Melbourne Clinical Psychologist
Melbourne has many different psychology practices available for people living in and around the city, who are struggling with their mental and emotional health. As a result, when it comes to finding a professional clinical psychologist, Melbourne residents seeking help can be confident that they won’t have to look too far.
Although help and support is available, many people ignore their struggles or tolerate them, before deciding to book an appointment with a psychologist.
While it’s inevitable that grief, stress and periods of low mood are a part of everyone’s lives from time to time, if symptoms persist and impact everyday life, it may be time to consider professional help. Depending on your mental health issues, it may be suitable to seek support with one of the local experts in clinical psychology Melbourne has to offer.
So if you’ve been experiencing ongoing feelings of depression, anxiety, stress or low self-esteem, or you’ve been struggling with substance abuse or an eating disorder, be sure to take action – and rest assure that effective, evidence-based treatments are not far away.
How to Choose a Clinical Psychologist
One of the experts in clinical psychology Melbourne has available will be able to help you improve your mental health. Clinical psychologists can treat a range of issues, including:
- working through grief associated with the loss of someone you love,
- dealing with trauma and PTSD,
- dealing with a recent diagnosis of a chronic or terminal illness,
- overcoming sleep problems,
- overcoming phobias,
- anxiety and depression,
- eating disorders and poor body image,
- low self-esteem,
- or, dealing with relationship difficulties
Once you’ve decided to work with a clinical psychologist, you’ll need to choose which clinic or practitioner you would like to consult. To do this, it’s worth remembering that different clinics (and practitioners) often have different areas of treatment focus – for example, some may focus on addiction treatment, while others may focus on depression treatment.
It’s also a good idea to think about what your personal preferences are in a psychologist. For example, most teenagers prefer to talk to younger psychologists, whom they can easily relate. It is also common, for example, to wish to speak to a psychologist from the same sex.
Here at Peaceful Mind Psychology, we have a highly regarded team of young, female psychologists, most of who have focused their professional training in clinical psychology. All of our psychologists are experienced and highly skilled in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for a range of mental health issues. We are highly competent in the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, sleep problems, low self-esteem, dealing with chronic health issues and addiction.
Unlike many clinics, we are also able to treat eating disorders and body images issues in clients of all ages. We are well trained in the latest treatment approaches for eating disorders. We also offer help and support to family members.
Are you Looking for a Clinical Psychologist in Melbourne?
Peaceful Mind Psychology has a range of Melbourne clinical psychologists, who work across different areas of mental health, including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, eating disorders and low self-esteem. Our psychologists are all warm and caring, making the experience of therapy as comfortable as possible.
What’s the Difference Between a Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist?
Most people wouldn’t think there’s a difference at all, but actually, there are some small differences in the type of training each professional has undergone.
Before we go any further it’s important to highlight that you can have a psychologist who treats the same types of clients as does a clinical psychologist, and vice versa. You can also have a psychologist who practises in the same way as does a clinical psychologist. A lot of what defines a psychologist is not in their title, but rather in their experiences, mentorship and own interests.
However, at a postgraduate level of training there is a slight difference in the course of clinical psychology compared to other areas of psychology (e.g. educational and development, neuropsychology, counselling psychology and health psychology). In particular, our Melbourne-based clinical psychology focuses slightly more on the diagnostic and assessment component of mental health. The course prepares students for working in hospital environments where patients may be acutely or severely unwell.
The only other distinguishable difference that lies between a psychologist and clinical psychologist is the Medicare rebate. To see a psychologist under a mental healthcare plan prepared by your GP, the rebate is $84.80. Whereas, to see a clinical psychologist, the rebate is $124.50. In saying that, most psychologists (clinical or not) adjust their fees to close the gap between seeing a psychologist versus clinical psychologist.
How to Find a Clinical Psychologist in Melbourne
If you’re searching for someone in Melbourne with clinical psychology training, you may need to look past the title of “psychologist” and into the type of training received. That is, there are many psychologists in Melbourne who have been trained in postgraduate clinical psychology, but who are not called “clinical psychologists”. To become a clinical psychologist, you need to complete a 2-year registrar program that further develops your skills.
At Peaceful Mind Psychology, we have clinical psychologists and psychologists who are trained in clinical psychology in their registrar program. We also have psychologists, who have been trained in health psychology, counselling psychology, and educational and development. We believe it’s important that our team is diverse, so we can cater for each individual who walks in our door.
Our team of Melbourne clinical psychologists and psychologists maintain a high professional standard of practise and are all conscientious and goal-orientated. We are also caring and warm and collaborate with our clients to create positive change.
It can be difficult to find a psychologist that is right for you. However, our Melbourne psychology clinic makes it easy for you: We personally match you with with one of our lovely and professional Melbourne psychologists based on your needs and personality. We also offer psychologists who are professionally trained in cognitive behavioral therapy for binge eating, clinical psychology, anxiety counselling and psychologists specialising in children and adolescents.
How to Become a Client of Peaceful Mind Psychology
Our clinic is located directly opposite Malvern Central Shopping Centre on Wattletree Road in Armadale. We’re really close to parking and public transport. It is really easy to find us, and we’re always happy to welcome new clients to our cosy practice.
If you’d like to book an appointment, you can call us today on 1300 766 870 or send us an email via our online enquiry form.