On this page you will find a description of the Psychology services I offer.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling focuses on specific issues that require a decision and/or resolution, whereas psychotherapy goes deeper into personal change, looking at how the past may affect the present and how to change relationship patterns and powerful habits. I offer both counselling and psychotherapy, for short term solutions and also longer term issues, for well-functioning people and those with more complex issues. Hundreds of reputable studies have found that psychotherapy is an effective way to help people make positive changes in their lives.
Psychotherapy is a structured conversation that helps you resolve present difficulties in your life. Through building a trusting relationship, therapy can provide feedback and strategies to help you deal more effectively with the issues in your life. Psychotherapy helps you to understand how past influences and events affect present thinking and behaviour, and how to essentially re-program the mind to be more effective in life. Psychotherapy looks at habits and patterns in your life, how you might keep yourself ‘stuck’ and how you may defend yourself against change. I support and challenge you to think differently, or change your perspective about something, which then creates behavioural change and helps you make healthy and positive decisions and reach your goals.
Depression and anxiety are the two most common presenting issues to a Psychologist. Both rank in the top 10 chronic health problems worldwide according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Research demonstrates that psychotherapy is effective in treating depression and anxiety, and it carries far less risk of side effects than medication and a lower risk of relapse (www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications).
I practice a form of integral psychotherapy, which combines the best aspects of a number of theories and techniques, which is tailored according to the particular needs of the client at specific times of their lives, and at specific points of the therapy process. This form of psychotherapy has a strong underlying philosophy. Its focus is on human growth, wellness and actualization, rather than merely concerning illness, symptoms and healing. See the ‘About’ page and ‘My blog’ page for more detail.
My therapy has structure, but is also flexible to your needs and priorities. There are no set number of sessions, and each session does not have to cover a particular topic or issue. We work together to help you improve your situation.
Integral psychotherapy can be applied to a wide range of presenting issues, given its adaptability. It especially helps you unlock your unhealthy mental, emotional and behavioural habits. Habit change can dramatically improve your life. Therapy can also help you improve your self esteem, help you learn better people skills, and help create goals, direction and meaning in life.
How to Make an Appointment
All appointments can be made by calling me directly on (613) 9699-6993 or by using the calendar on the home page of this website.
You do not need a referral to make an appointment, however if you wish to claim psychology services through Medicare you will need a GP referral. Please see below for more information.
Office Hours are generally 10am until 6pm weekdays. A limited number of weekend appointments are available.
My business address is: Level 2, Suite 210 / 370 St Kilda Road Melbourne Vic Australia 3004. The office is located opposite the Shrine of Remembrance. The closest tram stop is Domain Interchange. It is on the second floor of the Domain Corporate Building.
Fees and Rebates for Psychology Services
*You may only need to pay $27 out of pocket per session! Please read below…
Fees are $170 or $220 per hour consultation, depending on your income (currently the recommended fee set by the Australian Psychological Society is $228 for a 55-60 minute session).
There are several types of rebates available for psychology services. When considering a rebate, you must choose one option only. It is not possible to claim twice for the same session. Many people use their ten medicare sessions rebated first then claim from their private insurer for later sessions.
Medicare rebates $84.80 per session for up to ten sessions per calendar year to those with a mental health plan and referral from a GP. Once you have reached the medicare threshold for the calendar year the rebate is then 85% of the bill. So your out of pocket expense becomes $27 per session. To obtain a mental health referral you will need to be diagnosed by your GP with a condition that qualifies for the referral. This includes any anxiety related condition, and depression. Medicare also allows for up to ten sessions of group therapy.
Private Health Insurance Rebates
Most of the major providers offer a rebate for psychology services in their extras packages. Providers rebates vary from $20 per session to 80% of the fee. Please contact your provider for the exact rebate offered. You do not need a referral to claim for private health insurance.
For all enquiries and questions, please fill in the form below or call me on (613) 9699-6993.