Women's 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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"To be what we are and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life."

—Henry David Thoreau (via Robert Louis Stevenson)

What are women’s issues in mental health?

Although men and women are more similar than they are different, they do experience different mental health issues at different rates. For example, depression (specifically post-natal depression), eating disorders, anxiety, and trauma are all more common in women. There are also more gender specific issues such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, and surrogacy that women may seek support for.

It is very important for women to look after their mental health, as they are often caregivers, despite changing gender roles. Being a caregiver can be stressful and taxing, which in turn can have an impact on mental health. You cannot look after others if you do not care for yourself first.

Although these issues can also affect men, it is important to look at these issues though a women’s health lens in order to provide the best possible treatment and support for women seeking help.

Support is available

At Psychology Melbourne, we provide gender-sensitive, caring, and effective treatment for a variety of different concerns. Although women’s mental health issues are diverse, we take a tailored approach through our matching session, in order to find the best psychologist for you personally.

Key mental health issues for women

Causes

Broadly, most disorders have a combination biological, psychological, and social factors causing the onset. Some women may be predisposed to depression or anxiety. Hormone levels during adolescence, pregnancy, or menopause can all potentially increase risk of developing disorders such as depression. Stress is also a major psychological trigger for decreased mental wellness. Some coping strategies are detailed further below.

There are also social components that increase risk for poor mental health in women. Gender-based and sexual violence are major issues for women in all walks of life, which in turn can lead to trauma, homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, and physical ill-health. It is important to take a holistic view of women’s health, and acknowledge the role that social and physical factors have in a variety of mental health issues.

Strategies to cope

When to seek support

Encouragingly, help is readily available. It is useful to seek help from a psychologist if your everyday life is impaired- sleeping difficulty, altered eating, feeling lost or angry, inability to work or study, or severe relationship changes. If you are feeling suicidal, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

At Psychology Melbourne, we can help with coping strategies and ongoing support. The most common treatment option is cognitive-behavioural therapy (focused on working through distressing thoughts and feelings), however a personalised treatment plan will be discussed with your psychologist.

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