Mental Health


Mild to Moderate Short-term Psychological Therapies

Mild to Moderate Short-term Psychological Therapies

Description of Services

There are three categories of services available for Short Term Psychological Therapies.

  • Short term psychological therapies provided to people who have mild to moderate mental illness, or are at risk of suicide or self-harm.
    To see a list of approved providers, click here.
  • Group therapy programs for people with mild to moderate mental illness who would benefit from group therapy. Available groups include: Perinatal depression, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy for young people and adults, Hoarding Disorder treatment.
  • Short term psychological therapies for people from a Chinese background, including culturally appropriate services in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese.




Short Term Psychological Therapies are available to people who live, work or go to school in the Northern Sydney Health Network region with a diagnosable mild to moderate mental illness, who may benefit from short term treatment, are unable to access other available services including Better Access (Medicare subsidised psychological services).
To access these services, people must be from an underserviced group:

  • Children (0-11 years old)
  • Young people (12-25 years old)
  • Women experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety
  • People from a CALD background
  • People who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • People experiencing financial hardship
  • People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex
  • Elderly people
  • People with a mental illness who have a co-morbid intellectual disability
    People unable to access MBS-funded Better Access psychological services


How to access the services

For referrals to PCCS short-term psychological therapies and to Lifeline group therapy programs – a GP or Psychiatrist referral is required to access these services.


For referrals to New Vision Psychology – individuals can contact the service directly on 1300 001 778. GPs or Psychiatrists can refer directly or via Mental Health Triage


For any enquiries – please call Mental Health Triage on 1300 782 391, alternatively please send a completed Referral Form via secure fax on 02 8072 6899. GPs to also attach a Mental Health Treatment Plan and outcome measure.