Body Dysmorphia

body dysmorphia


There are few mental health conditions as disruptive to a sense of well-being as Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a condition which makes people think their normal bodies are badly flawed. People with BDD are more likely to seek cosmetic surgery and less likely to be satisfied with the outcome. These reactions may lead to them having multiple interventions but being dissatisfied with all of them.

People with low self-esteem and particular personality disorders can be vulnerable to feelings of dissatisfaction with cosmetic surgery. As a result, it has been suggested that candidates for cosmetic surgery undergo psychological testing to rule out these psychological problems.

The feeling of dissatisfaction can be aggravated by influencers on social media leading people to seek out and undergo numerous cosmetic procedures to try to “fix” the offending “flaw”. While these procedures can produce temporary relief, all too often the search for new solutions re-emerges.

If you think you, or someone you know, may be suffering from BDD, this test package can help clarify the situation.

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?

It is recommended that candidates for cosmetic surgeryundergo psychological testing to rule out psychological problems.

What is included in the BDD assessment?

The BDD assessment includes:

What are the benefits?

About the presenter: Dr Felicity Allen

Dr Felicity Allen Body Dysmorphia Psychologist

Dr Felicity Allen is a Senior Health Psychologist who has extensive experience and interest in the psychology of specific cognitive deficits including body dysmorphic disorder. She also has wide ranging knowledge in psychological conditions such as anxiety, stress and depression and has provided quality control of psychological testing to the Department of Employment.

Felicity has proven ability to quickly build positive rapport with clients. She believes psychological testing is an important and fascinating area as it supports the implementation of treatment as well as clarifying difficult cognitive issues.


BSc (majors Psychology and Genetics), University of Melbourne, MSc, University of Melbourne, PhD, Monash University, Effective Questioning Styles to Enhance Children’s Narrative Competence. Deakin University.

Online Test Conditions

You will be sent several online tests prior and during the assessment process that have multiple choice questions. They are easy to fill in, but it is important that you follow our test conditions to get the most accurate results.
Ericksen, William Leif; Billick, Stephen Bates (18 January 2012). "Psychiatric Issues in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery". Psychiatric Quarterly. 83 (3): 343–352. doi:10.1007/s11126-012-9204-8. ISSN 0033-2720. PMID 22252848.

Cosmetic surgery is also called aesthetic surgery and includes all the procedures used to change your body to make it more pleasing to the eye. Unlike plastic surgery which corrects a physical fault, these procedures are optional. It has recently become controversial because of rising complaints from patients who have been left with ongoing medical problems or who have not satisfied their original aim of improving their appearance.

Social media has been blamed for the large numbers of people seeking cosmetic surgery. Influencers usually have body shapes which are unusual (e.g., long legged and thin), although they promote these as normal and desirable. Patients will then seek to have a body shape which is impossible for them to reach.

Please note: Psychologists do not prescribe medication.

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About Testing

Why is psychological testing important?

The purpose of psychological testing is to gain a better understanding of the person and establish whether a diagnosis of a psychiatric condition is warranted. It is important to remember that a psychiatric condition can be mild, moderate, or severe. A test also provides recommendations for treatment to help improve the person’s well-being. It is like a road map for future treatment.

Testing uses validated and reliable measures to gauge aspects of a person’s psychological or cognitive functioning. They may include questionnaires and surveys or a set of puzzles and activities to measure a person’s problem-solving ability or memory.

Are psychological tests accurate?

Psychological tests undergo rigorous standards to establish reliability and validity, usually over many years. In Australia psychologists are trained I the administration, interpretation and reporting of psychological tests.

What are the different types of psychological tests?

Psychology Melbourne offers a range of cognitive and personality testing packages for adults and children. This includes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Testing, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Testing, IQ Testing, Personality Testing, and Brain Health Testing for early symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Who can administer psychological tests?

Most psychological testing is administered by a psychologist and is a formal process that requires extensive training and expertise. Psychologists are the only professionals that are trained in administering and interpreting psychological tests.

Psychology Melbourne has a team of psychologists who are qualified and experienced in testing.

Will I need medication?

If you are diagnosed with ADHD you may require medication. This is a restricted medication and can only be prescribed by a psychiatrist or pediatrician. You will need a GP referral to a psychiatrist which we can help you with. This will be an extra cost.

You may also choose to manage your ADHD without medication via Cognitive Behavioural therapy and other behavioural techniques.

How long does a psychological test take?

Psychological tests take a different amount of time to complete, depending on the complexity of the test. Some tests, such as the Personality test takes about 45 minutes, but other tests such as the IQ test can take up to 2 hours. You need to speak to our Client Services Team to discuss the length of the test you are interested in.

Once you have completed the test, you will commence your 3 consultations with test psychologist. Your psychologist will discuss the reasons for your testing, take a background history and explain your results to you. They will also make recommendations for future treatment.

Can I do the test online?

Yes. Some tests, such as personality tests, can easily be done online so that you don’t have to leave home. We email you the link to the test you have chosen and when you have completed it, your results will be added to your file for your psychologist t oread and discuss with you.

We will then email you the video instructions prior to your appointment with your psychologist either on your phone, iPad, laptop or desktop if you have a camera for it. It is best to connect to the link at least 15 minutes before your session in case there are any problems. If you have any problems, contact reception on 1300 161 639 or email

You should wait in the waiting room until your psychologist appears. If there is a problem, contact reception as above.

Will my testing be face-to-face?

Some tests are more complex and require in-person or face-to-face administration. This allows the psychologist to observe the persons behaviour more closely, especially for children. For example, Child Autism and Child ADHD testing must be completed face-to-face, while Personality testing can be done online.

Our Client Services Team will be able to tell you whether the test you have chosen needs to be done in-person or online.

We have psychologists in various locations in Melbourne, including the CBD, Port Melbourne, Sandringham and Balwyn, who can do face-to-face testing for you. Call our Client Services Team on 1300 161 639 and they will be able to help identify the best location for you.

Will I need to do any preparation before the testing?

You may be required to do an online test prior to your first appointment with your psychologist. If this is required, you will be emailed instructions at the time of booking. These are straight forward and come with clear instructions. Results will be discussed during the consultations.

Before you first session it is a good idea to compile a history of your problems or issues and the reasons why you want the test. This can save a lot of time in the session and helps you be clearer when discussing your issues.

Do I need a GP referral to do a test?

No, you don’t need a GP referral to book a psychological test. If you need the test for a legal or a funding organisation such as NDIS, you will need to speak to us beforehand.

Booking a Test

How do I book a testing?

For online testing, you first need to purchase the package you want from our SHOP. You can pay for this by VISA or MasterCard by calling our Client Services Team on 1300 161 639 or using our live Chat on the website. We have Afterpay available if you want to pay by instalments.

Once we receive your payment, Client services will contact you back to book in your test and arrange your appointments. The test may be sent to you online with clear instructions, or it may be done during one of your consultations.

Medicare does not provide rebates for Testing and Assessments.

How much do the psychological tests cost?

The pricing of our psychological testing ranges from $800 - $2000 depending on the type of test you want. The pricing includes three clinical consultations, administration of the test, a a follow up Assessment report and recommendations for future actions.

Payments are required before we can book in your test appointments for you. You can do this on our shopping cart on the website or pay by credit card on the phone. Afterpay is available for paying by instalments.

What credit cards do you accept?

We only accept payments from VISA or MasterCard online or by phone on 1300 161 639. We also have Afterpay available if you want to pay by instalments.

Can I pay with AfterPay?

Yes you can! Afterpay allows you to split your purchases into four interest-free instalments, so you'll pay your first instalment at the time of purchase, and the remainder every fortnight. You can find your payment schedule in the Afterpay app and they will send you regular payment reminders. For more information about Afterpay, visit

Can I pay by EFT?

We do not provide an EFT option but we accept payments by VISA or MasterCard online or by phone on 1300 161 639, prior to the course commencement.

Testing rebates

Can I get a rebate from Private Health Insurance?

Our psychologists are registered as providers with Private Health Funds. Some funds will allow rebates for psychological testing services; however it is advisable to check with your specific fund to see if your 'extras cover' includes this and the amount of rebate. If you are eligible, you will have to pay the full cost of the test and we will send you a receipt for you to claim your rebate online.

Testing appointment cancellations

If I miss one of my sessions, can I rebook?

Due to heavy demand for appointments, there may be long delays in rescheduling a session. When booking in your test, we work hard to make sure the appointments will work for you and we send you an Appointment Schedule so you can enter them into your personal calendar. We also send a reminder to you 3 days ahead for each appointment.

Cancellations of test packages will be charged a 10% admin fee.

What happens if I cancel my appointment?

Cancellation fees are charged as we have many people waiting for appointments and need to be able to offer any free appointments to others. A 50% cancellation fee is charged for cancellations within 48 hours of your appointment. Same day cancellations are charged at the full fee.

If you have to change an appointment, contact our Client Services Team on 1300 161 639 or use our live Chat on this website.

What happens if I need to cancel at test package I have already paid for?

Cancellations of test packages will be charged a 10% admin fee.

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