Psychology & Counselling Fees

Providing services that are accessible and affordable to our community is of high important to Embrace Wellness Hub.  Embrace offers Medicare and Private Health Fund rebates for eligible clients. Please read the information below to see if you qualify.

1. Individual Therapy

Referrals

A referral is not required to access individual therapy with our psychologists or counsellor.

 

Mental Health Treatment Plans: A referral from a medical practitioner known as a Mental Health Care Plan can enable a client to receive a rebate from Medicare for sessions accessed with a psychologist. Initially, a client can be referred for a course of treatment of up to six individual and six group allied mental health services. It is at the clinical discretion of your referring practitioner as to the number of allied mental health services you will be referred for (to a maximum of six in any one referral), with up to 20 individual and 10 group sessions able to be accessed per calendar year on this plan. After this point, the client will become a ‘full-fee paying’ client.

WorkCover: Initial and ongoing consultations in accordance with WorkCover recommended fees

  • This fee is covered by WorkCover in the case of successful claims.

NDIS: Initial and ongoing consultations in accordance with NDIS recommended fees

Fees and Rebates

Medicare Rebates: Medicare rebates for our psychology services are available to patients who have been referred by a medical practitioner managing the patient under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan; a referred psychiatrist assessment and management plan; or on referral by a psychiatrist or paediatrician. 

  • The current Medicare Rebate for Clinical Psychologists is $129.55

  • The current Medicare Rebate for General Psychologists is $88.25.

Private Health Rebates: Please consult your private health policy for inclusions and eligible rebates for psychology and counselling. If you are claiming a private health fund rebate, a receipt of your payment for the session can be provided. In some cases, private health fund claims can be processed on the spot.

Embrace caters to clients who fall in the following four fee categories:

Full Fee

(full cost)

Fee varies based on service

  • Clients with no Mental Health Care Plan Referral

  • Assessments

  • WorkCover individual sessions and assessments

  • NDIS individual sessions

  • Trainings

  • Relationship counselling

Gap Fee

(partial cost with Medicare or private health fund rebate)

 

  • All other clients that do not fall into the categories identified under 'bulk bill'

Reduced Fee

(partial cost with Medicare or private health fund rebate)

 

  • Low income earners (must have Centrelink statement

  • Newstart Allowance recipients

  • Health care card holders

Bulk Bill

(no out-of-pocket cost)

  • Very limited availability for bulk billed service at this time. Where availability exists, pensioners or very low income earners may be eligible.
     

Current fees for individual therapy:

Practitioner
Medicare Rebate
Full / Gap Fee
Reduced Fee
Bulk Bill
Provisional Psychologist
N/A
$85
N/A
N/A
Counsellor
N/A
$150
N/A
N/A
Clinical Psychologist
$129.55
$230 ($100.45 after Medicare rebate)
$200
Limited
General Psychologist
$88.25
$195 ($106.75 after Medicare rebate)
$140
Limited
  1. Fee rate may be dependent on a client's financial hardship, and in some circumstance, a reduced fee may be available.

  2. The difference between our fees and the Medicare rebate is the responsibility of the client.

  3. Fees based on a 50-55minute session.

2. Relationship / Couples Therapy

Referrals

A referral is not required to access relationship counselling services with our counsellor.​

Fees and Rebates

Medicare Rebates: Medicare rebates for relationship or couples counselling are not available at present.

Private Health: Please consult your private health policy for inclusions and eligible rebates for relationship counselling. If you are claiming a private health fund rebate, a receipt of your payment for the session can be provided. In some cases, private health fund claims can be processed on the spot.

Current fees for couples/relationship therapy:

Practitioner
Medicare Rebate
Full Fee
Reduced Fee
Bulk Bill
Dr. Katie Kjelsaas
N/A
$230
N/A
N/A
Jake Sigley Counsellor
N/A
$200
N/A
N/A

3. Assessments

Cognitive Assessments: $1,100 + (each assessment involves an initial 60 minute interview, approximate 90-120 minutes of assessment and a 30 minute feedback session (in person or via phone) with a report.)

Cognitive assessments offered by Embrace include:

  • WISC-V

  • WAIS-IV

Achievement Assessments: $1,100 + (each assessment involves an initial 60 minute interview, approximate 120 minutes of assessment and a 30 minute feedback session (in person or via phone) with a report.)

Achievement assessments offered by Embrace include:​

  • WIAT-III

Full Educational Assessment: $1,900 + (each assessment involves an initial 60 minute interview, subsequent approximate 3-4 hours of assessment and a 60 minute feedback session with a report)

Achievement assessments offered by Embrace include:​

  • WIAT-III + either WISC-V or WAIS-IV

For more information on these assessments, please click here.

4. Group Therapy Sessions (non-family)

Group Therapy Sessions: $45 (60 minutes+)

  • The difference between our fees and the Medicare rebate of $22.35 is the responsibility of the client. In our case, clients are responsible for a gap-fee of $22.65 if they are not eligible for bulk-billing.

  • If you are claiming a private health fund rebate, receipts can  be provided. Please consult your private health policy for inclusions and eligible rebates. 

5. Training

Half-day and full-day training: Please contact us with your requirements and we will negotiate a package that suits your needs.

Cancellation Fees

When appointments are booked, the Psychologist reserves the whole hour, especially for the client, therefore the following cancellation policy is in place.

We require 24-48 hours’ notice to reschedule or cancel a session without incurring any extra fees. This policy is in place to allow us to offer the allocated time to another client who may be on a cancellation or waiting list for an appointment. A fee is charged for non-attendance or less than 24-48 hours' notice.