In a PACFA survey conducted in May 2021, the most commonly reported (46%) counselling and psychotherapy fees were between $100-$160 per hour. Around 24% of those surveyed offer fees lower than $100, and only 11% had fees higher than $160.
Many members also reported being happy to offer a 'sliding scale' style of fees, where depending on your individual and financial circumstances, you and your counsellor may be able to negotiate a lower fee that meets your needs.
Couple and family counselling is often slightly more expensive, as the number of clients per session can raise the hourly rate.
Counselling fees are often less than the 'gap' charged by a psychologist, even with a rebate. If you have private health insurance, it is also worth checking with your insurer if they offer counselling rebates. Depending on your policy, Bupa, Medibank, ahm, Police Health, Emergency Services Health, St Luke's Health, Phoenix Health, CUA, Doctor's Health, and Grand United may provide rebates, with this list constantly growing.
Counsellors are also very accessible across Australia - in 2021 63% of respondents reported they could see a new client within 7 days and 23% could accommodate an urgent request within 48 hours.
You can find a PACFA-registered counsellor or psychotherapist via our 'Find a therapist' directory.