Dementia 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.

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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

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"The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."

—Erich Fromm

What is dementia?

Dementia is the umbrella term that covers a range of neurological conditions that involve a decline in memory, thinking and brain function. The most well known, common cause and type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Most people who suffer from dementia are over 65 years of age, however, this form of mental deterioration is not a normal part of ageing and many people well over the age of 65 do not suffer from dementia. However, It may also develop at an earlier age and it is called younger-onset dementia when it develops between the ages of 40-60.

If you suspect that you or someone you know has dementia, you should consult a medical professional. There are many symptoms of dementia that are shared with other conditions, such as brain tumours and vitamin deficiencies, so it is important for you both physically and emotionally to have an accurate diagnosis.

What are some of the signs?

Physical

Cognitive

Emotional

What can cause dementia?

Brain cell death is associated with dementia, including progressive brain cell death that happens over time, however, it is currently not known if the dementia causes the brain cell death, or the brain cell death causes the dementia.

Strategies to help manage dementia

While there is currently no known prevention or cure for most types of dementia, support is vital for individuals with the condition, and a huge difference can be made through the help of friends, families and carers. Making practical changes can help the individual with dementia as well as aid surrounding loved ones.

There are medications available to reduce some of the symptoms experienced by people with dementia, such as emotional, memory and thinking problems as well as issues like sleeping disturbances. It's important to always consult your doctor before taking any medication to help understand how different drugs may interact with each other.

When to seek professional assistance

If you suspect that you, or someone you know, is suffering from dementia it important to seek assistance as soon as possible. Psychology Melbourne offers counselling to individuals diagnosed with dementia, to help them understand the diagnosis as well as work through the emotions that may be encountered, such as feelings of depression and anxiety. Having a loved one suffer from dementia can also be incredibly confronting and difficult, and Psychology Melbourne also offers support and counselling for family members/support persons after a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia.

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