The Victoria University Psychology Clinic operates as part of the professional training for postgraduate psychology students at the University. Assessment and treatment is provided by provisional psychologists who are supervised by experienced psychologists.
People can access the service without a referral, but people can also be referred by local agencies, doctors, health professionals or teachers.
The Clinic was established in 1993. It reflects the commitment of Victoria University to western Melbourne by providing discounted psychological services to the community.
Psychologists equip people with the skills needed to function better and to prevent problems such as work stress, relationship troubles and coping with illness that's seriously affecting your life.
The Clinic specialises in cognitive-behavioural therapy and psychodynamic therapy. We provide assessment and treatment of:
- child behaviour problems (some)
- grief and loss
- learning difficulties
- family difficulties
- challenging life events.
Individual therapy and some group treatments are available.
If you are unsure whether we can help you with your problem do not hesitate to contact us. We will also provide information and referral for other services, if appropriate.
The VU Psychology Clinic is a service for the general public.
The Clinic does not provide medical treatment or a crisis intervention service. We do not provide a 24 hour service. If you are looking for immediate assistance, you should call LifeLine on 13 11 14.
We do not provide assessments or reports for legal, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), or Workers Compensation proceedings.
If you are a VU student, you also have access to counselling through the Student Counselling Service.
VU Elevenses daily wellbeing
VU Elevenses is a unique initiative to support the safety, mental health and wellbeing of attendees through 'mini interventions'. These recorded 15-minute sessions provide meaningful ways to help people feel supported, connected and validate the extraordinary challenges brought on by the pandemic.
Managing stress, physical health and healthy relationships are some of the topics covered in VU Elevenses.
The Psychology Clinic specialises in the delivery of education and therapy groups with a wellbeing focus. Our groups are for members of the community to explore and improve skills in particular areas. They are facilitated by two of our provisional psychologists and you will have an individual meeting with someone before the group starts, to ask any questions and ensure the group is right for you.
Each group is usually run once per semester, with the start date arranged once enough spots are filled.
Our group programs are currently being held online. Our in-person group sessions are not currently running, due to the need for physical distancing caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Online group programs
The Mindfulness group (usually held in person) is currently being held online.
For those who are experiencing stress or are interested in increasing their wellbeing, we run six- or eight-week mindfulness education programs. You will learn and experiment with a variety of mindfulness techniques.
A five-week online program for parents of primary school-aged children, run by provisional psychologists. This group runs once per week.
The Clinic provides services to people from school aged children to older adults from any location. Referrals can be made by local agencies, doctors, health professionals or teachers. Alternatively, you may ring the Clinic directly and refer yourself or a family member. For referrals for minors aged between 14-18 years, a clinic worker will need to speak with them directly. Treatment is only provided by appointment.
Once a referral is accepted, a clinic worker will contact you to arrange a first appointment at the most convenient location. Appointments can be scheduled after normal business hours if required.
For all referrals please contact the VU Psychology Clinic Office or complete our referral form.
Privacy & consent
You will be asked to provide written consent to the service at the Victoria University Psychology Clinic. This consent includes the use of audio/visual recording of your assessment and/or therapy sessions for training purposes.
Consent will be explained to you and is completely voluntary; however, we may not be able to provide a full service to you if consent is not given. Your Clinician and/or the Clinic Director will be happy to discuss any questions you have regarding privacy and consent.
Fees & pricing
We are a low-cost service.
Fees for individual therapy and group programs are minimal and one-off.
Learning assessments attract a flat fee.
Please contact the Clinic to discuss which fee applies.
Clinic Manager: Dr Fiona Bailey
Email: [email protected]
Clinical Psychology Placement Coordinator: Sarah Smith
Email: [email protected]
Practice Manager: Dianne Niemczyk
Email: [email protected].