What We Do

Career Management

At Links Psychology our approach to career management draws on expertise in a range of disciplines including vocational assessment, human resource development, and life coaching and change management.

A collaborative working relationship with a Links Psychologist will enable clients to manage career and career-related problems more effectively, bringing about beneficial life-work changes, making career decisions by recognizing and developing a person’s existing resources, and building confidence to follow their own judgement and dreams.

Counselling

Counselling is a type of individual therapy that helps clients deal with psychological issues. Psychologists use professional listening skills, therapeutic dialogue and expert insight to explore solutions with clients. We offer a range of psychological and counselling services including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy and group workshops and seminars.

How We Can Help

At Links Psychology we counsel individuals, couples and families who are experiencing psychological distress or seeking psychological advice and insight.

Making An Appointment

Making an appointment to see one of our highly qualified psychologists is easy. Call our expert team at our head office on (03) 9378 8559 or email us. Our office hours are 9:00am - 6:00pm.

Medico-Legal Psychological Assessments & Court Reports

Links Psychology provides independent psychological assessment as well as treatment services for forensic and legal matters. Mr. Harvey Abbott has a Masters Degree in Psychology awarded at Swinburne University and is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society with a keen interest in forensic matters.  Harvey has a good understanding of the court processes, procedures and the relevant Victorian legislation. He has significant experience in writing reports for the courts including pre-sentencing reports and reports for the Court Diversion Program. Mr. Abbott has an ongoing commitment to the provision of psychological services to forensic client groups, which are likely to achieve the best possible rehabilitative outcome for the client, while satisfying the requirements for social justice. In particular, the early identification and appropriate interventions for individual at risk of ongoing offending (such as youth and individuals with mental illness) is an area of particular interest. He also has a specific interest in providing general risk assessments and specific sexual and violence risk assessment. Harvey can also provide expert opinion and court reports on forensic psychological matters. Harvey maintains his clinical and forensic expertise through ongoing inter-disciplinary professional development.

Reports 

A Medico-legal Psychological report is a detailed report that can assist with legal cases, compensation claims and disputes. Reports can be provided to meet the protocols of Workcover, workplace applications, TAC, Victims of Crime Referral and Assistance Tribunal, Medicare and the Legal system. Reports can address specific concerns that you may have and generally include:

  • History
  • Presenting problems
  • Factors contributing to presenting problems such as:
  • Coping style
  • Unhelpful thoughts
  • The appropriateness of current treatment(s)
  • Responses of significant others
  • Any perceived barriers to recovery and/or return to work
  • Impression and diagnosis according to criteria outlined in DSM-IV, and
  • Recommendations.

Cost of Medico-legal reports

The Psychologist will conduct an interview and assessment typically over 3 - 5 consultations, each session is one hour in duration.  During these sessions the Psychologist will conduct a face-to-face interview, administer several specific psychometric questionnaires and finally review any related documents and correspondence.  It is not possible to conduct all of these sessions over Telehealth. 

A comprehensive report is subsequently written.  The Medico Legal reports are charged at an hourly rate (plus GST). The whole process is usually conducted over 4-6 weeks.  If the matter requires a shorter timeframe please let us know as alternative options may be discussed.