Trauma 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.

medicare rebate

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

—Albert Einstein

Medicare & Private Health Rebates now available for online counselling

What is Trauma?

Trauma is a subjective emotional experience that undermines your sense of security and makes you feel utterly helpless.  

Trauma can be caused by a particular event, or long and protracted stress, such as bullying and harassment, or an unexpected event such as a sudden death or loss of a close relationship.

Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will suffer from PTSD. It is caused by exposure through direct experience; witnessing an event occurring to others in person; learning someone close to you experienced or was threatened by a traumatic event or being repeatedly exposed to graphic details of traumatic events. The most obvious victims are first responders to these events.

Secondary trauma or Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) may be experienced by counsellors, nurses, physicians, and others who care for those who have been traumatised. Other terms used are Vicarious Trauma (VT), Compassion Fatigue (CT), and in some cases, Job Burnout.

Childhood trauma can result from anything that disrupts a child’s sense of safety, and can all lead to developing severe trauma in later life . An unstable family environment, physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, neglect can all lead to adult trauma.

What can cause trauma?

Traumatic events can involve natural disasters, physical or sexual assault, accidents, combat, or witnessing death or injury – any event which leaves us questioning our beliefs and assumptions about safety and trust.

Common reactions may include unwanted memories, flashbacks, sudden feelings of panic, and nightmares. These feelings tend to resolve on their own over the following weeks with the support of others.

Of course, when selecting your support people, you can help them to help you through being clear with what you need.

Professional help

Our psychologists at Psychology Melbourne are trained in various psychological techniques, which are highly effective in treating trauma and PTSD, including trauma-focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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How is it treated?

Recovery from exposure to traumatic events is gradual and is an active process. When we take action to improve things, we begin to feel less helpless and put ourselves in a position of power.

Healing from trauma does not mean you will forget events, but it may mean fewer intrusive thoughts and feelings, and an increased confidence in your ability to cope.  

Active coping forms part of our normal, habitual response to every-day events and situations, even where there is no crisis. It is a response that can be strengthened.

Symptoms of Psychological trauma

People react to trauma in a variety of ways from physical to psychological. These can include: 

Physical symptoms:

Helpful strategies

As a survivor, it is important not to isolate yourself. Make the effort to be with supportive people. You might like to practise some of the different ways to relax, such as deep breathing, meditation exercises, swimming, yoga, walking, mindfulness, listening to quiet music or even spending time in nature. Pleasant recreational activities may help improve your mood and contribute to rebuilding your life.

Although many people benefit from relaxation techniques, some feel that it can initially increase distress, particularly when focusing on physical sensations. Should you experience this, you might like to try mixing relaxation in smaller amounts, with music, walking or other activities.

Part of taking care of yourself is reaching out for the helping resources around you. If your symptoms do not begin to lessen over time, you might want to consider speaking with your GP or psychologist to gain that extra support.

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