About Psychotherapy

A psychotherapist will typically have completed a minimum of an undergraduate degree in psychology or a health related area. They will also have additional specialist training in psychotherapy usually 2 to 4 years.

Additionally most psychotherapists undergo a period of personal psychotherapy to ensure they have suitable levels of self-awareness.

Psychotherapy is a specialisation for working in depth with people for a range of personal and well-being issues including diagnosed mental health conditions. Psychotherapy considers historic information and uses the past as a platform to understanding current states. Psychotherapy is informed by modern interpersonal and relational models of working with clients. Psychotherapists draw from modern neurobiology and a range of evidenced based methods of working.

Psychotherapy is self regulated in Australia meaning it does not attract medicare rebate, some subsidies are available through private health providers. The cost is generally lower than that of psychology to accommodate for the lack of medicare rebate.

Psychotherapy is more than just treating symptoms or pathologising the lived experience, it is about hearing the person, taking historical considerations into account as well as the current pain and allowing this to teach us and lead us to better understanding the individual and what has gotten them to this point. It is about safely creating a sacred space where the client and the therapist can meet any concern with curiosity and openness.

Vanessa Bendikov


Vanessa has a number of years of experience running a private practice in Adelaide’s northern suburbs seeing people of all ages as well as working with adolescents within the education sector. Vanessa uses a person-centered approach and tailor makes each clients’ treatment to best suit their needs. Passionate about different cultures and being from a diverse background herself, she can speak multiple languages and adapts this within her practice.

Vanessa’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) and Master of Counselling Practice. She has a solid base of knowledge of different behavioural and psychological theories and therapy techniques including CBT, ACT and NT, and is able to integrate them as appropriate. Vanessa is highly empathic and intuitive which enables her to understand people’s needs and assist them in a non-judgmental environment to understand their own thoughts, feelings, behaviours and how these interact to impact their daily living. She understands that people deal with their circumstances and problems differently, this underpins her individualised approach to treatment.

Vanessa’s commitment in practice is always to uphold the highest ethical and professional practice so she regularly takes part in professional supervision and professional development in order to continue to grow as a practitioner and ensure safety in care.

  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Communication and Conflict resolution
  • Marriage and Relationship issues
  • Cultural/Displacement issues
  • Depression
  • Eating issues
  • Family therapy/Parenting support
  • Grief and loss/ Life stage transitions
  • Interpersonal Skills buildinng
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychoeducation
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm*
  • Social Skills
  • Stress
  • Trauma, Abuse and Attachment issues*

* case by case consideration, will assist with further referral if required

Fees for psychotherapy

Service / ProcedureService FeeService Fee For
Pension Card Holder
Psychotherapy Consultation$85$60
Psychotherapy Consultation for Couple and Family$125$90


Please call the practice or search from Healthengine for making appointment bookings.

Payment by Visa, EFPOTS, Hicaps Available

*Note: A non-attendance fee of $35 for GP consultations or 50% of consultation fee for non GP consultations will be applied if you:
– do not attend,
– reschedule within 5 hours for GP consultations or 24 hours for non-GP consultations prior to your scheduled appointment time,
– cancel within 5 hours for GP consultations or 24 hours for non-GP consultations prior to your scheduled appointment time.
This fee will need to be paid prior to your next consultation.