Cancer 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.

FAQs

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

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"Nothing prepares the brain for the heavy changes in the heart."

—US Poet Laureate, Charles Wright

What is Psycho-oncology?

Psycho-oncology is a specialist area of psychology that focuses on the psychological, social and behavioural aspects of cancer. It addresses the psychological responses that cancer victims and their families may experience at all stages of the disease, as well as the psychological, behavioural and social factors that may influence the disease process. It is often a dynamic approach by many specialists, in order to support the person and their family through the diagnosis, treatment, and possibly palliative care of the person with the disease.

It is very important to seek help, both for yourself and your family, as this can be a highly stressful and emotional time. Professional support can help reduce the strain on you and loved ones.

Common reactions to cancer

Physical

Emotional

Cognitive

Strategies for emotionally dealing with cancer

When to seek professional assistance

The Psychology Melbourne team includes specialists in psycho-oncology. Talking over your problems and concerns with a qualified psychologist in a safe environment can help. They can provide support and information, and help you manage the challenges arising from a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Treatment options include cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and existential therapy. Psychologists can also teach you a range of practical coping skills such as relaxation, stress-management and how to challenge self-defeating patterns.

Our cancer counselling team

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