What We Do

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 - 8:00pm.

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.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy tends to focus on resolving long-standing, ‘deeper’ concerns. These may be feelings, patterns, behaviours or attitudes that have troubled a person in all aspects of their daily life for many years.

Psychological Risk Assessments and Court Reports

Providing best-practice psychology intervention & assessment

Links Psychology provides independent psychological assessment as well as treatment services for forensic and legal matters. 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 a good understanding of relevant Victorian legislation. He has significant experience in writing reports for the courts including pre-sentencing reports, and reports for the Court Diversion Program. Harvey 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.

 

Group Counselling

Some problems are better managed when people get support from others in a similar situation. In such cases we may recommend counseling in groups of 3 to 5 participants.

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.

Medicare

From November 1st 2006 certain services provided by clinical psychologists will attract a rebate through the federal government’s Medicare system. This is a major enhancement for the national mental health system that will significantly improve access for any person to effective and relevant services for common issues such as depression and anxiety. For further information contact our office.

Psychological Assessment

Psychological assessment measures such things as personality, career aptitudes, personal strengths, intellectual and other abilities. In children and adolescents psychological assessment is helpful in understanding school problems and to assist in career guidance. It is also used to manage career and life transitions.

EAP

Links Psychology EAP’s comprise a wide range of individual and group interventions. An EAP is a customised counselling and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program for the staff of participating organizations.With experience in private industry, the government sector and the emergency services, our expertise is in tailoring a program best suited to your company's particular needs. Our strength is in identifying areas that require intervention and implementing on-going, effective programs.

EAP’s are funded by organizations at no cost to their staff. Staff members may contact us in confidence, or be referred by their organizations. Counselling and CISM are usually conducted off-site and, if convenient, outside work hours. EAP’s are valuable whenever there are critical incidents (accidents, natural disasters, serious misconduct etc.), performance issues, staff burnout, conflict and management difficulties. 

EAP’s offer benefits to all parties:

  • Enhanced productivity, job satisfaction and morale
  • Reduced turnover, absenteeism and conflict
  • Improved staff relations
  • Increased customer satisfaction

Reports

Reports 

A Medico-legal 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, TAC, the Victims of Crime Referral and Assistance Service, 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 Medico Legal reports are charged at the APS recommended hourly rate (plus GST). This includes a a minimum three sessions which are each 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.  A comprehensive report is subsequently written.

Our Services

Counselling

 
We offer a range of psychological and counselling services including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy and group workshops and seminars.

 

Group Counselling

 
Some problems are better managed when people get support from others in a similar situation.

 

Psychotherapy

 
Psychotherapy tends to focus on resolving long-standing, ‘deeper’ concerns. These may be feelings, patterns, behaviours or attitudes that have troubled a person in all aspects of their daily life for many years.

 

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.

 

Medicare

 
Medicare rebate is available for GP Mental Health Care Plans (GPMHP) and Enhanced Primary Care Plans (EPC), also known as Chronic Disease Management Plans (CDM). 

 

Psychological Assessment

 
Psychological assessment measures such things as personality, career aptitudes, personal strengths, intellectual and other abilities.

 

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

 
Links Psychology provides EAP at each of our locations via a third party contact with your workplace.  Employers seeking to utilise our psychology services can contact us to arrange the provision of counselling for your employees.

 

Reports

 
A Medico-legal report is a detailed report that can assist with legal cases, compensation claims and disputes.

 

Psychological Risk Assessments and Court Reports

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