What are your fees?
My fees are in Australian dollars. I send an invoice after each session via Wave invoicing and ask that each session be paid before the next one. It’s a simple matter of direct bank transfer or through a secure system called Stripe (like PayPal).
All sessions are 55 minutes long.
Don’t forget you can also get a FREE consultation before we begin any ongoing work together. Relationship is vital for the success of counselling.
Face to Face in-person or Video session: $120
Talk session: $100
Instant Messenger session: $80
Email session**: $70
Do you offer any discounts or rebates?
Unfortunately I can’t offer any cheaper fees than I currently charge and there are no rebates for online services.
Fortunately my fees are a set at a reasonable rate.
It is worth comparing therapist fees as it may seem a cheaper option to go with rebates, but if you think you’ll need (or want) more than 6-10 sessions, you should assess if the therapist is still affordable at the full rate.
Therefore you may find my fee is still comparable to other therapists even if they offer the medicare rebate from a mental health plan.
It also means that our sessions are affordable and sustainable over time, and you do not have to wait to get started.
PLEASE NOTE: There are other options for having sessions covered:
- Sometimes workplace are willing to pay for sessions with a qualified counsellor of your choice, so check with your HR department.
- If you have been a victim of a crime in the State of Victoria- even if you did not report it- a lawyer may be able to apply for funding through VOCAT for free.
- If you are receiving support from a service (e.g.: a women’s organisation), they may be able to access some funding for counselling online, understanding that it’s helpful to be able to take your counsellor with you if you need to move locations.
- Some private health funds will now cover counselling with therapists registered with the ACA as I am.
**Email session is worked out by how long it would take me to read and respond to your email in 1 hour. Some e-therapists charge per word or page/time limit, but I prefer to think of it as a ‘story’. You may need a lot more words to describe one event, which can be very important in counselling. Some people may be more concise than others and whatever your style is, I welcome you. As a tip: try and keep it short enough so that I can absorb and respond within an hour, but long enough to have some level of detail/richness to it (around 600-1200 words, or 2 A4 pages maximum).
After the first one, you’ll be guided by reflections I offer or questions I ask. This can be incredibly useful for people who find writing cathartic and would benefit from a professional ‘witnessing’ an event and then growing some new thoughts about that event- enriching a sense of self.
As well as talking with you, I am trained to write alongside you, ask useful questions and offer thought-provoking reflections as well as use creative ideas and responses to support your story.