To see a counsellor at Prospect Counselling you do not need a Mental Health Treatment Plan. We are, however, unable to provide a clinical assessment and diagnosis for a mental illness or disorders.

Need help deciding whether to obtain a MHTP.

Here are our suggestions...

No, if you...

  • don't want to have to share your personal troubles and/or challenges with your GP.

  • would prefer not have a mental illness permanently recorded on your medical records to avoid, for example, the possibility of it interfering with future job prospects and obtaining health/income protection insurance.

  • can't afford the gap fee. (Unless you can find someone who bulk bills, which is rare, there is usually still a cost involved despite being on the MHTP).

  • can't afford or don't want to pay the full cost of counselling sessions with the psychologist when the sessions available on MHTP run out. This fee is typically ranges from $120.00 to $240.00.

  • would like to see someone for counselling sooner rather than later. The process of getting an appointment with a psychologist via the MHTP can often take weeks, in some cases even months.

  • would like to try a different therapeutic approach than what is offered through the MHTP i.e. currently MHTP counsellors can only offer Cognitive Behaviour therapy and Motivational Therapy under the MHTP.

Yes, if you ...

  • would like a clinical assessment or diagnosis for a mental health related issue. If so, you will need a referral to a clinical, not a general, psychologist.

If you would like to access the Mental Health Treatment Plan...

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, unless you don't have a preference.

Make an appointment with the psychologist on the MHTP referral.

Be prepared to pay for the cost up front. Medicare will reimburse you part of the cost two or three days after your counselling session.

If you and your psychologist agree that extra sessions would be helpful, 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. 


Hope that has helped with your decision, feel free to call, text or email me to ask any further questions.