~ L.R. Knost

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”


Covid-19 and Telehealth

Telehealth has been extended until 30 June 2021 allowing clients to access psychological services delivered via telehealth (i.e., video conference). This means you can use your Mental Health Care Plan to access appointments from home. Clients in Covid hotspot areas may access additional sessions after they have used their 10 MHCP sessions.

Maintaining Your Mental Health During Social Isolation

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has provided some useful tips to help people cope during coronavirus (COVID-19) social isolation. Click here to download the PDF.

Physical Distancing rather than Social Distancing

Dr Peter Levine, the founder of Somatic Experiencing, talks about the importance of movement and connection during these difficult times. This interview can help to remind us how to calm our nervous system during this anxiety-producing time. Click here to watch his interview on Managing In the Midst of the Covid-19.

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About Therapy

Essence Psychology is now located in Port Stephens. Our goal is to empower people to heal themselves and to provide the most effective and efficient treatments available.

Whether you have seen a psychologist in the past or if this is the first time you have considered seeing someone, the initial contact and appointment can be stressful.

We aim to create a professional and safe space to help to put you at ease. After the initial meeting, our therapists will be able to clarify whether psychological therapy can help and how long it might take.

For most people, therapy is brief, requiring a few sessions of empathic and objective guidance. For other people, who have longer-term difficulties, therapy may take a bit longer.

We are committed to ensuring clients get the best treatment outcomes. We offer general psychological treatment and counselling as well as specialised trauma therapies. We are committed to maintaining professional standards and keeping up to date with the latest research, treatments and regular peer supervision.

It is our belief that people can create the lives that they want to live if they are willing to do the work and they have access to the right treatment. Therapy is not a passive process and does require openness and commitment to change. Our therapists can assist you in identifying your goals for therapy and guide you in meeting those goals throughout your treatment.

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A 55 minute appointment costs $200.

Under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. In order to receive a Medicare rebate you need to be referred by an appropriate medical practitioner (GP or psychiatrist) and your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first six sessions

Some clients may be eligible for private health fund rebates depending on your level of cover. You do not need a referral to make an appointment if you are attending privately.

Unfortunately we are not able to offer NDIS or Workcover services at this time.

Psychological Treatments

Almost everyone will benefit from a psychological help at some point in their lives. Life can throw up unexpected challenges. At Essence Psychology, our sessions help clients develop resilience for life’s most complex circumstances. 

Treatments that we offer are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting and Somatic Experiencing. 


Online consultations are offered on a client by client basis. Telehealth can allow people in regional areas access to psychologists and therapies that may be limited in their location. From November 2017, people living in rural areas became eligible to access the Mental Health Care Plan rebate for online consultations. Click here for more information on Telehealth and to find out if you are eligible for the MHCP.

Brain-Body Therapies

When most people think of psychology they think of 'talking therapy'. In actual fact, advances in psychotherapy have shown that talking and cognitive therapies can only get you so far. Therapies that work at the cognitive, subcortical and somatic level may allow for much faster and permanent changes. Theses therapies are not only effective for healing unhelpful behaviour patterns and negative core beliefs but also for instilling positive changes and improving success and performance.


Our Therapists


Dr Kate Wallbank

Clinical Psychologist

Kate completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree at Macquarie University and went onto complete a Doctor of Clinical Psychology & Master of Science degree at The University of Sydney.

Kate is fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is an endorsed clinical psychologist. She is also a member of the Australia Psychological Society (APS) and the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).

Kate works with adult clients and specialises in the treatment of trauma using a client-focussed approach which encompasses techniques from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting and Somatic Experiencing.

Kate has a strong interest in holistic treatment and brain-body therapies. She has completed the three year training in Somatic Experiencing® and is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner http://www.seaustralia.com.au/what-is-somatic-experiencing/.

Information and Resources


Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy helps people understand and overcome long-term life patterns by identifying early maladaptive 
beliefs. Schemas can significantly impact relationships, achievements, happiness and quality of life. Many people can relate to the head-heart dilemma of knowing a thought or belief is irrational but not being able to change their response to a strong emotion or trigger situation.

Contact Us

We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 48 hours. Please get in contact if you have any questions.

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