Fees & Rebates
(daytime appointments only)
I endeavour to make counselling affordable for the average person and in this regard please be aware that my fees are set significantly lower than rates currently recommended by the Australian Psychological Society (at up to $235.00 per session)
Appointment Cancellations & Outstanding Accounts
I require 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend a scheduled session (notwithstanding personal emergency). Insufficient notice will result in you being charged a cancellation fee, levied at 50% of the usual session fee.
Private Health Insurance Rebates
Some private health insurance funds provide a rebate for services provided by a Registered Psychologist. I encourage you to contact your health insurance fund to find out whether your policy covers services provided by a Registered Psychologist. I am registered as a provider with most private health funds.
Can I claim a rebate from Medicare?
As part of the federal government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative, eligible persons can receive a rebate from Medicare for psychological services.
In order to obtain a rebate from Medicare, your General Practitioner or Psychiatrist must complete a Mental Health Treatment Plan in consultation with you. I will require both the Mental Health Treatment Plan and a psychologist referral letter to be completed by your doctor (without these items of paperwork, I cannot process your claim with Medicare).>
Medicare rebates the amount of $84.80 per session, for up to ten sessions per calendar year. The terms and conditions of a Treatment Plan require that you must visit your referring doctor after attending six counselling sessions, basically to ascertain whether further sessions are appropriate and if so, you may be referred for a further four sessions.
My practice is allied to the Medicare Easyclaim service which allows clients to claim their rebate through my EFTPOS terminal at the time of our session. If you wish to utilise the Easyclaim service, please bring your current Medicare card and EFTPOS (savings/cheque account) card to each session.
Please note that you will not be able to claim any rebate from Medicare unless your doctor has completed a Mental Health Treatment Plan prior to your counselling session. Given that many doctors (General Practitioners) work to standard consultations of ten minutes, you may need to schedule a long consultation in order for your doctor to complete the Treatment Plan and psychologist referral.