My consultation fees are in line with the Medicare scheduled fee for 50 minutes. 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 – $251 for a 50 minute session.
|Consultation fees 2019||Full fee with Medicare||Full fee with Private Health Cover|
|My fee (75 minutes)||$260||$250|
|Medicare rebate||$124.50||Private health cover varies $30-Full fee|
|Gap (Your actual out of pocket costs)||$135.50||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 and cheques are 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 have not been indexed since 2013. No increases are expected until 2020.
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.