How much do sessions cost?

The fees vary depending on the type of counsellor and their qualifications.  They range from $140 – $210 per session.  Please discuss the fees with your specific therapist.

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a referral to access services at the Birchtree Centre.  You will need to see your GP if you wish to claim a rebate from Medicare (see below for more information).

What’s the best way to make an appointment?

You can request an appointment by filling out our Appointment Request Form.

Do you bulk bill?

We do not provide a bulk billing service.  In some circumstances you may be eligible for a rebate reducing the gap payable (see below for more information).

Can I claim a rebate?

Medicare allows eligible individuals to access a rebate for psychological services through the Better Access to Mental Health Care scheme.  Under this scheme a referral may be provided by your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician.   They will assess your eligibility for a Mental Health Care plan.

How much is the Medicare rebate?

The rebates per session are:

Mental Health Social Worker: $74.80
Psychologist: $84.40
Clinical Psychologist: $124.50

Eligible clients can obtain a rebate for up to 10 sessions per calendar year.

In what circumstances can I not claim from Medicare?

Medicare does not cover services provided by professional counsellors or psychotherapists.

Can I claim from my private health fund?

Your ability to access a rebate from a private health insurer will depend on your level of cover and any specific requirements of your health insurer.  We recommend that you check with your health fund to determine the specific details of your cover.

Please note you can only claim rebates through either Medicare or your private health insurer for any one session.