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Who We Are

Our Psychology Practice

At Engaging Minds Clinical Psychology we are a team of expert clinical psychologists who can help make sense of whatever might be troubling you. We offer our skill, knowledge, curiosity and compassion to provide you with an experience that is comfortable but also helps you to grow in ways that are meaningful to you.

We provide assessment and treatment to children, adolescents, adults and older adults.

About Us

We are a team of experienced, fully qualified Clinical Psychologists. For eight years we were located in Royal Park in Adelaide’s west, working together at Clinic @ 44. We helped hundreds of children, adolescents, adults, older adults and families. In 2018, as Engaging Minds Clinical Psychology, we have moved to St Clair to give our clients a new experience in surroundings we have created with calm and comfort in mind.

As Clinical Psychologists we are able to determine whether you are going through something that could be considered a mental health issue. We are also able to treat simple or complex emotional and behavioural problems using cutting edge research. You will find more information about the various issues we assess and treat under the Our Services tab. Don’t worry if you’re not sure where you fit. We are committed to helping anyone who takes the step to seek a service from us. We are confident in our ability to engage with you, no matter what you are going through.

COVID-19 & TeleHealth

What does this mean for your appointment?

We hope you are managing okay amidst this very challenging time. We understand that it is a stressful and worrying time, & we want to let you know how the Corona Virus impacts on our future sessions together.


As part of the Federal Government's response, from now until 30 September 2020, psychology sessions can be provided as TeleHealth sessions. TeleHealth is where sessions are delivered over the phone or via video conferencing, through the use of your phone or computer. 


If you  currently see your psychologist under a Mental Health Treatment Plan and your psychologist agrees that TeleHealth does not compromise your treatment in any way, then you can request a TeleHealth session instead of your normal face to face session. Normal billing arrangements apply where you pay the psychologist at the end of the session, and they will issue you with a receipt to submit to Medicare and claim your usual rebate. You can use the Medicare express app to submit your claim, and can find out more here: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/express-plus-medicare-mobile-app/how-download-and-set-app



If you have been claiming psychology sessions through a Private Health Fund or Third Party Insurer, you may also be able to access TeleHealth services. Please check that your health fund or insurer are covering TeleHealth sessions before your appointment. At this stage, NDIS are covering TeleHealth sessions.
 

We understand that phone or video conferencing may not be suitable for everyone. If you already have an appointment booked, your psychologist will contact you to discuss which option is best for you. Where appropriate we can still see clients face to face, provided that you are healthy and with no illness, particularly symptoms common to Corona Virus (fever, cough, sore throat).


Our clinic has arranged two waiting areas to allow for sufficient social distancing. We are disinfecting EFTPOS machines and other surfaces multiple times a day, and providing hand sanitiser at the EFTPOS station for psychologists and clients to use. You’ll notice that our chairs will be a little further apart than usual too. 


We will continue to provide regular updates where necessary. Please visit our website for the latest updates regarding your ongoing access to mental health support, and for links to useful resources and information.

Accessing TeleHealth

Instructions on how to have a TeleHealth appointment

If your Psychologist has agreed on a phone consult for your next appointment, they will call your phone at the scheduled time, simple as that!


If you would like to have a video conference session, you will receive a text message link to the appointment. It will come from the same number you receive your reminder texts from. Simply click on the link and you will be able to join the ‘call’. 


Please note that video conference calls use your internet Data. If you only have limited Data on your internet plan, or you do not have access to internet, a standard phone call will be needed for your appointment instead. 

COVID-19 Resources - Some Useful Information

APS - Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety

APS - Maintaining your mental health during social isolation

APS - Maintaining your mental health during social isolation

APS - Maintaining your mental health during social isolation

APS - Maintaining your mental health during social isolation

APS - Maintaining your mental health during social isolation

APS - Coronavirus anxiety and staying mentally healthy

APS - Maintaining your mental health during social isolation

Head to Health Website - Great source of digital mental health resources

Head to Health Website - Great source of digital mental health resources

Head to Health Website - Great source of digital mental health resources

Head to Health Website - Great source of digital mental health resources

Managing Your Mental Health Online During COVID-19: Directory of Services

Head to Health Website - Great source of digital mental health resources

Managing Your Mental Health Online During COVID-19: Directory of Services

Our Services

We provide assessment and treatment to children, adolescents, adults and older adults. We welcome people of any culture, gender, sexuality or religion. We have expert skill in the assessment and treatment of:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Bipolar Mood Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorder
  • Personality Disorder
  • Childhood Behavioural Issues
  • Eating Disorder
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Addiction

We are extensively trained and experienced in a range of proven intervention models:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
  • Mentalisation-based Therapy

 

Our Team

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Dr Nina Cook - Director

Clinical Psychologist (BPsych Hons; DPsych Clin[Child Specialisation])

Nina’s 15-year career began as a psychologist working with young people in public mental health clinics before moving into private practice, where she works with people across the life span. She is skilled in several evidence-based therapies, used interchangeably depending on a person’s needs, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Nina values the opportunity to hear clients’ stories and reach a shared understanding of what causes their distress. She believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for change, providing the secure base from which a person can challenge themselves to think and behave differently. Her interests are broad and varied but her training and clinical experience have prepared her to work particularly well with people whose difficulties have their basis in unresolved childhood issues.

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Ms Jordana Edwards - Director

Clinical Psychologist (BPsych Hons; MPsych Forensic)

Jordana’s 14-year career began as a psychologist in the Mental Health Diversion Courts within Correctional Services, before moving into private practice 10 years ago. She has extensive experience working across the life span, treating the full range of psychological problems. She is highly skilled in evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Jordana is committed to developing a deep understanding of each person’s needs. She has a proven ability to build strong, compassionate therapeutic relationships, which enables her to help people develop a greater understanding of themselves, improve their mood, or challenge the way they think and behave. Jordana enjoys working with all people but has a special interest in helping people to effectively manage trauma.

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Dr Alexandra Osborn - Director

Clinical Psychologist (BHSc Hons; MPsych Clinical/PhD)

Alexandra’s 12-year career as a psychologist began as a researcher at the University of Adelaide, before moving into clinical work at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). For the past 10 years she has worked in private practice seeing people across the life span who are experiencing a wide range of mental health problems. Alexandra customises treatment to each person’s needs and is highly experienced in a range of evidence-based therapies, including  Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). She loves to help people develop a greater understanding of themselves and their experiences, and develop new patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. She has a special interest in working with anxiety disorders and trauma. 

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Dr Kathy Fogarty - Director

Clinical Psychologist (BA Hons; MPsych Clinical/PhD)

Kathy’s 10-year career as a psychologist began in private practice and for the past five years she has also worked part-time in a government adult mental health clinic. She works mainly with adolescents and adults, using a range of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Schema Therapy, Mentalization-based therapy and Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). She especially values helping people who have struggled over a life-time with emotional and behavioural problems with origins in earlier life, helping them change long-term patterns in order to improve their lives in the present. She brings warmth, compassion and humour to her therapeutic work.

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Ms Melissa Purcell

Clinical Psychologist (BA; BHSc Hons; MPsych Clinical)

Melissa began her 10-year career as a psychologist in the child protection team at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, before working in schools, and then Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). For the last 6 years she has worked in private practice helping people across the life span with a wide range of psychological problems. Melissa sees therapy as a vehicle for self-understanding and personal transformation and works towards creating a safe and supportive space where healing can take place. Her approach is sensitive and flexible to the needs and personality of the client, and encompasses a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, with an emphasis on cultivating mindfulness as a basis for both acceptance and change.

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Ms Bianca Tattoli

Clinical Psychologist (MPsych Clinical)

Bianca’s 11-year career as a psychologist has spanned a range of settings, including private practice, schools, child protection and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). She is passionate about working with adults, young people and families and uses a flexible, playful approach as she engages people in evidence-based therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies. These therapies are adaptable to support people experiencing a wide range of psychological difficulties. With extensive experience in school settings, Bianca is highly skilled at helping students, and can provide formal Intellectual and Educational Assessments. She deeply values developing an understanding of each person, and how their experiences shape their thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationship patterns. She believes that gaining insight and awareness fosters change, and works in a warm, empathic way to help people achieve this.

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Ms Nyssa Brolese

BHSc Hons; MPsych Clinical

Nyssa’s 15-year career as a psychologist has given her extensive experience and skill in working with young people at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), where she continues to work as a Senior Clinical Psychologist. In private practice, she sees people from across the life span, and is highly skilled at working with a wide range of psychological problems. Nyssa draws on techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing and phase-based treatment of trauma to provide a tailored approach to each person’s needs. She values working collaboratively and compassionately to help people develop a deep understanding of their problems, goals, and the connection between current difficulties and past experiences.

Fees and Conditions

Medicare rebates available

A person can access up to 10 sessions each year with a psychologist if they have a Mental Health Treatment Plan prepared by a GP or psychiatrist. Medicare provides a rebate toward the cost of the session. The up-front cost to you will be $200 a session. Medicare will then refund you $126.50 per session and you can claim this refund on the spot. Engaging Minds Clinical Psychology does not offer bulk-billing. Most private health funds also provide rebates for psychological services if the person is not eligible for a Mental Health Treatment Plan. Please ask your particular fund about the rebate they provide for psychological consultations.

Cancellations or Non Attendance

If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason, please telephone our Clinic or contact your Psychologist before 10am the day prior to your appointment, so that another person on the waiting list can have that appointment time. If you do not give adequate notice a $50 cancellation fee will be charged. If you do not attend and give no notice, you will be charged the full cost of the missed appointment ($200). Please note that a missed appointment fee cannot be claimed through Medicare.

Confidentiality

Any information you disclose to a psychologist is confidential. This means that the psychologist will not share any information about you to another person unless you give your permission. There are some exceptions to this. If the psychologist thought you were at risk of harming yourself or another person, then she has an obligation to disclose the minimal amount of information necessary to try and prevent that from happening. Also, if the psychologist believes a child or teenager may be, or has been subject to physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect, then she must report this to the authorities by law. Psychologists must also report unregistered firearms.

Process for referrals

GPs and psychiatrists: Please address referrals to Engaging Minds Clinical Psychology

Fax: 8317 6838 or email: admin@engagingminds.com.au

For Medicare referrals, both the referral letter and a copy of the Mental Health Treatment Plan are appreciated. Please also specify the number of sessions you have approved. 

Contact Us

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Engaging Minds Clinical Psychology

GO2/31 Post Parade, St Clair South Australia 5011, Australia

Phone: 08 8445 0687 Fax: 08 8317 6838 Email: admin@engagingminds.com.au

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