Diabetes 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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"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."

—Mark Twain

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a complex condition that impacts the entire body. Someone with diabetes has unhealthy levels of glucose in the blood, and can be associated with reduced life expectancy, and a negative impact on quality of life.

With 1.75 million Australians already believed to be have diabetes, and predictions that this will double in 20 years in what medical authorities describe as a “21st century pandemic”, the medical aspects are becoming ever more widely known. Less well-known are the psychological consequences.

It can be tiring and worrying for those who live with diabetes and their families. Living with a chronic condition requires constant attention. The consequences of this can include depression and anxiety.

The demands of regular blood glucose testing and medication, attention to healthy eating and regular physical activity can impose considerable strain, and many who have diabetes can feel weighed down under this yoke.

It is by no means rare for those who have diabetes to experience anger, anxiety and sadness. If neglected, these feelings can end up affecting their quality of life and impact on their management of the disease.

Maintaining motivation can also be difficult.

Depression and other related emotional issues

One in four people will experience depression at some time in their adult life. For people who live with diabetes this figure is even higher. Research shows that having diabetes more than doubles the risk of developing depression. Living with this sort of chronic disease and having to cope with biological and hormonal factors and the treatment regime on a daily basis may increase the risk of depression.

Other related emotional issues include:

When to seek professional assistance

A diagnosis of diabetes is a life-changing event. It is a time when families can often struggle to adapt to the "new type of normal" they must face. Psychological counselling during this time can be of great benefit to all those involved. Many individuals with diabetes find it difficult to make the lifestyle changes needed to stay healthy, such as changing their diet. Psychologists can help patients with behaviour change, to gradually improve healthy eating habits, activity levels and overall outlook.

Psychology Melbourne can provide you with specialist psychological services in the field of diabetes.

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