Deciding to come to see a counsellor is a big step and you may be concerned that you find the right person to speak to. All of our counsellors will help you to feel at ease, will listen to your concerns and will work with you to find a way through the issues you are facing. However, if you would prefer to see another counsellor at any stage it is possible to make a change.
How do I choose a counsellor?
- Read the descriptions below of the work each type of counsellor does and see where you might fit
- Click on the Practitioners tab to read about particular counsellors
- Call us to make an appointment
Counsellors are available for appointments on different days, so if you have limitations of days or times of the day it is best to mention this to reception staff when calling for an appointment.
Fees vary and our receptionists will be able to assist you with individual rates. As a guideline, costs for a session lasting 50 minutes to 1 hour are as follows:
- GP Counsellors: $110 to $220
- Psychologists: $150 to $180
- Social Workers: $105 to $140
- Counsellors: $60 to $120
- Provisional Psychologist: $50 to $60
- Counselling students: Free
Medicare rebates are available for sessions with Psychologists and Social Workers if a Mental Health Care Plan has been put in place by a General Practitioner. Bulk-billing is not automatic, but is at the discretion of the practitioner. Medicare rebates are not available for sessions with counsellors.
If you would like some help to select a counsellor reception staff will be able to provide further information to help you decide.
The following explanations show some of the differences between types of counsellors:
- GP Counsellors hold a medical degree and have undergone further extensive training in mental health.
- Psychologists assist people to develop their life skills in order to function better and are trained to treat people with a mental illness. They frequently work with people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma and mood and personality disorders.
- Provisional Psychologists have completed their academic qualifications to work as a psychologist and are in a period of practical supervision.
- Social Workers in Mental Health are trained to work with children and adults facing issues such as depression, anxiety, behaviour problems, relationship problems, adjustment issues, trauma and family conflicts.
- Counsellors are trained and equipped to help clients who present with a range of life issues which include self esteem, conflict, relationship breakdown, aggression, compulsive behaviours and spiritual crises. Some counsellors have particular areas of expertise, depending on their training and experience. Counsellors assist people to understand themselves and their situations, to identify options for change and how to make these changes.