How much does it cost to see a psychologist?
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.
I provide sessions online and in-person at my rooms in Bundall, located on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Fees are payable on the day at the time of consultation.
Counselling for individuals: $285.00 per 50 minute session; $335.00 for a standard 80 minute consultation (the Australian Psychological Society recommended fee respectively is $300.00 and $434.00).
Couples Coaching: $345.00 per 50 minute joint session; $395.00 for an 80 minute joint consult (per couple); Individual 50 minute sessions booked as part of couples (joint) coaching, $255.00 (per person).
Couples Intensive: $1020.00, 4 hours; per couple (deposit of $500.00 is required on booking; non-refundable if session is cancelled with less than 72 hours notice).
Weekend Appointments: Saturday appointments may be available on request. A $60.00 non-refundable loading fee is required to confirm the booking.
Initial Consultation: Initial bookings attract a deposit fee of $50.00 which is deducted from your final consultation fee. Deposits are not payable on subsequent consultations. Deposit fees on initial consultations are refundable with more than 47 working hours notice of cancellation, providing the Terms and Conditions are met (below). Deposits are NOT required for subsequent appointments with the same client. Open Arms clients are not required to pay a deposit.
Many psychologists offer concessional rates which take into account low-income pressures. In my practice, I offer a reduced sessional rate for Full-time Tertiary Students with a Health Care Card Concession Card. Presentation of an appropriate form of documentation is required for discount fees.
Counselling for individuals: $235.00 per 50 minute session; $285.00 for a standard 80 minute consultation (the Australian Psychological Society recommended fees are $300.00 and $434.00, respectively).
Couples Coaching: $295.00 per 50 minute session; $345.00 for an 80 minute consult (per couple); Individual 50 minute sessions booked as part of couples (joint) coaching, $205.00 (per person).
Couples Intensive: $880.00, 4 hours; per couple (deposit of $300.00 is required on booking; non-refundable if session is cancelled with less than 72 working hours notice).
Concessions do not apply to deposit or loading fees.
If you qualify for a Medicare rebate, you can claim $137.05 for each eligible psychological service with me (as a Clinical Psychologist). Contact your GP or psychiatrist to find out whether you may be eligible.
Note that currently Medicare does not provide rebates for couples counselling, including where partners attend individual sessions as part of their relationship therapy, with or without a mental health treatment plan.
You may like to contact your private health insurer to find out if it provides a rebate for your psychological consultations, including couples therapy (where relevant).
Note that we don’t process claims for rebates. On receipt of payment, you will be provided with the necessary documentation to support your rebate claim which you make direct to Medicare or your health insurance provider.
Some psychologists will bulk-bill patients – this means that clients who are eligible for a Medicare rebate on psychology services will be charged only the Medicare rebatable amount.
I don’t offer bulk-billed sessions.
DVA / Open Arms
I provide a limited number of 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.
We understand that sometimes plans change, which is why we send an emailed reminder 3 days before your session and a sms reminder 48 hours before your appointment.
Cancellation fees are currently set as follows:
– 0–24 working hours notice: Full fee
– 25-47 working hours notice: 50% of fee
– More than 47 working hours notice: No fee
Working hours are defined as occurring between 8am-5pm AEST, Monday to Friday.
Deposit fees on initial consultations are refundable with more than 47 working hours notice of cancellation. Apply for a refund of your deposit by emailing email@example.com with your name, telephone number, screenshot of the confirmation you received when you cancelled the appointment, and bank details for the refund to be made. We require these details to be able to approve the refund request. A $10.00 administration fee will be deducted. Deposits are non-refundable for cancellations with less than 48 working hours notice.
Deposits for Relationship Intensives (4 hour session) are non-refundable where the session is cancelled with less than 72 hours notice.
Outstanding fees must be paid in full in order to book any future appointments.
How do psychologists set their fees?
Psychologists are required to have a minimum training of six years combined study and supervised practice. Many choose to undertake additional work to qualify in specific psychology fields and across different therapeutic and assessment skills. To maintain currency in their skills and knowledge, Registered Psychologists are required to complete no less than 30 hours of documented professional training and supervision annually.
I have completed academic qualifications equivalent to 14 years full-time tertiary study and have over 3 decades of professional research and practice in the areas of organisational, military, forensic and clinical psychology, as well as in law.
My early career as Australia’s eminent psychologist focused on assessing and treating deliberate (malicious) firesetting, leading to professional recognition domestically and internationally. For over a decade, I taught higher degree students training to be psychologists, and I was a uniformed serving member of the Australian Defence Force for 20 years. I am also a qualified mediator and have worked in the area of family dispute resolution. My training and experience are recognised by accreditation as a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist in Australia and a Chartered Psychologist in the United Kingdom.
In the past, government health rebates helped clients through Medicare rebates and advocates for better access to psychological services continue to lobby government for better support for clients wanting to engage with mental health professionals.
I have chosen to devote some of my professional time to providing subsidised services through low or no-cost avenues such as Open Arms, and to apply concessional rates where appropriate. These are just some of the ways my business seeks to fulfil our commitment to sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.