Interpersonal psychotherapy 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.

"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

—Old African proverb

Interpersonal Therapy, or Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), is a relatively new approach, developed in the 1970s and becoming more widely known in the late 1990s. It is now included in the Better Access to Mental Health scheme which makes it eligible for Medicare rebates. To some extent, that has enhanced its popularity in Australia.

IPT is suitable for clients with interpersonal issues that can be explored in a narrative format. At the beginning of treatment, the psychologist will determine whether IPT is suitable for the client by viewing how the client describes their issues, and considering why the client is having interpersonal problems.

An interpersonal inventory will be created, to explore and clarify all relationships important to the client; the history of those relationships, and the type of communication and attachment style involved, among other factors. This information is then used to move forward with IPT interventions.