Counselling and therapy appointments
Appointments are 50 minutes in length. The fee is $160.
Medicare rebates are available for people who have a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP. This plan entitles you to 10 rebated counselling sessions per calendar year. The rebate is $88.25 per session. During Covid times, the number of rebated counselling sessions has increased to 20 until 2022.
Peta does offer home visits in the Mandurah area for people with disabilities or mature seniors who can no longer drive or find it difficult to travel. This service is only available to concession card holders and is Bulk Billed. Home Visits are only offered on Tuesdays.
There is a late cancellation fee of $55 if you cancel your appointment with less than 5 working days’ notice. This fee only applies if your appointment spot is not able to be filled.
We have hand sanitiser for your use, and we observe social distancing measures.
Peta is fully vaccinated and she hopes you are as well.
Appointments are available Monday – Thursday.
The appointment times are:
- 9.00 am
- 10.30 am
- 12.00 noon
- 1.30 pm
- 3.00 pm
Home Visit Day is Tuesday.
For your privacy, please ensure that we have a quiet room (not a bedroom) where you are not likely to be interrupted. It will help a lot if Peta has a kitchen chair to sit on. Please also ensure that you are dressed in comfortable day clothes.
What to expect on your first visit
When you arrive at Peta’s home, you are welcome to park behind her car in the driveway.
You will likely hear the dog barking, but she is not allowed downstairs while you enter the home. Bella will likely be sitting on the landing wagging her tail and barking, but she knows she is not allowed downstairs until you have entered the counselling room. Bella will only come into the counselling room if she is invited by you. So, if you are fearful of dogs, you don’t need to be concerned; if you do love dogs, I am sure you will love her.
Peta will start the appointment by telling you about confidentiality, what happens to your file, and other general housekeeping stuff. She then likes to talk to you about your family tree, so she is aware of who is in your family. Then she will ask you what has been happening for you lately. If there is time, she might ask you what you are hoping to get from counselling, so she is very aware of what your goals are. At some point, Peta might ask you to complete a questionnaire or two about depression and anxiety.
By the end of your second appointment you will be very clear about goals and strategies that Peta and you have prepared.
How many appointments do you need?
That is a bit like asking “how long is a piece of string?”. Some people only need to see Peta 3-4 times, others want to see her for longer. Usually the appointments are fortnightly, but if it looks like you might want or need longer term therapy, then the appointment times might change to 3-4 weekly, with activities and homework to do between appointments.
Get help to get unstuck
When you are feeling stuck, speaking to a psychologist can often help you to see things from a different perspective, or can help you to learn some different skills to assist with the problem.