Recommendations for counsellor/psychologist?

I-filed 3 August 2009 21

Any really good empathetic counsellors/psychologists anyone can recommend in Canberra?

A colleague I care about has just been through hassles with a big govt agency including Tribunal proceedings, has a version of PTSD I suspect, and could do with a debrief.

She would probably qualify for the Medicare subsidised version of treatment – I forget what it’s called.


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carolyn carolyn 5:25 pm 06 Apr 10

Clown Killer said :

Try Leigh Nomchong (02 62312569). He’s very good.

to this person
Having being a client of Leigh nomchongs untill 2006
since the went to 5 psychologists to undo the theta healing brain washing that lead to me bieng raped i think he also owes me for a reason as why he diagnosed me with histronic boarderline personailty disorder I left the public service and was nevcer able to work again thanks to him
im sorry leigh but ive now got breast cancer you cant heal that and you even tried to heal my mums parkinsons disease which cant be healed
im sorry that you totally brain washed me
and it lead to me bieng raped .

carolyn carolyn 10:45 pm 20 Feb 10

i also have been ther and done that

carolyn carolyn 10:43 pm 20 Feb 10

hi to the person that wrote this post
I have been under counselling for a long time and I see dr bruce stevens hes is good at what he does .

but i also know that the medicare subsidised version is called mental health plan

CoffinRX2 CoffinRX2 11:46 pm 03 Aug 09

Dr Bruce Stevens, Hobart Place in Civic

ant ant 10:43 pm 03 Aug 09

I-filed said :

Thanks for all the suggestions! I’ll pass them on … and yes, ant, witnessing protacted APS bullying from the sidelines (I’m in a different agency now) was dreadful, particularly when the HR department were complicit. The person concerned USED to be highly competent in their professional field.

Yep. I’ve seen it. I still don’t understand it, how people do this stuff. Or why. Weirdly, the HR people are the worst. Help your friend to get that help, or they’ll have this for years or even decades.

Anna Key Anna Key 9:59 pm 03 Aug 09

I-filed said :

Thanks for all the suggestions! I’ll pass them on … and yes, ant, witnessing protacted APS bullying from the sidelines (I’m in a different agency now) was dreadful, particularly when the HR department were complicit. The person concerned USED to be highly competent in their professional field.

Similarly, DEEWR are among the worst offenders (in my view), and they look after workplace relations and protecting employees from nasty employers

astrojax astrojax 9:27 pm 03 Aug 09

isn’t this australia? don’t mates and a pub do it any more?? (sarcasm alert)

good luck – i have heard much good of lev fridgant, at calvary specialist centre.

I-filed I-filed 9:15 pm 03 Aug 09

Thanks for all the suggestions! I’ll pass them on … and yes, ant, witnessing protacted APS bullying from the sidelines (I’m in a different agency now) was dreadful, particularly when the HR department were complicit. The person concerned USED to be highly competent in their professional field.

ant ant 8:30 pm 03 Aug 09

WanniAss said :

To get medicare subsidy I think they will need to go through their GP for a referral as part of a health plan. Otherwise private health may cover it

Wanniass is correct. Your friend needs to start with a GP, who has the option of drawing up a mental health treatment plan, which then enables your friend to access various allied health services with Medicare assistance, including psychologists, psychiatrists and other MH therapists.

You should encourage them to do this, I-filed, as from what you’ve mentioned, they’ve been through something pretty harrowing. This will help, a lot.

I-filed I-filed 6:05 pm 03 Aug 09

AngryHenry said :

If they’ve been given the arse that wouldn’t be an option? Have they been given the arse?

Yup – “performance” managed out …

AngryHenry AngryHenry 4:37 pm 03 Aug 09

jennybel75 said :

Does your workplace have an employee assistance type program? They’re good for short term counselling and will refer people on if required.

If they’ve been given the arse that wouldn’t be an option? Have they been given the arse?

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 4:16 pm 03 Aug 09

if she is a public servant, there is davidson/trahaire that they offer for counselling for ACT pubes. people I know have said they were good.

http://www.davcorp.com.au/

AngryHenry AngryHenry 3:43 pm 03 Aug 09

Holden Caulfield said :

Dr Phil?

How about the Dog Whisperer?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:08 pm 03 Aug 09

Dr Phil?

Anna Key Anna Key 12:55 pm 03 Aug 09

Just make sure they have decent credentials/qualifications. The Department of Health and Ageing’s website has the medicare details and appears to cover psychologists only.
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-medicare-health_pro-gp-pdf-allied-cnt.htm

swamiOFswank swamiOFswank 10:22 am 03 Aug 09

There’s a great psych at Effective Australia – Danielle Coleman. She’s highly recommended by members of my team who have worked with her for EAP and other longer-term issues. Effective are in the Media Monitors building around the corner from Canberra Milk.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 10:19 am 03 Aug 09

i-filed – try Susan Pellangaris at Phillip. She’s excellent.

jennybel75 jennybel75 10:02 am 03 Aug 09

Does your workplace have an employee assistance type program? They’re good for short term counselling and will refer people on if required.

Spam Box Spam Box 9:49 am 03 Aug 09

Mark Scarborough – Wanniasa – (02) 62314386

Brilliant and a nice guy.

WanniAss WanniAss 9:41 am 03 Aug 09

To get medicare subsidy I think they will need to go through their GP for a referral as part of a health plan. Otherwise private health may cover it

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