Professional and confidential support
Help is available…you do not need to struggle on your own. Focused psychological strategies can help with many concerns such as depression or mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship problems, adjustment issues, family conflict, personality disorders, life crisis or trauma.
Focused psychological strategies can also help with positive events such as choosing a direction in life or reaching your full potential.
Perhaps you are experiencing significant events in your life such as starting a new relationship or starting a family, leaving home for the first time or coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, or perhaps financial stress. Having a professionally qualified counsellor to guide you through your concerns can be immensely useful.
Assistance available for national and international clients
Within a Australia, if you have a referral from your Medical Practitioner, you can receive a rebate from Medicare for assistance with Depression and other Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Relationship Problems, Adjustment Issues, Family Conflict Personality Disorders, Life Crisis, Trauma.
If you are seeking help with drug, alcohol or currently remaining in a family violence situation, I do not have expertise in these areas.
The same level of professional support is available for international clients via ZOOM or WhatsApp although a Medicare rebate is not available unless you are an Australian resident.
Medicare will assist with fees
First make an appointment with your Medical Practitioner
Tell the Receptionist you need an appointment to get a referral for counselling (they need to book a longer session). Your Medical Practitioner can fax referral to 02 6013 9646 OR you can email the referral to [email protected]
It is necessary to provide the referral to Dr Rhonda Emonson (PhD) at Mediation, Coaching and Counselling at least 48 hours prior to your first session so that a file can be made up for you.
If more than one person is attending for counselling, each will need their own referral.
For further information on Medicare rebates visit: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au
How many sessions?
If you have a referral, the amount of sessions will depend on what your Medical Practitioner suggests. Generally, plan for about six sessions once a fortnight, although it is often possible to have 10 session in a calender year.
If a particular appointment time suits your other commitments, it is best to book several sessions ahead at that time and this can be done online for up to 4 weeks ahead of your first session. After the sixth session, we discuss whether further sessions would be helpful and at that time, a letter is written to your Medical Practitioner giving him/her an update on your progress. To secure your session, the fee must be paid (online) at the time of the booking unless you are being bulk billed.
Each person is different, there are no rules about the number of sessions although we aim for less, rather than long term sessions. Each session is 50 minutes in duration.
Appointments are available either during the day or after hours by appointment. There are session times that are offered as bulk billed and these are usually the 11am appointment on most days.
How much will it cost?
There are two options, each supporting you to access professional counselling.
OPTION ONE: With a referral from your Medical Practitioner, you will have an out of pocket expense of $40.00 with remainder of your session fee payable by Medicare. BUT, the referral must be received by Dr Emonson at least 48 hours prior to your first session. Sessions can be booked by clicking on ‘Booking’.
OPTION TWO: For those that prefer not to have a referral from their Medical Practitioner (or are international clients), the same professional service is available. However, without a referral you take responsibility for the full session fee.
Sessions can be booked by clicking on ‘Booking’.
Session fees vary according to business or after hour appointment times, although the 11.00am appointment on most days is bulk billed.