To see a qualified, registered and experienced counsellor at Prospect Counselling, you do not need a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP)referral from your GP, and we keep our prices comparable to those who are registered to provide counselling with the MHTP.

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We do not, however, provide a clinical assessment and diagnosis for a mental illness or disorders.

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If you prefer to access the Mental Health Treatment Plan you will need to …

Book a double appointment with your GP who will conduct a short assessment. This involves asking questions from a mental health questionnaire that can indicate whether you have a possible mental illness such as anxiety or depression. 

Bring the details with you of the psychologist you would like to see, and ensure they take clients referred under the MHTP, unless you don't have a preference and are happy to leave this up to your referring doctor.

Once you have obtained the MHTP referral from your GP, make an appointment with the psychologist on the MHTP referral.

Be prepared to pay for the cost up front on the day. These are generally between $120.00 to $240.00. Medicare will reimburse you part of the cost two or three days after your counselling session.

After your MHTP sessions are completed, a report will be sent to your GP from the treating psychologist.

If you and your psychologist agree that extra sessions would be helpful, you can organise another appointment with your GP for a review and another referral for 4 more subsidised sessions.

After that you will need to pay the full fee but can reapply again after 12 months for another MHTP. 

Please note: Counsellors at Prospect Counselling are not registered MHTP providers.

However, our costs are kept comparable and a discount is available for those on a pension card or health care card.

Health insurance rebates may also be available with Medibank Private, Bupa & Police Health Fund. The Doctors Health Fund will provide rebates for those on the Top Hospital or Top Extras Cover. Other health insurance providers may reimburse some costs - call your health insurance provider to confirm.

Feel free to call, text or email Debbie to ask any further questions.