Making the decision to seek help or engage in therapy is not always easy. It is important to find someone who listens to you, and whom you feel you can trust. Training, skill, and experience are important, but so is the willingness to engage with you as a person.
We all have patterns of thinking, reacting and behaving that are not in our best interest or that were useful in the past but are not any longer. Equally, we have inner resources and strengths of which we are sometimes not aware. Therapy should not only improve the immediate problem, but also teach skills for tackling future problems.
The areas in which I specialise include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, relationships, parenting, emotional and behavioural problems in children, and the stresses and traumas of life. I have particular interest in mental health issues, blended families, step-parenting, intercountry adoption, sleep difficulties, grief, and adjustment to disability or chronic illness.
Much of my therapy is short-term, designed to achieve long-lasting results in the minimum time by using therapies proven to be effective. I work with people across the age spectrum, and appointments are available for individuals, couples, or families.
In addition to therapy, I provide supervision, assessments, consultation, and community education. I do not write legal reports or provide therapy to sexual offenders.
Kate enjoys working with people of all ages, from young children through to adults in the latter part of life. She finds that when provided with information and practical strategies, most people are able to recover quickly from common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and stress.
Other issues with which Kate has extensive experience include relationships, parenting, disability, bipolar disorder, adoption, and childhood behavioural problems. Kate also provides intellectual (cognitive) assessments, assessment of learning disorders, diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, vocational assessments, and assessment of behavioural issues.
Kate provides professional supervision to psychologists, social workers, and other health and welfare workers. She is available for consultation to community organisations and can provide educational seminars about a range of topics including stress management, parenting, relationship, coping with change, communication, and achieving balance in life.
Kate is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is an accredited Clinical Psychologist with Medicare and is registered with private health insurance companies.
You do not need a referral to see a psychologist. However, with a Mental Health Care Plan referral from your doctor, you can claim Medicare rebates for some types of consultations. Alternatively, private health rebates might also apply. A discount is offered for payment on the day of appointment. Fees are payable at the time of appointment by cash, electronic funds transfer, or EFTPOS.
Services can be provided for individuals across the age span (children, adolescents, and adults), couples, and families.
Dr Kate Alessia does not write legal reports or provide therapy to sexual offenders.
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