Please use this form only if you would like to book an appointment for psychotherapeutic services. If you are seeking clinical supervision, training, or wish to contact me for another reason, please click here instead.
As a therapist in private practice, I am unable to provide on-call crisis counselling. Please note that we are not a 24hr service. If you are in crisis, please contact 000 or click here for information about crisis support and suicide prevention services.
**Please read the information below and/or have a support person discuss it with you if that helps you, before you submit the form below:**
Q: Are you currently available for bookings with new people? How soon can I book a session?
My availability is different for different types of psychotherapy bookings.
Solo Psychotherapy: Due to clinical and ethical considerations in solo psychotherapy and my current waitlist as of 1 June 2020, I am unable to book first sessions with any new people seeking solo psychotherapy before December 2020. I will update this information if additional bookings become available.
Relationship & Family Therapy: Due to the distinct nature of Relationship & Family Therapy, I might be available for a limited number of Relationship Counselling or Family Therapy sessions with you from mid-August 2020. This will depend on a number of clinical and ethical considerations, to ensure I have capacity to provide services to you at my professional standard of care.
You are welcome to contact me now to request to be added to my waitlist, in case any sessions become available before then. Sessions are prioritised based on a combination of queue order, anti-oppressive practice principles, and on clinical and ethical considerations.
The length of time you will wait for a session after you request a booking will depend on which timeslot and session length you want. For example, as of 1st December 2019, some high demand timeslots are already booked until July 2020. In contrast, some lower demand timeslots might be available within 2 weeks of when I am next available for new referrals. The more flexibility you have in terms of the day and time of your session, the sooner I will be able to work with you.
Please note that weekday evening and Sunday sessions (in Narrm / Melbourne time) are in extremely high demand, so I am no longer able to add people to my waitlist for these timeslots. If your only availability is on weekday evenings or Sundays in my local timezone, then I will need to refer you to another therapist to reduce your wait time.
Q: What are your fees?
I use an income-based, sliding scale rates chart for income equity. For enquiries about my rates, please first review my Income Equity Rates Chart, available rebates, and payment policies here. As of 1 December 2019, all of my pro bono (no fee) severe economic hardship and low income/student slots are either full or reserved for people who have previously submitted enquiries. This means I do not currently have concession slots available for people who first contact me from 1 December 2019. I will update this information when concession slots become available.
Q: Can I use rebates to pay?
I am a Registered NDIS Provider and MediBank Private Provider. If you have NDIS funding for Therapeutic Supports, therapy sessions with me will be bulk billed (no fee gap). For enquiries about rebates, please first review the information on page 2 here.
Q: What about Medicare rebates?
If you are seeking fortnightly or weekly sessions for 3 months or longer, therapy with me is likely to be more affordable overall than therapy with a Medicare-rebated provider. This is because:
- Medicare has a 10 session annual rebate limit, so you will typically have to pay full fees with no rebates after those 10 sessions
- most providers charge a fee gap even for rebated sessions, and
- additional sessions after the first 10 are billed at an unexpectedly high rate (e.g., APS 2019 recommended schedule of fees: $251 for 45-60 minutes and $364 for 76-90 minutes).
In addition, Medicare rebates cover only a limited range of therapeutic methods, excluding a range of international ‘gold standard’ methods with an extensive peer-reviewed evidence base.
Medicare rebates do not cover distance therapy except for designated regional and remote areas, typically do not cover relationship or family therapy, and require your therapist to provide some of your personal clinical information to the government. In contrast, I provider a wider range of psychotherapeutic services and will never share your personal clinical information with anyone– government or otherwise– except where legally or ethically required to do so (e.g., where there is credible risk of imminent harm to you or another person).
I am unable to assist you if you are:
- requesting Medicare rebates through a GP’s Mental Health Care Plan. Although I regularly collaborate with GPs when providing mental health care and am happy to receive a GP’s Mental Health Care Plan, I am unfortunately unable to provide Medicare rebates.
- seeking a forensic risk assessment (i.e., providing a court with an evaluation of your risk of re-offending). I am unable to provide forensic risk assessments for people charged with causing harm to another person.
I strive to be a responsive and accessible practitioner to those seeking my services as a psychotherapist. If you do not receive a response from me within 72 hours, then you can assume that I am away on leave or have not received your message. If you do not receive my reply within 72 hours, then please follow up to contact me directly at gavi at ansarapsychotherapy.com (substitute the ‘@’ symbol for the word ‘at’ and remove the spaces between the words in bold). Thanks!