Fees & Rebates
Coming from a background of servicing some of the most disadvantaged members of society before starting this practice, we have always hoped to make high quality psychotherapy affordable. In line with this, we set our fees based on what is required for us to operate in our current form, instead of “what the market will tolerate”.
The current gap fee to see one of us is around $80 per session (which is significantly lower than the APS recommended fees, and less than what it costs to see many other psychologists in our vicinity). The actual session fees are $210 with a Clinical Psychologist (possible rebate of $129.55), and $170 with a Registered Psychologist (possible rebate of 88.25). This rebate amount will increase once you passed the Medicare Safety Net.
To access the rebate you will need a doctor’s referral that includes a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). Periodic reviews by the referrer will also be needed. Medicare normally offers a maximum of 10 rebates per calendar year (i.e., refreshes 1st of January), but this has been temporarily extended to a maximum of 20 sessions due to COVID.
Clients can also fund the sessions privately. Many private health insurances also cover psychological services. The coverage and rates vary considerably. Please check with your insurer.
We can only accept credit or debit card payments – processed electronically (like making an online purchase, which means we require your card details, so cards “stored” in smart phones for tap-and-go may not suffice).
WorkCover and DVA
If you are expecting WorkCover or DVA and such to fund your sessions, you must communicate that to us from the outset to ensure: (1) you can be seen by a practitioner who is registered with your funding agency; (2) you have the correct paperwork for that funding agency to cover your sessions. If you cannot confirm these two points, you risk being billed privately.
Please email or SMS us to cancel or reschedule >48 hours before your appointment so we have a reasonable chance of offering your time slot to someone else on our waiting list.
Late notice will incur a $50 fee payable before the next appointment. We do understand that unforeseeable circumstances happen to all of us all the time, but precisely because of this, a cancellation policy needs to be in place. Regardless of the reason, a late cancellation results in a cost that someone has to bear. We are happy to shoulder the full cost for each client once, but we are unable to absorb the full cost every time for every client (unless we increase the fees for everyone, include those who always keep their appointments, to indirectly pay for other clients’ missed sessions). We hope clients find it reasonable to share a small fraction of the risk and cost involved in have time reserved for them.
Some clients may disagree with the cancellation policy. The alternative arrangement we can offer is to avoid making bookings that admittedly may not be kept, and either just call on the day one wants an appointment to see if anything is available, or ask to be contacted when we need to fill a time slot with short notice.
No show will incur the full session fee (with no Medicare or insurance rebate available). If you have extenuating circumstances that might explain your absence and justify waiving or lessening this fee, please discuss with us.
Supervision are offered at $210 per session (plus GST). One-to-one is the preferred format but pairs or even small groups are possible. Discounts are offered for those completing their Registrar program to gain clinical endorsement.
We only offer Medico-Legal psychological reports and Expert Witness services (i.e., attending court to to provide expert opinions) under truly exceptional circumstances. For a crude guide of the fees involved, please see the current APS fee schedule. Please be reminded that the produced reports and clinical opinions must be unbiased (i.e., may not be advantageous to your case).
Requests for supporting letters or certificates, or for the practice to send clinical records to lawyers and insurers etc., will attract reasonable fees to cover the time and other costs involved.
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Phone: 0415 811 277
Address 1: Suite 7 / 61-71 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018 (In The Cannery)
Address 2: Shop 5 / 659-669 Gardeners Rd, Mascot NSW 2020 (Near Mascot Station)