Many people find it difficult to cope at times, and all people experience hardship at some time in their life. Sometimes people find that things become overwhelming or perplexing. They may feel depressed, or become anxious or moody and not understand why. Many people suffer from a traumatic event that they have difficulty coming to terms with. Or perhaps they just feel that they need someone to talk to. Psychological Therapy can help with these kind of issues by providing a time and place to talk through problems and gain an understanding of why we react to things the way we do.
All the psychologists at Yarraville Health Group have completed a Doctorate of Psychology involving seven years full time study, and have each worked for over five years as registered psychologists. Treatment approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.
Child & Adolescent Psychology
The Yarraville Health Group also offers a psychology service for children and adolescents, from birth to 18 years of age. While children and adolescents experience many of the same mental health problems as adults they often present in a different way. Children can have difficulties expressing their worries verbally, and may do so through their actions. Parents may recognise a change in their child’s behaviour such as increased irritability, angry or aggressive behavior, sleep problems, a change in appetite, tearfulness, or refusal to attend school. Children may complain of feeling unwell, when no physical illness is identified. While teenagers have better skills in describing their worries, they may feel embarrassed about doing so. A Psychologist will be able to help you clarify whether your child’s change in behavior is part of normal development, or reflects a mental health issue. Psychologists who work with children and adolescents use a range of techniques, which are age appropriate, to support them to express their concerns. Strategies which are play based, or tap into themes which appeal to adolescents, are often used. Treatment for young people usually involves parents, or caregivers, in some way.
We hope the information below may answer any questions you may have about our service.
What happens in my appointment?
On the day of your appointment, please arrive 5-10 minutes to complete a contact information form.
During your first appointment the psychologist will ask about your concerns and reasons for seeking help. The psychologist will also explore background factors that may have led to these problems, and will seek to fully understand your unique situation. Sometimes questionnaires are used to assist with this process.
Following the assessment process, your psychologist will discuss a treatment plan with you. This plan will be flexible to meet any change in priorities that arise during the sessions. Treatment length will vary with each individual depending on a number of circumstances. Some people only need a few sessions and other people may need many. Medicare rebates are only available for 10 sessions per calendar year.
Length and cost of appointments
All psychology appointments will run for approximately 50 minutes.
Costs for psychology sessions are as follows:
Individual Clinical Psychology sessions: $175.00 (Medicare rebate available)
Individual Health Psychology sessions: $175.00 (Medicare rebate avialable)
Accounts must be settled on the day.You can obtain rebates from your private health insurance if you have extras cover or from Medicare with a GP referral with a Mental Health Treatment Plan.
If you have a Medicare referral from your GP, please bring it with you on the day of the appointment. The referral is called a Mental Health Treatment Plan and allows you to claim up to 10 individual sessions in a calendar year with Medicare.
You will need to ask your referring doctor to assess your progress after the first six sessions, and send your psychologist a Mental Health Treatment Review letter before your seventh session. Please keep track of your sessions to allow you enough time to book in with your GP before your seventh session.
We can electronically process your Medicare rebate if you provide your EFTPOS and Medicare card. Alternatively please take your receipt directly to Medicare to collect the rebate.
If you need to cancel or postpone your appointment, please provide at least 48 hours notice. As you can appreciate, we often have waiting lists for clients needing to be seen, however, it can be difficult to fill your appointment at short notice. Late cancellations will incur a full session fee, payable at the next session. Please note that non-attendance is not covered by the Medicare rebate.
Everything you share with your psychologist will be kept private and confidential. File notes will be stored securely and will remain confidential until they are destroyed.
There are two exceptions to confidentiality: 1) If you expressed a serious concern about your safety or the safety of someone else, the psychologist may need to arrange extra help for you, which may require sharing information about you with others; 2) In rare situations, courts can also subpoena file notes.
If you have a Medicare referral then your psychologist will need to write a progress report to your GP after six sessions.
Emergency contacts or after hours support
We are unable to provide a crisis service or after hours care, and psychologists may not be able to respond to a phone messages for 1-2 days, due to other work roles and commitments.
If you need urgent or emergency care please call:
- Werribee Mercy CATT team on 1300 657 259; or
- LIFELINE on 13 11 14; or
- Present in person to your nearest emergency department at a major hospital.
A final note…
Our psychologists are professional, dedicated, friendly and work within a culturally sensitive framework. We abide by the highest ethical standards as determined by Australian Psychological Society and our Charter of Client Rights. All of our psychologists have completed doctorates in psychology, which is approximately 7 years of university training. They are all highly qualified to help people overcome a wide range of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, low self-esteem issues and adjusting to life circumstances.
If you have any questions prior to your first appointment please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dr Moira Junge, Health Psychologist
Moira is a registered Health Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society and holds membership within the College of Health Psychologists. She has been in the healthcare field for over twenty years and is passionate about improving wellbeing. She is one of the clinic directors at Yarraville Health Group which was established in 1998. In addition to her work at Yarraville Health Group Moira also consults at the Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre and is a lecturer part-time at Monash University, Clayton, in the undergraduate psychology program. Her areas of expertise include management of sleep disorders, smoking cessation, management of chronic diseases, reaction and adjustment to illness issues and loss and grief issues.
Dr Kate Neilson, Clinical Psychologist (Currently on extended leave.)
Kate is a Clinical Psychologist (with AHPRA – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) from RMIT University and several years post-degree experience. Kate’s skills and experience includes treating adults with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, behaviour change, grief and loss, self-esteem, sleep difficulties, anger, stress and chronic pain. Her specialist experience includes providing therapy for people with cancer and their families.
Dr Gavin Ivey, Clinical Psychologist
Gavin is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years experience as a psychotherapist. He has a Masters degree and Doctorate in clinical psychology and is Coordinator of Clinical Psychology training at Victoria University. Gavin works with adult clients suffering from depression, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties and experiences of grief and loss.
Dr Giselle Withers, Clinical Psychologist
Giselle is a member of the College of Clinical Psychology in the Australian Psychological Society. She holds a Doctorate of Psychology from La Trobe University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology, and Bachelor of Applied Science (Psych). Giselle helps people overcome a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, stress, sleep problems, chronic pain, low self esteem, grief and loss, and difficulties in relationships. She has a special interest in helping people overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and cope with chronic health problems.
Dr Kate Enderby, Clinical Psychologist (Child & Adolescent)
Kate is a Clinical Psychologist who works with children and adolescents, from birth to 18 years of age. She is a member of the College of Clinical Psychology, in the Australian Psychological Society. Kate has a Doctor of Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts (Psych). Kate spent 8 years as a Psychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, where she worked with families from a diverse range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. She helps children and adolescents who present with a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, behaviour problems, parent-child relationship difficulties, school refusal, attention problems, grief and loss, social skills difficulties, and problems with bullying and friendships. Kate has a particular interest in helping parents to foster emotional intelligence in their children.