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Individuals, Couples and Families

Individuals, Couples and Families

Your wellness is our priority

From time to time, obstacles arise that prevent us from becoming the person, family or couple that we strive to be. The practitioners at VCPS are here to help you manage these obstacles. We are committed to assisting you to know your goals and will work with you to identify the pathways to assist you understand yourself better and manage your difficulties. Our practitioner team consists of dedicated, highly experienced individuals who treat a wide range of issues, Whatever your needs, we are here to help.

We are psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and general practitioners who specialise in mental health and who provide caring, confidential and professional assistance to individuals, couples, families, organistions and schools.

We are available to help you manage and resolve a range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationships, stress, anger management, addictions, life direction and more.

We provide services for a wide range of issues including:

  • Depression
  • Post-natal depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sleep issues, insomnia
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Lifestyle issues
  • Stress
  • Eating disorders
  • Gambling and addictions
  • Grief and loss
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Relationship counselling
  • Pain management

Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health Services

We provide assessment and treatment for children and young people, and their families and carers. We work closely with multidisciplinary team members to help promote psychological adjustment of children and their families.

The issues we provide assistance with include:

  • Behavioural problems: Refusal to attend school, poor self-control, drug and alcohol abuse, behaviour which is dangerous to themselves or others, lying, stealing and aggressive behaviour.
  • Emotional problems: Trauma reactions, stress, anxiety, depression, tantrums, suicidal thoughts, extreme anger outbursts.
  • Relationship problems: Social withdrawal, family conflict, poor peer relationships (including bullying)
  • Developmental problems: Social skills, learning, attention, concentration and play difficulties.
  • Health and wellbeing problems: Disturbed eating or sleeping patterns, poor self-care, self-injury, physical symptoms indicating emotional distress.
  • Other psychological problems: Hallucinations (voices and visions that no-one else can experience), delusions (false beliefs), seeming to be out of touch with reality, paranoia (overly suspicious), habitual and obsessive behaviour.

Our practitioners use a variety of techniques according to a young person’s needs, including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, play therapy, family and parenting work, group work, work with parent/s and child together, and individual psychotherapy. Our work with a client can be short-term (six sessions) or long-term, depending upon the goals identified.

If necessary, we work in collaboration with all of the systems relevant to a young person (including their immediate environment, their family, school, work place or other agencies involved).


Relationship and Family Counselling

Relationship counselling provides a supportive environment in which you can explore the issues and barriers occurring within your relationship or family. Our practitioners assist people to work through identified issues using communication, listening and problem solving skills.


Psychiatric Assessment & Treatment

Our psychiatrists, Dr Peter Wigg and Dr Dennis Shum are available to provide assessments and treatment for adult clients, and and Dr Matthew Shaw provides assessment and treatement for children and adolescents.

As a qualified medical practitioner, a psychiatrist brings to the treatment of psychological disturbance a knowledge of:
- physical illnesses, some of which may cause, aggravate or interact with psychological disorder
- physical and pharmacological treatments, including the pharmacological treatment of psychological disorder
- physical disorders which may occasionally result from psychological disorders and their treatment.

A psychiatrist is qualified to prescribe medication as either the main treatment or in addition to psychological treatment (ie. counselling/therapy), and is also qualified to recognise the presence of accompanying physical illness and its relationship, if any, to the patient’s psychological problem. In particular, a psychiatrist who practises psychotherapy is likely to be experienced in the judicious combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in the treatment of the same condition.


Psychological Assessment & Neuropsychological Assessment

We provide a variety of psychological assessments and reports where appropriate, including comprehensive neuropsychological assessments conducted by our Clinical Neuropsychology team. A clinical neuropsychologist has specialised training in understanding how the brain works, and how our thinking, personality and behaviour are affected from brain functioning. People usually see a clinical neuropsychologist when they have difficulties with concentration, memory or other thinking skills and when these difficulties interfere with their learning, social interaction or other aspects of everyday life. Please enquire about services that may be relevant to your situation.


General Practitioner Mental Health Treatment Plans

We have two general practitioners working with our team. Dr Effie Frangoulis and Dr Andrew Kinsella. They provide comprehensive services to support patients seeking an assessment of the physical, psychological and social issues relating to their health overall. Patients can see our GP initially for a health assessment which includes a taking a detailed history, gaining an understanding of current problems, general physical checkup, and if required, certain blood tests and/or other investigations. Our GP can also provide Mental Health Treatment Plans and initiate referrals for psychology and psychiatry services. Where medication is required, our GP and/or Psychiatrist will be included in your treatment care program if you do not have a regular GP.


Coaching

Our practitioners provide coaching and mentoring to help you develop and work towards goals, manage difficult situations or crises, and to build motivation and self-efficacy.


Vocational Guidance

We utilise vocational assessment tools and mentoring approaches to assist people in determining a suitable career path or career change, return to work after an absence, or to develop and work towards career goals. Our practitioners have experience in Human Resource Management and Organisational Psycholgoy to assist you discover and work towards your career aspirations.


To make an appointment with one of our practitioners click here or phone (03) 9419 7172

Make contact with us today and we will assist you to make a positive change in your life! To make an appointment today with one of our practitioners, simply click here or phone (03) 9419 7172.