Our current standard fee (until 30/9/21) for a 55-minute consultation with our Psychologists is $195 which leaves approx. a $106 gap with the Medicare referral. The fee for our Clinical Psychologist is $235 with a Medicare rebate of $129.45. The fee for our Provisional Psychologist is $110 (no rebates apply). Our fees remain below the AAPi recommended fee of $260 per hour and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) recommended fee of $267.
DVA: Please note that Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) clients will need a referral from their GP to access mental health services. Your DVA referral is valid for 12 months or 12 sessions, whatever comes first.
NDIS: The standard fee for NDIS clients is $214 as NDIS cases typically require more work for the therapist outside sessions. Larger reports or assessments for NDIS (and other external agencies) also attract a fee to cover the Psychologist’s time. Speak with your Psychologist to obtain a quote.
If the gap fee prohibits you from attending, contact your preferred psychologist to inquire about a discounted rate. We will do what we can to ensure you get the help you need.
Hypnotherapy attracts a standard fee of $195, but please contact us to negotiate a discount.
Couples therapy sessions are also $195 and do not attract Medicare rebates. Individual sessions form part of the couples therapy process and Medicare rebates may apply for those sessions. When seeing a psychologist for couples therapy, you may be eligible for private health rebates for the joint sessions. We can swipe your private health card to process a quote for you.
Payment for telehealth sessions: We require advanced EFT payment for video or phone sessions (your therapist will provide their bank details). You may also pay by phone (call 3726 5595) for telehealth appointments. This saves time chasing fees later.
We have a $95 late cancellation and Did Not Attend fee. Please give us 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel.
There are a couple of ways to offset the costs of psychology sessions:
Private Health Fund Rebates
If you are insured with a Private Health Fund and have Extras, you may be eligible for rebates for psychological therapy. To determine your eligibility, call your fund. They will outline your specific rebate entitlements. Bring your health fund card with you to your appointment and we can process your rebate with our HiCaps machine on the spot. You cannot obtain a health fund rebate AND a Medicare rebate in the same session.
Your doctor can write you a GP Mental Heath Treatment Plan that entitles you to a Medicare rebate for up to 20 sessions per calendar year. The current Medicare rebate from 1 July 2021 is $88.45.
To access this rebate, talk with your doctor.
The issues covered by Medicare are:
- Adjustment disorder
- Grief and loss
- Sexual problems
- Childhood trauma and Post Traumatic Stress
- Eating disorders
- Alcohol and drug misuse
- Sleep problems
Once you have this plan, book via our Appointments page or call us on 3726 5595. Please bring your GP plan with you.
At your appointment, you pay us with cash, credit or debit card. Then we process your Medicare claim via software called Medipass. If the claim is accepted by Medicare they will pay the rebate into the bank account you have registered to your Medicare card.
Pease note: Medicare does not accept claims from minors so we must have a parent or guardian as claimant for children 13 years and under. For teenagers 14 years and over, they are no longer linked to the parent or guardians bank account, even if they are still on the same Medicare card. Teenagers will need to have a MyGov account, link their Medicare then register the parents bank details against their Medicare card, if the parent wants to receive the rebate.
If you are an existing client and haven’t seen your psychologist for a while and you’d like a new appointment, your therapist may no longer have online bookings enabled. If so, contact them directly to make a booking.
Telehealth Rebates for Remote & Overseas Clients
COVID-related Medicare rebate items apply for telephone and video sessions around Australia. We require EFT payment before video or phone sessions. Your therapist will provide their bank details. Or you may also pay by phone (call 3726 5595)
We also conduct sessions with clients overseas. However, these sessions do not qualify for the Medicare rebate. Private health insurance rebates are also unlikely to apply internationally.
If you would like a longer appointment, you can book a double session. However, please note, if you have a plan from your GP, we can only process a single Medicare rebate per day. A second session on the same date does not attract the rebate.
What You Pay For When You See a Therapist
Sometimes strong emotions come up in regards to paying to see a psychologist. This excellent post from US therapist Martha Crawford explains the role of fees in forming a healthy and genuine therapeutic alliance.