Fees & Sessions
My standard appointments are 75 minutes in length. Please be aware of this when you are comparing my fees with those of other practitioners as they probably have sessions of 50-60 minutes only. Many clinical psychologists typically charge between $185 – $260 for a 50 minute session. In 2020, consultation fees have been frozen to 2019 rates. Medicare has increased the rebate of Better Access to Mental Health sessions.
|Consultation fees 2019||Full fee with Medicare||Full fee with Private Health Cover|
|My fee (75 minutes)||$260||$250|
|Medicare rebate||$128.40||Private health cover varies $30-Full fee|
|Gap (Your actual out of pocket costs)||$132.60||Variable depending on your health fund for Extras cover (psychology)|
Therapy for couples (on going couples therapy or occasional sessions where a partner attends) is not covered by Medicare. A standard 75min session for couples is $290.
For individual and couple sessions, extra time is charged at $50 for every block of 5-15 mins.
For TAC and WorkSafe clients, there are no gaps. However your case manager must approve the 75 minute sessions and related fees.
The consultation fee is due on the date of service. Cash is accepted for the first session. Electronic funds transfer can be used by continuing clients.
For non-attendance and cancellations with less than 48 hours notice, the full fee will be charged. Medicare does not rebate non-attended or late cancelled sessions. A late cancellation impacts 3 people: (1) the client who potentially loses therapy momentum and delays therapeutic progress; (2) another client possibly on a waiting list, who could have benefited from that session time; (3) a psychologist who spent time preparing for the session.
Due to budget constraints, Medicare rebates and scheduled fees tend not to be indexed. The rebates were frozen from 2013-2019. Medicare has now increased the rebate to $128.40 for 50+ minute sessions for clinical psychology.
Many clients with long term mental health issues fund their therapy with a combination of Medicare and Private Health Extras cover. Another option is to do blocks of sessions and return each year for a pulse of treatment. You can stop or pause therapy at any stage, assuming you are stable enough to do so. If we are not a good fit as client-therapist, you are free to change to another psychologist at any stage. If I feel that I am not a good fit for you as a therapist (e.g. do not have the experience or skill set necessary, or good interpersonal fit), I will also make a recommendation for another therapist for you.
Typically, psychologists offer sessions of 50 minutes duration.
My standard session is 75 minutes for several key reasons:
- It allows enough time to review your progress and any challenges that have arisen since the previous session, and still have plenty of time to do substantial work.
- For people who have fortnightly appointments, it allows sufficient time to work.
- Traditionally the recommended time frame for EMDR sessions is 90 mins because it allows sufficient time for adequate processing of trauma targets.
- 75 mins matches the human “ultradian” biological rhythms of 75-90 mins for a complete cycle (e.g. sleep cycles). This means we can do the work justice, rather than skimming the surface or compromising on your review of progress plus allowing for planning on how you can continue the work in between sessions.
Many clients achieve effective results for a specific focussed issue within a time frame of 10 sessions or less.
Multiple or long standing problems (complex PTSD, severe trauma or developmental trauma) can take longer to heal.
Many clients with long term mental health issues fund their therapy with a combination of Medicare and Private Health Extras cover. Another option is to do blocks of sessions and return each year for a pulse of treatment. You can stop therapy at any stage.
The length of your therapy depends on many factors including:
- The severity and complexity of your problems
- How quickly you respond to treatment
- How much work you are willing to do in between sessions. Research shows that, irrespective of treatment method, practicing skills and homework activities enhances treatment effects
- Your awareness and ability to reflect on what is happening for you (mindfulness)
- Whether we can capitalise on any previous treatment or personal development work.
You may already have many skills and insights into what is holding you back from flourishing.