CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn delivers the High Intensity Service of the Next Step program that provides free intensive psychological intervention for people with moderate to severe symptoms of a mental health condition.

About the High Intensity Service

The high intensity service (replacing ATAPS) builds off the low intensity model to provide more intensive psychological interventions to people with moderate to severe presentations. Interventions are delivered by trained mental health professionals. Interventions are provided across a 6 to 18 session basis dependent on the individual’s needs. Next Step provides services to adults, youth (12 -25 years old) and children under the age of 12.


The high intensity service does not replace Better Access. The service is designed to reach people who may not benefit from or who have barriers to accessing Better Access or headspace (youth), including:

  • underserviced groups
  • children and youth
  • people with financial barriers to gaining treatment

To be eligible for services, people must not be:

  • able to receive the support they require through Better Access
  • currently accessing psychological interventions through other services.


For high intensity services, clients require a GP referral, including a Mental Health Treatment Plan and referral form which can be faxed to 6100 9961 to be triaged and the intake team will contact you.

The level of triage completed will be determined by the level and detail of information provided on the referral.

Want to know more?

To make an appointment call (02) 62878090

For more information, visit:

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