What We Do
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 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.
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
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.
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:
- 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
Cost of Medico-legal reports
The Medico Legal reports are charged at the APS recommended hourly rate (plus GST). This includes a minimum of three sessions, 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 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.
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.