At times we all deal with issues that lead to anxiety, depression and stress. When we get stuck in these states, we can get help from an extensively trained, friendly, non-judgemental professional, such as a registered psychologist.
*How to get up to 20 Medicare-rebated weekly sessions with a psychologist:
- A client with a (Medicare card) Informs their GP of their difficulties with Depression, Anxiety or Stress. The GP asks some questions to assess whether the person is likely to need a referral to a psychologist. They will base this decision primarily on a quick assessment of the client’s anxiety, depression and stress. The GP then makes a psychologist referral / mental health plan.
- Client attends an initial 6 sessions of psychological intervention.
- At the end of 6 sessions, the psychologist, client and GP confer to discuss if an additional 4 sessions are needed. If so, a referral is made for an additional for sessions, for a total of 10 sessions per calendar year.
- There are approximately 10 weeks left of 2014. From 1 January 2014, the client can return their GP and undertake a similar process for up to 10 sessions in 2015 as needed.
*Note that any psychology sessions undertaken under Medicare in 2014 will detract from the available number of sessions in 2014.
Feel free to get in touch with me to discuss at any time.