Psychologist

Dr Valerie Brown is a Clinical Psychologist, currently consulting on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Inglis Medical Centre. Valerie has a PhD/Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne, and she is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Association (APS) and the Australian Clinical Psychologist Association (ACPA).

Valerie has a wide clinical experience across the lifespan, ranging from children, adolescents and adults, and can assist individuals with concerns about their mental health in the following areas:

  • Depression and anxiety (general excessive worries, panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, obsessions and compulsions)
  • Stress management (related to work, study, family or marital relationships)
  • Trauma and loss (post-traumatic stress, grief and loss)
  • Health issues (adjustment to illness and health concerns, pain management, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, eating disorders)
  • Relationship and interpersonal issues (family and couple relationship difficulties, coping with life transition, assertiveness and positive communication, confidence and self-esteem)

Valerie can also help children (and their parents) with school refusal, difficult behaviour, attention deficit and hyperactivity, as well as the assessment of autism.

In addition, Valerie has a special interest in psychological issues relating to the menopause, the topic of her PhD thesis.

Her treatment framework is evidence-based and uses the following main interventions: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Her fees are as follows:

Fees

Reimbursed by Medicare

Gap paid by patients

$190 per 50 minutes

$124.50

$65.50

$115 per 30 minutes

$84.80

$30.20

Different rates may apply for DVA, WorkCover or TAC patients – in this case, fees are paid directly by the agency with prior agreement.

To benefit from Medicare rebates, you must obtain a Mental Health Plan (MHP) from your GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist (please note that private health funds may also reimburse part of the fees, when a MHP is not available). Medicare provides rebates for up to 10 sessions per calendar year for psychological services, 6 initial sessions, and 4 successive sessions if required. The additional sessions will be discussed with your psychologist if needed.

The first session, which consists in an initial assessment, is always booked as a 50-minute session. The second and third appointments are also usually 50-minute sessions. Appointments are often made on a fortnight basis, although your specific needs will be discussed in session.