things are off in life but can’t quite put their finger on what. People who feel grim even though they have a “good life” on paper. People that struggle with intense emotions which they tend to cover up with work or comfort seeking. People that feel like the past is somehow holding them back. A lot of the people I see aren’t sure why the feel the way they do, or how to feel better. Sometimes they know what to do but can’t quite put it all together. Sometimes they just want to talk and feel heard and understood.
0432 026 855 View 0432 026 855
Photo of The Counsellor Collective - Lucinda Pretorius, Counsellor in South Lake, WA
The Counsellor Collective - Lucinda Pretorius
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Wandi, WA 6167
Lucinda is a committed, intuitive, warm and empathetic counsellor who believes that every person deserves to be heard, understood, and supported on their path to good health and personal growth. Her objective is to help individuals discover their purpose and reach their full potential through meaningful experiences, healing from trauma, and self-discovery. Lucinda has expertise in anxiety, digital addictions, and self-harm, and works with children, adolescents, adults, individuals, couples and family counselling. Her strengths-based, fun and interactive approach to counselling allows for hope and meaningful change.
Lucinda is a committed, intuitive, warm and empathetic counsellor who believes that every person deserves to be heard, understood, and supported on their path to good health and personal growth. Her objective is to help individuals discover their purpose and reach their full potential through meaningful experiences, healing from trauma, and self-discovery. Lucinda has expertise in anxiety, digital addictions, and self-harm, and works with children, adolescents, adults, individuals, couples and family counselling. Her strengths-based, fun and interactive approach to counselling allows for hope and meaningful change.
(08) 6109 8134 View (08) 6109 8134
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Clear Mind Directive CMD Counselling Services
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Kwinana Town Centre, WA 6167
I been a mental health practitioner/clinician for over 15 years. Qualifications in Counselling, Health Science, Mental Health, Behavioural Science and Education. I use various therapeutic methods with clients' trauma, BPD, Autism, ADHD, and other MH. I specialise in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I am a credited member of the Australian Counselling Association, Western Australian Association of Mental Health, Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association and National Association of ATSI Health Practitioners. To Book an appointment visit www.cmdcounsellingservices.com.au/services-and-fees
I been a mental health practitioner/clinician for over 15 years. Qualifications in Counselling, Health Science, Mental Health, Behavioural Science and Education. I use various therapeutic methods with clients' trauma, BPD, Autism, ADHD, and other MH. I specialise in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I am a credited member of the Australian Counselling Association, Western Australian Association of Mental Health, Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association and National Association of ATSI Health Practitioners. To Book an appointment visit www.cmdcounsellingservices.com.au/services-and-fees
(08) 6493 7767 View (08) 6493 7767
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Poh Gan
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Ed. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Success, WA 6164
Blossom Care Psychology understands that every individual and family has different unique challenges; yet we are all the same in the face of common human suffering such as sadness, worry, anger, developmental challenges, illnesses, death and dying, grief, and loss. In the face of all these challenges in life, Blossom Care Psychology hopes to work alongside with you with compassion and loving kindness to find ways that work for you so that you can continue to thrive and flourish.
Blossom Care Psychology understands that every individual and family has different unique challenges; yet we are all the same in the face of common human suffering such as sadness, worry, anger, developmental challenges, illnesses, death and dying, grief, and loss. In the face of all these challenges in life, Blossom Care Psychology hopes to work alongside with you with compassion and loving kindness to find ways that work for you so that you can continue to thrive and flourish.
(08) 6120 1806 View (08) 6120 1806
Photo of Josip Vujica, Psychologist in South Lake, WA
Josip Vujica
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Cockburn Central, WA 6164
I am a passionate psychologist who collaboratively works with adolescents and adults across diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds to address their treatment goals. I have a keen interest in the interrelationship between thoughts, behaviors, and emotions and how they affect overall health. I predominatly work with autism, OCD, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, self-esteem/ self-worth, work matters, and ADHD. I also offer comprehensive ADHD and personality assessments, while also offering life-coaching. I support clients gain insight into their patterns of thinking/ behaving, and teach adaptive coping techniques.
I am a passionate psychologist who collaboratively works with adolescents and adults across diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds to address their treatment goals. I have a keen interest in the interrelationship between thoughts, behaviors, and emotions and how they affect overall health. I predominatly work with autism, OCD, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, self-esteem/ self-worth, work matters, and ADHD. I also offer comprehensive ADHD and personality assessments, while also offering life-coaching. I support clients gain insight into their patterns of thinking/ behaving, and teach adaptive coping techniques.
(08) 6120 1482 View (08) 6120 1482
Photo of Roberto Parraga-Martin IFS & Clinical Psychology, Psychologist in South Lake, WA
Roberto Parraga-Martin IFS & Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cockburn Central, WA 6164
Beyond Talk: IFS and Clinical Psychology for Evidence-Based Change. Struggling with deep issues? Roberto, a seasoned clinician with complex trauma, supports you on a journey to improve your inner harmony. IFS, a powerful therapy, unlocks your hidden strengths & builds self-compassion. Schedule your consultation now!
Beyond Talk: IFS and Clinical Psychology for Evidence-Based Change. Struggling with deep issues? Roberto, a seasoned clinician with complex trauma, supports you on a journey to improve your inner harmony. IFS, a powerful therapy, unlocks your hidden strengths & builds self-compassion. Schedule your consultation now!
(08) 6490 9816 View (08) 6490 9816
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The Art of She Perinatal Counselling/Arts Therapy
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Cockburn Central, WA 6164
Have you been affected by an experience of birth, pregnancy, trauma, or parenthood? Are you feeling like your spirit is broken, you are drowning in a sea of uncertainty, and don't know what to do? I hear you, I see you and I can help you. Together we will work through ways to find resolutions so that you can begin to heal and enjoy life again. I am a registered Counsellor, and also trained in Arts Therapy so if you or your child find it difficult to verbally express what you are experiencing we can find other creative ways of working together.
Have you been affected by an experience of birth, pregnancy, trauma, or parenthood? Are you feeling like your spirit is broken, you are drowning in a sea of uncertainty, and don't know what to do? I hear you, I see you and I can help you. Together we will work through ways to find resolutions so that you can begin to heal and enjoy life again. I am a registered Counsellor, and also trained in Arts Therapy so if you or your child find it difficult to verbally express what you are experiencing we can find other creative ways of working together.
(08) 6493 7139 View (08) 6493 7139
Photo of Stephanie Crevatin, Counsellor in South Lake, WA
Stephanie Crevatin
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
Cockburn Central, WA 6164
Stephanie is an experienced Counsellor & Psychotherapist (Level 4 ACA) with over 20 years of experience, in private practice as well as working with community organisations since 2003. Stephanie has worked in a range of diverse settings to provide counselling to adults, children, adolescents, couples, families and group work. Stephanie is a professional, qualified and skilled counsellor possessing compassion and empathy to hold a safe, respectful, compassionate space where you can explore your emotions, thoughts, and concerns without judgment.
Stephanie is an experienced Counsellor & Psychotherapist (Level 4 ACA) with over 20 years of experience, in private practice as well as working with community organisations since 2003. Stephanie has worked in a range of diverse settings to provide counselling to adults, children, adolescents, couples, families and group work. Stephanie is a professional, qualified and skilled counsellor possessing compassion and empathy to hold a safe, respectful, compassionate space where you can explore your emotions, thoughts, and concerns without judgment.
(08) 6109 8029 View (08) 6109 8029
Photo of In-Vision Counselling Services, Counsellor in South Lake, WA
In-Vision Counselling Services
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cockburn Central, WA 6164
Dawn is a member of ACA. Dawn believes in the holistic healing process for her clients. She is passionate in assisting her clients to achieve their goals by assisting and guiding them in realising their full potential. Dawn focuses in helping her clients and believes it is important to walk the journey with her clients until they are ready to take their own steps. She works with clients with anger issues, anxiety, stress or any other issues that might be detrimental to their mental health being. She believes that to help her clients, she needs to incorporate every aspect of the clients life to fully understand and help them.
Dawn is a member of ACA. Dawn believes in the holistic healing process for her clients. She is passionate in assisting her clients to achieve their goals by assisting and guiding them in realising their full potential. Dawn focuses in helping her clients and believes it is important to walk the journey with her clients until they are ready to take their own steps. She works with clients with anger issues, anxiety, stress or any other issues that might be detrimental to their mental health being. She believes that to help her clients, she needs to incorporate every aspect of the clients life to fully understand and help them.
(08) 6109 8092 View (08) 6109 8092
Photo of Amaka Nwankwo, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in South Lake, WA
Amaka Nwankwo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSc, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Cockburn Central, WA 6164
My goal is to help individuals navigate life's obstacles and improve their overall well-being. I provide therapy to address a range of challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and personal growth barriers. Clients are welcomed into a safe environment where they can freely express themselves, receive validation, and develop coping strategies. With empathy and compassion, I guide clients through their healing journey. My therapeutic approach is centred on identifying strengths, fostering resilience, and facilitating positive change.
My goal is to help individuals navigate life's obstacles and improve their overall well-being. I provide therapy to address a range of challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and personal growth barriers. Clients are welcomed into a safe environment where they can freely express themselves, receive validation, and develop coping strategies. With empathy and compassion, I guide clients through their healing journey. My therapeutic approach is centred on identifying strengths, fostering resilience, and facilitating positive change.
(08) 6120 1944 View (08) 6120 1944
Photo of Heather Lilley, Counsellor in South Lake, WA
Heather Lilley
Counsellor, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Cockburn Central, WA 6164
I am passionate about helping adults and children live mentally and emotionally healthy lives. Having worked as a Mental Health Social Worker and Psychotherapist for 30 years, I believe in the potential of every person to heal, grow and develop a sense of ownership over the decisions in their lives. Children and adults often find themselves in my counselling room after they’ve been struggling for a while and can walk in feeling overwhelmed, anxious, uncertain what to do and feeling like life has just become too hard. The wonderful thing is that we can learn how to cope, we can learn how to manage and how to be more resilient.
I am passionate about helping adults and children live mentally and emotionally healthy lives. Having worked as a Mental Health Social Worker and Psychotherapist for 30 years, I believe in the potential of every person to heal, grow and develop a sense of ownership over the decisions in their lives. Children and adults often find themselves in my counselling room after they’ve been struggling for a while and can walk in feeling overwhelmed, anxious, uncertain what to do and feeling like life has just become too hard. The wonderful thing is that we can learn how to cope, we can learn how to manage and how to be more resilient.
(08) 6118 7305 View (08) 6118 7305

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in South Lake, WA

< 10

Counsellors in South Lake, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
80% Other
80% Stress
60% Relationship Issues
60% Addiction

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Bupa
100% Medibank Private
100% AHM Health

How Counsellors in South Lake, WA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in South Lake?

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.