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Commencing My Mental Health Care Plan with a Registered Counsellor

Updated: Feb 16, 2023

Who Receives a Rebate?

Currently degree qualified registered counsellors are not subsidised or able to receive rebates from Medicare. Only Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Psychologists and Social Workers are able to receive these subsidies. Even with a subsidy with many providers there will still be an out of pocket expense between what their price is per session and what the subsidy is, this is called a gap fee. For example, psychologist's rate per session might be up to $267.00[1] per hour, less mental health care plan Medicare rebate $88.25, which means there is an out-of-pocket expense or gap payment to make up the difference, in this example it is $178.75.

Flat Rate For 6 Sessions, No Gap Payment.

At Bright Vista we understand that counselling is an expensive process, and it can be difficult to find an appointment. To help with this burden we are offering our services at a flat rate of $95.00 per Zoom or face-to-face session with nothing more to pay (capped at 6 sessions). Counselling sessions are available Monday to Friday between 9.00 and 2.00pm, with some sessions available between 4.30 and 6.30 and Saturdays between 9.00 and 1.00pm.

With the support of your GP and a registered counsellor you can be well on your way to achieving your mental health & wellbeing goals.

Your GP's mental health care plan helps to provide some structure and measures to chart your progress. Your counselling efforts compliment this, from the first counselling & assessment session to the review at session 6.

During each session, we will partner to work on what is important to you. My role as counsellor is to work with you to help you to integrate tips, tools and strategies that work for you and your unique situation.

Counselling as a starting point, will it work for me?

We won't know what will work until we have a conversation to see if we can work together, agree a plan that is based on what you want to achieve and start. To this end at Bright Vista, we only use evidence informed practices, which means that whatever we agree to use as tips, tools and strategies for your counselling plan are backed by research that says the method is safe, consistent and cost effective when delivered correctly[2]. So, we won't be wasting your time trying methods that have not been shown to work[3] .

To bolster this, we check your progress session to session to ensure the counselling process is on track and working for you. If something is not right, we talk about it and change it up to something more workable.

This information also allows us to provide an update to your GP (if you wish) at the end of session 6.

Don't wait: 3 things you can do to start improving now.

Now that you have taken the hardest step, which is reaching out and asking for assistance. Don't wait and don't give up. If you find yourself having difficulties securing an appointment with a Psychiatrist, Psychologist or Social Worker to get that rebate and start your mental health care plan. There are 3 things you can do to keep it moving for yourself; [1] Discuss working with a registered counsellor as an alternative with your GP (show this article to your GP or get them to ring me on 0431 212 099). [2] Get on the wait list with a Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist or Social Worker. [3] Book a session at Bright Vista and start your journey with a registered counsellor.

You now have a workable alternative strategy with no barriers to begin counselling, safe in the knowledge that the process is structured and completely focused on what is important for your life worth fighting for now and into the future.

Further Reading

[2] Evidence informed practice explained. Retrieved from

[3] Evidence informed effectiveness retrieved from

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