For an appointment please telephone me on 0430 621 787 or book online.
Please leave a message and your telephone number on the machine if I do not answer personally. I will then get back to you as soon as possible. Following the initial free interview , my fee is $140 per 50 minute session. These days I rarely veer from that but for more intense longer term work involving two or three sessions per week, we discuss together whether or not a reduced fee per session is appropriate. The low fee places I do have are rarely available just because of the nature of the long term commitment.
If my fee is too high for you or if I have no spaces available at all I will offer you a referral to a similarly trained close colleague. You can go directly to make an appointment with that therapist and they also may sometimes offer one free interview. This direct approach will save you telling your story twice.
Alternatively even if I have no on-going spaces available, I may, if it seems necessary, to be able to offer you only the one off free interview. In that interview, we can work out together what is the best course for you to follow and that may still be a referral to a close colleague. When I do have spaces available we can use the free interview to decide whether we want to work together.
As a general rule I do not offer counselling or therapy over the internet or telephone. Although, as a social worker I am eligible to be considered for Medicare rebates, to this date (2013) I have not wanted to be part of that system as I have certain reservations about both the red tape involved and also about rebated fees for psychotherapy. However, sometimes my fees may be tax deductible.
Please note as well that I offer supervision to Somatic Psychotherapists and to counsellors or social workers who are interested in exploring their work from a psychodynamic perspective. I am also interested in supervision of body workers or any other therapists which involves exploring issues related to touch and hands-on work.
Lower cost therapy is a problematic issue for those of us in private practice. There are only so many hours in a week and this work is intensive AND – it IS how we make our living. We can only rarely accommodate someone who is not earning their own income and have to leave others to the public agencies. It is most regrettable but we are also often greatly impressed by the people who think their psychotherapy is worthwhile enough that they give it a very high priority in their budgets and often seek additional work to pay for it.
That said, not many of my colleagues charge quite as much as I do and that simply relates to how long I have been around. Additionally, I can also sometimes refer you to Associate Members of the ASPA who are on the path to full accreditation and who generally do not charge quite so much or may be willing to negotiate a fee. These Associates have completed their initial three year training and may have lots of other experience but may have only recently set up their private practice. Others may well be experienced therapists and have been practising for some years but have not yet taken the steps necessary to gain full accreditation. They will always be in supervision with a more senior practitioner as any responsible Association requires. Very occasionally one of them may see a client for quite a low fee.
This is an excellent opportunity and a pathway in therapy for people who must seek lower-cost therapy. It should be noted however, that, as part of the psychotherapy process it is likely that the fee charged by an associate will become part of the discussion and it could be expected to rise as the client is able to take on more responsibility.
Being in lower-cost therapy with an Associate should not be regarded as second best. One way I sometimes think about it is as a parallel to a first time mother who will often be a quite excellent mother.
I work in Cardinia Shire as well as Camberwell near the junction
My room in Cardinia Shire could suit some people. My times there more flexible and so long as we arrange a time that avoids peak traffic it is an attractive option:
– if you live in the middle to outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne or
– if you live as far afield as Warragul which is about 30 minutes drive or
– if you just like a drive into the near city countryside hills.
Please click here if you wish to make a booking enquiry or telephone me, Alison, on 0430 621 787.