Pathways to Psychotherapy with Dr Gávi Ansara

Dr Gávi offers one-to-one psychotherapy and Relationship & Family Therapy for couples/triads/quads and other polyamorous/multi-partnered relationships and families in Melbourne, Sydney, and by distance through securely encrypted Zoom videoconference, phone, email, and/or text chat. For social justice reasons, Dr Gávi sets his full rates below the industry standard. His rates vary depending on the session length, the number of people involved, the type of service you require, and whether you qualify for a financial hardship rate. These services may be rebated through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or MediBank Private. Dr Gávi is unable to provide Medicare rebates for people with Mental Health Care Plans. Please see below for the rebates that Dr Gávi can provide.


Income Equity Statement:

Dr Gávi (PhD Psych, MSc Soc Psych, MCouns) is a Registered NDIS Provider and a MediBank Private Provider.  His paid work enables his voluntary public services for people experiencing extreme hardship and some no fee/minimal fee therapy slots for people seeking asylum, people below $40,000 a year (including benefits) and or/solo parents/carers. 


Dr Gávi charges on a sliding scale, and his rates can be viewed below:

 Combined Annual Income
(add incomes for all adults attending)
 1 Person
 2 People 
 3 or More People
Regular Rate:
<$110,000
1 clin hour (50 mins) = $180
1.5 clin hour (80 mins) = $270
2 clin hours (110 mins) = $360
1 clin hour = $190
1.5 clin hours = $285
2 clin hours = $380
1 clin hour = $200
1.5 clin hours = $300
2 clin hours = $400
 High Income Rate:
>$110,000
1 clin hour = $200
1.5 clin hours = $300
2 clin hours = $400
1 clin hour = $220
1.5 clin hours = $330
2 clin hours = $440
1 clin hour = $250
1.5 clin hours = $375
2 clin hours = $500

NDIS Participants

(GST exempt, 'bulk bill' (no fee gap, NDIS pays fees)

(see PDF below for further details)
Assessment, Reccommendation, Therapy And/Or Training (Incl. AT) - Other Therapy
15_056_0128_1_3
1 clin hour = $180
1.5 clin hours = $270
 Specialist Behavioural Intervention Support 
11_022_0110_7_3
1 clin hour = $190
1.5 clin hours = $255

Specialist Behavioural Intervention Support 
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1 clin hour = $200
1.5 clin hours = $300
2 clin hours = $400

Self-Pay Hardship Rate:

<70,000 including benefits

(Includes Parent/Carer income if you live with them rent free or if they pay for therapy)


1 clinical hour only = $135

Waitlist for slots, by distance only

Screenshot of Health Care, Pensioner/Concession, &/or Student ID Card required
Contact Dr Gávi to discuss a Hardship Variation Agreement that is affordable for you.
Contact Dr Gávi to discuss a Hardship Variation Agreement that is affordable for you.

Payment Details & Policies:


Despite ongoing legislative efforts by the Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) to add Psychotherapists & Counsellors to GST exemptions for health services, all non-NDIS rates include 10% GST. Payment is due by electronic bank transfer with payment screenshot sent 48 hours in advance for distance sessions and 7 days prior to in person bookings. For overseas PayPal payments, please add the transaction fee. Preventing mounting unpaid therapy bills is part of professional ethics. If you have unpaid fees for 7 days, future sessions may be cancelled, and you may need to rebook. Please notify me immediately if you might need a Hardship Rate to afford payments. Send payments to: Yosef Gavriel Ansara, NAB Checking Account BSB # 082-052 Acct # 12-707-7718. Please list your name and session date in the reference line (e.g., “GAVI 22ND MAY”). 



Important Information on the Limitations of Medicare Rebates:


If you cannot afford these rates, then Dr Gávi can refer you to a GP for a Mental Health Care Plan and/or to therapists who provide Medicare-rebated services (with a referral from your GP or another source). If you are seeking weekly or fortnightly sessions of 3 or more months, Dr Gávi is likely to be more affordable than a Medicare-rebated therapist. Medicare rebates typically cover only part of the fees, as few private providers bulk bill and Medicare rebates only cover a maximum of 10 one on one sessions/year. After these 10 sessions, you will typically have to pay full fees. 


Australian Psychological Society (APS) 2018-2019 Recommended Fees were $251 per 45-60 mins for one person, including telephone consultations. Some Medicare-rebated therapists charge over $300/hr. Medicare only rebates distance sessions in rural/remote areas. Medicare limits rebates to only some therapeutic methods, currently excluding multiple evidence-based, international ‘best practice’ methods. In addition, the Medicare rebate process requires sharing some of your personal clinical information with Medicare. 



Rebates Available:


NDIS:


Dr Gávi is a Registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Provider of Therapeutic Supports as Yosef Ansara, Ansara Psychotherapy, Reg. NDIS Provider #4050035621. Use these item codes:


For psychotherapy for one person:

Assessment, Recommendation, Therapy And/Or Training (Incl. AT) - Other Therapy (Improved Daily Living Skills) 15_056_0128_1_3

$180 per clinical hour bulk billed to NDIS


For Relationship & Family Therapy sessions with 2 or more people:

Improved Relationships category, Specialist Behavioural Intervention Support 11_022_0110_7_3

For 2 people: $190 per clinical hour bulk billed to NDIS

For 3 or more people: $200 per clinical hour bulk billed to NDIS


If your plan includes adequate funding, then this will mean that NDIS pays all therapy costs.


Dr Gávi provides ‘bulk billing’ (no fee gap) sessions for NDIS recipients.This means that the NDIS pays for the full cost of your sessions and you pay nothing outside of your NDIS funding. For sessions longer than a clinical hour (50 mins session + 10 mins notes/admin), please multiply the listed rate by the time length (e.g., 80 mins = 1.5 clinical hours, 110 minutes = 2 clinical hours). If you want more sessions than your NDIS funding permits, then you are welcome to discuss self-funded sessions at Dr Gávi's non-NDIS income-based rates.


Important:


Before your first NDIS-funded session with Dr Gávi, you will first need to register as an NDIS Partcipant. Due to the complexity of the NDIS application process, Dr Gávi recommends that you contact an advocacy organisation focused on people with disability labels and/or impairments (e.g., VMIAC in Victoria here: https://www.vmiac.org.au/services/ndis/) for assistance. Help with your application is also available here: https://reimagine.today/step-1/getting-started/ 


You or a support worker will need to ensure that you have adequate NDIS funds available to pay for Therapeutic Supports within your plan. For example, you would need $180 x 46 = $8280 to cover weekly one-hour psychotherapy sessions for one person a year (with 6 weeks per year without sessions due to public holidays, annual leave, etc.). 


After you have checked these details, Dr Gávi encourages you to contact him directly by email, WhatsApp, or phone to ask lots of questions and see whether he is a good fit for you. 


If you decide Dr Gávi would be a good addition to your team, then you (or your Support Coordinator, if you have one) can contact Dr Gávi directly to tell him: 


• who manages your plan (you, a third party agency, or the NDIS) 

• your NDIS participant number and date of birth 

• your NDIS plan start and end dates 


Dr Gávi will need this information to prepare a Service Agreement for you (and/or your Support Coordinator) to review. After you have reviewed the Service Agreement and made any edits you wish, then he will need you to sign and return the Service Agreement (by email or by post if email is not possible for you). Next, he will need to create a Service Booking for you on the NDIS system. The Service Agreement and Service Booking must be completed before your first session. 



MediBank Private:


Eligible MediBank Private members may be entitled to a benefit for Counselling with Dr Gávi as Yosef Ansara, MediBank Private Provider #A099291J. Not all MediBank Private products pay benefits for Counselling (Item Number: BOCN). Due to Australian privacy legislation, you (the health fund member) will need to contact MediBank Private on your own behalf to ask about your entitlements for Counselling (not Psychology). 

August 2019 Dr Gávi Income Equity Rates & Policies for New Bookings



Service Provider Address: To protect the safety and privacy of people coming for therapy, we do not publish our physical address. Please contact Dr Gávi directly for the address.