General Practitioner sitting at desk filling out psychology referral

What GPs should know about using Access Psych

After trying self-care remedies, general practitioners are often the next port of call for people suffering from mental health problems.

In 2021 alone, over 3 million Australians – 13% of the population – visited a GP for their mental health, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

People have been seeing their GPs for mental health problems for a while, too, according to the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health survey.

Over the space of 18 years, between 1996 and 2016, 12.4% of all GP encounters were for mental health problems, or around 18 million encounters.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected GPs around the world, a review of international evidence from 2021 recently demonstrated.

With more people in need of treatment, especially for mental health problems, GPs have faced stress and burnout at previously unseen levels.

It’s vital that GPs know how to refer their patients to a psychology service provider so they can manage their ever-increasing caseload.

Why refer a patient to Access Psych for psychology and counselling?

We understand how much pressure GPs are currently under and how many patients are struggling with their mental health.

At Access Psych, we help GPs manage their caseload whilst giving them peace of mind that their patients are getting the mental health support they need.

With immediate availability and a team of 80 AHRPA Registered and Provisionally Registered Psychologists, we can provide a wide range mental health services to our clients. By making a psychology referral with us, you make it possible to 

In order to offer our clients flexible support options, they can organise sessions through telehealth appointments, whilst face-to-face clinical appointments are available at select locations across Australia.

What psychological services does Access Psych offer?

Our experienced team can identify and deliver the best therapeutic approaches to suit individual mental health needs, for example:

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Addiction
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity-Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Children / Adolescents psychology
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Diet and exercise
  • Disability Support
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotion-focused therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Grief and loss
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Pain Management
  • Peri- and Post-natal mental health
  • Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Stress
  • Supporting the LGBTQI+ community
  • Trauma and complex trauma
  • Vocational coaching and support

What conditions can Access Psych help patients with?

Access Psych can provide support to patients with a range of common mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression and personal trauma. If you need to make a psychology referral for any of these issues, our team can help.

But this isn’t all. We can support patients with an extensive range of issues and concerns that originate in their personal or work life. Here are just some of the issues we can help clients with:

Work-related issues

  • Adjusting to change
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Career management
  • Managing conflict in the workplace
  • Performance issues
  • Work pressure/problems
  • Work/life balance
  • Communications

Personal issues

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Personal trauma
  • Relationship problems
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse

Make a psychology referral with Access Psych today

Once you make a referral, our psychologists work collaboratively with you to ensure good patient outcomes. We provide ongoing correspondence throughout treatment and keep you fully-informed about how patients are responding.

To learn more about how we can support your practice, speak to one of our friendly team on 1800 277 924 or email



The information provided in this Blog is general in nature and is intended to be used for information purposes only. While we have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information published, no guarantee can be given that the information is free from error or omission or that it is accurate, current or complete. The information published is not, and should not be relied on as, health or treatment advice. The diagnosis and treatment of any mental illness requires the attention of a physician or other properly qualified mental health professional. If you are seeking diagnosis or treatment of any other mental illness, you should consult a physician or mental health professional.  You should not delay in seeking, or disregard, professional health advice because of something you have read in the Blog.