CBT Therapy - Frequently Asked Questions


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Australia is committed to the promotion of excellence in cognitive behaviour therapy in Australia through the provision of therapy services.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Australia offers therapy to individuals of all ages, couples and families at two locations in Melbourne, Mentone and Narre Warren North.


What can I expect when I see a therapist at CBT Australia?

The therapist will spend some time getting to know you and the issues to be addressed. Usually by the end of the first session you and the therapist would have collaborated to decide what goals need to be set. The therapist may give you some pen and paper tests. The results of these are a measure of the severity of your issue, so when given later in therapy, enable you and the therapist to see if progress is being made.

In cognitive behaviour therapy the therapist will explore with you the thoughts and beliefs leading to your distressed emotions, help you re-evaluate the unhelpful thoughts, and then assist you in developing new ways to think. Tasks to do between sessions are usually agreed upon to consolidate what you have learnt in therapy, particularly new thoughts and beliefs. Cognitive behaviour therapy is a structured and focused therapy. It is the aim of therapy to give the client knowledge and skills to manage their life better.


Do I need a doctor’s referral to see a therapist at CBT Australia?

No, you do not need a doctor’s referral to see a psychologist or clinical psychologist at CBT Australia but you do need a doctor’s referral if you would like to claim a rebate from Medicare.

A number of other funding sources also require a doctor’s referral, such as TAC, WorkCover, Veteran Affairs.


What sources of funding are there for attending CBT Australia?

There are a number of funding sources for psychological treatment.  You may be eligible for a rebate under Medicare if your doctor, psychiatrist or paediatrician considers your issue relevant.

Injured workers may be able to have psychological treatment for psychological aspects of an injury covered by WorkCover.

Car accident victims and families grieving the loss of a loved one in a car accident are eligible for TAC funding for treatment of psychological injuries resulting from the accident.

Victims of crime are eligible for funding for treatment of the psychological injury of the crime from Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.

Veterans may be eligible for funding from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Extras cover with a number of private health insurance companies may give a rebate for psychological treatment. It is not possible, however, to claim this rebate in addition to Medicare.

Standard Patient Fees

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Emergency & Crisis Support:

Lifeline – 13 11 14
Suicide Help Line – 1300 651 251
Psychiatric Triage – 1300 558 862
Kid’s Helpline – 1800 551 800