Embracing Mental Wellness for Multicultural Community in Melbourne Australia

Published Date: 11/06/2024

Nick Koyang

Nick is an AASW Accredited Social Worker and a registered ACA counsellor. Supporting clients face-to-face in Melbourne or online across Australia and beyond.

Embracing Mental Wellness for Multicultural Community in Melbourne Australia

In the vibrant and diverse city of Melbourne, mental health and well-being are crucial aspects of life that deserve attention and care. Navigating mental health can be challenging, especially for members of our multicultural community who might face additional barriers such as language differences, cultural stigma, or lack of information about available services. This article aims to introduce the range of counselling services accessible in Melbourne and across Australia, providing essential information on free online and local services, and giving an overview of the costs associated with private counselling.

Mental Wellness Support For Multicultural Community

Free Online Counselling Services

Access to mental health support has become more convenient with the rise of online services. Here are some notable free online counselling options available to everyone in Australia:

Lifeline Australia

Lifeline offers 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services via phone (13 11 14) and online chat. They provide immediate assistance for individuals in distress.

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue provides support for anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention through their online chat service and phone helpline (1300 22 4636). Their forums also offer a space for community support and discussion.


Aimed at young people aged 12-25, eheadspace offers free online and telephone support and counselling. Headspace‘s service is particularly useful for young individuals navigating mental health challenges.

MensLine Australia

MensLine offers telephone and online support for men dealing with family and relationship concerns. Their service is tailored to address the unique needs of men in managing their mental health.

Free Local Services in Melbourne

For those who prefer face-to-face interaction, Melbourne hosts several free local counselling services:

Community Health Centres

Various community health centres across Melbourne provide free or low-cost counselling services. These centres often cater to specific community needs, including language support and culturally sensitive care.

University Counselling Services

Students at most universities across Victoria and Australia have access to free counselling services through their institution’s health services. This is an excellent resource for international students or those new to the area.

Public Mental Health Services

Victoria’s public mental health services offer comprehensive mental health care, including crisis intervention and ongoing counselling. These services are typically free for Australians and cater to individuals with significant mental health needs.

Understanding the Costs of Private Counselling

For those seeking private counselling, it’s important to understand the general costs associated with different types of mental health professionals in Melbourne:


As medical doctors specializing in mental health, psychiatrists charge the highest fees. The cost per session typically ranges from $350 to $500+, with some portion potentially covered by Medicare.


Clinical psychologists charge between $250 to $300+ per session. Medicare rebates can reduce the out-of-pocket costs, provided you have a referral from a GP with a mental health care plan.

Accredited Mental Health Social Workers

These professionals offer counselling services at rates ranging from $200 to $280+ per session. Medicare rebates are also available with a GP referral.


Fees for counsellors are generally lower, ranging from $130 to $200+ per session. However, counsellors are not covered by Medicare, making it important to find affordable and quality services.


Multicultural Friendly Counselling Service – Ashore Wellness

At Ashore Wellness, we understand the financial barriers many face when seeking mental health care. Our practice is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable counselling services to Melbourne’s multicultural community. Even without the Medicare rebate, our prices are competitive and designed to ensure accessibility for all.

Meet Nick Koyang: Your Trusted Therapist

Nick Koyang is a dedicated counsellor at Ashore Wellness with over a decade of experience in supporting culturally diverse communities. A migrant from Taiwan, Nick has lived in Australia for over two decades, and brings a rich understanding of the challenges faced by migrants and international students. He has worked in a variety of fields supporting multicultural people across different age groups. Nick specialises in Narrative Therapy and employs a person-centred approach, integrating techniques like Mindful CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness practice.

Nick’s professional background includes extensive experience in mental health, aged care, and higher education. As a proud member of the LGBTIQ+ community, he is particularly passionate about supporting culturally diverse LGBTIQ+ individuals and their families. Nick’s compassionate and inclusive approach ensures that clients feel understood and supported in their mental health journey.

Look After Your Mental Wellness

Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, and it’s important for everyone, regardless of background, to have access to the support they need. Whether you prefer free online services, local community resources, or affordable private counselling, Melbourne offers a variety of options to cater to your needs. At Ashore Wellness, we are here to support you on your mental health journey with compassion and understanding of what you are going through. Don’t hesitate to reach out and take the first step towards better mental health today.

For more information about services at Ashore Wellness, visit Services page or contact us directly.



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