LGBTI 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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"If you never change your mind, why have one?"

—Edward de Bono

Psychology Melbourne offers counselling to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex community. We understand that the concerns LGBTI clients bring to counselling are often universal, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Nevertheless, in spite of the advances that have been made in social acceptance of LGBTI people and their often hard-won resilience to social stigma and prejudice, they still regularly experience bullying, rejection and discrimination which can impact their self-esteem, sexuality and relationships with others and lead to higher levels of mental health issues. These arise from discriminatory practices and do not spring from sexual orientation or gender identity.

We have psychologists who are aware of these issues and bring acceptance and experience to provide a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic environment, exploring the diverse and powerful emotional realities involved. Our practice has been strongly influenced by the work of Dr Ilan Meyer and his conceptual framework of "minority stress". and the work of the National LGBTI Health Alliance.

LGBTI mental health and relationships

Ironically, the internal strength developed by LGBTI people - characterised by Senator Penny Wong as "dignity in the face of criticism and offensive disrespect" - can make them less likely to reach out for support. 

Our psychologists are sensitive to the complex needs of LGBTI clients navigating the process of affirming their sexual orientation and gender orientation.

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