A telehealth counselling appointment with one of our therapists is just like any other appointment you have with your therapist.
The only difference is, instead of being in the same room, you will use an online platform (like Zoom and Skype) or telephone for your therapy session.
If you are currently experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, are feeling overwhelmed or you are socially isolated, telehealth counselling could be a good option for you because it is accessible from your computer and phone.
Services are available Australia wide.
Vision puts measures in place so that your telehealth counselling appointment is just as private as face to face appointments.
Only you and your telehealth counsellor have access and are present during your telehealth therapy appointment.
Your telehealth therapist can help you if you are experiencing:
- uncontrollable feelings of sadness, anger, despair and hopelessness
- you just don’t feel like yourself
- you’re sleeping or eating more or less than usual
- using alcohol, drugs, sex or food to cope
- you’ve lost someone or something important to you
- a traumatic event has happened to you, such as abuse, neglect, an accident, losing your job, being in a disaster, being the victim of a crime or a chronic illness
- you can’t do the things you like to do or used to do
Telehealth Counselling Services include:
- Individual Counselling
- Relationship Counselling
- Marriage Counselling
- Depression Treatment
- Anxiety Treatment
Vision Counselling offers –
- Easy Access to a Therapist
- No Waiting Lists
- After Hours and Weekend Therapy Appointments
Online counselling appointments are available for you with qualified counsellors and psychologists.
Telehealth counselling appointments run for 60 minutes.
If you would like to make an appointment to talk to a telehealth therapist, please book below.
Telehealth FAQs …
Telehealth is a health service that is delivered by a video or telephone consultation.
Instead of having a face to face appointment with your therapist, a Telehealth appointment occurs via video or telephone.
Previously Telehealth was restricted to certain geographical locations. However, as part of the Australian Government’s response to Covid-19, the Telehealth service has now been extended to cover a wider range of people within the community.
Telehealth aims to ensure continued access to Mental Health Services for those who need it most.
Telehealth psychology is a psychological therapy service that is delivered via telephone or video conference where a visual and/or audio connection has been established between a client and their treating allied health professional.
Yes, you can claim the Medicare rebate if:
– You are not a concession card holder
– You are over 16 years old
– You are not more vulnerable to COVID-19
Please note, you will still need a Mental health Care Plan from your GP to be eligible.
Further information related to COVID-19: Medicare funded psychology services can be found on the Australian Psychological Society website.
Bulk billing means you pay zero out of pocket expenses, Medicare will cover the full amount.
The Medicare rebate means you will first pay the full amount, after you have attended your appointment, you will be able to claim a rebate from Medicare.
Please note, to be eligible for bulk billing or the Medicare rebate you will need a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from your GP.
If you would like to claim a Medicare rebate, you will need a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) and a referral from your GP.
Alternatively, if you don’t have a MHCP or a referral from your GP, you can still access a Telehealth appointment via video or telephone as a private client.
Yes, you can claim the bulk billing incentive offered by Medicare if you fall under one of the below categories:
· You are a concession card holder
· You are under 16 years old
· You are more vulnerable to COVID-19
Please note, you will still need a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP to be eligible.
Vision is not affiliated with any private funds – please contact your health fund for advice.
Please contact Vision for our latest schedule of fees.
If you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, you will be about to claim a Medicare rebate after you have attended your appointment.
If you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, are more vulnerable and fall under the bulk billing category, you will pay zero out of pocket expenses.
If you don’t have a MHCP or a referral from your GP, you can still access a Telehealth counselling appointment via video or telephone as a private client, please contact Vision for our schedule of fees.
If you would like to make a Telehealth phone appointment, you will only need a telephone number.
If you would like to do a Telehealth video appointment, you will need to access to the internet access and an online platform such as Zoom or Skype for your laptop or phone.
Please contact Vision to help set up your Telehealth appointment.
About Telehealth Counselling …
Telehealth has been shown to overcome barriers within the mental health service sector caused by multiple factors such as natural disasters i.e. COVID-19, the distance between the health service provider and the client, access to reliable transport and a busy schedule where face to face appointments are not possible.
Seeking online counselling can help you to process a difficult situation in your life or come to terms with trauma you have experienced.
Everyone’s need for counselling is unique to them.
Seeking counselling online with Vision Counselling and Psychology will enable you to access a qualified mental health professional who can assist you in dealing with emotional issues that may have been holding you back from experiencing a fuller and happier life.
About Telehealth Counselling Appointments
During 2020 and 2021, we saw a large increase in the use of telehealth services for therapy. In 2022, PsychCentral has reported that the expansion of Telehealth will be one of the biggest trends in mental health.
At Vision Counselling and Psychology we recognise that every person’s life is diverse and unique including yours.
Many people live in regional areas or work FIFO or are unable to attend appointments in person.
You may opt for a telehealth or online appointment because:
- You are currently in social isolation due to COVID-19
- You find a convenient appointment time that suits your life and situation
- You are able to access counselling appointments quickly
- You are unable to physically get to an office location
- You are living in a remote or rural location
- You would prefer to have counselling from the comfort of your own home
Preparing for your Telehealth Counselling Appointment
We recommend that you prepare your surroundings in preparation for your appointment. Because it is important that you are in a comfortable, private space where you will not be disturbed.
Consider your space as a therapeutic setting. Ensure that is quiet, confidential, safe and comfortable.
To arrange your telehealth counselling appointment, contact us today.