~ 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.”
Psychology & Counselling
Essence Psychology provides psychology and counselling services throughout Australia and overseas via Telehealth appointments.
Our goal is to empower people to heal themselves and to provide the most effective and efficient treatments available. We aim to create a professional and safe space for your healing.
For most people, therapy is brief, requiring a few sessions of empathic and objective guidance. For people with 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 education and peer supervision.
We 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 and counselling are not passive processes and do require openness and commitment to change. We can assist you in identifying your goals for therapy and counselling and guide you in meeting those goals throughout your treatment.
We offer counseling and psychological therapy. A 55 minute appointment with our telehealth Counsellor costs $85.
A 55 minute appointment with our telehealth Psychologist costs $210. A Medicare rebate is available with a GP Mental Health Care Plan and some Private Health funds will provide a rebate for privately funded Psychology appointments.
At this stage it is not possible to claim any rebate for Counselling services.
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.
You do not need a referral to make an appointment if you are attending privately or seeking Counselling.
DVA White and Gold Cards are accepted. Email for all DVA enquiries.
Please note we do not currently offer NDIS or Workcover services.
Telehealth has been a fantastic tool to provide support during the pandemic and it also allows people to access specialist treatments no matter where they live. Most therapies work just as well with a Telehealth Psychologist or Counsellor as they do in person.
We use a platform called BilateralBase which provides Video conferencing and tools for effective EMDR treatment.
Whether you live in a different state or country we can connect. Please feel free to get in touch.
Our Psychologist provides psychological treatment to help individuals cope with trauma and build resilience. We specialize in psychological therapies that help our clients process their emotions and navigate difficult experiences. Our goal is to provide the support and guidance needed to help our clients thrive.
Specific therapies are offered for trauma therapy:
Counselling is a talking therapy that provides a safe and supportive space for individuals to discuss their problems. It differs from psychology in that it focuses on helping the individual to explore their feelings and find practical solutions to their problems. Counselling can help with a wide range of issues, such as managing stress and anxiety, helping individuals to make positive changes in their lives and improving relationships with family and friends.
Brain Body Psychological Treatments are an holistic approach to mental health which focuses on the interplay between the body, emotions, and mind. Through this type of treatment, we work to address the underlying causes of distress, utilizing bottom-up processing and somatic interventions to help clients gain insight and self-awareness. This approach helps to restore balance, reduce symptoms, and cultivate a sense of wellbeing.
Dr Kate Wallbank
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).
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 an 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/.
Mr Daniel Shipton
Daniel completed his Bachelor of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) in Sydney. Daniel is registered as a practising counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
Daniel has an integrative therapeutic style with a strong person-centred foundation. He has experience working with adults facing a diverse range of issues including grief and loss, anxiety, depression and relationships. Daniel’s areas of interest are psychoanalysis, existential counselling, somatic psychology and mindfulness.
“I like to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for people to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences.”
Daniel draws on techniques from CBT, Exposure Therapy, person-centred counselling and solution-focused therapies.