Psychology

Psychologists in Cranbourne and Croydon

Psychologists are trained professionals who understand thought patterns, emotions and people’s ‘head space’ in general, and have techniques and strategies that they can use and teach you in order to live a more balanced and empowered life with a more positive frame of mind. They can also help you to overcome difficult life circumstances and can help you develop strategies to relate better to yourself or others
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Psychologists Cranbourne

Fiona Lian HealthMint Medical Centre Psychologist

Fiona Lian

General Psychologist

Fiona is a registered psychologist with Post Graduate qualification in Counselling
Psychology. She is also a qualified Family Therapist. She received her training both
in Singapore as well as in Australia.
She has 20 years of counselling experience and exhibits passion in her work with
children, youth, individuals, couples and families in various schools and
communities.

Fiona uses evidence-based strategies (namely CBT,EFT, SFBT and ACT) for
multicultural diverse clients experiencing a range of issues:
. Anxiety and depression
. Body self-image issues, Eating disorders
. Personality Disorders
. Addictions, drug/alcohol issues
. Family relationship conflict
. School bullying
. Trauma, abuse and stress related disorders
. Phobias
. Learning disabilities namely ADHD, Asperger Syndrome
. Grief and Loss
She is also multilingual being most fluent in English and Mandarin.

Fiona offers both Clinic-Based as well as Telehealth Counselling.

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Sera Elmasri HealthMint Medical Centre Psychologist

Sera Elmasri

General Psychologist

Note: Sera is only seeing select patients via telehealth as of May 2021

Sera has over 20 years experience in the field and specialises in the assessment and treatment of: ⁠

• Trauma – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorders⁠
• Anxiety and Panic Disorders – including social anxiety⁠
• Depression (Episodic as well as chronic)⁠
• Stress Management and Relaxation Training⁠
• Self Esteem⁠
• Work related stress and performance⁠

Sera has worked extensively with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. ⁠
She is currently completing a Masters in Applied Positive⁠
Psychology and enjoys developing strength based approaches to improving wellbeing.

Watch Sera introduce herself here

Psychologists Croydon

Graham Psychology at HealthMint

Graham Psychology is a boutique service who offer a range of psychology services including:

Treatment for Stress, Anxiety and Depression​ | Sport psychology | Trauma counselling | Child and adolescent counselling | Autism (behavioural assessments and programs) | Anger management | Workcover referrals, NDIS and TAC claims | Employee resilience counselling | Grief and loss | Relationship counselling | Parenting advice | Addiction counselling | Eating disorders | Child Psychology | Corporate Services | Vocational Assessment | Supervision

For more information and to book an appointment visit here

Meet the Graham Psychology team below:

Psychologist - Nadia Ha

Nadia Ha

Psychologist ​​BPsychSc, GradDipProfPsych, MProfPsych

Nadia is a registered Psychologist with a background in school settings and community not-for-profit mental health. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults presenting with (but not limited to) stress, anxiety, depression, social/peer conflict, relationship/adjustment issues, skills training, and academic/work-related concerns.

She works collaboratively alongside her clients to determine an appropriate course of action to best support their individual needs. Her eclectic treatment style utilises evidence-based approaches from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She is inclusive of supporting all aged clients and welcomes assisting people from diverse backgrounds.

Psychologist - Genevieve Abbott

Genevieve Abbott

Psychologist BPsychSc, GradDipProfPsych, MProfPsych

Genevieve has experience using a variety of evidence based therapeutic techniques and tailors her approach to the individual needs of her clients. Genevieve works primarily with adults and has experience with a variety of different presentations including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, personality disorders and trauma.

Genevieve aims to provide a respectful and safe environment that is conducive to helping clients gain a greater understanding of themselves and their environment while empowering them to develop effective skills to help improve their well-being.

Psychologist - Erin Serong

Erin Serong

BAppSci (Health Sciences) & GradDipPsy

Erin has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, youth and community mental health. She welcomes referrals for young people (16yo+) and adults.

Erin has experience supporting people presenting to therapy with a range of concerns including low self-esteem, emotion management, stress and adjustment, mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, & trauma. She draws from a range of evidence-based therapies including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.

Erin is a thoughtful and empathic therapist. She is passionate about providing people with a safe space to explore their experiences, foster deeper self-understanding, and to draw on their inner strengths & evidence-based therapies so that they can fulfil their innate potential and live a life that they consider most meaningful.

Psychology FAQ

Will I Receive a Medicare or a Private Health Insurance Rebate When I See a Psychologist?

Medicare

If you have a referral from a GP for a Mental Health Treatment Plan you will be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate of approximately $126.50 (for a clinical psychologist) and $86.15 (for a general psychologist) per session for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. Note that Medicare updates the rebatable amount every year and this is accurate as of March 2021. Additionally, due to COVID-19 the government has extended the psychology sessions available to 20 per calendar year.

For more information about Mental Health and Medicare from Services Australia click here

Private Health Insurance

If you have private health insurance that includes psychological counselling as extras cover you may be eligible for a partial rebate. It is recommended that you contact your individual insurance provider for further information about your individual coverage.

How Will  I Know Whether I am Eligible for the Medicare Rebate?

You will need to make an appointment with your GP who will assess whether you are eligible for a Mental Health Treatment Plan. A Mental Health Treatment Plan will enable you to claim a Medicare rebate per session for a maximum of ten sessions per calendar year.

To be able to claim the Medicare rebate for your session you will need to bring a copy of your Mental Health Treatment Plan to your first appointment with your psychologist.

 

Do I Need a Referral to See a Psychologist?

No, you do not need a referral. You can make an appointment with a psychologist without a referral from your GP or a psychiatrist. If you decide to do this you will need to pay the full amount for your sessions out of your own pocket.

 

How Long are Sessions with a Psychologist?

At HealthMint Medical Centre, sessions are generally 50 minutes long.

 

Do all Psychologists assess and treat the same concerns/presentations? 

Our HealthMint psychologists specialise in various areas. Some psychologists may assess, diagnose and treat certain concerns that others don’t. They are trained in a variety of treatment techniques but may specialise in treating certain disorders or working with certain populations.

For a list of areas of specialisations for HealthMint psychologists, please view the bios above.

 

Is it really awkward to see a Psychologist?

It shouldn’t be – but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel nervous or apprehensive beforehand. That is totally normal. The first step in meeting with a practitioner is for them to help you feel comfortable and at ease once you meet them. Our practitioners understand that more often than not you may be nervous and not sure what to expect from a Psychologist. Discussing personal issues can be confronting and our practitioners encourage you to take your time as it is important that you feel comfortable. Part of the therapeutic journey is focusing on problem solving and assisting you to move forward. If you want, self-care practices such as deep breathing and meditation can be practiced during your session.

 

What kind of therapies do the Psychologists at HealthMint use?

Our Psychologists use tools such as Emotion Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to assist patients with their mental health. CBT is a therapy that focuses on how we think and behave and how sometimes we can get stuck – so by making some adjustments we can experience improvements in our outlook and wellbeing.
They can also go through self-care practices such as deep breathing and meditation in the session if this is something you want.

Our patients tell us that they feel comfortable and at ease once they have met with us. More often than not they are nervous and not sure what to expect from a Psychologist. We use tools such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to assist patients with their mental health. It is a therapy that focuses on how we think and behave and how sometime we can get stuck and by making some adjustments we can experience improvements in our outlook and wellbeing.