About

About2018-10-12T09:49:12+00:00

We understand that sometimes opening up to another person is an extremely difficult process, especially when it’s a complete stranger. Sometimes we can’t help but feel as though we’re being looked at through a lens. The stigma towards mental illness may still be prevalent and may discourage us from seeking a psychologist for professional help when we need it. This is not the case, and our team of psychologists from People Psychology Brighton are more than happy to help you find find solutions to your issues, manage them properly, and teach you how to manage them in the future.

Anita Bonollo and People Psychology

Anita Bonollo serves as our principal psychologist with her methods and techniques helping us provide our signature brand of care to all our clients. This is all thanks to her over 20 years of psychological counselling experience augmented by her behavior science background.

Her continual research of published studies and her proven experience has helped her discover a link between positive changes of professional psychological counselling with hypnotherapy. Her methods have helped her clients through the years and who have benefited from her counselling sessions both physically and mentally.

These outcomes have included successful recovery from issues such as addiction, anger, anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficulties in relationships.

Through Anita’s methods, our psychologists here at People Psychology Brighton have been acquainted with a client-based approach where we seek to prioritise making sure our methods are tailored for our client’s needs in order for them to have a better life. We aim to use this approach with you, should you contact us and seek our help. We’d be more than happy to help with your situation.

What We Believe

Here at People Psychology Brighton, we believe that the first and foremost goal of our practice is to maintain the well-being and safety of our clients. We do this by making sure all of our clients feel safe and comfortable whenever they attend sessions with us.

We understand that sometimes this process can be overwhelming, but we aim to provide you with an environment that is not only comfortable, but an environment that could also ensure that you’re with people you can share your sentiments with without any form of judgment or prejudice. Our psychologists are sure to listen to your concerns and provide insight that could be valuable to help you deal with your issues accordingly.

Our psychologists are not only dedicated, but are fully-equipped, trained, and registered. This allows them to fully offer their services to you. At the end of your sessions, our aim is to help you find ways to have a more positive approach in your life, to improve your confidence, self-esteem, and overall well-being.

We pride ourselves on providing you with a supportive and caring space through which we can discuss anything you want to talk about. We aim to empower you with the confidence you need to take the first step towards the right direction. This helps us provide you with an additional layer of assurance that our methods keep you in mind, that you’re our first priority. We make sure our methods fit your needs, and this begins by ensuring the environment we’ll be talking in is an environment you’d be comfortable with.

Our Approach

People Psychology Brighton was established by Anita to be a support hub for individuals, couples, organisations, and families located in Brighton who are struggling to cope with tough times. Our skilled psychologists can help them find a way to improve their lives, and the lives of their loved ones.

We understand that sometimes psychological issues become too overwhelming, and that they may affect our lives and the lives of others negatively. However, we believe nothing is too late with enough time, care, and attention. Our services can help you find solutions for your issues and have a better life. Our client-based approach helps us help you find ways to manage your issues properly without compromising things such as relationships and obligations.

Our professional service team will assist on all parts of the counselling service. These include basic information about what we do, our location, and details about your psychologist. Rest assured, we will guide throughout all of the technical aspects of the service. The kind of services we provide are tailored to your needs, and we make sure this is prevalent even while booking your sessions.

We only assign a psychologist that we believe is best equipped for your concerns, and their advice and tips will be things that you could take to heart when solving your concerns. Your assigned psychologist will personally communicate with you prior to your first appointment to introduce themselves to you. This can hopefully help you become more comfortable, and you can ask questions before the first session. Remember, your contacting us is already a great first step towards solving your problem. Attending your first session may be daunting, but it’s the next step towards a potential lifetime of a better and brighter life. Remember, your psychologist is a person you can rely on, and there are mechanisms in place to ensure the information you provide isn’t provided anywhere else. You are safe with us.

During your first session, we have the opportunity to get to know each other better. Our psychologists will use this time to get to know you, your situation in life, and things you want to share. From there, we will work together to plan strategies and coping mechanisms that will provide you with the best-possible outcome depending on your needs.

Should you have other questions, you can find us at the beautiful Bay Street in the heart of Brighton. We are conveniently located close to various shops, restaurants, and cafes in the area. We have generous street parking available for you, and our location is just as accessible for those using public transport.

You can also call us on 03 9133 0996 and get in touch to find out how we can help you or your family get through the tougher times.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Counselling?2018-10-12T09:56:40+00:00

Counselling is what you call the process of obtaining insight on various issues by expressing your feelings and thoughts to a trained counsellor or psychologist. Counselling sessions aim to help you comprehend and hopefully resolve issues that cause you distress.

It’s perfectly normal for individuals, families, couples and individuals to seek counselling in order to assess and solve various problems and issues they encounter everyday. Expressing becomes easier for clients because the counsellor is not part of their personal life. Not to mention, since everything said in sessions is confidential, clients have the freedom to express themselves openly.

It is important to understand, however, that a counsellor does not tell you what you should do. They instead try to assist your growth and help you make a move that you are willing to commit to.

Similar to how weight lifters in the gym will gain more progress with the help of a personal trainer, those who try counselling may find themselves moving forward in their lives much more comfortably with guidance. With the help of counsellors, we can gain a better understanding of the various relationships and situations that we experience and encounter throughout our lives.

What is a psychologist?2018-10-12T09:57:33+00:00

Psychologists are by training those who research and study the science involving human behavior. Psychologists need six (6) years of training in order to properly understand human relationships, mental processes, and human behavior. They require four (4) years of basic university training, and two more years in internships and specialisations. As such, psychologists are trained in a wide variety of psychological therapies. They are capable of collaborating with psychiatrists and doctors as needed, given their clients know and consent to these methods.

Do your psychologists write psychological reports?2018-10-12T09:58:19+00:00

Should it be required, we can write psychological reports for instances such as TACs, Work Cover, and court proceedings. These reports are charged separately, and in addition to our psychological consultations.

Is Counselling Confidential?2018-10-12T09:58:59+00:00

Absolutely! Everything you say and express will be confidential and private. The only exceptions to this situation is if you may be at risk of harming others and yourself, or when the law subpoenas your file.

What can I expect from my first counselling session?2018-10-12T09:59:43+00:00

There’s nothing to prepare for if you’re on your way to your first session. Psychologists work by conversing with you, which means much of your first session will be about you trying to describe the problem you’re facing and why it led you to seek psychological counselling. Should you feel lost, psychologists are there to ask questions and help you on your way – with questions regarding when the problem started, what you hope to gain from the session, and what motivated you to seek help.

How many counselling sessions will I need?2018-10-12T10:00:28+00:00

Everyone has different problems, and as such everyone will have different ranges of counselling sessions. These depend on the circumstances surrounding your reason for counselling in the first place. Sometimes, some people come for just a few sessions while others come regularly. You are in fact free to stop attending these sessions just as you are free to resume them at any point in the future. This is an option people may take when problems appear given counselling is an easy way for them to access mentors. It’s much easier when you tackle your problems with the same counsellor as this is someone who knows you very well.

What are your opening hours?2018-10-12T10:01:13+00:00

Our opening hours are 9AM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on Saturdays.

How much will it cost?2018-10-12T10:01:55+00:00

Our rates fall in the middle ground when compared with the rates of a full range of psychological practices. For details on our pricing, phone us at People Psychology Brighton on 03 9133 0996.

Can I get a Medicare or Private Health Insurance rebate?2019-02-20T01:43:02+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?2018-10-12T10:03:28+00:00

We can process relevant cards on our Hicaps machine at the end of your session. This will send your rebate to your savings account.

What type of counselling and therapy do you use?2018-10-12T10:04:12+00:00

Similar to many psychologists, we select counselling and therapy from a wide range of approaches and techniques. These all depend on what approach seems to best serve the needs of our clients.

These may include: Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, Emotion Focused, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Schema Therapy, Solutions-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.