What should I bring?
If you have a referral that is a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from your GP, bring this to your first session to ensure you get the Medicare rebate. You will also need your medicare card. If you don’t yet have a MHCP, book a double appointment with your GP so they will have time to prepare one for you.
If you prefer to claim the session on your Private Health Insurance and wish to have it processed in the office, ensure you have your card with you.
What should I expect?
Coming to counselling for the first time can be daunting. In the first sessions you will be given an opportunity to discuss the reasons you have decided to seek assistance. Working together, we can establish what goals you would like to work towards.
What is a Mental Health Care Plan?
A psychiatrist or a GP can write a Mental Health Care Plan, which enables someone to get a Medicare rebate on sessions with a registered Psychologist. The initial referral is valid for 6 sessions. If you need further sessions, a further four sessions can be recommended by the Psychologist and a GP can prepare a Mental Health Care Plan Review.