5 Things You Must Know Before Seeing Your GP for a Mental Health Care Plan

5 Things You Must Know Before Seeing Your GP for a Mental Health Care Plan

“Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.” ~ Steven Aitchison.

If you are experiencing a stressful life event and struggling to cope you may consider seeing your GP for a mental health care plan (MHCP). 

And for some people this can be helpful.

However, this is not your only option. You also have access to numerous counsellors and psychotherapists with specialist training in a wide variety of strategies and techniques to help you regain control of your life.

What you need to know about the MHCP?

1. The Medical Diagnosis model – To receive the Medicare rebate under the current medical model a diagnosis is usually required, and permanently stored with Medicare. However, this is not always necessary. 

It is normal to suffer emotional pain when you are faced with illness, grief and loss, relationship issues, trauma, work stress, and family problems. You can expect to experience all sorts of difficult emotions; anxiety, depression, fear, hopelessness, and anger. This doesn’t mean you need to be diagnosed with a ‘mental illness’ to receive good therapy.

2. Disclosure of your private information – Your information and diagnosis are permanently stored with Medicare. 

Counsellors on the other hand don’t have reporting responsibilities to Medicare, so there is no risk of your information being accessed by insurance companies, which can affect your cover and premiums.

3. Limited therapy options – Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the primary model utilized for clients under the mental health care plan. It’s a one size fits all kind of model.

Whereas, counsellors can choose from an extensive selection of therapies and strategies to suit you. Essentially our sessions are guided by you and your needs.

Many become specialists in their field, prioritising ongoing training in areas of greatest passion.

4. Choice of therapist – Often counsellors like myself are available for a brief chat on the phone, so you can see if you feel comfortable before committing to a session. After all going to a therapist is a big step.

Interestingly, the relationship between the therapist and client has been identified as the most important factor in you achieving a positive outcome.

5. Relationship counselling – Unfortunately doctors tend to refer clients to psychologists primarily trained to work with individuals. Whereas, couple counselling is a completely different process, requiring specialist trainingNote: Relationship counselling isn’t covered under the mental health care plan.

In summary, don’t leave this decision to your GP, find a therapist you feel at ease with, and make sure your first therapy session is a positive experience.

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If you are struggling with an issue in your life or your relationship, then please call me for a Free 15 minute consultation. We can talk about what is going on for you and I can answer any questions you might have. If I am with a client I will get back to you as soon as I can.

or if you are ready to book now

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