Batemans Bay Counselling Service

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.  Take a test here as a guide. Your GP is the best person to discuss your symptoms with if you have concerns and make an appointment with a qualified mental health counsellor or social worker.  

Q. What is the treatment for depression or anxiety?

A. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective forms of treatment for depression and anxiety. CBT is evidence based and helps change behaviours or patterns of negative thinking.

Q. Can I get a Medicare rebates? 

A. Medicare rebates are available for up to 10 sessions per calendar year when your GP provides a Mental Health Care Plan.  Up to 7 sessions can be provided via telehealth.

Q. Are my sessions kept confidential?

A. Counselling sessions are private and confidential unless you give permission to share your information or  there are concerns about someones safety. Under Medicare, feedback must be provided to your GP.  Any concerns will be discussed with you in the first session.

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

A. Counselling can help work out what may be contributing to how you feel, and if you'd like to make positive changes in your life, we can work out a plan for dealing with these issues. There are no magic wands, but talking through problems, resolving old hurts, and adding to your coping strategies can make a big difference. 

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. Medicare rebates are available. Please discuss your circumstances as needed.