Online Therapy & Counselling 

Considering Online Counselling?

We understand that life can be busy and getting to appointments can be challenging. Stirling Psychology aims to remove any barriers to ensure you can access the right online psychologist at the right time. Stirling is committed to providing high quality accessible care through mediums that work for you. With this in mind we have launched an online psychology, health and wellness practice - Stirling Connections. Using secure video conferencing software you can meet with your online psychologist at a time and place convenient for you.

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How does it work?

Online therapy is provided in much the same way as if you were to attend an appointment in our Mornington office. Using secure (HIPAA compliant) video conferencing software you will be able to interact similarly with your online psychologist, to how you would in person. Stirling Connections will email you everything you need prior to your appointment with your psychologist online. You can find out more about how online therapy works by clicking on the "How it Works" link below which will take you to a short 1 minute video. 

How It Works

Medicare Rebates for Rural Clients

In 2017 the Australian Government extended Medicare funding for psychological services to include Telehealth (video conference/ online therapy) services for people living in an eligible rural or remote locations. 

Under the Better Access Scheme people living in remote or rural areas can access a Medicare Rebate for online psychology services if they have 

  1. A mental health care plan/ mental health treatment plan
  2. Eating Disorder Plan


  1. Have been affected by the Australian bushfires (you do not require a referral in this instance)

The Australian Psychological Society provide a helpful overview of the Better Access Initiative that addresses frequently asked questions about mental health care plans. For more information, please click here.

To find out if you live in a designated rural, remote or very remote area (classified as MMM4 to 7 under the Modified Monash Model) and may be eligible to receive Medicare funding for your treatment please click here.

Affected by the Australian bushfires?
Better Access Bushfire Recovery Telehealth Initiative

Did you know that if you have been affected by the Australian bushfires you can get Medicare benefits for up to 10 psychology treatment services.

If you live in a rural or remote area you can access online psychology counselling if

• you or your family have been impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires

• you’re a first responder or emergency management employee or volunteer who worked during the 2019-20 bushfires.

You don’t need to have a diagnosed mental health condition, GP referral or mental health treatment plan. All you need to do is book an appointment for online therapy.

Only clients who are living in regional or rural areas will be able to access a rebate for online psychology/ telehealth/ video call sessions. To check if you live in a designated rural, remote or very remote area (classified as MMM4 to 7 under the Modified Monash Model) and might be eligible to receive Medicare funding for telehealth counselling in Australia please click here.

These online psychology sessions are in addition to the 10 online psychological therapy sessions available under the existing Better Access Program. So if you have previously seen a psychologist under a Mental Health Treatment Plan you will be able to access a further 10 sessions.

We believe everyone has the capacity for change and therefore, provide an open, supportive environment that nurtures growth.

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