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Recommendations for counsellor/psychologist?

By 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.

What’s Your opinion?


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Recommendations for counsellor/psychologist?
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 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 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 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 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 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 3:43 pm 03 Aug 09

Holden Caulfield said :

Dr Phil?

How about the Dog Whisperer?

Holden Caulfield 2:08 pm 03 Aug 09

Dr Phil?

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 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 10:19 am 03 Aug 09

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

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 9:49 am 03 Aug 09

Mark Scarborough – Wanniasa – (02) 62314386

Brilliant and a nice guy.

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

Clown Killer 9:29 am 03 Aug 09

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

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