Rates and Payment Policies from January 2023
Sliding Scale Rates
I offer a sliding scale for therapy rates as I recognise that not all people have equal access to resources and services due to a complex interplay of factors. The sliding scale ensures that therapy can be accessed at multiple price points depending on your circumstance.
These apply to sessions where the combined annual income for all adults attending is over $100,000 AUD per annum.
Lower Cost Rate
These apply to sessions where the combined annual income for all adults attending is under $100,000 AUD per annum.
A limited number of concession places are available A limited number of concession places are available to people with a Health Care Card or Pension Card, and self-supporting full-time students (i.e., paying for their own housing and living expenses and not financially supported by partner(s) or family members).
Rates for Advocacy Services
Rates for advocacy services will be prorated based on your session fee and calculated a 15-minute increments. When receiving a request for advocacy services I will inform you of the expected fee so you can decide if you would like to proceed.
As a psychotherapist, I am unable to provide Medicare rebates. If you wish to use Medicare rebates, you will need to visit a General Practitioner to request a Mental Health Care Plan. I can provide referrals to a GP and/or a Medicare-rebated psychologist. To be eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan, you will need to be given a psychiatric diagnosis by the GP, and the rebate process requires sharing some of your personal information with Medicare. Medicare only covers some therapeutic methods, excluding multiple evidenced-based, international ‘best practice approaches.
Medicare rebates cover only partial fees for a maximum of ten sessions per year. This was extended by ten additional sessions for those experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, from the 31st of December 2022, the overall sessions returned to 10. After ten sessions, you will typically have to pay the total fees. The Australian Psychological Society’s 2021-2022 Recommended Fees were $267 per 46-60 minutes for one person.
If you want weekly or fortnightly sessions of 3 months or more, my private pay rates are likely to be more affordable, although I understand that there are times when shorter-term subsidised support is needed.
- If you need to cancel an appointment 24 hours notice is required or the full session price will be charged.