The psychology of lasting change
Psychology Melbourne is more than just another psychology practice. We know that modern psychology can transform lives, but we also know that however desirable the changes, the thought of exposing yourself to therapy can be daunting for many people.
We know that it is vital that every client has a good relationship with their therapist, that they feel that they are in a safe, caring, professional environment and that they are being treated with respect and consideration.
We employ expert, sensitive, experienced psychologists with a substantial record of successful practice. And we support them with trained, caring receptionists and client services staff.
We know that clients who work with the most able therapists achieve positive outcomes at a rate 50 per cent faster than those working with average clinicians.
We use techniques that are fast-working and effective and backed by solid evidence from academic research and the science of brain imaging and neuropsychotherapy. We also offer affordable alternatives to individual sessions with a psychologist, with a range of classes that provide essential insights and vital skills.
We invest constantly in the professional development of every psychologist in the practice and we monitor our clients' progress and satisfaction to create a therapeutic feedback loop that is a key ingredient in successful outcomes.
We don't take your investment of time, effort and money lightly. We work hard to make sure that your progress is consistent and measurable and that you get what you are looking for.
Modern psychology produces positive changes in the human brain without drugs and their disturbing side-effects. Our practice is focused on making psychology work for you. If you are looking for someone to help your company or organisation with the latest techniques in organisational psychology, Employee Assistance Programs, coaching or psychometrics, we can also show you how to make psychology work for your business.
Getting off on the right foot
Research shows that in personal counselling, the most essential factor in achieving success is the strength of a client's alliance with a therapist. We know that it's vital that the match is a strong one.
At most other practices, that remains a matter of chance. At Psychology Melbourne, we take additional steps to ensure that our clients get off on the right foot. An initial consultation with one of our experienced team will match you with a clinician whose approach and methods are right for you. And because we have more than 30 highly experienced, registered psychologists to choose from, it's not a matter of taking the first cab off the rank.
We know that psychologists who engage and relate well to clients produce better outcomes, so we ensure our psychologists have a solid record of successful practice and that they have demonstrated high levels of competence and sensitivity to their clients' needs. Some have been successfully working for more than 20 years with clients, many of whom stay in touch and regard them as the key contributors to watershed changes in their lives.
Our psychologists include specialists in anxiety and depression, stress, anger management, grief counselling, weight management, child psychology, career and development issues, sexual problems, life coaching, diabetes coaching and other issues. We have developed our own specialist couples counselling program that has achieved consistent success with couples who had previously found it impossible to mend their relationship and were on the verge of giving up hope.
We also have a small, highly experienced team of executive coaches.
We use CBT, positive psychology - the so-called "science of happiness" - and other strategies that have been proven in research studies to produce the best results. They can literally change the brain, clearing away old patterns of behaviour.
What is a psychologist?
Psychologists study the science of human thought, feeling and behaviour.
They are trained and licensed to assess and measure individual and group behaviour. They identify issues, develop solutions and strategies and deliver treatment.
Psychologists apply their skills in many different areas, including health care, organisational functioning and management, schools and universities, marketing research, the justice system and sport, and their areas of interest are constantly expanding. The recent development of neuropsychotherapy using brain scans and neurobiology to re-examine and challenge long accepted theories indicates the constant search by psychologists for new knowledge that can benefit humanity.
Psychologists work with individuals, couples, families, organisations, governments and entire industries and often specialise in a particular area. Clinical psychologists work with more complex cases in hospitals or clinics as well as independent or group practices. Counselling psychologists have a similar level of training with only a slightly different emphasis, as do health psychologists, forensic psychologists, industrial-organisational psychologists, school psychologists, developmental and social psychologists and experimental or research psychologists.
As to what psychologists do, fundamentally, psychologists develop techniques and strategies to help people of all ages overcome difficulties, understand and manage emotions and aspects of their behaviour, improve their performance, their relationships and their physical and emotional health and well-being.
They help people overcome debilitating conditions like anxiety and depression and deal with everyday problems.
The range of issues psychologists deal with is immense, ranging from eating disorders and substance abuse; relationship and parenting and childhood behaviour problems to management of chronic health conditions.
What our Melbourne clinical psychologists & counsellors can offer you
- Immediate appointments including weekend and evening sessions at our practices in the Melbourne CBD and Albert Park.
- All our Melbourne psychologists are registered so you can claim a Medicare rebate of up to 75 per cent of your fees, with a GP's referral.
- Individual, couple and family consultations, affordable classes, a specialised couples counselling program for couples who feel stuck and unable to improve their relationships and an effective, evidence-based weight management program that can help you when diets don't work.
- A specialist sex therapy program for men and women.
Phone (03) 9629 1001 for an initial consultation or email our friendly receptionists.
Psychology classes with Medicare rebates
We also offer a range of classes delivered by our Melbourne psychologists so you can learn effective new skills and strategies without the expense of individual sessions. Our classes are carefully designed to improve your life skills, allow you to better manage your emotions, and adopt new behaviours.
They are not "group therapy". They are structured classroom-style sessions where you will learn proven techniques and practise them in a supportive class environment.
Medicare rebates are available for eligible class participants.
Book in early if you want to reserve a place!
Medicare rebates for Psychology Melbourne clients
You can recover up to 75 per cent of the cost of our counselling through Medicare rebates and private health insurance. We can explain how to obtain a referral in the form of a Mental Health Care Plan, from your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician.
From December 31st 2012, the number of counselling sessions eligible people can receive through Medicare is 10 individual sessions per calendar year. Your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first six sessions. You may also receive up to 10 group therapy sessions or skills classes in a calendar year. Psychology Melbourne offers a program of cost-effective classes which will give you valuable tools and skills.
To get a referral you will need to make an appointment with your GP to complete a Mental Health Care Plan. It is important to tell the doctor's receptionist that you are requesting a referral to a psychologist as the GP needs approximately 30 minutes to discuss the plan with you and fill in the required paperwork.