Counselling fees and rebates
It’s important to us that we can provide relationship help as affordably as possible. To help us do that, there are rebates from both public and private health insurance that you may be eligible for, if you book a counselling session with a psychologist.
Please note, in general, we have sessions available with both Psychologists and Counsellors. If you book a counselling session with a Counsellor, the below rebates won’t apply.
If receiving a rebate is important to you, please let our friendly receptionists know at the time of booking, so they can ensure they book you in with a psychologist.
PRIVATE HEALTH FUND REBATES should apply if you have ‘psychology’ as an extra, but we recommend that you call your insurer and check your level of cover if this is of concern to you.
These rebates can be processed at the time of your session with your Psychologist.
MEDICARE REBATES may apply if you are suffering stress, anxiety, depression, anger problems, sexual difficulties of any kind and some other mental health problems.
You will need to see your doctor about a Mental Health Care Plan which you will bring to your Psychologist’s appointment.
Relationship counselling as such does not qualify you for a Mental Health Care Plan in and of itself, but you may be able to use your plan for appointments which involve some relationship counselling. Please discuss with your Psychologist about what is possible.
Please note that this is general advice regarding the possibility of being able to use a Mental Health Care Plan, but it is up to each individual psychologist to determine whether they will accept the use of the plan, and this will not be able to be determined until the Psychologist has sighted it. Please contact your GP to determine your eligibility for a Mental Health Care Plan.
With a Mental Health Care plan, you will be entitled to up to 10 sessions with your Psychologist each calendar year.
The Medicare rebate is $84.80 for a Registered Psychologist, and can be processed by your Psychologist at the time of your session.
Unfortunately, it is not allowable for you to use both your private health insurance and Medicare Mental Health Care plan together for the same session.
Generally the Mental Health Care plan will provide you with a slightly higher rebate than the private health insurance, but this does depend on your Private health insurers as the rebates for psychological services do vary among private health insurers.