Medicare Rebates

Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists under the Australian Government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative. This scheme provides considerable financial assistance to people living with mental health problems, allowing them greater access to psychologists and providing more affordable mental healthcare.

To access the Medicare Rebate, you need your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician to complete a detailed Mental Health Assessment and prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan before referring you to a psychologist.

Under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative you will receive a rebate from Medicare for 10 sessions per calendar year. You must visit your General Practitioner for a review after the first 6 sessions for a further 4 sessions if you and your treating psychologist decide that sessions would be beneficial.


  TAC Veterans Affairs and Workcover

Funding for psychological treatment can be approved by The Transport Accident Commission, Workcover and The Department of Veterans Affairs, but you will need to see your GP to obtain a referral before treatment to ensure funding is approved.


  Private Health Insurance

Some funds offer a rebate for psychology under their extras cover.


 Common Questions

What Is Counselling?

Counselling is a confidential and professional service that helps a person become more self-aware and emotionally healthy. Individuals, couples or families may seek help on a range of issues within their personal or work lives. During counselling, you gain a greater understanding of yourself and your behaviours, leading you to a more positive and fulfilled life.

What is a Psychologist?

Psychologists are professionally trained to assist clients to deal more effectively with life issues and mental health problems. Their professional training involves extensive university study, ongoing supervision and professional development, and they must be registered annually with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) to practice in Australia. 

There are differing areas of psychology such as Counselling, Clinical, Educational and Developmental, and Health Psychologists and extra training provides specialist skills in these areas.

How can a psychologist help me?

Psychologists use a variety of evidence-based treatments, and will choose the type that best addresses the client’s problem and best fits the client’s individual needs so they can improve their lives.

In a counselling setting, psychologists work with a range of age groups and problem areas using a variety of treatment methods to help the client understand and manage problematic behaviours and unhelpful thoughts. Psychologists work with the client to find appropriate and useful outcomes for often seemingly impossible situations, whether it be work, home, relationship or personal. The aim of therapy is to develop a good trusting partnership between the psychologist and client, so that any issues can be addressed openly in a safe environment.

Some common types of therapy are cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal, brief solution-focused, psychodynamic or a combination of a few therapy styles. Therapy can be for an individual, couples, family or other group. Some psychologists are trained to use hypnosis, and research has found hypnosis to be effective for a wide range of conditions including pain, anxiety and mood disorders.

For some conditions, therapy and medication are a treatment combination that works best. For clients who benefit from medication, psychologists work with GP’s, paediatricians and psychiatrists to address their overall treatment.

We have a range of psychologists from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. In booking, we aim to match our clients with the best suited psychologist for their situation.

All psychologists at Boronia Psychology are members of the Australian Psychological Society.

Is Counselling Confidential?

Yes. Every counselling session is private and confidential. The information shared during your sessions is for the purpose of assessment, diagnosis and treatment and helps us provide you with the best possible support.

As set out in the Psychology Board of Australia’s Code of Ethics, limitations to this confidentiality apply if there is an immediate or specified risk of harm to an identifiable persons safety, or if a client’s file is subpoenaed by law.

What type of counselling and therapies are available?

Depending on your needs and the psychologist you work with, different styles of counselling and therapy may be used. Boronia Psychology Psychologists commonly use Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Interpersonal process therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Systemic Approach Therapy.