Appointments and Fees

Make an Appointment

I bring over 25 years of experience to my ‘Adelaide Sex Therapy’ practice.

If you would like to ask me a question feel free to send me a short Email at: [email protected]. Please include your phone number in your message if you would like to make an appointment. All personal details will be confidentially held by me. If my personal assistant contacts you, the only details required will be your name and phone number.

At present there can be a 3 month waiting time for a new client. However, I have a cancellation list. Occasionally, I can offer an earlier appointment, therefore, it is worth leaving your name and number with me. All initial appointments are made by phone.

Cancellation Policy

I understand that things may come up and that you may need to change our session times. Whilst I am happy to accommodate your needs please note that I require 24 office hours’ notice for a cancellation or rescheduling. To cover costs, a late cancellation fee ($100 + GST = $110) applies unless there are exceptional circumstances (e.g. the provision of a medical certificate or an emergency).

Fees

From February 2018 my fees will rise slightly for the first time in 3 years.

Initial appointments generally need to be longer than subsequent sessions.

A 75 minute initial appointment is $270.

A 90 minute initial appointment is $320.

Subsequent or initial 60 min sessions are $240.

If the appointment goes beyond 60 minutes, each extra 15 minute consulting period will cost a further $50.

All Medicare Card holders are eligible for a Medicare Rebate of $107.15 (one person) – $117.55 (a couple) per session depending on the number of people attending.

I have set aside a portion of discounted appointments for people who hold a Health Care Card and are in receipt of Centrelink payments. This needs to be discussed with my personal assistant.

Please do keep in mind, that, following the receipt of your Medicare rebate, my out of pocket cost will be in the long run a modest amount well spent. My medical sexology knowledge and 27 years of sex and relationships therapy experience enable me to help people efficiently. Follow up appointments are usually required (particularly for couples) but are optional and can be planned to maximise my assistance whilst keeping your costs to a minimum.

Some people may feel uncomfortable speaking about sexual issues with their family GP. As you are entitled to receive a Medicare rebate when you consult with me, you do not need a referral from your doctor. A Mental Health Care Plan is NOT required. If you want to use a Mental Health Care Plan, this needs to be discussed when making an initial appointment as certain protocols need to be followed and there may not be a financial advantage to you. Bulk billing is not available.

In matters of your general health I am unable to treat you in the capacity of a GP. I am more than happy to work with your GP and communicate with them regarding suggested investigations to ensure that you receive the best possible care and follow up.

In order to keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum, I have made my initial consultation fee the same as a standard fee, as longer lasting sessions do not attract a higher Medicare rebate. If you feel that you require more than an hour for a consultation, please let me when you are booking in. I can then advise you of the adjusted fee.

Emergency 

Whilst your health is a priority, I am not available all office hours or after office hours. If you feel your situation is urgent, your GP is likely to be an excellent first point of call. If you believe you have an urgent mental health concern, the Mental Health Triage Service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their number is: 13 14 65.

There are other help options on this website:

www.samentalhealthcommission.com.au

For emergencies including thoughts of suicide, it is vital that you contact 000 to receive immediate medical attention.

Privacy

I take the privacy of my clients extremely seriously. No private information including name, contact details, nature of therapy or details of what is discussed in my sessions will ever be made public.

There are several situations which are exempt from this policy due to legal or ethical reasons.

  • If I suspect imminent threat to life or safety of yourself or others I am legally required to report this.
  • I am legally required to report suspected or known abuse of a person under the age of 18.
  • I am legally required to release your records if presented with a court order.

See my full Privacy Policy here.

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