Psychology is the science of behaviour and mind, embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought. It is an academic discipline and a social science which seeks to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases.
At The Neighbourhood Clinic we provide Clinical Psychology and general Psychology services to Fitzroy North, Fitzroy, Carlton North, Carlton, Abbotsford, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Northcote, Thornbury, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Preston and Fairfield.
Most of our psychology clients are referred by their General Practitioner, via a Mental Health Care Plan.
A Mental Health Care Plan provides Medicare subsidised psychologist appointments. Clients with a plan are eligible to receive Medicare rebates for up to ten appointments per calendar year, plus a further 10 appointments per calendar year until 31 December 2022 under the Better Access Pandemic Support measure. The GP will need to complete a Mental Health Care Plan and psychology referral prior to the initial psychology appointment. We will need to have a copy of the referral on file before the initial psychology appointment, to enable the rebate to be claimed. Clients will need to have further appointments with their GP to obtain new referrals and review their Mental Health Care Plan throughout the year, as instructed by their GP and psychologist.
For clients who do not have a referral and Mental Health Care Plan, a rebate may be able to be claimed from their Private Health Insurance Fund.
Our Reception team can arrange to claim your eligible rebate after you have attended and paid for each appointment.
Each session lasts for approximately 50 minutes. If you are late, your consultation may still finish at the scheduled time, to be fair to other clients.
If you would like to change or cancel your appointment, 24 hours notice is required. If you do not cancel your appointment within this time period (or fail to attend) you may incur a $90 non-attendance fee.
Your Local Clinical Psychologists
DR CAROLYN DEANS
PhD (Uni Melb) DPsych (Clin) (ANU)MAPS
Dr. Carolyn Deans is a clinical psychologist with a focus on life transitions, recovery from trauma, and men’s health. Her specialisation is in resilience mechanisms following significant life events. She has significant experience with military, veteran and emergency services personnel. She has also worked with older adults and in men’s and women’s health settings, including in perinatal mental health.
BSc, MSc, Licensed psychotherapist, MAPS
Hanna is a registered psychologist trained in a range of evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy and Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy.
She understands that opening up about yourself is not an easy thing and aims to provide a warm, welcoming and non-judgmental environment. Hanna sees clients who experience anxiety, depression, trauma, stress related issues, grief and loss, difficulties adjusting to life changes, self-esteem problems and relationship issues.
DR PAVITRA ARAN
PhD, MAppPsych (Clin Psych), BA Honours (Psych)
Pav is known for bringing warmth and humour to her sessions. She sees adults and adolescents experiencing a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, family and relationship conflict, and trauma. Pav uses an integrative approach, drawing from evidence-based therapies including CBT, schema therapy, and internal family systems.
Chandra works to create a safe and collaborative therapeutic space for meaningful change to occur. She has experience supporting clients through anxiety and depression, exposure to trauma, grief and loss, ill health and major life transitions. She uses evidence-based therapeutic models, including cognitive behavioural therapy, flexibly drawing from different modalities to suit the needs and personality of the individual.
BA(Hons), GradDipPsych, BAppSc(Psych)(Hons), MProfPsych, MAPS
Emma is a registered psychologist who works with adult clients and young people aged 12 and up. Emma has experience working with diverse client groups in a range of settings. Prior to starting at TNC Emma worked in the community sector, providing individual and family counselling to young people and adults experiencing mental health issues and relationship conflict.
Emma is trained in techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Schema Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR).
BA, BSc (Hons) Psych, M Couns, MAPS
Linda works with client issues including anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, life transitions and adjustments, self-esteem, relationships and personal growth work. Linda’s work is influenced by the humanistic approach with its focus on working with her clients authentically, collaboratively and respectfully in the therapeutic relationship.