Services

With a number of qualified psychologists at our practice, we have experience in a wide variety of services.

We have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and older persons for individual, couple, child and family therapy.

We provide assessment and treatment/counselling for a wide range of presenting issues including:

  • Adolescent issues (identity, depression, anxiety, peer relationships, self-esteem)
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety and panic disorder
  • Bereavement
  • Behavioural problems in children
  • Bullying
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Eating disorders
  • Goal setting and achieving
  • Hypnosis
  • Industrial accident
  • Life transition and adjustment issues
  • Men’s issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Physical health and managing chronic illness
  • Postnatal depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Rehabilitation
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Relaxation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual assault
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-harm
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Stress management
  • Stop smoking

Client type

We provide counselling for individuals, couples and families. We offer specialist counselling for children, adolescents, men and women.

Children and Psychology

Your child might be having problems getting along with their friends, their brothers and sisters, or with their mum or dad. Your child might have problems in class either with the way they act or with their feelings. Your child might be shy or they might be feeling sad, afraid or anxious. They might be going through a hard time if there has been a separation or divorce or someone close has died.

Your psychologist is experienced in talking with children.  They might use play, drawing or toys to help your child feel comfortable and help them to find a way to express what they are feeling.

Adolescents and Psychology

Psychologists can help adolescents with a range of issues. The young person might be feeling worried, sad or anxious. They might not be getting the grades they used to get. They might find they cannot concentrate so well in class. They might be fighting with other people in their lives such a family member or a friend.

Group treatment

At Central Psychology a variety of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Groups are offered throughout the year.

These Groups are run on Thursdays and include groups to assist people with Depression, Anxiety and learning new skills to improve mental health such as Mindfulness skills.

If you are interested in finding out more information on Groups, please phone Mandy on 0413 969 858.

Group therapy

Group therapy is beneficial as it provides a safe and non-judgmental space for people to share their experiences with others who may be having similar issues with their mental health. Often this is a relieving experience as people come to feel less alone.

A group atmosphere also allows learning from each other in addition to the psycho-education provided by the facilitator. The therapy groups offered at Central Psychology are limited to small group numbers which means there is enough time for participants to explore their own individual situation in a supportive environment.

The Group is facilitated by an experienced psychologist.

Medicare provides rebates for group therapy through a mental health plan from your General Practitioner. Ten group sessions are rebated in any calendar year. This is in addition to ten individual sessions.

For further information on Group therapy please contact Mandy McNaught on 0413969858.

Transport Accident Commission (TAC)

Central Psychology clinicians are approved Providers to the Transport Accident Commission. Treatment for road accident victims, both for physical and psychological injury is provided including grief and loss, Post Traumatic Stress reactions and driving phobias.

Victims of Crime

If you are a victim of crime, you might be eligible for counselling under the Victims of Crime assistance scheme.

Workers Compensation

Central Psychology clinicians are approved to provide to psychological/ counselling services to injured workers in the Victorian Workers Compensation system. We have experience working with injured workers with both physical and/or psychological injuries. Psychological support has been found to improve treatment outcomes for injured workers.

Employment Assistance Program (EAP)

Help your employees within your organisation to have:

  • Improved communication, confidence, assertiveness and initiative
  • Increased capacity to produce described results
  • Improved work relationships
  • Greater personal and professional fulfilment
  • Better health, less stress

The benefits of an EAP extend to employees, their families, co-workers and the organisation. Organisations with EAPs can experience improved performance, satisfaction, cost savings with reduction in absenteeism, improved productivity and efficiency.
We currently provide an Employment Assistance Program for several major organisations. Our EAP aims to provide employees and members of their families an opportunity to discuss and improve their work related or health related issues.

Relationship Counselling

Teresa Perri has completed a specialist course in couple therapy through Relationships Australia. Emotional connections with other people are the basis of our survival but often relationships can become fraught with difficulties and pain. Break down in relationships has been linked to the escalation in levels of depression and anxiety in our society. More and more there has been an awareness of the value of using professional support in helping repair distressed relationships. During couples counselling, the process aims to help understand, influence and repair relationships. If the rupture is impossible to repair then therapy can facilitate separation in a calmer and mutually beneficial way.

Hypnosis

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is best described as a state of focussed attention, usually accompanied by a deep state of relaxation. While in this focussed, relaxed state, people can often more easily absorb ideas and suggestions made by the practitioner to help the person develop new thoughts and behaviours to achieve their goals. In this way, many people experience hypnosis to be naturally calming, motivating and affirming.

In this relaxed state, you will always be aware of what is happening and you remain in control. Should you experience any negative feeling or concern, your trained practitioner will work with you to restore feelings of comfort and relaxation.

Hypnosis has proven effectiveness in helping people change thoughts, attitudes and behaviours. Trance can be used to work directly with the subconscious mind to modify perceptions and cognitions promoting rapid thought and behaviour change. Hypnosis is one of the more powerful methods for mental and physical relaxation, anxiety and stress control and it is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Hypnosis can be utilised with psychological, psychiatric, medical and dental issues. These include anxiety control, motivational training, attitude change, depression, eating disorders, fears and phobias, nail biting and other habit disorders such as bruxism, performance and study anxiety and enhancement and trauma counselling.

Practitioners

Anna Sfyris and Teresa Perri are experienced psychologists who offer hypnosis as an adjunct to treatment/therapy.

Anna is a Member of the Australian Society of Hypnosis. She completed post graduate studies on the use of clinical hypnosis.

Teresa has been awarded the Certificate of Completion of Clinical Hypnosis Training. She is a Member of the Australian Association of Clinical Hypnosis.

Other uses of hypnosis

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Stress management
  • Pain management
  • Grief and loss
  • Habit disorders such as smoking cessation
  • Shyness, public speaking
  • Self-esteem, confidence building
  • School refusal
  • Exam anxiety

Understanding anxiety and eating disorders

Anxiety shows itself in different ways for different people ‐ some might feel tightly strung and on edge all the time, others might worry excessively‐ impacting their ability to fall asleep easily and concentrate during the day. Some people notice it in their bodies by feeling nauseous, trembling, or tense in particular situations, and others may just notice their mind goes blank and they sort of freeze.

All these are symptoms of anxiety. Working with a psychologist can help you to better recognise and understand your particular mind and body expressions of anxiety, what it is about and learn different ways to manage and reduce your symptoms.

Did you know?

Regularly practising Mindfulness can reduce your overall arousal levels and therefore reduce the intensity of anxiety you feel.
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness means paying attention in a non‐judgmental manner to the present moment. There are many different ways to practise Mindfulness. A good way to start mindfulness is focussing your attention on the present moment by tuning into your different senses (taste, sight, smell, hearing and touch) or focussing your attention on your breath.

Mindful Eating

In our society it is very common to use food as a way of coping with difficult emotions. Some people eat more when they are feeling anxious, worried, upset or sad whereas others restrict their eating. For many people simply making eating more of a mindful activity can help with MINDLESS eating (often occurring when people overeat). You can do
this by slowing it down and being present with your food‐focussing on the taste, smell and texture as you are eating. This simple way of MINDFULLY eating can help in situations when people feel out of control with their eating.

Although this can help feel more in control of your food intake, the underlying emotions still need to be addressed. Overeating or restricting eating may seem to numb or distract from these emotions so until you address what is causing you to feel those uncomfortable emotions, you will continue to struggle with using unhealthy ways to cope.

For many people occasional “comfort eating” does not cause much of a problem. For others, using food as a way of coping can start to feel uncontrollable and begin to negatively impact your physical health. Coupled with concerns about the shape or size of your body, this unhealthy relationship with food can start to dominate your life. You may find yourself trying to control your shape or weight by also overexercising, vomiting or using laxatives. In these cases, professional help by a team including a psychologist, dietitian and your doctor and is usually needed to support people to move out of this complicated place.

Psychologist Mandy McNaught has a particular interest in working with people who experience symptoms of anxiety. She also has training and experience in helping people who struggle with how they feel about their body and use food as a way of coping with difficult emotions. She has previously worked with adults in the Eating Disorders Program at a private Melbourne psychiatric hospital and is trained to provide Family Based Therapy for adolescents with Eating Disorders.

For an appointment with Mandy, please phone 0413 969 858