FAQs

How much does a psychologist cost on the Sunshine Coast?

We have recently been informed there are no appointments available for no gap psychology appointments on the Sunshine Coast.  Therefore, most people will have an out-of-pocket expense.

The Australian Psychological Society set a recommended rate of $267 for a 40-60 minute counselling appointment.  With Brad’s extensive experience and results-focussed approach, we have set our current rates as follow:

  • Standard psychology consultation or life coaching – $210/50-minute session
  • Couple’s counselling (minimum 1.5 hours) – $315/80-minute session
  • Concessional discounted therapy – $190/50-minute session

Many of our clients attend counselling through our Maroochydore psychology practice only when they are experiencing a challenge.  They use the service to manage their stressful event, increase their coping skills and get back on track.

We also have several clients who attend sessions regularly with Brad in a more life coaching or mentoring capacity to stay on track and take their mental skills to the next level.

Can I use my Private Health Fund to get a rebate on my counselling session?

Yes. If your Private Health Fund cover includes psychology services, then we are usually able to process your rebate on the day of service. We suggest that you contact your health fund to find out your entitlements. You will need to bring along your private health fund card on the day.

The private health funds we can process counselling rebates for include:

  • AAMI
  • ACA Health
  • ADF Family Health
  • Apia
  • Australian Unity
  • Bupa
  • CBHS Health
  • CUA Health
  • Defence Health
  • Emergency Services Health
  • Frank Health Insurance
  • GMHBA
  • Health Partners
  • Latrobe Health Services
  • Medibank Private
  • Medicare
  • Navy Health
  • Peoplecare
  • Phoenix Health Fund
  • Police Health
  • Qantas Assure
  • Queensland Country Health Fund
  • Suncorp
  • TUH
  • Teachers Health
  • Territory Health Fund
  • Uni Health Insurances
  • Union Health
  • Westfund
  • ahm by Medibank
  • hbf
  • health.com.au
  • hif
  • nib
  • onemedifund
  • rt health fund

Do you bulk bill?

No. Although we don’t bulk bill, we ask that you consider the reasons why below:

  • Brad Everton has extensive experience which means you are getting premium service. Brad completed his Bachelor (with Honours) of Psychology and Masters of Psychology (7 years of study). He has also been working in the field for 20 years including sport psychology, career counselling, workplace counselling, WorkCover and Comcare counselling, relationship therapy, onsite trauma support, manager assistance, and all aspects of general life assistance. Brad has helped thousands of people live happier and healthier lives and always strives to get a breakthrough for his clients.
  • Brad continues to work on and develop his skills every day so he can always provide you with the best tools, tips and strategies,
  • Brad already charges a reduced fee (the current Australian Psychological Association recommended rate is $260 for a standard 50-minute session)
  • Brad genuinely wants to help you get better results and make REAL change in your life towards what you really want

Can I get a Medicare Rebate for my Psychology Appointment?

Yes, we have the facilities onsite to process your Medicare rebate ($89.65) on the day of your counselling appointment. The rebate will generally be processed back into your account within 24 to 48 hours.

Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?

This is a frequent and important question. No, you don’t actually need a referral to access counselling with Brad Everton. However, many people are referred by their GP, their psychiatrist, by friends recognising a valuable service that could be useful to somebody else, or their marriage celebrants (for pre-marital counselling). Many organisations also provide access to counselling for their employees through their Employee Assistance Program counselling.

If you feel that you need support and want to achieve better results, a life coach can be a great idea. But a particular benefit of seeing a solution-focused psychologist is the amount of study and experience they have, particularly from a psychologist who has extensive experience from working in the field for a long time.

Although you don’t need a referral to see a psychologist, the benefit of having a referral from your GP or psychiatrist under a mental health care plan is that you can access the Medicare rebate. This means you’re able to get a portion of the fee back that you pay for the psychology sessions, so you’re accessing the services at a reduced rate. And for many people, their rebate increases to 80% once they hit their Medicare Safety Net! Simply ask your GP or psychiatrist when you speak with them next time.

Do you offer phone counselling and online counselling?

With technology today and the current COVID-19 climate, phone, online, and video counselling are becoming more popular.

As a psychologist, on any given day I can be chatting to people all around the country, from all different walks of life, across all different industries.

Nowadays, there are so many available options – it’s not just face-to-face counselling. Of course, some people prefer face-to-face counselling, but many who may not have considered phone or online counselling that decide to give it a go are finding it extremely beneficial and convenient (especially when conducted by a therapist skilled in building rapport virtually. The benefit to the client is you can be in an environment that suits you – whether that be at home or sitting in a private place, anywhere around the world.

When chatting to clients, we can almost duplicate the face-to-face counselling sessions using Zoom or Skype calls. For example, we have clients who have gone overseas and wanted to continue with their sessions and this provides a seamless transition.

The best news is that Medicare now recognises virtual forms of psychology, so we can still process your rebate if you have a current GP Mental Health Care Plan.

Do you provide marriage counselling?

Yes, we provide couple’s therapy. Brad enjoys helping couples communicate better and more easily. He strives to ensure both parties are on the same page before they leave each session. And whether the focus is building your best relationship together or parting peacefully, Brad does his best to facilitate the counselling process as smoothly as possible.

Do you provide family therapy?

Yes. As a matter of fact, one of the areas we are most passionate about at Synergy Mind Solutions is helping families develop strong and healthy relationships. Brad even published a book called: On Track Parenting – The Missing Manual That Should Have Come With Your Child. The reason we called it this is because we jam-packed as many of the tools, tips and strategies you need to stay mentally strong, calm and peaceful while navigating the most challenging role any person can face in life. All the tools in the book came from what has worked with clients during Brad’s 20 years of counselling.