Alcohol abuse counselling

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.

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"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

—Serenity Prayer of Reinhold Niebuhr

Treating drug and alcohol abuse

The abuse of substances including drugs and alcohol can cause problems in all areas of life. Family and friends may be affected by the abuser's changing personality and his or her inability to accept that they have a problem. It can create massive financial and health problems. Acquiring the substance is often put ahead of essentials expenses such as food, healthcare, rent or utility bills. Drug use can also cause problems at work. Their productivity generally drops, they may take excessive sick leave and their behaviour may become erratic. There are potentially grave legal implications.

Signs of drug use

People who have drug dependence may change their behaviour in many different ways, including:

Types of drug addiction

There are two types of drug dependence, or drug addiction, and they have differing symptoms and treatment options. The first type of drug dependence — physical addiction — occurs when the person’s body is unable to function properly without constant dosage. The second type — psychological addiction — occurs when the person craves the drug in order to gain satisfaction or experience a particular emotion. People can have either or both of these types of addictions.

When to seek professional assistance

It can be difficult to tell when you or someone close to you has a drug or alcohol problem or addiction. People differ in their opinions of how much use is too much. What should be focused on is the effect of drug use on the user and his or her family, friends and colleagues and whether it is interfering with normal functioning.

How Psychology Melbourne can help

If you believe that you or someone close to you has a drug problem and you would like some professional assistance, one of our drug and alcohol experts can help.

Our drug and alcohol abuse counselling team

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"Let's Talk About Drinking" short course

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Let's Talk About Drinking

This 3-part workshop aims to help you develop a clearer understanding of why you drink and how to manage your drinking.
Dates: TBA

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