How much do sessions cost?
The initial consultation cost is $250 and subsequent consultations are $220. Please note that the cost of ongoing sessions is lower than that recommended by the Australian Psychological Society (currently $246 per 50 min appointment).
Can I get a rebate through Medicare or Private Health?
When referred under a Medicare Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP), clients can receive a rebate between $84.80- $124.50 per session for up to 10 sessions in a calendar year. These plans can only be implemented by a GP, a psychiatrist of paediatrician and the practice needs the paperwork from this referral to be able to implement the rebate. See more information regarding Medicare rebates at www.psychology.org.au/medicare/fact_sheet Health fund rebates are usually only available once the Medicare plan has been exhausted. Each private health care fund is slightly different and we recommend that you check with your fund for the specific details regarding ability to receive a rebate for session fees.
How long do sessions go for?
Each session runs for approximately 50min.
What if I can’t make an appointment?
We endeavour to send out an SMS reminder for appointments at least 3 days before your scheduled consultation. The practice has a cancellation policy that requires 48 hours notice to avoid a cancellation fee. 100% of the session fee will be charged for non-attendance or cancellation with less than 24 hours notice and 50% of the fee is charged when less than 48 hours notice is provided. The practice understands that exceptional circumstances exist however (e.g. hospitalisation, death and illness in family) and discuss individual circumstances with the client.
How many sessions will I need?
Most clients are able to fulfil their treatment goals within 10-12 sessions, particularly for moderate difficulties and/or presentations that do not have a long-term history. Clients with chronic and long term difficulties often require more than 10 sessions to reach their treatment goals and to prevent relapse. If clients are not in a position to do longer-term therapy, the clinician would be happy to work on some specific goals within their Medicare plan through CBT and other related therapies.
How can I pay for the session?
Sessions can be paid for by Visa, Mastercard, EFTPOS and cash.
Is there any parking?
Bondi Junction Practice: We are conveniently located within 5 minutes walk of Bondi Junction Train Station and Bus Terminal. Alternatively, the most convenient parking station is Eastgate Shopping Centre (Ebley St). The cost for this station is $1 for the 1st hour and $2 for 2 hours. Other parking options include: time-limited parking on road, Waverley Library (Ebley St-approx $3.50), Office Works (Ebley St- free for 1.5 hours), and Westfield (10 min walk- free first 2 hours).
The below links are Australian based services that focus on the provision of information and support for individuals and families experiencing emotional difficulties.