Developing Minds psychologists offer skype sessions in some situations.
Skype therapy is mostly offered in working with parents, rather than with children themselves, although this can be negotiated for older children and teenagers who are able to cope with the concentration requirements of a Skype call.
The costs for skype sessions are the same as for sessions held in the clinic (ie $215.50 for a 50 minute session or $166.50 for those on a health care card). It should be noted that at this stage, Skype therapy sessions are not covered by Medicare, and will need to be paid for in full at the time of the session. Some private health funds will often offer a rebate for these sessions (you will need to call and check with your own fund).
Skype therapy is not suitable for clients who are actively suicidal or self-harming.
It is important to understand that if the therapist believes the client, or another person, is at risk or in danger during the Skype call, they will cease the call and contact emergency services.
In some circumstances, skype sessions can work very well for parents and teenagers who live in rural areas or who are unable to travel to our clinics.
We work in the same way during counselling sessions whether they are via skype or in the office. For more information about our counselling services, click here.