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How can we help?

Autism is a lifelong disability that affects how a person thinks, feels, interacts with others and their environment, due to differences in brain functioning. Psychology Melbourne provides comprehensive services for adults, adolescents and children experiencing autism that includes:

Psychological Testing

We start with psychological testing and assessment to identify the type of Autism you have. You will begin your assessment with an Autism Screener to identify whether you have a clear diagnosis of autism or are just showing some symptoms of autism. If your results indicate a full Autism Assessment is required, you will receive a reduction on the cost of the full assessment.

One-on-one counselling

After your tests are completed, we recommend you have a series of individual counselling sessions with one of our psychologists who has expertise in working with autism.

This will help you understand the differences in your brain functioning and recommend ways for you to manage the symptoms you are having difficulty with.

Group therapy

To complete your therapy, we offer an Autism Skills Group to help you implement and practice new behavioural strategies with the support of an experienced autism psychologist.

The Autism Skills Group is an alternative effective treatment that includes working with others with similar challenges. You can do this on completion of your one-on-one sessions or as a stand-alone treatment.

Group work gives you valuable access to experienced autism psychologists at a reduced cost compared to individual counselling.

For more information on any of the above, please contact our Reception team on 1300 161 639 or email is at info@psychologymelbourne.com.au or use the chat box below.

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What is the best treatment for Autism?

Autism treatment consists of multiple psychological approaches, including behavioural, developmental, social-relational, and occupational therapy.

The psychological approach can assist people with autism to cope with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues that are often associated with autism. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is used to teach people with autism how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all connected and how they can choose how to react in unusual ways.

The behavioral approach is also effective for treating symptoms of autism as it focuses on helping people change a behaviour by understanding the sequence of the behaviour, and how you can track what happens before and after each behaviour takes place.

The developmental approach is focused on improving specific skills, such as language skills or physical skills. Speech and Language therapy are highly recommended.

Social-relational treatment focuses on improving social skills and building emotional bonds. Psychology Melbourne's Autism Skills Group provides opportunities for people with autism to practice social skills in a structured, safe environment. They are led by an experienced psychologist for 6-8 people with similar issues.

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How does an Autism Assessment work?

Our autism assessment package includes a battery of autism screening tests as well as a full clinical history to provide you with a clear diagnosis (If applicable). The aim of the assessment is to explore an individual's developmental profile and determine whether they meet diagnostic criteria for autism.

The screening tests and other validated assessment tools are completed online by you over the three clinical consultations. You will also receive recommendations for future treatment, whether for medical, social-relational therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy.

Our psychologists will assess your strengths and any mental health issues that may affect your diagnosis, such as mood disorders, learning difficulties and medical conditions.

Your psychologist will go over your test results with you carefully to identify the best treatment options for you. Depending on the results of your screening tests, further testing may be required.

You will receive a comprehensive assessment report that you can show to your GP (General Practitioner), family members or your employer. The report may recommend behavioural therapy to help you manage your autism symptoms, such as individual or group psychological counselling.

You can learn more about the autism assessment HERE.

Our assessment process is compliant with the National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism.

autism screener

Autism Screener

Early detection for Autism: Our Autism Screener identifies symptoms sooner for simpler treatment. Enjoy 10% off the full Autism test.
Cost: $190

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adult autism assessment package

Adult Autism Assessment Package

Have you ever wondered if you are on the spectrum? This assessment package provides a clear diagnosis and includes 3 consultations and a comprehensive report.
Cost: $1650

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child autism assessment package

Child Autism Assessment Package

Nurturing your child's unique potential: this assessment focuses on understanding their developmental profile to provide the best treatment and support.
Cost: $2200

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How does one-on-one Counselling Work?

One-on-one counselling provides people with a safe place to work through their personal or psychological problems, knowing that everything they say is confidential. It includes a series of 1-hour individual consultations with an experienced psychologist.

Our team of Autism psychologists are highly skilled in working with Autism and use a variety of treatments, which you can read about below.

Individual counselling is conducted by an experienced autism psychologist, who will help you understand more deeply how your brain functions and develop ways for you to successfully manage your autistic symptoms. They will also recommend useful resources to help you with this.

The CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) approach is a highly recognised psychological treatment that includes psychoeducation and behavioural skills to assist people with autism. You will learn to understand how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all connected.

Our team of psychologists are trained in working with autistic clients. They will teach you skills to manage your symptoms to help you live a more satisfying life. You will learn to build your confidence so that you can better manage your situation at home, socially and at work.

During your sessions, your psychologist may provide exercises for you to do and recommend various resources and apps to help you manage your symptoms.

For further information, contact our Reception team on 1300 161 639 or email us at info@psychologymelbourne.com.au or use the chat box on this website.

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How does Autism Skills Group work?

Our Autism Skills groups provide opportunities for people with autism to learn many life skills, including social and emotional and behavioural skills in a structured, safe environment.

The group is held online and led by an experienced psychologist with autism training, who will teach you a variety of social and emotional skills. You will work with 6–8 people with autism–related issues weekly for 6 sessions.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) teaches skills in emotional regulation, mood management, self-esteem, focus and concentration, self-awareness, self-talk, and works well in combination with physical exercise and a healthy diet.

Group work is extremely rewarding and can provide benefits that individual therapy cannot. In groups, you can learn to apply what you have learnt in individual sessions in a safe environment.

You will also gain extra support from the group: listening and seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes can encourage you to try new strategies for facing your own concerns.

People often feel alone and like they are the only ones struggling with autism. It can be a huge relief to hear others discuss what you are going through.

Our Autism Skills Groups give you valuable access to experienced psychologists at an affordable cost.

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adult autism skills group

Adult Autism Skills Group

By attending this online coaching group, you will learn how to identify your Autistic strengths, as well as strategies to change the behaviours that concern you and/or others.
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What is Autism?

Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder which can develop as early as three years old, however, symptoms can improve over the lifetime. It can derive from a combination of genetic and environmental influences.

You may choose to seek a diagnosis for autism if:

Autistic people have a wide variety of strengths, communications, social interactions, leisure and play activities. Many of the difficulties that they experience arise when individuals don’t have the respect, understanding and support they require. When these needs are met, autistic people can thrive in their environment.

Autistic people often have problems with social situations and can find it hard to relate to other people, struggle with eye contact and can be overwhelmed by bright lights, loud noises, and unfamiliar situations.

They may have diverse ways of learning, moving, or paying attention. Under stress, they may use restricted or repetitive behaviours such as clicking their fingers or rocking. They may also have unusual ways of learning, moving, or paying attention.

Other symptoms can include:

Our psychologists consider many factors when forming a diagnosis, including the person’s strengths and capabilities.

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How much does it cost?

1. Individual Counselling

We have a large team of male and female psychologists who provide in-person and online autism counselling. They are available six days a week, for sessions both before and after regular working hours, as well as, all day on Saturdays.

Please note:
  • The fees for consultations differ between in-person and online sessions. There is an additional fee of $10 for appointments scheduled before 9 am and after 5 pm weekdays, as well as, for appointments throughout the day on Saturdays.
  • Medicare rebates are available for 10 one-on-one counselling sessions per calendar year if you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.
  • To access funded services from a third party, such as Workcover or NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme), you must provide approved claim details 48 hours before your first session. If, for any reason, approval is not provided, you will be responsible for full payment, or appointments may be cancelled. A gap fee of $30 per session may apply.
  • A reduced fee is considered on request for clients under financial hardship with a letter from your GP confirming your financial situation.
  • Fees can be paid by EFTPOS, VISA, or MasterCard. Please note that we do not accept American Express or Diners Club.
  • Bulk Billing is not available at our clinic.

For more information, please contact our Reception team on 1300 161 639 or email us at info@psychologymelbourne.com.au or use the chat box on this website.


2. Autism Groups

Groups are subject to different fee structures based on the practitioner leading the sessions, the number of sessions for the Group and your location eligibility for telehealth rebates.

The cost of the Autism Skills group run by a clinical psychologist with a total for 4 sessions is $340 and for 6 sessions is $510. Groups are held online at various times but usually in the evenings.

Groups run by a registered psychologist cost $300 for 4 sessions and $450 for 6 sessions.

If applicable, Medicare rebates for Group therapy are $23.80 per session with a registered psychologist and $34.80 per session with a clinical psychologist. This can leave an out-of-pocket fee of approximately $50 per session.

Please note:
  • Medicare rebates are available for 10 1-hour group sessions per year if you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP and are in a telehealth eligible area.
  • After pay is available for the initial cost of the group and any rebates are sent to your nominated account after each session.
  • Some private health funds offer refunds for one-on-one counselling sessions. Please contact your private health provider to find out more about your policy.

For more information, please contact our Reception team on 1300 161 639 or email us at info@psychologymelbourne.com.au or use the chat box on this website.

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How do I make an appointment?

Counselling appointments

For individual counselling appointments you can book online, or call our Reception team on 1300 161 639 or email us at info@psychologymelbourne.com.au or use the chat box on this website.

Reception will find an appointment time that suits you best and will reserve 3 future appointments in the diary so that you can keep your place in your psychologist’s diary. Appointments after that will be made between you and your consultant.

We understand that changes to your appointments are sometimes necessary, but we urge you to notify us as soon as possible to avoid cancellation fees. You will be sent an SMS reminder four (4) days before your appointment.

For in-person appointments we have strict precautions in place at all our locations for your safety. If you are feeling unwell, have any symptoms of fever, or have tested positive for COVID-19, we ask you to use our online counselling services until you are well again.

Please bring your Mental Health Care Plan to your first session or email it to us at info@psychologymelbourne.com.au. Alternatively, you can ask your GP to fax this through to us on 03 9957 8122.


Group appointments

For group appointments you can book online, or call our Reception team on 1300 161 639 or email us at info@psychologymelbourne.com.au or use the chat box on this website.

We require prepayment of all groups prior to the start date. You can purchase the group on our website or call our Reception team for assistance on 1300 161 639 or email them info@psychologymelbourne.com.au or use the chat box on this website.

Once you have enrolled in the group, you will be sent several forms to complete before the group starts. If you have any questions about forms, please speak to our helpful Reception team. The forms are required to be completed 24 hours before the group starts.

You will need to join the online group 10 minutes before it starts to ensure there are no technology problems. Assistance on the night is only available for 10 minutes before and after the start time.

Alternatively, we can show you how to join on the day prior to the group starting.

If you have any technology problems, please check your audio and video are working properly as well as your Wi-Fi connection. Refresh your browser if you are still experiencing problems.

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For further information, contact our reception team on
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