HOW TO CALM YOUR LIFEJune 23, 2018
MINDFULNESS AND COUNSELLINGJune 23, 2018
Getting a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) can be very helpful in reducing the cost of counselling with a psychologist or Mental Health Social Worker.
The process of a MHCP created the ability for GP's to refer clients to a suitably qualified practitioner for reduced counselling rates through medicare. It works very similar to getting other services through medicare.
To get a MHCP you need to book an appointment with your regular GP, preferably a double session so you are not rushed when talking about things that are going on for you. Your GP will write you a referral to see a Mental Health Social Worker or Psychologist under this plan. In order to see Prue Gilligan or Stuart Cheverton please state this request to your GP and they can address the referral to us.
So what happens at the GP clinic?
The GP normally asks specific questions that they need to ask within the mental health plan. These questions relate to your mental health overall and often they use a scaling questionnaire. It is best to be upfront and honest about how you are thinking and feeling. This may feel clunky and difficult to put a number on but its important to give an honest response. In this time raise your concerns about your mental health and possible symptoms or issues coming up for you. Below are some prompting guides to help:
-What does a bad day look like recently for you mentally?
-What is your sleep and eating like?
-How is work, family and your stress load going?
-What issues in your life are adding to your mental health?
These prompts may give you some idea of what to focus on and the GP may also some questions to help understand what is going on.
If you come and see Prue Gilligan or Stuart Cheverton from Safe Place Therapy and have you a Mental Health Care Plan before your first session you can take your receipt from the session and claim with Medicare and get a refund of $74.50. You are eligible to 10 sessions per year that can be claimed under Medicare.Normally sessions cost $130 so this reduces the cost to $55 out of pocket.
It is also helpful for the counsellor if you can bring this plan with you and give a copy to your counsellor, this will allow them to stay in contact with your GP and send reviews and updates.
Please email or call us if you have any questions about this process.
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