The standard fee for a 50-55 minute session with our psychologists is $175 which leaves approx. an $88 gap with a Medicare rebate. Melissa Herdy is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist meaning her fee is $215 (with a $126.65 Medicare rebate with a health care plan from your GP), also leaving approx. an $88 gap.
Our fees are all well below the $251 fee recommended by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). If the gap fee prohibits you from seeing us, feel free to call our Director on 0478 789321 or contact your preferred psychologist to negotiate a discount. We will do what we can to ensure you get the help you need.
If you haven’t seen your psychologist for a while or you’d like a new appointment, you can BOOK NOW online.
There are a couple of ways to offset the cost 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 tell you the specific amounts to which you are entitled. Bring your health fund card with you and we can process your rebate with our HiCaps machine on the spot. You cannot obtain a health fund rebate AND a Medicare rebate for the same session.
Your doctor can write you a GP Mental Heath Care Plan that entitles you to a Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. The current rate in 2019 for the Medicare rebate is $86.15 (or $126.65 for our clinical psychologist Melissa Herdy).
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 04812 04818. 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.
Telehealth Rebates for Remote and Rural Areas
Medicare rebates now apply for videoconferencing appointments, such as Skype or Zoom sessions, for people living in eligible remote or rural areas. You need to check your eligibility. A co-payment still applies for these sessions. Contact us to find out more.
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 for one session 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.