The Cost of a Psychologist

Are you wondering, “How much is a psychologist”? Look no further, as we break down the guidelines set by the Australian Psychological Society and our own approach to pricing.

Our professional body, the Australian Psychological Society (APS), recommends that a 50-minute session with a psychologist should be $251 per session in 2020. At Scope Clinical and Educational Services, we believe in providing an affordable service for clients and aim to ensure that finances do not prevent someone from being able to access help and support when needed. For this reason we set our fees at a substantially lower rate than what is recommended.

These are the SCAES service fees:

  • Psychologist with Provisional Registration – $130.00 per hour (with comprehensive supervision of services)
  • Psychologist with Full Registration – $170.00 per hour (with educational and developmental endorsement or an educational and developmental psychology registrar)
  • NDIS services – $214.41 per hour (therapeutic services only)
  • One-time new client fee to allow for initial administration to be completed – $80.00

This should give you a good example of competitive fees that you should expect to be paying in 2020. Note that these fees are eligible for private health rebates, and Medicare rebates are available with a GP referral for a mental health care plan. We are not a bulk-billing clinic.

Here is a little more about our services:

If you cannot travel to the clinic or live outside of Brisbane (including interstate and international), we offer comprehensive online telehealth and assessment services through SCAES Rural. Our practitioners can also travel to your home, school or in the workplace if you are an NDIS participant. Our various registered psychologists have a range of experience in counselling, therapy and mental health, all bringing their own styles and experiences, to create a personalised psychology service that suits you. Everyone has a state of mental health, just as everyone has a state of physical health. Our mental health can fluctuate over time in response to life events, continual demands, increasing commitments and relationship difficulties. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge, followed by depression, stress and adjustment. Mental health and wellbeing both need to be managed to feel good, function well and live a quality life.

We offer a safe, non-judgemental therapeutic environment so people feel heard and understood, process emotions effectively, learn new skills and take away practical strategies to use in everyday life. Our psychologists use validated and reliable measures within the process of informed consent to support understanding, planning and decision-making. They keep up to date with the latest research to ensure evidence-based practice.