Individual therapy sessions offer you the opportunity to express your thoughts, concerns, feelings, and emotions in a confidential and supportive environment. You and your psychologist or counsellor can work toward meeting goals that you have collaboratively developed, in order to reduce your symptoms and assist you in improving your daily level of functioning (e.g., teaching new coping strategies, reducing levels of stress). The type of therapy you will receive in individual sessions will depend on your preferences and the treatment modalities of the therapist who will provide treatment for you.
Psychologists and counsellors are both mental health practitioners, typically with tertiary qualifications, and often have overlapping duties. Please visit our team page for more information on our psychologists and counsellors and their treatment and therapeutic approaches, or you can contact us by phone or email. Our highly trained intake team will gladly help you select the right therapist for your needs.
Yarra Valley Psychology & Counselling provides a wide range of services across the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria.
Psychologists are regulated mental health care professionals who are registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
They are experts in the science of the human mind and behaviour, including how people think, feel and act. Their education has prepared them to understand how a variety of factors in an individual’s life can influence thinking and behaviour. Before they can be registered as a psychologist, individuals are required to complete a minimum of six years of training . This study allows them to develop advanced communication skills, conduct and analyse research, think critically, and develop problem-solving skills in order to assist with the resolution of psychological difficulties.
Psychologists focus on clinical presentations, including the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems and psychological difficulty. Whilst these issues can range from mild to severe, psychologists often see clients who are experiencing more complex presentations. They assist individuals to understand the issues that they are facing, and subsequently provide strategies to help them resolve these difficulties. Psychological services provide a supportive and confidential environment for individuals to share their concerns, and work collaboratively with their psychologist to cope with their problems more effectively.
Although psychologists treat a wide variety of concerns, some common reasons people seek psychological services include depression, anxiety or panic attacks, grief/loss, bipolar disorder, relationship problems, trauma, intellectual/developmental disorders, chronic pain/fatigue, alcohol/substance use problems, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
In order to access psychological services you need to obtain a referral and mental health care plan (MHCP) from your GP. This allows you to access the Medicare rebate for 10 rebated sessions of psychological services per calendar year. Alternatively, you can use your NDIS funding to access therapeutic supports with one of our psychologists.
Please call our intake team on 1300 947 477 to make an appointment with a psychologist.
Registered counsellors are mental health professionals who are members of a professional body such as the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) or the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
They are specially trained to provide objective talk-based therapy through a therapeutic, collaborative and trusting relationship with clients. Counsellors are required to complete an undergraduate and/or postgraduate qualification (between 3 to 6 years), meet ongoing professional development requirements and abide by the ethical guidelines of the counselling profession. Their training in specialised interpersonal skills has prepared them to see a wide range of presenting issues and use evidence-based interventions in their sessions with clients.
Counsellors take an undirected approach, emphasising a long-term interpersonal journey. Professional counselling provides a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for collaboration between a client and counsellor, in order to increase self-awareness, develop understanding, optimise wellbeing, and resolve a range of concerns. This can range from a few sessions, to short-term or long-term duration, depending on the client’s needs.
Anyone struggling with a personal concern or challenge can seek counselling. However, some common reasons people seek counselling services include stress, anxiety, depression, workplace issues, life transitions, trauma, physical illness, grief/loss, family breakdown and self-esteem issues.
In order to access services from one of our counsellors you do not require a GP referral. You can access as many sessions as you require in the calendar year. As our counsellors are NDIS registered, you could also use your NDIS funding to access therapeutic supports.
Please call our intake team on 1300 947 477 to make an appointment with a counsellor.