Michael Grunwald
Counsellor & Psychologist

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Life is a constant work in progress - and sometimes we just need a little help from someone outside our usual work/social/family environment. This may be to manage transitions,  get things back on track after  major or minor disruptions to our 'normal' life or find our way back out of a meaningless, anxious  or conflictual cul-de-sac. On the other hand, you might feel like your life has never been 'normal' and are seeking resolution for longer term issues.

If you feel you require additional or another kind of support than you are currently receiving from your friends, family or workplace (or YouTube), please call me (0414 400 508) to briefly tell me about your situation and discuss the various  options  for an initial consultation. There are also over 50 videos on a range of Psychology/Counselling topics - maybe you will find one or a number that particularly interest you to kick off or complementour conversation.

Update - Current at November 2021

I am pleased to say that - unless we return to lockdown - I will again be seeing existing and new clients in person soon in our large refurbished (and thoroughly sanitised) counselling rooms at 125 St Johns Road, Glebe. In addition, all clients are eligible to speak to their GP about accessing 20 Medicare-rebated counselling sessions in a calendar year (in blocks of 6 + 4 + 10 sessions) until 30 June 2022 (at the earliest) as a result of the 2020 federal budget. I hope this number of sessions will continue into the years ahead. In addition to face-to-face counselling sessions at our St Johns Road centre, feel free to consider the options below.

Outdoor counselling

When the COVID pandemic closed workable options for doing therapy effectively indoors I began offering outdoor counselling sessions on the expansive public grounds of Sydney University and Victoria Park, close to our clinic. These sessions have proven to be very popular with a number of my clients, so I shall continue to offer them to clients who prefer to either sit outdoors and/or walk while addressing their psychological concerns. In the event of poor weather we can either reschedule, switch to an online Zoom session or relocate to a room in the counselling centre. A slightly higher Medicare rebate is paid for these 'off-site' sessions if you are paying a gap (aka 'co-payment).

Telecounselling / Telehealth (Zoom/Phone)

If you are unable to come in to our premises (or do not wish to), you are able to take part in online video (Zoom) and/or telephone counselling under Medicare if you have a new or existing Mental Health Plan/referral from your GP for focussed psychological services. Of course you are also able to access these services without a referral as a full-fee paying client. Telecounselling sessions are billed in a similar manner to face-to-face sessions, i.e. a gap payment  applies if you previously made this so-called Medicare 'co-payment' at the counselling centre. If you have a new referral, you or your doctor can email it to me (michael@work-in-progress.net.au) if you are not coming to our counselling centre in Glebe - otherwise please bring a copy along with you to the centre.

My preference for telecounselling is to use Zoom teleconferencing software, so in terms of technology you need a relatively new smart phone or a tablet/laptop/PC. You also need to find a (semi) private space where we are able to have a confidential counselling session and access to a fast internet network is ideal. To maintain privacy, confidentiality and security it is also important that neither party use the chat or record functions as this stored data could then potentially be accessible to others.

To start a session I will email you a link at the start of the hour that you can click to 'join' the counselling session online. When you 'join' this private counselling session your device will automatically download the required app to your device if not already installed. This download only needs to be done once.

Payment & pricing for 2021

In order to pay for a session I will need to take down your credit card details at the beginning of our session. If you are entitled to the fully bulk-billed counselling/Medicare rebate but do not have a referral from a GP (together with a MHP) and/or wish to claim from your private health fund, then I will still need your credit card details in advance in order to process payment for the session - I can then email you a receipt for presentation to your health fund if required. 

  • Full fee for a 60-minute session is $150.
  • Bulk billing (i.e. no out of pocket expenses)
    for full-time students, pensioners and longterm unemployed with a Mental Health Plan from a GP
  • A co-payment (AKA gap) for other clients with a Mental Health Plan / GP referral is $61.75

Please note: If billing involves a co-payment you will be charged/debited the full fee before being able to process the Medicare rebate electronically through the MyGov website - if you are registered with Medicare. In other cases you will be issued with a receipt for physical presentation to Medicare.

Please call or text me if you would like to clarify your situation and/or make an appointment (Mob 0414 400 508).

Regards and best wishes - Michael

Here is also a recent SBS documentary - Addicted Australia - a 4-part series (2020)

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About me

I am a Registered General Psychologist (AHPRA Reg. No.PSY0001070032) and accredited Counsellor based at Therapeutic Axis  on St Johns Road (opposite Glebe Town Hall) in Sydney's Inner West. If you find it difficult to come to Glebe, I may also be able to visit your home, residential  facility or workplace either as a private client or utilising a mental health plan and the Medicare rebate. Please go to my "About  me" page to learn about my counselling training and areas of expertise.

Article from The Conversation: How to choose the right Pschologist for you

Medicare and other subsidised services

Ask your General Practitioner about a referral as part of an official Mental Health Plan - you may be entitled to up to 20 counselling sessions free of charge per calendar year under Medicare (Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative). I offer gap-free (bulk-billed) counselling services under Medicare to full-time students, pensioners and the longterm unemployed. If you do not fit into one of these categories, then my gap is currently $61.75. Private patients can also ask their health fund about their rebate policy for approved psychological services.

What mental health problems can be treated under the Better Access initiative?

'Mental disorder' is a term used to describe a range of clinically diagnosable disorders that significantly impact on a person's emotions, thoughts, social skills and decision-making. The Better Access initiative (Medicare) covers people with mental disorders arising from:

Note: Click each point to access further information

Types of therapy (Modalities)

  • For an overview and explanation of many different therapy approaches, please see video above or click HERE      

Other areas of counselling interest (also check out my 'Videos' page)

Support organisations

Training organisations/providers

Link to latest helpful article: You've been diagnosed with depression, now what?