The standard fee for a 55-minute session with our psychologists is $175 which leaves a $90 gap with a Medicare rebate. Melissa Herdy is a Clinical Psychologist, so her fee is $215 with a $124.50 Medicare rebate with a GP referral, also leaving a $90 gap.
Our fees are all below the $246 fee recommended by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). If the gap fee prevents you from booking in, please feel free to contact your psychologist to negotiate a discount. We’ll do what we can to make sure you get the help you need.
If you haven’t seen your psychologist for a while and you’d like an appointment, you can BOOK NOW online.
There are a number 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 refer you to us (also called 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 2018 for the Medicare rebate is $84.80 or $124.50 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 a referral, book via our Appointments page or call us on 04812 04818. Please bring your GP referral 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 referral 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.
Brisbane MIND / Medicare Local
The Brisbane MIND Program applies only to those holding a health care card, or on a disability or another pension. One of our psychologists, Jenny Laing, is an approved Brisbane MIND provider. Brisbane MIND is an Australian Government Department of Health Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program managed by Brisbane North PHN. Ask your GP about whether you qualify to access a Brisbane MIND referral.
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.