Appointment and Fees
Now we are getting to the nuts and bolts of the process! The following are some points you may want to know in relation to the counselling process:
Short Term Therapy:
The Richards Trauma Process involves 3-4 two hour weekly sessions booked in advance one week apart. In some circumstances, Session 1 and Session 3 can be divided into one-hour appointments for the purpose of Medicare rebates. If this is something that interests you please contact me to find out more about this option.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy may be short or long term depending on your needs and to what extent you would like to transform your life and be supported along the way.
Longer Term Therapy:
In the main, you would be allocated a regular 50-minute time that is mutually suitable.
This time will be allocated at a frequency that meets your current needs.
Couples sessions are generally 60-90 minutes in duration.
If a client is late, it is generally not possible to extend the time for the consultation. There will always be times when changes need to be made due to extenuating circumstances for either the client or me. If you are not able to make your scheduled appointment, where possible, I will endeavour to find another time. Please be aware, however, that I have a full caseload and this may not always be possible.
At least 24 hours should be given, or a cancellation fee will be charged.
Non-attendance on the day will incur the consultation fee.
Additional Services Available
Support between sessions is available by sms or email if a you are unable to manage a given situation independently. This service is based on a strong therapeutic relationship that values mutual respect. These methods, however, are NOT to be used in times of crisis.
At a time of crisis you can contact a family member or another support person, Lifeline (13 11 14) or the Crisis Assessment Team for Psychiatric triage information, assessment and referral. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Telephone: 1300 363 746 to ensure immediate attention is received.
Sessional Fees, Accounts and Payments
For Individuals, standard 50-minute consultations are presently $210 per session. On occasion, a short 30 minute consultation ($150) or extended 90-minute/out of office psychological consultation ($310) may be required. Two hourly (120 minute) sessions are currently $380
For Couples, standard 50-minute consultations are presently $210 per session. Often extended 90-minute consultations are required ($310)
The APS recommended fee is $246 for 50-minute sessions and $462 for 120-minute sessions
Monthly accounts will be sent at the end of each month by email or in certain circumstances alternative arrangements may be made. Payment will be required within 7 days of receiving the invoice.
A payment system has been set up that will enable payments through direct deposit (EFT). Credit card payments will also be considered upon written request but will incur an additional 2% surcharge to the person responsible for payment.
One months notice will be given should fees change.