23 Queensberry Street, Carlton, VIC, 3053
Allison is a Clinical Psychologist who has undertaken eight years of training to complete her combined Masters and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology. With over 20 years of experience helping clients to build better lives she believes in the potential for all of us to continually grow, adapt and heal from the past. Helping clients to heal from trauma and connect authentically in their relationships, she brings curiosity, warmth and humour to her work.
Working from a holistic, person-centered and compassion-based approach, Allison feels privileged to accompany her clients on their journey to achieve their goals. By creating a safe and non-judgemental space, she has helped a diverse range of clients in various settings including public health, private practice, inpatient and outpatient clinics and tertiary education.
Allison is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) College of Clinical Psychology and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with clinical practice endorsement. She has also completed her accreditation as a Board-approved supervisor for psychologists at all stages of their career. As part of her professional practice she receives regular peer supervision and attends workshops and conferences to keep up to date with current research and practice.
Dr Allison Cahill, Psychology on the Park, Carlton
Allison sees adults of all ages for a range of diverse presenting issues. Please refer to the list below in the 'What is Treated' section. Depending on your needs and preferences, a variety of evidence-based approaches are on offer. These approaches are detailed in the 'My Therapy' section. The first 1 - 2 sessions will predominately focus on assessment to better understand you and your goals with each session lasting approximately 50 minutes.
Medicare now provides rebates for telehealth (video and phone -conferencing) sessions under your Mental Health Care Plan. If you have access to a computer, tablet or smart phone with a stable internet connection, that is private, video-conferencing can be an effective and convenient way to access the support you need, with or without a rebate. Please note, telehealth may not be the most appropriate medium of treatment depending on your goals.
Involves identifying and challenging unhelpful thinking that contributes to unnecessary distress and poor habits. By changing problematic thoughts and behaviours, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life by learning to accept what is outside of your personal control, and committing to action that improves and enriches your life. Effective components of ACT is the practice of mindfulness and the identification of values and goals.
Is an integrative approach to treatment that is used to treat presentations caused by difficult childhood experiences and trauma. Schema Therapy's mode work is a compassionate and effective way to treat a number of chronic conditions by replacing maladaptive coping styles and helping individuals meet basic emotional needs.
This approach is designed to help people regulate their emotions and improve their interpersonal skills by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states and helping to assess which coping skills to apply. Initially used to treat Borderline Personality Disorders, DBT is effective with mood disorders, addictions and other psycho-social difficulties.
A type of counselling developed to help people understand and resolve their ambivalent thoughts and feelings about change. All to help them find the motivation they need to change some unhelpful behaviour. This form of therapy has been used extensively with addictions and life/career coaching.
Solution Focused Therapy is a brief, goal oriented approach that places the focus of treatment on the future. Although it acknowledges present problems and past causes, it predominantly explores an individual's current resources and future hopes. This can help them to look forward and use their own strengths to achieve their goals.
To be eligible to receive psychological services under Medicare, a person must be referred by their GP or in some instances by a psychiatrist. Eligible patients can claim up to 20 sessions per calendar year with a Mental Health Care Plan through Medicare. The rebate is higher for sessions with a Clinical Psychologist which is currently set at $131.65 per 50 minutes. The full fee is processed in session and the Medicare rebate is direct debited into your nominated bank account.
Many private health funds offer a rebate for treatment sessions with a Clinical Psychologist. It is a good idea to check with your fund to ensure they cover mental health consultations. Health fund rebates do not require a GP referral. Please also note that you cannot claim from Medicare and your health fund for the same consultation.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) sets guidelines for fees for psychological services. Payment of fees are due at the end of each session and can be made by direct debit or credit/debit card. A referral is only required if you are claiming a Medicare rebate.