Amanda Morrison Counselling
I provide a safe space for clients to work through difficult issues. I focus on your strengths and what’s important to you whilst addressing blocks that keep you stuck from reaching your goals.
I am an Accredited Mental Health Social worker and have been practising in private practice since 2011, whilst also working in public health settings.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and a Bachelor of Social Work. I have extensive experience in assessment, community development and in the provision of psychological therapies to individuals in community mental health and university counselling settings as well as my private practice. I specialize in working with clients who are traumatized. I also provide supervision to professionals in the helping services and facilitate group work. I have worked with a broad range of people from diverse cultural backgrounds and of all age groups from the city to remote areas of Australia.
I use a range of focused psychological interventions in helping people with mental health disorders. I assess and work with individuals experiencing.
Depression and other mood disorders
General life stress and transitions
Post-traumatic stress disorders
Other mental health concerns and
Carer/parenting and attachment issues
GROUPS I have facilitated include:
the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skill training for adults and adolescents
Cool Kids anxiety program for children
the Circle of Security 8-week parent education program
Mindfulness education course, and
an ADHD skills and support group.
I am also available to provide clinical supervision to Social workers, and general supervision to individuals and teams in the helping industry.
I receive referrals via a General Practitioner or Psychiatrist under the Better Access Mental Health Plan Medicare system.
I am a contracted outreach counsellor for Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling.
I receive referrals from Converge Employee Assistance Program; and
I am contracted to provide trauma-informed counselling to clients eligible under the Victim Support Service, ACT.
The main therapies I am trained in and utilize are:
I am an Accredited Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. EMDR is psychotherapy to resolve past trauma and current triggers in people’s lives. It is considered one of the most efficient trauma therapies currently being used. EMDR has long been used to treat people with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, but has been shown to have benefits for all people. I am a member of the EMDRAA Institute https://emdraa.org/.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is primarily a treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, however, it is now found that this therapy is helpful for anyone experiencing emotional dysregulation. This is a cognitive behaviour therapy that provides practical skills to manage emotional dysregulation, increase your capacity to tolerate distress and be able to communicate more effectively with others. DBT utilises mindfulness to increase self-awareness, creating more choices and allowing you to feel more in control.
I am also clinically trained in other evidence-based behavioural therapies, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy.
Fees for service vary depending on whether you have a 50-minute session or an 80-minute session. A long session is often used for EMDR.
Fees do not apply if you have been referred by Open Arms, Victim Support Service ACT, or Converge EAP.
The current rate for a 50-minute session is $170.
A referral from your General Practitioner (GP) or psychiatrist is required to access Medicare rebates for focused psychological sessions. Medicare rebates are provided under a Mental Health Treatment Plan.
A mental health treatment plan is completed by your GP and provides access to Medicare rebates for up to 10 individual sessions per person, per calendar year. These sessions can be conducted face-to-face or via video consult. As of 1/7/23 Medicare provides a rebate of $81.90 per standard consultation with an Accredited Mental Health Social worker.
Private Health Funds may offer a rebate for focused psychological therapy with an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. Clients are encouraged to check their coverage with their nominated health fund.
All psychology services are exempt from GST. Payments are made on the day via direct bank transfer or Eftpos.
Please contact me for an initial session, to see if you feel comfortable exploring your issues together. I can offer face-to-face counselling, and online therapy using video conferencing or phone. To book an appointment or request more information, please contact me via email or phone.