Griffith Counselling Centre

Q. How do I know if I have depression or anxiety?

A. There are common symptoms and standardized tests that can indicate depression and anxiety. Your GP or a qualified mental health professional can provide a diagnosis for clinical depression or an anxiety disorder. 


Q. What is the treatment for depression or anxiety?

A. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective forms of treatment for mental health issues. CBT is evidence based and can be used in conjunction with a range of counselling approaches.


Q. Can I get a Medicare rebate for sessions? 

A. Medicare rebates apply for up to 10 sessions per year when your GP provides a Mental Health Treatment Plan. 


Q. Are my sessions kept confidential?

A. Counselling sessions are private and confidential unless you give permission to share your information. Under Medicare referrals feedback must be provided to your GP and this will be discussed with you in the first session.
There are some limits to confidentiality which are guided by Keeping Them Safe (child protection legislation). 


Q. Will you be able to help me with my problems? 

A. Counselling can be provided for a range of issues including low mood, anxiety, grief and loss, self esteem, workplace issues, trauma, domestic violence, anger, sexual assault and parenting skills. Please contact the centre to discuss your needs.


Q. Do I need a referral to make an appointment? 

A. No, but there are options available to save you money including Medicare rebates.

Q.  Can I afford counselling? 

A. A range of services are available to ensure sessions are affordable. This includes Medicare rebates, free counselling for funded mental health programs (conditions apply) and victims of crime.

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