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 an expertise 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.