Natalia Rusnac2021-03-30T07:09:58+11:00
Natalia Rusnac

About Natalia:

Natalia is a Registered Psychologist who works with adolescents and adults with a broad
range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem difficulties, chronic
illness, persistent pain and sleep issues. She is committed to helping her clients cope with
adversity, achieve their goals and thrive. She aims to meet each person with non-
judgmental acceptance, creating a safe space where her clients feel at ease to be
themselves.

Natalia is fluent in English, French and Romanian. Having lived in three different
countries, she enjoys working with people from a multitude of cultural backgrounds.
Experienced in a number of evidence-based therapy modalities, Natalia tailors her approach
to the person’s needs to ensure that they are getting the most out of their sessions.

She has a practical approach to therapy, helping her clients develop a ‘toolkit’ of personalised
strategies and coping skills, so that they feel equipped to deal with life’s challenges. She
aims to empower her clients by helping them recognise their existing strengths and learn
new psychological skills.

She helps with:

Addiction
Anxiety
ADHD
Adjustment disorder
Autism spectrum disorder
Personality disorders
Carer support
Chronic illness
Depression
Health and lifestyle
Life transitions
Pain management
Perfectionism
Relationship issues
Self-esteem difficulties
Sleep disorders
Stress management
Studying difficulties
Weight management
Workplace issues

Her approach:

Natalia works mainly from a CBT and ACT framework. She also enjoys incorporating
motivational interviewing, DBT-informed and compassion-based interventions into the
treatment. One of her strengths is her ability to provide evidence-based therapy strategies
in a personalised and engaging way.

Natalia has a special interest in helping people overcome depression, anxiety and self-
esteem difficulties. In addition, she has a keen interest in supporting people who are
experiencing chronic health issues.

Qualifications and memberships:

– Fully registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation
Agency (AHPRA)
– Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Queensland
– Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Counselling?2018-10-12T05:25:18+11:00

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+11:00

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+11:00

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+11:00

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+11:00

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+11:00

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+11:00

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+11:00

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+11:00

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+11:00

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+11:00

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+11:00

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.

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