Depression 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.

FAQs

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

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"Life is not what it's supposed to be. It's what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."

—Virginia Satir

What is Depression?

Most people feel down every now and again. When a relationship breaks up, you lose your job or someone close to you dies, it’s natural to feel miserable. But when those feelings persist, even when life has gone back to normal, what you could be dealing with is clinical depression, or what doctors call "Major Depressive Disorder".

The incidence of chronic depression is disturbingly high, affecting as many as one in four women and one in six men, and it can have a devastating impact on a victim's family, social and work life and their general state of health. It is not something that should be ignored, but statistics indicate that people can suffer from the condition over a prolonged period, without being aware that they are, indeed, clinically depressed.

Depression can be treated

Many people are prescribed and take anti-depression medication (ADMs). But research studies indicate that at best they suppress symptoms, and are not a cure. Various forms of psychological treatment have at least the same degree of success, do not have the potential highly dangerous side-effects of drugs and also dramatically reduce the risk of relapse after medication

Psychology Melbourne's team of psychologists employ Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and other forms of evidence-based psychotherapy that have been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of depression.

Our practice also employs evidence-based systems that have been shown to produce better outcomes. We offer an initial matching session and conduct regular progress checks to help fulfill our commitment to make psychology work for our clients. Our surveys consistently report a higher than average level of satisfaction.

What are the signs?

Some of the signs of depression include:

What can cause it?

Sometimes there is no obvious reason for depression. It can be a combination of biological, psychological and social things that affect people differently. Some people are more susceptible than others, possibly because of their personality and coping style; childhood trauma including violence; family predisposition or hormonal or other biological factors.

Strategies to help manage depression

When to seek professional assistance

The encouraging thing about depression is that many more well-known people are prepared publicly to talk about their experiences, helping to remove any lingering stigma surrounding the condition and encouraging more people to seek treatment.

Even more encouraging is the fact that depression can be effectively treated by modern psychological methods, allowing those who struggle with the condition to lead full, happy, productive lives. At Psychology Melbourne, our clinicians often use a combination of evidence-based approaches, sometimes alongside medication.

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