Fees & Frequently Asked Questions
Fees & frequently asked questions people ask about counselling, coaching, and consulting services.
Listed below are fees & frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that are not listed or answered, please email, or phone me.
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What is the cost of an appointment?
Fees for appointments are $150 per hour. Single session therapy is $225 which is due to the additional requirements in the set-up and follow-up. Longer appointments are required for home-visits and may incur a travel fee. Payment is required to secure your booking.
Where are your offices located?
Currently the appointment option for people across Australia is Telehealth (phone and online video via Zoom). If you live in Melbourne, and prefer taking your therapy outdoors, walk and talk may be offered in the north-east suburbs of Melbourne. Clients experiencing grief and loss and/or chronic disorganisation may prefer home-visits. Home-visits are recommended for initial assessments regarding clutter and hoarding.
Counselling room is in Heidelberg, Melbourne however, this service has been paused since March 2020. The website will be updated when these services are resumed.
What is the waiting time for an appointment?
At the moment, there are no waiting lists and I am usually able to accommodate requests for the following:
Tuesday – Friday (after hours between 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm)
Thursday (8:00 am – 8:00 pm)
Saturday (by arrangement)
How long are the appointments?
Initial assessments and single session counselling appointments are 90 minutes (recommended). Subsequent appointments are 60 minutes. Home visits are longer – between 90 and 120 minutes. Walk and Talk appointments may be booked for 60-120 minutes. Brief therapy appointments are 30 – 45 minutes and may be suitable after we have an established relationship.
Can I use my Mental Health Care Plan and get Medicare rebates?
Counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia cannot offer Medicare. If you have a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) and wish to access rebates through Medicare, you need to be referred to a psychologist by your GP. While some providers can bulk bill clients, in most instances there will be out of pocket expenses. Not all service providers will offer home-visits and walk and talk therapy through a MHCP.
Most of my clients choose to work with me because of my extensive experience and specialisation in grief and loss counselling, clutter and hoarding counselling and support, and the coaching services that I offer.
Will I be able to claim private health costs?
Counselling may be included if you have extras with your private health cover. I have provider numbers for the following funds:
- Medibank Private
- AHM Health Insurance
- Australian Regional Health Group – ARHG (administers on behalf of St Luke’s Health, Police Health, GMHBA, Westfund, Emergency Services Health, Phoenix Health and CUA Health).
Contact your private health provider to ascertain whether counselling services (Telehealth and face to face) are included in your private health cover extras. Home visits, and walk and talk are currently not included.
Do you offer reduced or sliding scale fees?
Unfortunately, I don’t offer reduced fees.
In situations where you are experiencing financial stress, you may find free or low- cost government-funded counselling services through agencies in your community.
Are packages available?
Packages are available at a reduced cost for payment in advance and within a set time. These may be suitable for coaching about a single issue, or for virtual professional organising. Please discuss if you are interested.
Do you deal with crises?
I’m unable to work with people who are experiencing a crisis from a serious mental health issues that may be leading to thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 if you are in a crisis.
I don’t work with families who are currently experiencing any form of domestic violence. Please contact 1800 RESPECT if this applies to you.
If you are an existing client, and not in a crisis, and want to have an urgent appointment I can usually accommodate appointments at short notice.
How can I pay for my appointment?
Payment is required to secure your booking. You may pay via direct transfer.
OSKO payments are made within a minute through most banks and there is no additional cost. If you would like to pay via credit card there is an additional cost to cover the charges incurred.
What if I cannot attend my appointment or need to cancel?
To cancel/reschedule your appointment, you will need to provide 48 hours notice. No shows or very late cancellations (within 24 hours) will incur a cancellation fee of the full amount.
How often should I attend appointments?
The number of sessions you choose may depend on your specific needs and the issue that you are working with. In some instances, a single session may be all that is required, or you may require several sessions for a single issue.
Coaching appointments weekly or fortnightly sometimes work well in a package format of three or six sessions within a defined period.
For virtual professional organising services, it is recommended to work on a single project or at most 2-3 projects for 1-2 sessions a week over the course of 6 weeks and reassess.
Clutter and hoarding counselling and support may require weekly or fortnightly appointments with regular reviews.
Are my counselling sessions confidential?
Yes. Your confidentiality is of paramount importance. I am a clinical member of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) and adhere to their code of ethics. I will explain the limits to confidentiality in the client consent form and during the first appointment.
How are my personal details kept private?
Any records are kept in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Amended 2000). Any notes of our counselling sessions are kept in a HIPAA compliant database that is password protected and encrypted.
How do I know if you are the right professional for me?
Viewing my website is a good start. I encouage you to read my about page. It summarises why I created Changes in Between. I am committed to continuous learning to provide you with the best quality service. I have my own therapy, coaching, mentoring, and clinical supervision because this helps to keep me at my professional best. My services page outlines the counselling, coaching and consulting that I offer. How I work provides the variety of ways that I work with clients.
I invite you to book a brief telephone enquiry call so we can speak together about your needs and how I may be able to help. I’ll ask you to give me a brief description of the issues you might like to address. I’ll let you know how I may be able to help you. You may then have a good sense if you feel that I am the right person for you.
If it feels like a good fit for both of us, we’ll book your first appointment. Once you decide to start working with me, I will issue an invoice and payment is required to secure the appointment. If I don’t think I’m able to help, I’ll refer you to someone who may be better suited to helping you with your issue.
Please note that for counselling services. I am unable to offer medicare rebates through mental health care plans. You may be able to access private health fund – check with your provider.
Do you provide a mental health diagnosis?
If you are seeking a mental health diagnosis you will need to speak with your GP for a referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist. I can work with people who have had a mental health diagnosis. If we have started working together, and you required more specialised assistance, I would recommend that you see your GP.
Can I access services as a NDIS participant?
What are your Covid-19 protocols?
During the Covid-19 pandemic I am following these protocols:
- I have been fully vaccinated (two vaccinations and a booster)
- I am trained in hand hygiene and carry hand sanitser
- I wear a face mask while working with my clients indoors
- I conduct a Rapid Antigen Test on the day of a home visit
- I will not attend home visits if I am unwell, or a household contact
- I will provide as much notice as I can to either reschedule the appointment or with agreement and if appropriate to change the appointment to telehealth.
I need further clarification about the fees & frequently asked questions. How can I ask further questions?
If you have any further questions, please use the get in touch button to send me an email.