Bipolar disorder treatment

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

"Depression is still the great enemy ... yet through depression we enter depths and in depth find soul."

—Carl Jung

Medicare & Private Health Rebates now available for online counselling

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition, characterised by extreme mood swings between severe depression and elation, verging on euphoria, or mania. The condition was once-called "manic-depression", as it features these two distinct sides.

Many people who have bipolar disorder experience relative stability between the manic and depressive episodes, which can each last anywhere from a few days to a few months.

During the ups and downs, some people may have delusions or hallucinations. Sometimes, people go through what is called hypomania, where the up is not as high as a manic episode. This can be seen as quite a positive experience, as the person can be very creative and focused. Left without treatment, however, hypomania can also be devastating.

The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but research indicates a genetic predisposition. Onset usually occurs in the late teens or early 20s and it is estimated that it affects one in 50 Australians.

There are a number of conditions across the bipolar disorder spectrum, ranging from Bipolar Disorder I to cyclothymia - where the hypomanic phases are less severe - and so-called "subsyndromal" conditions.

What are some of the signs?



Strategies to help manage bipolar disorder

There are three main areas for treatment and management of bipolar disorder.



Talking therapies such as CBT or counselling can assist with the following:


Self-help and lifestyle changes can help with long-term management of bipolar disorder ,improve wellbeing and the success of complementary treatments.

When to seek professional assistance

About one third of people who suffer from bipolar disorder have work or relationship difficulties due to the condition. If you suspect that you are suffering from bipolar disorder it is important to get treatment as soon as possible.

Our bipolar disorder treatment team

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Assoc. Prof., Dr. Terence Bowles
Melbourne CBD

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Dr Anna Mooney
Melbourne CBD

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Dr Giovanna Lajbcygier
Melbourne CBD

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Dr Miriam Grossbaum
Melbourne CBD

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Dr Sandra Darmanin
online only

Gloria Lew Melbourne Psychologist

Gloria Lew
Melbourne CBD

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Natalie-Mai Holmes
Melbourne CBD

Ross Leembruggen

Ross Leembruggen
online only

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Sarah McMurtrie
Melbourne CBD