Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

How to get started

Find the right Psychologist

Most of our psychologists work in the Melbourne CBD Clinic, and the rest in different locations across Melbourne. You can find out all about our psychologists – when, where and what issues they work with – on our online booking portal or you can call our reception on 03 96291001.

Personal Matching

We recommend that your first step is a Personal Matching appointment. Research shows that the key to successful outcomes is the relationship between client and psychologist. At Psychology Melbourne, we don't leave that to chance. We offer a personal matching session with one of our trained Matching Psychologists who will expertly choose the right psychologist for you and your issues.

Fees & rebates

GP Referral

All our psychologists are registered with Medicare, allowing clients with a referral and a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from their GP to receive a substantial rebate.

Note that you do not require a referral from a GP unless you intend to claim a Medicare rebate.

Find out more about MHCP Medicare rebate.

Information for referring GPs

Opening hours

Reception is open:
Mon - Thu 8:30 am - 7 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 6 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
closed public holidays

After hours appointments may also be available.

Find out more about our counselling hours and appointments.

Phone & video counselling

If you are can't get to the clinic, you can use our secure phone and video counselling services. This allows you to get expert, effective psychological help from your home, but also from work or your hotel room when you’re interstate or overseas.


See answers to frequently asked questions about our clinics, treatment, EAP, fees and rebates.

medicare rebate

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

—Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Medicare & Private Health Rebates now available for online counselling

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based treatment, and is characterised by focusing not on changing or getting rid of undesirable thoughts, but on accepting that unpleasant thoughts are part of who we are and letting our thoughts come and go as they please.

In this way, psychological symptoms are alleviated as a by-product, because the client learns to detach themselves from their thoughts, and not hold on to them as they may have done in the past.

ACT is based on mindfulness and is generally about being in the here-and-now, and not getting caught up in the past or the future. However, it differs from other mindfulness-based therapies in that the goal of ACT is not reduction of symptoms.

One of the core ideas in ACT is to remove need to control emotions and thoughts, and move past them instead.

The ‘commitment’ segment of ACT is based around the longer-term focus of ACT, which is to live a fulfilled and valuable life, through commitment to goals and action. This is why ‘ACT’ is such a good acronym for this type of therapy.