The psychology of lasting change
We know that psychology can turn people's lives around. Our clients constantly tell us just how much difference it has made to them.
We know too, that people can struggle for years with painful issues or limitations that can be resolved surprisingly quickly with the help of expert psychologists, without drugs and their side-effects.
And yet it can be so hard to take the first steps. And so easy to find reasons not to try.
We put a lot of effort into helping people feel safe and cared for and confident that they really can be happier, more successful, and much more in control.
Clients who work with the most able therapists achieve positive outcomes at a rate 50 per cent faster than those working with average clinicians. That can save a lot of money in fees. That's why we employ only the most expert, sensitive, experienced psychologists with a substantial record of successful practice, constantly investing in their professional development. Many of their clients stay in touch with them over the years, and regard them as the key contributors to watershed changes in their lives.
Unlike most practices, we don't just assign clients to the next cab off the rank. We take extra care with personal matching sessions to ensure that the relationship between client and therapist - the most essential element of successful therapy - isn't just left to chance.
We use fast, effective techniques that are backed by solid research evidence and the science of brain imaging and neuropsychotherapy.
We also trial the latest in mental health apps so that our clients can take advantage of inexpensive modern technology to aid their treatment and monitor their progress.
And we work hard to make sure that progress is consistent and measurable and that you get what you are looking for ... as affordably and as quickly as possible.
Our staff include clinical and counselling, child and adolescent and health psychologists and other specialists with expertise in anxiety and depression, stress, anger management, grief counselling, weight management, child and adolescent psychology, sexual problems, health-related issues such as diabetes and other areas.
We have developed our own couples counselling program that has achieved consistent success with couples who had previously found it impossible to ment 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 mindfulness therapy, positive psychology and other strategies that have been proved in research studies to produce the best results. They can literally change the brain, clearing away old patterns of behaviour.
What we can offer you
- Immediate appointments including weekend and evening sessions at our practices in the Melbourne CBD and Albert Park.
- All our 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.
We also offer a range of classes delivered by our Melbourne psychologists in the CBD area 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!
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.