Counselling Fees

ANCHORING YOUR LIFE COUNSELLING IS A PRIVATE PRACTICE 

 

ANCHORING YOUR LIFE COUNSELLING FEES

  • Fees start from $95.  Services and availability can be found here.

  • There is no need for a referral.  Without a mental health treatment plan, there is no record on either your medicare or medical health records of any symptoms or mental disorder diagnosis and there is no restriction as to what type of therapy can be used.  Therapy is regulated under the membership of The Australian Counselling Association.

  •  Fees are reviewed annually, in January.  If there is an increase, the adjustment will be made with a minimum of thirty days' notice.

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE REBATES

 

Depending on your private health scheme, you may be eligible for a rebate under Private Health Insurance.    If you are using Private Health Insurance the rebate amount will depend on your particular fund and your level of cover.  Private Health Insurance Providers currently offered by Anchoring Your Life Counselling:

  • Medibank Private

  • ahm

  • Police Health Fund

  • Emergency Services Health

  • St Lukes Health

  • Phoenix Health Fund

  • Doctors Health Fund

  • GU Health

MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT PLAN (MHTP)

 

The below information is to help you understand how the mental health treatment plan works, the costs involved and how it may impact you or your child in the future so that you can make the decision that is right for you.  

 

  • The MHTP entitles you to a medicare rebate which is equivalent to the amount of approximately $89.  For 2022-2023, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) recommends psychologists charge a fee of $280 per 50-minute session for individuals, however, psychologists can set their own fees.  The difference between what the psychologist charges and the medicare rebate is the gap payment the client is liable for, in this case, amounting to $191.

  • A written report is provided to the referring practitioner after each course of treatment including assessments carried out, treatment provided and recommendations for future management of the client's disorder.

  • Under the MHTP, the therapist is restricted to limited therapies that can be used in sessions, which are stipulated by medicare.  

  • The MHTP is only available for individual counselling.  For relationship/marriage counselling the full fee is payable by the client.  Relationship therapy requires specialised relationship training and unfortunately, GP referrals are not always made with this in mind.  

For some, the MHTP may be helpful.  Should you feel that this is not the option you wish to choose for yourself or your child, it may be better to seek professional support privately, without a Mental Health Treatment Plan.  

NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME

If you are an NDIS participant with the 'Improved Daily Living' category in your plan and are Self or Plan Managed, you may use your funds for Therapeutic Support and access Anchoring Your Life Counselling services with no Gap Payment.  These services start from $140 per hour, below the recommended NDIS rate of $156.16 per hour, helping to ensure your funds go further.  The following is in hand:

  • Blue Card (working with children)

  • Yellow Card (disability worker screening clearance)

  • First Aid certified

  • CPR certified.

LATE CANCELLATIONS

Commitment to your counselling sessions is a commitment to yourself and your treatment.  When appointments are cancelled late it impacts your progression, myself and the preparation I have done for your session and someone else who could have booked that session if there was sufficient notice provided.   For this reason, cancellation fees are incurred without 48 business hours' notice.  As a courtesy, appointment reminders are sent out via email and text message.  

Counselling can take place in person in Cleveland or online.