Counselling for children
To help children build resilience, improve their social skills or regulate their emotions/behaviour, a psychologist is qualified to equip children (and often parents) with helpful strategies. Counselling for children is a relaxing, peaceful and enjoyable experience.
Please note: this service does not cater for severe complex conditions (eg, eating disorders, family violence and abuse, drug addiction or family court situations). Click below for service that specialise in these areas.
Some useful information about the counselling process:
The first session is usually conducted with the parents. The child may be present depending on their age and the nature of the problem. After gathering information, a treatment plan with goals is established. Questionnaires may be given.
The subsequent sessions usually run for 50 minutes with the child.
It is a positive experience for children. Selective interactive activities and games are used.
At the end of the session parents are invited back into the room for a brief discussion.
Parents are expected to support the process by following through with tasks at home (when provided). This is vital for successful outcomes.
Evidence-based strategies are used (this means they have been researched and shown to work).
Sessions are usually weekly over a period of 6 weeks followed by a review to decide about future sessions.
Finally, it is a safe place for children to discuss personal issues without negative consequences (although counselling for children is confidential, there may be times when the psychologist feels it is necessary to share some information with another person with the childs consent).
The sessions cost $155 (per 50 minutes) and $95 for a 20 minute session. With a proper referral, Medicare rebates are available ($86.15 per session for 10 sessions per calendar year). Discuss this with your GP. Some fees can also be claimed through Private Health Insurance. Contact your provider.
Conditions covered under Medicare:
Psychotic disorders • Schizophrenia • Bipolar disorder • Phobic disorders • Anxiety disorder • Adjustment disorder • Depression • Sexual disorders • Conduct disorders • Bereavement disorders • Post-traumatic stress disorder • Eating disorders • Panic disorder • Alcohol use disorders • Drug use disorders • Sleep problems • Attention deficit disorder • Autism/Aspergers • Obsessive compulsive disorder • Co-occurring anxiety and depression
We treat only the conditions in red.
Please Note: Children without a diagnosis can still access Medicare rebates if their doctor believes they are at risk.
Medicare rebates Fact Sheet (Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative)
Autism/Apsergers Medicare rebates fact sheet (Helping children with Autism Initiative)