Our programs Mental health Psychology Practice Providing psychological and general counselling services to people with moderate to severe mental illness, addictions or trauma. How can psychological services helpAccess and eligibilityService feesRefer to the service How can psychological services help A strong evidence base supports the use of psychological services for the treatment of mental illness such as depression and anxiety. Treatment can resolve symptoms of: negative thinking poor motivation depressed mood lack of energy or fear. Treatment options may include: Strategies to help change behavioural responses and thinking processes Controlled and gradual strategies to confront fears Relaxation strategies such as progressive muscle relaxation and controlled breathing Skills training to assist with problem solving, anger management, social situations, communication and stress Interpersonal therapy to identify, understand and manage interpersonal and relationship problems. For people with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, research concludes that psychological treatments can improve medication compliance, reduce negative behaviours and provide coping skills. Access and eligibility Referrals to our Psychologist(s) are usually by General Practitioners through Medicare approved Mental Health Care Plans, however you can self-refer if you have an NDIS plan or Private health insurance. We also accept referrals from Workcover and offer Employee Assistance Programs at reasonable rates. Bridges currently charges a small gap fee for general referrals; however we can deliver a free service if you are eligible under the Stepped Care program funded by the federal government. Please contact our Practice Manager on telephone 1300 707 655 for advice and options. Service fees Our Psychology Practice is not government funded. Our mission is to provide clients with a professional psychological service at minimal cost. We charge a fee for service at a reasonable and competitive rate; including a concession for current Healthcare card or Pension card holders. Clients who are referred under a Mental Health Treatment Plan will receive a Medicare rebate, with a small out of pocket gap fee. Privately funded and NDIS funded clients are also welcome and charged at competitive rates. Please contact our Practice Manager on 1300 707 655 for more details and a fee schedule. EFTPOS facilities are available. Refer to the service To make a referral or for more information regarding the Psychology Practice for a client or yourself, please contact Bridges on telephone 1300 707 655.