Kathryn Heffernan

B. Soc Sci (Psych) M. Psych (Couns.)
Registered Psychologist
  • Telehealth
  • North Adelaide
Client Age Groups
  • Elders 65+
  • Children 12-15
  • Adults
  • Adolescents/Youth 16-25

Currently available for new bookings

Hello, I’m Kathryn. I have just recently relocated from Melbourne to Adelaide. Although I am new to the area, I am not new to Psychology and have been working as a psychologist for over 15 years. I believe that one of the best kinds of self-care you can give to yourself is counselling.  I understand that taking this first step can be daunting so I strive to create a safe space for you to begin the process of talking about your issues and stressors. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is paramount to effective therapy and I take the time to get to know the clients I meet with from a holistic/whole person perspective.  Clients would describe me as nurturing, supportive and playful, whilst also being challenging enough to assist them to understand their thinking and behaviours and move towards positive change(s).

During my career, I have worked in several different sectors including Community Health and Psychiatric services, but have vast experience working in educational settings in both secondary and tertiary institutions. Over the last 2 and a half years, I have been working in private practice.

I have worked with clients across the life span but predominantly with adolescents and young to middle aged adult clients.

I consult at North Adelaide on Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s, offering business hours on Monday and Wednesday and after hour appointments on Tuesday’s.

Therapeutic Approach

  • Person Centred (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Emotion Focussed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Master of Counselling Psychology, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Social Science, Australian Catholic University
  • Narrative Therapy Introductory Course
  • General Psychologist Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Member of Australian Association of Psychologists Inc. (AAPI)

Special Areas of Interest

  • Adjustment to illness
  • Chronic Health Issues
  • Anxiety/Depression/Stress/worry
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adolescent issues
  • Life transitions
  • Exploring identity

Fee Schedule

50-minute sessions, face to face or via telehealth, are $240 (business hours), which reduces to $150.35 after your Medicare rebate if you are under a Mental Health Care Plan referred by your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician. For after hours services the session costs $285, which reduces to $195.35 after your mental health care fund rebate.

These are the standard length for subsequent individual sessions unless otherwise negotiated.

Health funds and payments

You can pay online via card for telehealth bookings in advance or on the day prior to your appointment or for face to face sessions use Eftpos in our practice before or after your appointment.
Our team will process your Medicare and private health rebates immediately after your appointment.

For telehealth appointments the claim may be made for Medicare by our team through our software. For private health we will send you a receipt in the case of telehealth services. Please note that although we may process payments in advance we are not permitted to process the rebates until after the appointment has finished by law.

If you have private cover you do not need a referral and will pay a variable gap depending on your level of cover and your health fund. Please check with your health fund before booking to understand whether you are entitled to a rebate for psychology services. If you are in the rooms we will process the gap but if doing telehealth we will send you a receipt for claiming after full payment has been made.

Referral Information

To access our services as part of Mental Health Care Plan (allowed up to 20 visits per calendar year (initial referral for 6 sessions), please email our reception team with your valid Plan and a referral letter from your GP.

We accept clients with a self-managed or plan-managed NDIS referral but do not take NDIS agency referrals. There will be a gap payment beyond the NDIS fee that is payable on the day of your appointment. Please call us before booking to make sure your plan fits our criteria for referrals within our practice.

Booking Information

Currently available for new bookings

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