Psychological Services Group

Psychological Assistance and Counselling - Bariatric Patient Support and Assessment

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a trained mental health professional who has studied how people behave, feel, think, and react. Psychologists apply reliable, scientific therapies that are widely used to assist individuals as well as couples, families, and groups, adults, adolescents, and children.

How can a psychologist help?

Psychologists can assist with issues affecting mental health and wellbeing, including:

  • Depression and other mood disorders, as well as Postnatal Depression
  • Anxiety disorders including panic, phobias, chronic worry, and OCD

  • Grief, loss, and trauma, including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Anger problems
  • Stress management, including workplace or relationship issues
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Eating disorders, as well as weight and body dissatisfaction
  • Interpersonal and relationship difficulties
  • Assertiveness and communication training
  • Self-esteem enhancement
  • Overall personal growth and development

How long does therapy last?
Appointments are scheduled for 50minutes duration. For some clients, a few sessions are adequate and for others, longer-term assistance is appropriate.

How do I access psychological assistance?
You may self-refer by calling (03) 8528 6700, or by booking your appointment online. Seeing you GP, however, is a recommended first step in order to assess for possible underlying medical causes of your symptoms or distress. Your GP, paediatrician, or psychiatrist is also able to refer you for psychological assistance under a 'Mental Health Care Plan.'

What are the fees and rebates?
Fees range from $110 - $180 depending on the practitioner and the service provided. Clients with a valid healthcare or pension card may request reduced fees - you may also be eligible for referral under "ATAPS CAREinMIND" which provides services at no cost to you - please discuss this with your GP. 
Patients referred under a 'Mental Health Treatment / Care Plan' will be out of pocket $55, or only $25 if you are eligible for a concession fee. These referrals allow for up to 10 rebated visits per calendar year. In addition, rebates may be obtained from your private health insurer.

Other questions, queries, or concerns?
Please don't hesitate to contact us for any further information, via:
Phone: (03) 8528 6700