Our Services

At Your Local Psychologist we know that it can be difficult and takes courage to reach out and contact us.

We hope that the following information may be helpful to your understanding about what to expect in psychology sessions, how payment and fees work, and how to find out more information and book an appointment.

Our Services

Our Specialisations

We work with adults, children, adolescents, families & couples in the following areas:

Addictions

Physical or psychological need to do, take or use something to the point where it could be harmful to you and those around you.

Adjustment Issues

Emotional or behavioural issues that develop in response to a stressful life event, that creates marked distress or significant impairment.

Anxiety

Excessive worry and anxious feelings that do not easily go away. The worries are ongoing over many months, it feels difficult to control the worrying, and it is often associated with difficulty concentrating, fatigue, irritability, sleep disturbance, and restlessness.

Bipolar Disorder

Episodes of extreme changes in mood, from depressive/low mood with unusually low energy​ to an elevated manic or irritable/ high mood with unusually high energy.

Bullying

When someone uses strength or influence to intimidate someone. We work with ​both aggressor and victim.

Chronic Health Conditions

A health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects, such as asthma, diabetes or heart conditions, and requires​ some type of ongoing management.

Chronic or Persistent Pain

Physical pain that persists beyond the normal healing time, in which the nerves continue to signal pain even after the body has healed. Usually,​ this is for pain that has been experienced for greater than six months.

Coaching

A process that facilitates sustainable behaviour change by challenging a client to develop their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their goals into action, so they are powerfully moving forward in life.

Couples Therapy

Two people in a relationship who would like to gain insight into their relationship, resolve conflicts, and improve communication and satisfaction.

Depression & Mood

Intense feelings of sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, or low mood for most of the day, nearly every day, for a defined period of time, sometimes without apparent reasons or causes.

Eating Disorders & Body Image

A range of issues related to abnormal or disturbed eating habits, unhelpful and excessive exercising, and ways that the person sees their body.

Emotional and Behavioural Issues

Difficulties managing feelings and behaviours that negatively impacts on a person’s interactions and ability to function well.

Forensic Psychology

Issues related to legal or criminal matters.

Family Issues/Breakdown

Having difficulties communicating, unable to resolve problems or listen to each other, and unable to resolve conflicts within a family unit or group.

Grief & Bereavement or Loss

A range of intense feelings following a loss that are causing difficulties in a person’s ability to function normally in life, which may include the loss of a person or other losses such as loss of a job, a pet, health, or objects.

Health & Lifestyle Issues

Focusing on how your lifestyle can impact on your health and vise versa. Looking at issues such as sleep, obesity, smoking, risky behaviours, medication adherence, and drug and alcohol consumption.

Obsessive Compulsive Issues

Obsessions are recurrent or persistent unwanted thoughts, urges or images while compulsions are repetitive behaviours or mental acts that an individual feels compelled to act on. Can include body dysmorphia, hoarding, hair pulling, and skin-picking.

Panic Attacks

A sudden feeling of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes and can include a fear of losing control or dying, as well as physical sensations such as sweating, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, shaking, etc.

Parenting Strategies

Ways of exploring what parenting is and how to adjust your approach towards raising and training your child/ children to make it work for everyone.

Perinatal/Postnatal Issues

Issues of low mood, stress, and anxiety before and during pregnancy, and within the first year of parenthood, which includes post-natal depression, fertility issues, and loss.

Personality Disorders

Aspects of your personality functioning and pathological personality traits that can cause you, or those around you, intense distress.

Phobias

An extreme of irrational fear of or aversion to an object or a situation, and is avoided or endured with intense fear or anxiety. For example, dogs, spiders, snakes, needles, types of foods, blood, and heights.

Psychosis

A condition in which a person loses the capacity to determine what’s real and what is not real, the person may believe or sense things that aren’t real and can become slow or confused in their thinking.

School Refusal & Reluctance

Refusal/reluctance to attend school due to emotional distress.

Self Esteem & Confidence

How a person feels about one’s own worth or abilities.

Sexual Abuse

Undesired sexual behaviour by one person upon another, which is often perpetrated by using force or by taking advantage of another.

Sexualised Issues

Sexual behaviours that can be characterised as abnormal for the person’s age or developmental capacity, or that are compulsive, excessive or degrading, including abuse, offending, fetishism, and problem behaviours.

Sleep Issues

Disturbances in sleep that include having trouble getting to sleep, poor quality sleep, staying asleep, waking up very early, not being able to get back to sleep, and are issues that continue beyond what is normally expected in sleep patterns.

Social Anxiety

An intense fear of being judged or evaluated negatively by other people, which impacts on the person’s ability to socialise and participate in life events.

Social & Emotional Concerns

Difficulties in recognising and expressing feelings in an appropriate way, as well as difficulties in interacting with others. Concerns may be focussed on sensitivity, intensity, perfectionism, expectations, and underachievement.

Stress Management

Techniques and education aimed at controlling a person’s level of stress, especially chronic stress, with the purpose of improving everyday functioning and physical health.

Substance Abuse

A pattern of using a harmful substance for mood-altering​ purposes that can be detrimental to relationships, functioning and health of the individual.

Trauma (PTSD)

Witnessing or experiencing a deeply distressing or disturbing experience in life that results in distressing memories or dreams, flashbacks, or intense distress, which impacts on coping or functioning in everyday life.

Workplace Issues

Where the workplace environment can lead to decreased performance/productivity, issues of bullying and harassment, there may have been terminations, or some kind of decreased satisfaction and stress at work.

Our Services

Booking an Appointment

Our psychologists see clients by appointment only. It is important that we first establish what your needs are so that you receive the right help with the right person.

The fastest way to make an appointment with us is via our online form. Fill out all of the details to help speed up your request and we will be able to get back to you ASAP with appointment availability and costs.

You can also get in touch with our office via email or phone, please see the details on the Contact Us page for more information.

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible.

Our psychologists make every effort to keep their appointments on schedule.

Emergencies do occasionally arise however, and sometimes a delay is unavoidable. When this happens, we do all we can to minimise the inconvenience. 

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To speed up the process of getting an appointment with one of our psychologists, please fill out our online form by clicking the button below.

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What to Expect

Professional

Our psychologists are qualified, skilled and knowledgeable; it means they are reliable, up-to-date and maintain expected psychological and ethical standards

Caring

Being respectful, showing kindness and concern for you as a person, going above and beyond when needed

Effective

Working with people to get results, make changes, and to obtain the best outcome possible

Sessions are usually 50-60 minutes in duration.

Initially, the psychologist will usually spend some time finding out about who you are, what your needs are, and how you would like things to be different. Once this has been understood, we then facilitate a process for change. This may include providing you with some tools and strategies, as well as some education and learning. You can count on us to be understanding, supportive, and non-judgemental throughout this entire process.

The number of sessions that you may see a psychologist for can vary substantially, depending on your needs. However, on average, we may see people for around 6 to 10 sessions at a time. Sometimes less, sometimes more. It all depends on you and your needs.

How often you attend can vary but in general, it can be helpful to see someone once a week or fortnight initially, then as you are coping better, and have the tools and skills needed, sessions may be decreased to monthly or less frequently over time. Our aim is to show you more helpful ways of managing challenges so that you have the tools to cope for yourself.

Because we are all so unique, and our needs are so varied, it important to discuss this with your psychologist so that a plan is developed together that best suits you and your needs.

Click here to read the APS Charter to learn more about what you can expect from our psychologists

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Fees & Payments

Our fees are variable depending on your circumstances, so it is best to discuss this at the time of booking the appointment.

There are several ways that you may be referred to a psychologist and your circumstances may impact on the fee that you pay.  

It is best to discuss your needs and circumstances at the time of booking to determine what your eligibility is and what would work best for you. 

Payments may be made using Credit Card, EFTPOS, or Cash and are to be paid at the completion of each session. If you are eligible for a Medicare plan, rebates can be processed at the time of payment.

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Our psychologists may see people under:
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Medicare

Under a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) or a Chronic Disease Plan (CDP).

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TAC

Following approval for psychological sessions.

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Work Safe

Following approval for psychological sessions.

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Veterans & Veterans family Counselling Service (VVCS)

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Health Insurance

For those that have psychological services included.

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Private Client

You may self refer and be a private client.

Diamond Creek and Ivanhoe Psychology & Counselling Services

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Our Clinics:

Your Local Psychologist
Suite 1/ 68 Main Hurstbridge Rd
Diamond Creek 3089

Your Local Psychologist
Level 1/1065 Heidelberg Rd
Ivanhoe VIC 3079

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Your Local Psychologist
PO Box 380
Diamond Creek 3089

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