Each appointment is 50-55 minutes.
The number of sessions required varies depending on the individual. Some people need one appointment, while others may come regularly for a number of months or longer.
You do not require a referral to see Tomi. You may, however, be referred by your GP under a Mental Health Care Plan. If you are eligible for such a plan, you are entitled to a Medicare rebate for psychological services for up to 10 sessions a year.
If you do not have a Mental Health Care Plan, you may be able to claim some rebate from private health insurance, under Extras cover.
The fee is $170 per session, payable by cash or card at the end of each appointment.
If you are referred by your GP under a Mental Health Care Plan, you are eligible for a Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions a year. The rebate is $84.80 per session, so the gap is $85.20 per session. Rebates may also be available through private health insurance extras cover, TAC, WorkCover or Veteran’s Affairs.
If you need to cancel or postpone an appointment, where possible please give at least two business days notice. Cancellations with less than 48 hours (business days) notice will incur a $60 fee. Appointments missed with no notice will incur the full fee.
Tomi is generally not available between scheduled sessions to provide additional counselling or support, but is available by phone, SMS or email to organise appointment time changes. Tomi is not able to respond to messages outside of business hours. Please allow 24 business hours for a response –if you have not heard back after that time, please feel free to contact her again.
If you require additional support between sessions please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or see the alternative services listed on the emergency contacts page.