As with any specialist service, fees vary among psychologists, so be sure to check with the provider of your choice regarding their fees before you start therapy.
My fees for relationship therapy include the administration and feedback of an online assessment, which I ask each partner to complete after the first session. This assists in developing a tailored treatment plan specific to the unique underlying issues you are experiencing in your relationship. It can be an efficient way of quickly clarifying goals and identifying the best tools to help you get unstuck.
For meaningful change, couples therapy can be expected to take 8–12 sessions on average, although outcomes vary across couples.
What about Medicare?
Unfortunately, there is no Medicare rebate available for couples therapy, but your private insurance may cover couples therapy. Ask your insurer about Family and Couples Therapy and check whether there is a requirement for a minimum of two hours per session (some have that condition).
Note that we do not process claims for rebates. On receipt of payment, you will be provided with the necessary documentation to support your rebate claim which you make directly to Medicare or your health insurance provider.
Many psychologists offer concessional rates which take into account low-income pressures. In my practice, I may offer a reduced sessional rate for people in financial hardship. Contact my office to discuss your specific situation.
I also provide a limited number of couples sessions through Open Arms. This organisation gives eligible veterans and their family access to no-cost services for certain mental health concerns. Contact Open Arms on Tel: 1800 011 046 for more information if you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran. I do not provide services under DVA Health Cards.