Online psychology services are a convenient way for you to access therapy from the privacy of your home without needing to attend to appointments. Based in South West Victoria Australia, Retreat South offers online consulting services via Skype-to-Skype voice or video calls to all people in remote areas of Australia. All calls are encrypted, private & fully secure.
Wide coverage area
Medicare rebates are now available
Australians who have been going without counselling services are now able to receive it along with the Medicare rebate. The Medicare rebate for psychological services via Telehealth will be available for patients living in Modified Monash Model regions 5 to 7, which covers most smaller country towns and remote and very remote locations.
Personalised treatment for a range of conditions
Depression Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Grief and Loss
Fear, phobias and panic attacks
Women’s Mental Health
Men’s Mental Health
Drug & Alcohol Addiction
Self Esteem Issues
All our therapists are professionally registered Psychologists with AHPRA and the Australia Board of Psychology.
What you will need
You will need a computer with or a tablet with camera and audio capacity. Internet connection is also essential for video connections. We use Skype to Skype which is available for iPad/iPhone and Android apps available. These are free for you to download.
If you don’t have a computer or Internet connection, or simply do not want a video session, a phone consultation can also be arranged
At Retreat South, we provide accredited services to:
Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) for businesses and organisations
Victims of Crime
Transport Accident Commission – TAC
Department of Veterans’ Affairs – DVA
Corporate services - training
Provision of training to organisations is available upon request. Please contact us to discuss and customise training needs for your organisation.
Call us on +61 3 5568 4155 to make an appointment
Frequently asked questions
A referral from your doctor is not required in order to book and attend appointments. You can book as a private client. However, if you wish to make use of Medicare Australia rebates you will need to first ask your General Practitioner or Psychiatrist for a referral in the form of a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). This is usually quick and straightforward.
Psychological Counselling fees
- 90 minutes — recommended for adults: $280
- 50 minutes — for teenagers and adults: $190
- 30 minutes — for teenagers and adults on a budget: $100
Payment is by cash, Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
The 2017-2018 national recommended rates for Registered Psychologists are $354 for 90 minutes or $246 for 60 minutes. I try to keep my fees lower.
If you would like to claim Medicare rebates on your session fees, please ask your General Practitioner or Psychiatrist for a Mental Health Care Plan dated on or before your first appointment. This is usually quick and straightforward to arrange.
The Medicare rebate for most patients is about $85 per session. If you have reached your Medicare threshold your rebate may be higher, covering much more of your fee.
Private health insurers also increasingly have provisions for psychological services. Please check your policy.
Please note that full fees are payable for sessions missed or cancelled without at least 24hrs notice. Be sure to let me know at least one day ahead if you need to change your session time. Exceptions are only made for medical reasons.