Older adult mental health

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 like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."

—Albert Einstein

What are older adult issues?

More and more people are living longer lives and are facing difficulties when they become older adults. With aging, the ability to do daily activities becomes difficult to some degree for every person.

Older people tend to have more disorders and disabilities. But the more prominent concerns for older people are more than just changes in physical health. Social issues including exposure to friends and family, living arrangements and employment often influence poor quality of life for older people.

Research has found that whilst most older adults report good mental health compared to other age groups, one in four older adults experience a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia or dementia.

Anxiety and depression in older people can occur for different reasons, but physical illness or grief and loss can be common triggers.

Other challenges older adults may face include loneliness, existential crises such as a person’s legacy or what their life has meant, boredom and discrimination or inability to work.

Why see a psychologist?

Seeing a psychologist can be an empowering experience for older adults. Speaking to someone and being heard, learning new skills, and gaining tools to improve quality of life can all be benefits of seeing a psychologist as an older adult. It’s never too late to improve your quality of life.

Psychology Melbourne's team of psychologists employ Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and other forms of evidence-based psychotherapy to help challenge or change problematic thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. With almost 30 psychologists in and around Melbourne, Psychology Melbourne has the right psychologist for you. Book in today for an initial matching session or call reception on 96291001 to discuss appointment availability.

What signs are impacting you?

Some of the signs that suggest you have poor quality of life include:

Facts about older adults

Why seek professional assistance?

If you feel as though your quality of life could be improved and you’re ready to make a change, seeing a psychologist might be the right decision for you. It’s never too late to learn new skills and gain invaluable tools which improve your quality of life. You can find the right psychologist for you by booking online or speak to our friendly receptionist by calling (03) 96291001.

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