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Welcome to People Psychology

Sometimes, we can’t help but feel overwhelmed especially in the face of mental health concerns. While these situations can be normal – especially feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression – too much of these for a long period of time can be extremely detrimental to our lives and that of others. Unfortunately, sometimes we also hesitate to share these with our friends and family because we fear they might judge us or subject us to prejudice. This is an unfortunate reality that is still attached to mental health issues in some parts of society, and this is something we at People Psychology Melbourne CBD aim to change.

We aim to provide a safe and comfortable environment that allows our clients to be in an empathic and safe space where they can share their problems and grievances. Likewise, we strive to make sure the psychologist we pair with them is not only skilled and equipped with the training and experience for their issues, but we make sure our team members are also caring individuals. This attention to care that we pride ourselves with stems from our client-based approach where we strive to ensure that our clients get the care they need alongside the guidance they need, all depending on their goals.

Our psychologists are equipped with methods, strategies, and techniques that are not only research and evidence-based, but are also based on years helping clients from all walks of life. If you come to People Psychology, we can tailor treatment methods that work for your situation and your long-term and short-term goals.

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Meet Our Team

People Psychology Melbourne CBD serves as the second practice that is managed, operated, and owned by Anita Bonollo. Anita believes that seeing a psychologist can have permanent benefits that are both helpful for our physical and mental well-being. Much of Anita’s research is dedicated to help individuals experience positive change through traditional psychological methods such as CBT and hypnotherapy.

Through Anita’s help, we’ve fostered a culture in the team that strives to make sure we provide only the best of care to our clients. All members of our team are trained psychologists, and they continue to receive training in order to make sure they are all up to date with new trends and new methods that could help our clients. This can give you and the rest of our clients an extra layer of assurance that we constantly strive to improve our services to make sure you get the best care you need.

Anita Bonollo

Principal Psychologist

Feyona Lau

Psychologist

Patricia Gallagher

Psychologist

Franco Greco

Psychologist

Daniel Dillon

Sports Mentor & Life Coach

Services We Provide

We are dedicated to help people in the area, especially companies, organisations, and workers in the Melbourne CBD area. Our psychologists are all capable of providing therapy in the EAP sector and to provide care and help to those who need support in their lives inside and outside work.

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Commonly Asked Questions

What is Counselling?2018-10-12T05:25:18+00:00

Counselling is in itself a professional and confidential service offered by psychologists to assist a person in becoming more emotionally healthy and self-aware. Couples, individuals, and families can seek counselling to help them address all sorts of issues in their lives. During counselling, you have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of your life, your situation, and everyone around you.

What is a Psychologist?2018-10-15T14:43:48+00:00

Psychologists are trained to study the science of mental processes and human behavior through research findings. Research-based methods are used to help people reduce stress and change ways in their behavior and thinking that can harm them. These methods will hopefully help facilitate self-awareness and a better outlook in life.

All People Psychology psychologists have at least four years of university experience. They also have completed two more years of further education, or two years of supervision from a registered psychologist. Our psychologists who hold a specialist title such as Clinical Psychologist have completed at least six years of university education.

Given their practice, psychologists are trained to be able to use a wide variety of therapy and counselling methods. This means the clients themselves play an important part in making these sessions work as the psychologists will try to understand the thoughts, actions, and feelings of their patients.

Psychologists however do not use drug-based treatments and do not prescribe medication. They can consult the help of trained professionals such as GPs who may be able to prescribe medication when necessary.

Can People Psychology write psychological evaluations and reports?2018-10-15T14:43:37+00:00

Your dedicated People Psychology practitioner is capable of writing a psychological report, which is sometimes needed for situations such as TACs, Work Cover claims, and court proceedings. These psychological reports cost a fee separate to your psychological consultations. We will however make sure to discuss the nature of these costs with you in detail prior to writing the report. This also means you have to pay for the report in full before you get your copy.

Is Counselling Confidential?2018-10-12T05:42:19+00:00

As stated in the Psychology Board of Australia’s Code of Ethics, all counselling sessions are confidential and private. The information you share during these sessions will only be used for assessing, diagnosing, and treating your situation.

However, there are limitations to these rules. For instance, if there’s an immediate risk to you or people you know, or if your file has been subpoenaed, then we’re obligated to share your file.

Is Counselling for Me?2018-10-15T14:43:08+00:00

Counselling is for anyone who wants to take their first step towards a renewed perspective in life. Counselling can help you develop the skills necessary to understand and cope with various issues that are happening around you and the people you live your life with.

What can I expect from my first counselling session?2018-10-15T14:42:41+00:00

It’s natural to feel nervous if you’ve never attended a counselling session before. However, it’s important to understand that it more or less is a session done through conversation. Your People Psychology practitioner may ask “What brings you here today?” and use it as a springboard for you to open up about your current situation, your views in life, and your life in general. Your psychologist may eventually explain what you can expect from the rest of the counseling sessions in addition to the strategies he or she thinks may help you cope and adjust to your situation.

How many counselling sessions will I need?2018-10-12T05:48:14+00:00

Everyone is inherently different, and as such we all have our own ways of coping with issues. This means people who seek counselling don’t get the same treatment. Sometimes, people get to resolve their issues with a small numbers of sessions. Sometimes, others prefer to work on their long-term emotional development and as such schedule sessions regularly.

What are the opening hours of a People Psychology Practice?2018-10-15T14:53:20+00:00

In our Melbourne CBD office, we offer day, evening and Saturday appointments. Practice hours are: 8am – 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 6pm on Saturdays.

How much will it cost?2018-10-15T14:44:32+00:00

We offer very reasonable rates for both counselling and group workshops. Concessions apply for health care card holders and pensioners. For further details on pricing, please contact our Client Specialist Team.

Can I get a Medicare or Private Health Insurance Rebate?2019-02-20T01:41:40+00:00

Yes. People Psychology provides Medicare Rebates and Private Health Insurance Rebates. To find out more, please contact us.

How do I get my rebate?2018-10-12T05:53:17+00:00

Rebates for Medicare and some private health insurers can be paid directly into your bank account at the conclusion of your session.

Find out more information about Medicare’s Easyclaim System.

What type of counselling and therapies do you use?2018-10-15T14:40:09+00:00

People Psychology psychologists are capable of mixing and matching various kinds of treatment depending on the situation of the client. These may include: Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, Emotion Focused, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Schema Therapy, Solutions-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.