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Psychologist

Simonette Vaja is a senior consultant psychologist and trauma informed mental health allied health provider.  She completed her training as a psychologist at Sydney University and has a fellowship with The Australian National University (ANU) as part of a PhD degree. She has post graduate training in cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), relationship counselling, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), clinical hypnotherapy, and mindfulness and compassion practices. Simonette has over 27 years working in private practice and organisational psychology providing employee assistance, critical incident response, and mental health awareness training, including for the past 15 years providing coaching and supervision to health and community workers, particularly first responders experiencing burnout and compassion fatigue. Simonette also has experience providing individual psychotherapy to people experiencing PTSD, including anxiety and social phobia. Simonette has also travelled to regional workplaces, providing resilience training and mental health support to those impacted by natural disasters such as fires and floods.

Simonette works with PsychSessions’ Rural and Remote Service. All appointments with Simonette are by telehealth.

Fees for private client therapy payable at the end of the session

SessionFeeMedicare rebate (if eligible)Medicare gap
Standard 55min therapy session$219.45$88.25$131.20
80min initial assessment and/or long therapy session$319.20$88.25$230.95

 From 1 June 2022.

Fees for reports and services requiring an organisation to be invoiced

All such services are charged according to the APS Schedule of Recommended Fees +GST

Cancellation Policy

Less than 2 business days = ½ the cost of your appointment
Less than 1 business day = full costs of your appointment

Business days are all days except Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

If you cancel or postpone your appointment within two business days (which are all days except Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays) from the time of your appointment, you will be charged half of the appointment fee, regardless of the reason for the change or cancellation (e.g. you will still be charged if it is due to work or health reasons). E.g. An appointment at 10 am on a Thursday would need to be cancelled before 10 am on the preceding Tuesday. Similarly, an appointment at 10 am on a Tuesday would need to be cancelled before 10 am on the preceding Friday, assuming there are no public holidays. If notice is provided less than one business day from the time of your appointment, you may be charged the full cost of the appointment. All late cancellation fees only apply if the appointment is not subsequently filled. Notification must be provided by either: phoning 02-6247 5485 and speaking to a receptionist or leaving a voice message containing your name, phone number, the date and time of the appointment, and the reason for the cancellation; or emailing those details to reception@psychsessions.com.au. Please provide as much notice as possible of any cancellations or changes. Please do not make an appointment unless you are confident that you will be able to attend it.