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
*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.
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. 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 sessions are sustainable over time and you don’t have to wait to get started! It is worth comparing therapist fees.
PLEASE NOTE: There are other options for having sessions covered:
- Sometimes workplace are willing to pay for sessions with a 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.