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Psychological Therapy Services

The NBMPHN Psychological Therapy Services (formerly known as ATAPS) provide short-term support to people who have mild to moderate mental health concerns. Under this service, individuals can have up to 10 sessions in a calendar unless otherwise noted below. Therapeutic services available are for community members who identify within the following streams:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People 
  • People with Comorbid Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) issues: A person must have a co-existing substance use and mental health issue, both of which are clinically and/or socially significant. Please note: the person in the therapy session must not be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Carers: People who provide personal care, support and assistance to another individual due to disability, medical condition (including terminal or chronic illness), mental illness or are frail and aged. Please note: A person is not eligible if they provide care for payment, as a volunteer for an organisation, or as part of the requirements of a course of education or training.
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex (LGBTQI) people: People who identify as LGBTQI or have concerns in relation to their experience of sexuality or gender.
  • Young people: aged 12 -25 years who reside in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury or Lithgow LGAs.
  • Women with Perinatal mental health issues: Women who are pregnant, or have a child 12 months or younger.
  • Children 0-11 years of age
  • People at low to moderate risk of suicide or self-harm (SOS): They are eligible to receive unlimited support hours within a two month period. For more information please see Seek out Support (SOS)
  • People with complex needs (Extended): People over the age of 25 who experience moderate to severe mental illness with added complexity inclusive of trauma (physical, sexual, emotional), abuse, neglect or a current diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder can receive 25 support hours over a 12 month period. Please note: Patients accessing Victims of Crime or other equivalent services are not eligible.

To utilise this service the person or family must hold a Centrelink issued pension or Health Care Card. This excludes Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People and people who are at risk of suicide.

A person must be assessed and referred by a GP (or in some cases a psychiatrist or paediatrician) to receive NBMPHN Psychological Therapy Services. 

GPs can call the Psychological Therapy Services intake line on 1800 223 365.