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Topic: Costs of seeing a Psychologist

5 posts, 0 answered
  1. BOC64
    BOC64 avatar
    37 posts
    14 February 2020


    I was recently advised that to see a general and not clinical Psychologist that the first appointment would be $322.00 and $215.00 for subsequent with the $85.00 rebate.

    What are others experiences with costs. Also how on earth is a person in a vulnerable position able to pay that. I have had Clinical Psychologists quote around $215.00 and at least you get back $125.00.


  2. romantic_thi3f
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    romantic_thi3f avatar
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    14 February 2020 in reply to BOC64

    Hi BOC64,

    Thank you for your post. I hear you loud and clear - it's expensive, and unfortunately seeing a psychologist is often a luxury for people. I wish that I was more positive about this or had something helpful to say, but I think it just sucks and it's not fair.

    What I can say though is that there are psychologists who do bulk-bill, which means that you are not out of pocket for 10 sessions. If you google your location and "bulk-billing" hopefully some will pop up for you.

    Alternatively, you can also look at seeing a counsellor (not a psychologist). They aren't covered by medicare, but their fees are often much lower. The ACA have a list of qualified ones if this is something you want to look into.

    I hope that you're able to find someone


  3. BOC64
    BOC64 avatar
    37 posts
    14 February 2020 in reply to romantic_thi3f

    Thanks RT

    I am happy and able to pay a fee as I have a reasonable income and let those who really need bulk billing to do so. Those charges for a general psychologist however are over the top.


  4. WokingOnIt
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    29 posts
    14 February 2020
    I don't have a lot of experience with different providers, but the few I have seen or inquired into have been in the $160-$180/hour range, before the MHCP rebate. Not sure whether they were clinical/general. I have been lucky enough to be bulk billed by my own psychologist, too, but even his regular private rate was somewhere around that.
  5. Guest_0345
    Guest_0345 avatar
    543 posts
    14 February 2020

    Hey BOC64.

    Yeah Psychologists can be expensive, Psychiatrists even more! I guess it also depends on who you see and where, and some other things like how often, and so forth.

    Do you have a Mental Health Care Plan on Medicare or anything similar? I understand how expensive it is, trust me. But I guess they have to make their money somehow. Mind you your mental health is more important than them making money, as much as I understand that they have to get paid aswell.

    Perhaps you could try talking to the therapist and/or a GP about it? I'm not too sure. Or maybe looking to see if there's any qualified mental health professionals who specialise in what you're dealing with and see if they're cheaper and discuss the payment with them?

    I'm sorry I can't be of much help and give more advice, but I care and I'll try my best to support you and offer suggestions and advice.

    I hope you can figure it out and you don't pay too much. Good luck with it all, and I hope you find a therapist who you like. You're also welcome on these forums anytime, any day, like everyone on here.

    Best of luck with everything, I'm thinking of you. I'm here if you need. Take care.


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