Our daughter was diagnosed with an eating disorder/bipolar a few years ago. She has recently been unstable and we are considering a psychologist that can run a group session with our daughter to help us work through some issues. What is the best way to find a psychologist? As carers, are we entitled to any subsidised sessions? Any recommendations for a psychologist on the Sunshine Coast that could help us out.
Hey @Mum09 thanks heaps for posting, and well done on reaching out here to engage in some further insight to support your daughter's mental health.
Firstly I would recommend searching for a practitioner on PACFA, APS or ACA (it's a database which will have local therapist's and psych's in your area ) Also definitely get in touch with the team at Carer's Australia and see if there's any entitlement's you can access. It's definitely a case by case thing but I am sure they will have a lot of useful info!
How are you feeling about the process at the moment?
Your GP can do a mental health assessment which enables you up to ten Medicare rebateable sessions a year. Some psychologists bulk bill with this plan.
Your daughter's treatment and care team may be aware of what is available locally for you.
The Carer Gateway (link following) is another spot where you can search for services. They often give a lot of options but you can narrow search. Government funded organisations usually offer free services. I have been to educational sessions at Wellways that I found very helpful.
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