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Aspley, Clayfield and Stafford Heights

Fees and Rebates

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.

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.

Medicare

Your doctor can write you a GP Mental Heath Care 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:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Panic
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Grief and loss
  • Phobias
  • 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, if you have your Medicare card and a debit card, we can transfer your Medicare rebate straight into your debit account.

If you haven’t seen your psychologist for a while or you’d like a new appointment, you can BOOK NOW online.  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.

Longer Sessions

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.

If you haven’t seen your psychologist for a while or you’d like a new appointment, you can BOOK NOW online.

The Australian Psychological Society

5 thoughts on “Fees and Rebates

  1. Hi, I want to change my psychologist as I have been used some of Medicare rebate previously. how do I change to your office?

  2. Good day.
    I hope you are doing well.
    I just want to know what is the path to seeing someone to get Ritalin or the generic prescribed.
    I was on it for 25 years and when I cam to Australia the psychologist told me that I can function with out it. I have dyslexia and ADHA and it is effecting my work on a great level. SO much so that I fear loosing my job if I don’t make a plan about it. I have been told many different things over the last period of time. Any advice would be appreciated .

  3. Hi!
    I’ve just gotten a Mental health care plan from my doctor and am unsure of how it works and how much I will need to pay. I’m a broke uni student and struggling with money currently but in desperate need to get my mental health in order. I currently have AHM extras cover that includes psychology but I’ve not been through this process since 2018.
    Thank you in advance!

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