pay each session only if you feel it was of value
prior to that, prices are slightly less
weekends all day
public holidays all day
normal days outside 9am to 6pm
added to the regular rates listed above
available at the hourly rate
Bupa, Medibank, ahm, and ARHG, St. Luke's Health, Phoenix Health, CUA, Police Health, and Emergency Services Health
may include a rebate around $30 to $40 a session
I cannot offer Medicare rebates. GP referral not required. Getting a rebate is helpful. However, if you focus heavily on getting the lowest cost, opportunity for good results could be hindered.
Research shows better outcomes when you feel you and the counsellor work well together. Focusing on the connection could enhance outcomes.
If you claim an hour of counselling on your tax return, and you're in the 32.5% tax threshold, that’s nearly a one-third tax reduction (about $40 savings for an hour session).
Based on my conversation with the ATO in 2018 August, it is possible to claim counselling services as a tax deduction provided there is reasonable justification for doing so. In my professional opinion, it is claimable in almost every case, though I encourage each person and their accountant to consider whether this applies to them. The basis for the claim could be as follows:
Through provision of these personalised counselling services and inclusion of evidence-based practice, the service provided is intended to assist clients enhance their own wellness in the short and long-term. The increasingly understood biopsychosocial model (Engel, 1977) has encouraged research which demonstrates a connection between mental and physical wellness; the mechanism is explained in part by Oakley (2004). Because of this connection, working on mental wellness through couselling services generally enhances work productivity, reduces sick days, and reduces work absences (Nunes, Richmond, Pampel, Wood, 2017); it also enhances the likelihood that the client will be able to contribute to society in general, and reduces the client’s likelihood of requiring government assisted healthcare (both physical and mental health-related).
Hence, these costs to the client are a viable tax deduction depending on accounting and tax regulations in any given year. You can cite this professional opinion and reference the articles noted above if ever needed as justification.