Fees & Funding
Everyone is in a different financial situation; some can pay the standard fee whilst others cannot. I like to make good therapy available to anyone who needs it so I have an adjustable fee schedule to suit almost anyone.
If you are employed full-time, buy coffee everyday and eat out once a week then you can afford to pay the standard fee, especially if receiving a Medicare rebate.
If paying the standard fee would mean not being able to attend as regularly as needed to achieve optimal health, then we will arrange a reduced fee (see table below).
If you are on CentreLink benefits, are a self-supporting student or in financial hardship, you will probably pay the minimal fee. You should only need to ‘carry’ the rebate amount for 24 hours until Medicare deposits the funds in your account.
Types of Funding
To be eligible for a Medicare rebate you will need a referral from a GP who will complete a Mental Health Treatment Plan and provide a referral letter. These must be completed prior to your first appointment with me.
So, your first steps would be:
Book an appointment to see your GP (a longer appointment if possible)
Tell them you would like organise a Mental Health Care Plan to see me. They will ask you some questions, give you a couple of questionnaires, and give you, a) a referral letter, and b) a copy of your Plan
Book an appointment to see me by calling Rozelle Total Health on 02 9087 4600
Bring Your referral with you; Medicare will not pay a rebate if you do not have a recent Plan and provide a referral letter.
The APS has a fact sheet here.
If you do not wish to or are not eligible to access services via a Mental Health Treatment Plan then you may need to pay your own fees without a government rebate. If this would be difficult for you please email me to discuss a reduced fee.
Most private health insurers offer rebates on psychological services under extras or ancillary cover. Rebates vary depending on your level of cover. I am registered with most insurers. Please let me know if I am not registered with your insurer (ask them) and I will fill out the necessary forms to make this happen.
Victims of Crime (NSW)
I am a Specialist Counsellor with NSW Victims Services, so if your issue relates to a violent crime (such as assault, domestic violence, child or adult sexual assault) committed in New South Wales, your counselling may be paid for by NSW Victims Services. Please see their website here with links to the application form.
I am registered to provide treatment for psychological conditions brought about by an incident or conditions in the workplace. Examples are varied but include distress following a violent incident, bullying, or unreasonable actions or conditions in the workplace. Discuss this with your GP if you think this may apply to you.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
MVA’s sometimes cause Post-traumatic Stress or chronic pain. Your treatment fees may be payable via CTP insurance.