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OPTIMIND areas of expertise

  • Care of people at our rooms or in hospital
  • Care of Children and Youths
  • Care of Adults and the Elderly
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • We offer one-off (item 291) and ongoing care
  • Complex Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Bipolar, Schizophrenia and other severe psychiatric illnesses
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Stress, grief & bereavement
  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Mental health nutrition
  • Psychometric assessment

We will perform an initial assessment, either as an individual or part of a family, in order to formulate an understanding of the issues or illnesses present. These may be simple or complex.

This understanding is very important, as it will help guide how we manage each person differently. To achieve the best health outcomes we use talking therapies or medications, and consider if any other clinicians will be needed. This commitment to collaboration among our team members is what sets OPTIMIND apart from other service providers or clinics. Generally a referral from your family doctor (GP) is needed to book an initial appointment. This gives you a Medicare rebate for each consultation. Private health insurance cover is useful if you require care in a hospital. Please read the Psychiatrist profiles below to help you select the OPTIMIND psychiatrist who may be best able to help you or your family member.

Psychologists deliver their mental health expertise by diagnosing and assessing problems, developing treatments and strategies, and offering support and guidance.

An appointment with one of our Psychologists may include:

  • Discussing the issues of concern for the client
  • Assessing the client’s emotional, cognitive and behavioural functioning
  • Exploring the thoughts, feelings and behaviour of the client and tracing their origins
  • Helping the client to develop effective ways of controlling and coping with these difficulties
  • Helping the client to implement changes that enhance wellbeing and awareness, and alleviate the presenting problems

(Sources APS)

Under the Medicare rebate, seeing a psychologist becomes more accessible and affordable. To receive this rebate, you need to be referred to a psychologist by a GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician.

Under this referral (as part of the Mental Health Care Plan) you will be eligible to receive:

  • A Medicare rebate for 10 individual counselling sessions in a calendar year. Your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first six sessions
  • A Medicare rebate for 10 group therapy sessions in a calendar year

Speak to our reception team to confirm fees for our Psychologists and the rebate you are eligible to receive through Medicare.

Mental Health Social Workers are highly trained professionals working to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of patients through direct practice, crisis intervention, advocacy, community organizing and psycho-education.

Mental Health Social workers are dedicated to the pursuit of social justice and strive to help those affected by mental illness, drug and alcohol, poverty, disabilities, unemployment, housing issues and other personal problems and social disadvantages.

Mental Health Social Workers help people solve problems in their daily lives.

Some common duties of a Mental Health Social Worker include:

  • Responding to crisis situations.
  • Assessing people’s needs and implementing a plan of action.
  • Helping people adjust to major life changes.
  • Identifying and reaching out to those in need.
  • Home visiting patients on a needs basis
  • Providing advocacy for people when needed.
  • Connecting people with important resources and support.
  • Following up with people to ensure circumstances are improving.
  • Reporting to the referring doctor the progress of the patient

To receive a Medicare rebate for your Mental Health Social Worker sessions, your GP needs to refer you with a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). You will receive a Medicare rebate for six initial sessions with the option to receive a Medicare rebate for four more sessions during a calendar year. You will also be eligible for a Medicare rebate for 10 group Mental Health Social Work sessions in a calendar year.

Accredited Practising Dietitians comprehend how your body works. They understand how food and drinks can nourish healthy individuals and those with medical conditions that are affected by or treated with nutrition.

Many medications related to mental health can affect the appetite, resulting in an increased appetite or slowed metabolism, leading to unwanted weight gain. A Dietitian can help to devise an eating plan which will assist in paying attention to hunger cues, avoiding non hungry eating and increasing metabolism.

While no referral is needed, to receive a Medicare rebate, you need to be referred to a Dietitian by your doctor. This rebate will entitle you to a Medicare rebate for up to 5 allied health visits per calendar year. If you have private health insurance, some extras cover Dietetics.

What is Somatic Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing?
How is it different to talk therapy?

Somatic Psychotherapy

Somatic Psychotherapy, also known as Body Psychotherapy, encompasses a variety of approaches to psychological health. It acknowledges the importance of the body in forming our experience of life and actively uses the body in therapy as a source of information and a resource for healing.

​The feelings, emotions and impulses that arise from the body are an integral part of our experience of life but we often repress, cut off or don’t recognize them due to our physiological and psychological adaptations to the constraints of our environment.

​Working with the body in psychotherapy opens up a wealth of options for understanding, experiencing and healing that conventional talk therapy is often unable to tap into. This is due to the control of the conscious over cognition and verbal expression, the body’s role in creating the physical sensations that are the root of emotion and the body’s role in maintaining the muscular tension that anchors and reinforces our characterological responses to our environment.

Somatic Psychotherapy helps us deal with our concerns by helping us become deeply aware of our bodily sensations, feelings and impulses as well as our emotions, thoughts and behaviour.

Somatic Experiencing®

The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. The word “trauma” in this sense covers a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms that result from the effect of accumulated stress on human physiology. It is the life’s work of Dr Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, aetiology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. The SE approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms.
This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions The completion of these response patterns can bring a greater capacity for self-regulation as well as an increased sense of social engagement, well-being, and integration. Even though SE primarily targets issues of trauma, it is also seen as an effective way of supporting individuals interested in expanding their ability to authentically be in the world. People often report feelings of greater ease physically, psychologically, and spiritually.

  • Somatic Experiencing employs awareness of body sensation to help people “renegotiate” and heal rather than re-live or re-enact trauma.
  • Somatic Experiencing’s guidance of the bodily “felt sense,” allows the highly aroused survival energies to be safely experienced and gradually discharged.
  • Somatic Experiencing may employ touch in support of the renegotiation process.
  • Somatic Experiencing “titrates” experience (breaks down into small, incremental steps), rather than evoking catharsis – which can overwhelm the regulatory mechanisms of the organism.

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