A: If you make an appointment with either your GP, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist, you may be referred on a Mental Health Care Plan. Please check on the following fact sheet to view what mental health disorders may be treated on this Better Access scheme: http://www.psychology.org.au/Assets/Files/2013-Medicare-fact-sheet-mental-health-rebate You will need to bring this referral with you to your initial appointment. With a Mental Health Care Plan, you are initially released 6 sessions and then then a further 4 sessions may be released after a review of your plan by your GP, or Psychiatrist. This means, that you are eligible for up to 10 Medicare sessions per calendar year (1st Jan - 31st Dec).
Q:Can I attend sessions without a Mental Health Care Plan GP referral?
A: Yes, you can attend sessions without a MHCP. Please note that only the disorders listed by Medicare are covered. If the issues that you would like to see more for are not on the list, you can still attend an appointment where you pay for the fee, and, or if you have private health insurance (first check with your health insurance to see if you have cover).
Q: Can I get a rebate from my health insurance company?
A: Please check with your private Health insurance as you may be eligible for a refund. This is dependent on the level of your cover and may not be claimed when also claiming the Medicare rebate scheme for the sessions.
Q. How many sessions will I require?
A: The number of sessions that you will require depends on the complexity and nature of your situation. On average, the number of sessions required are between 6 to 15 sessions, again dependent on the complexity of the issues being treated. However, a simple issue may only require 2 to 4 sessions.
Q:I am a Christian and I am looking for a psychologist who is also a Christian?
A: I understand that this gives some of you the comfort when taking that first step in making an appointment to visit a psychologist who is also a Christian. I am a Christian and actively involved in my local church, and I am also a psychologist. It is important to note that as a psychologist I only use evidence-based treatments for psychological conditions, and being a Christian does not necessarily change any of these aspects of the treatment that will be provided. It is however understandable that some people will feel more comfortable speaking to a psychologist who shares similar Christian values. Please note, clients from all backgrounds and religions are welcome at my practice and I am non-judgemental about beliefs and values.
Carolyn Hartevelt Psychologist, Castle Hill, offers various evidence-based, therapies. Help with Asperger's Syndrome, Trauma, and Stress