Online Counselling Appointments
Counselling in Melbourne has two online appointment types available:
Online Counselling with an existing MHCP
20 Medicare sessions are now available
Online Counselling – Private & Confidential
What is online counselling?
Online counselling is a therapy session which is conducted through an internet-based platform.
In Australia, it’s also known as e-therapy, telehealth, e-counselling or cyber-counselling.
Online counselling involves an interaction between a professional psychologist or counsellor and the client using a digital or mobile communication device such as a laptop, smartphone, iPad or tablet.
These devices normally use a 3rd party app such as Skype, FaceTime or Zoom which are known as platforms. However, some psychology practices have telehealth software inbuilt with their practice management software and are not reliant on 3rd party apps to provide their service.
As over 88% of people in Australia have access to the internet and an incredible 83% of Australians own a smartphone, online treatment has become an increasingly popular alternative to face-to-face therapy.
How effective is online counselling?
Online counselling has rapidly been accepted by both practitioners and clients with research confirming it can be an effective alternative service to face-face sessions or can be used to complement face-to-face counselling services.
For example, if you were unable to attend a session due to an unexpected work commitment, transitioning to an online session will give you the continuity of care. Many people find this a very effective method of treatment.
Face-to-face vs Online Counselling
Historically, face-to-face has always been the preferred option compared to virtual or video-based communication.
Psychologists and Counsellors are trained to ‘read’ body language, listen to the client’s tone of voice, watch for micro-expressions during a face-to-face session. All these interpersonal ‘signs’ help contributes to the building of rapport and trust with you during the client and psychologist relationship.
However, if you have a more introverted personality, then possibly you could find face-to-face engagement intimidating, speaking with a psychologist online can be the ideal solution to achieve the positive outcomes you’re seeking.
Speaking with an online counsellor can also be non-confrontational, which allows for barriers to be broken down more quickly and can help quicken the healing process by “rediscovering the real you”.
Top 5 common benefits:
Snapshot of who online counselling may appeal to:
Top 7 mental health conditions suitable to be treated by online counselling (no set order)
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Relationship issues
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
**While online treatment is OK for the above mental health conditions, consideration should be given to supplementing these sessions by also having face-to-face counselling sessions. More so at the start of a therapeutic relationship between the client and psychologist**
Disadvantages of online counselling
While it can be potentially helpful for clients subject to their circumstances, it can pose some disadvantages or risks over traditional face-to-face sessions.
How does it work?
If you think online counselling is right for you, Counselling in Melbourne has tried to make it as easy as possible to schedule an appointment for people in all situations. Or either call 1300 967 734 and chat to our reception staff if you require further information.
After your appointment has been scheduled, you will receive an appointment confirmation email which will contain your Zoom meeting ID (Our practitioners can also use Skype or Face Time e-platforms).
Before your session date, you will receive an email and SMS reminder 24-hrs before the appointment date and another email 1-hr before the session is to commence with all of the required information.
All you need is a smartphone, laptop, computer or tablet with a web browser and an internet connection. There are no plugins or downloads required!
Please, there is no need to stress as your practitioner will personally guide you through the process if you have any trouble and once you’ve had your first session, you’re set!
The online option may not be suitable for clients suffering from a clinical mental health illness such a serious addiction, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, chronic depression or psychosis. These conditions may require a more traditional (face-to-face) treatment approach compared to only using online options.
Online (and face-face) sessions are always subject to your practitioner calendar appointment openings. Please use the practitioner appointment availability link or call 1300 967 734 and speak to a reception staff member.
- You should set yourself up session 5-minutes before your appointment time
- You should have a pen and paper handy.
- You will need a reliable high-speed internet connection, and your webcam setup.
- Please turn off your mobile phone if not using and reduce any background noise or distractions
- It’s also good to have a glass of water and a box of tissues close by
The standard session fee is $180.00.
Saturday session fee is $210.00.
*There is an out-of-pocket fee payable if you have an MHCP*
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government and Medicare have extended the Medicare rebate for Telehealth and existing mental health care plans (MHCP) to all Australian communities regardless of their geographical location. However, Medicare will be reviewing these arrangements on 30th June 2021.
Please note online counselling services may not suitable for everybody experiencing emotional difficulties, especially if you’re experiencing severe and enduring mental health concerns, if you’re under the age of 18 or if you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts. If you need to talk to someone immediately please contact the Beyond Blue Support Service on 1300 224 636 or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.