YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
DO I NEED A MENTAL HEALTH CARE PLAN?
It will be cheaper if you do! Grab a care plan from your GP and you'll need to book a double appointment.
Without a care plan, you can of course pay out of pocket, and you won't need a referral.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
First session, you can expect that there will probably be quite a few questions asked about your history and why you're here. People feel a range of different emotions when they first present! Nervous, apprehensive, excited, hopeful etc. Obviously there's no right or wrong way to feel, but we absolutely hope to make your feel at ease as soon as you walk in. You've taken an incredible step towards getting this far already. So, join us, see what you think and we're pretty sure it won't be as bad as what you think ;)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Fees are $174.50 per 50 minute session and you will receive $124.50 promptly back into your account (you won't need to stuff around and head into Medicare to receive your rebate) with a care plan. So, you'll be $50 out of pocket per session.
With a Concession Card, there is a reduced fee of $144.50, which means you'll only be $20 out of pocket per session.
If you don't have a care plan, you can receive private health rebates and obviously it varies between private health companies, as to how much you pay out of pocket.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
It would be great if you could bring a copy of your mental health care plan. Often, we have received it already from your GP, but sometimes we don't! If you can double check with your surgery first, to see if they have faxed it or bring a hard copy, that would be great :)
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
We can't tell you how many you will need, as that varies considerably, from person to person. Some people might just come in for a few and that's enough. Others 6 or 10. And there are many others who will have many more than 10. Generally, sessions are weekly or fortnightly initially, depending on how much support you would like. And then after a few months, sessions can reduce in frequency.
Sometimes, once people finish up and then in future years, other things can crop up and a few sessions might be needed again, to touch base and refresh on strategies learned previously.
So, there's no clear answer. But please feel free to say exactly what you think you need and let us know, if at any point you don't feel like it's helpful or if you want to increase of decrease frequency of sessions :)