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 Psychology to 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 20 June 2022 under the Better Access Pandemic Support measure. The GP will need to complete a Mental Health Care Plan prior to the initial psychology appointment. We will need to have a copy of this 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 review their Mental Health Care Plan throughout the year, as instructed by their GP and psychologist.
For clients who do not have a 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 nonattendance fee.
Our Local Clinical Psychologist
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 (psychology and Counselling)
Dayna welcomes diversity and has experience working across the lifespan seeing children, adolescents and adults presenting with a range of complex mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, adjustment disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also works with clients experiencing issues that impact their well-being such as stress, transitions, separation/divorce, parenting difficulties, relationship difficulties as well as sexuality and gender related concerns.
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.
B.A. (Psych) Grad. Dip. (Psych) Assoc. MAPS
Masters in Therapeutic Arts
Jackie has experience working in not-for-profit organisations, community health settings and private practice. Her clinical areas of expertise include managing mood disorders, anxiety and phobias, stress, grief, separation and divorce, adjustment issues, trauma related disorders and parenting strategies.
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 Psych (Hons), Masters (Ed & Dev)
Loren is an experienced Psychologist who specialises in the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Social, Family/Parenting issues, Sleep problems, Behavioural issues, Youths/children, Disordered eating and Stress/Adjustment issues.
She has a special interest in anxiety and young people, and is passionate about providing informed, holistic, and personalized treatment grounded in evidence based practice.
BASc (Psych./Ling.) Post Grad. Dip. Psych., Assoc. MAPS
Bridget is a registered psychologist who is committed to working from the biopsychosocial model. She is passionate about helping clients understand the mind–body connection to then work towards developing their confidence to cope independently. Bridget works with clients presenting with issues relating to Depression, Anxiety, stress, grief, life transitions and adjustments to health changes.