Autism

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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 page or you can call our reception on 1300 161 639.

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We recommend that your first step is an online 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.

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Reception is open:
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Friday 8:30 am - 6 pm
Saturday 9 am - 3 pm
closed public holidays

After hours appointments may also be available.

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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.

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What is Autism?

Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is described as a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life.

What are some of the signs and symptoms?

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a guide created by the American Psychiatric Association used to diagnose mental disorders, people with Autism often have:

Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. There are also several strengths that individuals on the Autistic Spectrum have. 

Each person with Autism is further assessed with either Autism level 1, level 2, or level 3, (DSM-5) depending on how severe their disorder is and how much support they need in their daily life.

The levels range from least to most severe: Autism level 3 describes an individual who has the most severe level of Autism symptoms, and level 1 describes someone with symptoms on the milder end of the spectrum.

Strategies to help manage Autism 

Behavioural

For adults with Autism behavioural strategies may include, modifying the external environment (ie light and sound) to create a less stressful space to work, interpersonal and communication skills rehearsal (role plays) to increase social awareness and social understanding, increasing tolerance and learning to adapt to change.

Psychological

Psychological strategies include mindfulness-based practices and self-talk strategies to assist with managing stress. Learning alternate coping skills in stressful situations and maintaining certain rituals and routines that provide comfort and self-care, staying connected with friends and family supports and expanding interests. 

Medical

Sometimes people may have a combination of Autism and ADHD. 

If you are diagnosed with ADHD as well, 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.

When to seek professional assistance

Often, people with Autism experience ongoing anxiety stress or depression at not being able to achieve their full potential or access full range of activities. Social and relationship at work related issues can be the reason that people initially seek treatment. If symptoms are significantly affecting your daily life, work or relationships it’s important to seek more professional help.

How Psychology Melbourne can help

combined adhd and autism assessment package

Combined ADHD and Autism Assessment Package

This economic package provides a comprehensive ADHD/Autism assessment, five expert consultations, and a detailed report to enhance memory, focus, and behaviour.
Cost: $2250

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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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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.
Dates: Starting Wednesday 19th June 7pm-8pm, 4 weekly sessions online

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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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Psychology Melbourne can offer an objective assessment for Autism to see if you meet the diagnostic criteria. Following this, a report can be provided to take with you to other allied health and medical appointments with clear recommendations and a future plan. 

Each person with Autism is further assessed with either Autism level 1, level 2, or level 3, (DSM-5) depending on how severe their disorder is and how much support they need in their daily life. The levels range from least to most severe, with Autism level 3 describing an individual who has the most severe level of Autism symptoms, and level 1 describing someone with symptoms on the milder end of the spectrum.

Psychologists at Psychology Melbourne can also help with specific challenges that arise for people with Autism and their families. 

This includes individual counselling to: 

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