I have been a practising Psychologist for 28 years; I have been in private psychology practice on the Mornington Peninsula and Bayside area since 2007. I am registered with the Psychology Board (Aust.) with an Endorsement in Counselling Psychology.
My work is informed by both personal and professional training experiences. I consider that the being of the Psychologist and the relationship with the client or patient, and their motivation and intention are probably the most important factors supporting good assessment, positive change, personal development, and reduction or cessation of troubling symptoms of psychological distress such as anxiety, depressed mood, fears, self-sabotaging behaviours, destructive habits and so on. Within the context of a safe trusting therapeutic relationship, other interventions or methods may be used to assist such as Hypnotherapy, Cognitive-behavioural therapy, and Psychodynamic therapy. I have been learning and practising Meditation for many years. Meditative practices can be an important part of the therapy, as a process to develop insight and understanding of self, changing reactions, regulating mood and calming the nervous system and emotions, and developing acceptance and self-compassion, amongst others. I have also done further training in Complex Trauma, DBT, Hypnosis, and Psycho-Oncology (Cancer), amongst other areas and skills. It is a privilege to work with clients to assist them with various issues and be a part of their progress and positive change.
I have also worked as a senior clinician & psychologist, counsellor, manager, consultant, supervisor, and trainer roles with several organisations including Headspace – Frankston & Rosebud sites, Open Arms Veterans (DVA) Counselling, Employee Assistance Programs, schools, various private medical and psychology clinics, Peninsula Health, Monash Health, aged care centres, Moreland Hall Rehabilitation Centre, Turning Point Drug & Alcohol Centre, RMIT Student and Staff Counselling Service, Lifeline, Direct (Alcohol & Drug) Line, Western Hospital, and several other roles.
I see a broad range of people from many backgrounds and ages, presenting with a wide range of psychological issues.
Special Areas of Interest and Expertise:
Meditation as a therapy and Hypnotherapy
Anxiety Disorders inc. phobias, agoraphobia, panic, social anxiety;
Physical health problems associated with psychological stress;
Managing Change and Transitions in life, e.g. career, job, relationships; Life Coaching,
Grief and Loss.
Trauma (PTSD), and its psychological after-effects; development trauma and abuse, later traumatic life events, survivors of institutional, church, and cult abuse;
Youth mental health,
Depression & mood disorders,
Disability support (NDIS referral and valid Plan for Psychology required).
Veterans’ mental health (DVA referral required),
Psycho-Oncology (Psychological support for people with a Cancer diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and the “Cancer Journey”).
Employee Assistance Programs Counselling.
Appointments can be In-Person or Telehealth (Zoom video or phone).
Fees: (as of January 2021)
Payment is due on the day of consultation.
Standard: $150 per session, (50 minutes approx.) depending upon the type of service. Note: Some services do have additional fees, e.g. After-hours, extended length sessions, family sessions, reports. EFTPOS is available.
Rebates and out of pocket costs with a valid GP MHC Plan referral:
|Psychology Standard Fee – In Rooms & Telehealth (50 mins approx.)||Medicare Rebate (Psychologist) 2021||Out of Pocket Cost per session, after rebate|
|$ 150||$ 87.45||$ 62.55|
I can process the Medicare Rebate for you; this is paid back to your bank account, usually paid on the next business day.
* Due to the lower Medicare bulk bill rebate for (“non-clinical”) Registered Psychologists (even very experienced ones) and combined with past Medicare rebate freezes and practice costs, it is not possible to offer bulk-billing anymore.
Other Free or Low-Cost Counselling Options: Some community agencies, e.g. Your local Community Health Service may offer free or low-cost counselling to clients with a Health Care Card or low income, however there may be a delay or waiting list for accessing services.
NDIS: At standard NDIS rates for Psychology services, billed to your NDIS support agency with an appropriate referral and approved NDIS plan.
DVA: Billed to DVA, for Gold & White Card Holders with an appropriate referral from your GP.
Contact: Practice Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm only.
Please contact me on Mob: 0400 203 226 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the help that you are seeking or if you have any questions.
If I am unavailable please leave a message and I can get back to by the next business day.