Mental health services index

Pre-referral guidelines for primary care providers

Public & low cost services

Ballarat

  • Infants & Child Mental Health (I&CMHS) & Youth Mental Health Service (YMHS)
    • Referrals through central intake Ballarat ICMHS/YMHS, phone 53203030
    • For psychiatric and severe psychological problems in children
    • Covers East (Ballarat & Bacchus Marsh) & West (Ararat, Stawell, Horsham) Grampians
      • ICMHS 0-14 year old; YMHS 15-25 year old
  • Ballarat Health Services (53204000, PO Box 577, Ballarat 3353)
    • Queen Elizabeth Centre Psychology
      • Send referrals to: Central Intake, BHS; fax 53204822
      • For children with mental health issues within the context of a medical condition only
      • Waiting times: weeks
    • Queen Elizabeth Centre Neuropsychology
  • Free pyschology services 
    • Psychological Therapy Services
      • Send referrals to: fax 1300260814
      • download referral form through the West Vic PHN website
      • Free service up to 10 sessions per year for children in the Ballarat and West Grampians regions provided through the Western Victoria Primary Health Network (formerly Medicare Local)
      • Includes acute suicide prevention scheme (10 sessions within 2 months)
      • Formerly known as Kids Connect and Counselling Connect
  • Low cost psychology services
    • Federation University Community Psychology Service, SMB Campus, Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat
      • cognitive and learning assessments, anx/dep., behavioural, learning difficulties, parent-chld relationships, adjustment, sleep, body image
      • see website for further information
    • Pomegranate House, 103 Webster Street, Ballarat
      • anx/dep., enuresis/encopresis, behavioural, aggression, school refusal
      • see website for further information
    • Headspace, 28 Camp Street, Ballarat
      • Community mental health services with psychology, psychiatry and counselling
      • See website for further information
  • Parenting programs and support

West Grampians

  • Wimmera Uniting Care (53624000)
    • Horsham: Yvonne Dawson, Family Support Counsellor
    • Referred through Child First
  • Grampians Community Health
    • Suitable for vulnerable families (0-5 year olds) and victims of family violence (all ages)
    • Stawell (main office, see website): 8-22 Patrick Street Stawell 3380, 53587400
    • Ararat: 60 High Street Ararat 3377, 53526200
    • Horsham: 25 David Street Horsham 53621200

School services

Counsellor and psychology services for school aged children are often provided through individual schools, and offer a very good starting point for many children with mental health concerns. These are organised through request to the school that the child attends.

Private Services

Private paediatric psychology services can be accessed through a Mental Health Care Plan from either a General Practitioner or Paediatrician. This will allow a partial Medicare rebate for 6 sessions, plus an additional 4, per calendar year. Out of pocket fees still apply. The following table lists many, but not all, private psychologists and counsellors dealing with children in the Grampians region. For further listings, please visit the Western Victoria Primary Health Network website.

Ballarat (Alphabetical listing)

Name Address Phone Specialisation
Trudy Brunton (mental health social worker) The Whole Story, Suite 1, 520 Mair Street, Ballarat 0414422877 trauma, ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, mood, sexuality/ gender, grief, neurodivergence
Laurenza Buglisi (social worker/family therapist) Juno's Circle, Dana Allied Health, 1013 Dana St, Ballarat 0413124794 Relational trauma, forensic behav management, sexual assault, sex offending, sexually harmful behaviour, parenting, family therapy
Jo Burnett (psychologist) Psychology 806, 1328 Sturt St, Ballarat 53799281 ASD, medical, trauma, attachment
Krystal Chaffey (psychologist) Ballarat Psychology Clinic, 24 Doveton St, Ballarat  0403847718  
Patti Dainton Bloom Well-being, 42 Albert Street, Creswick 0477110953 NDIS, not MHCP sexual assault, family violence, PTSD, trauma, eating disorders, anx/dep
April Daltonalomes (psychologist) Ballarat Psychology Clinic, 24 Doveton St, Ballarat  0403847718 Individual/group, anx/dep, PTSD, neurocognitive, ASD assessments
Michelle Davis (psychologist) 114 Doveton St South, Ballarat 0422915640 Anxiety, general psychology
Matt Davis (psychologist) Matt Davis Psychology, 16 Webster Street, Ballarat 0490191054 Cognitive and learning assessments, specific learning disorders (e.g. dyslexia)
Kylie Erwin (clinical registrar) Psychology 806, 806 Macarthur Street Ballarat 53799281 Mental health in children & adolescents
Melissa Ferrier (clinical child, adolescent & family psychologist) Dana Allied Health, Ballarat Business Centre 706 Sturt St Ballarat 0416141232 Assessments for ASD, ADHD & trauma.  Prefer <7 year olds
Sue Fraser (psychotherapist) Ballarat Psychological Service, 705 Mair Street, Ballarat  53321621 anx/dep, grief, attachment, behav, gender, parenting, trauma, peer/social issues, self-esteem
Gabrielle French (clinical psychologist) Psychology 806, 806 Macarthur Street Ballarat 53799281 ASD assessments, eating disorders, mental health in children & adolescents
Darren Gannon In Mind Solutions, 1011 Mair Street, Ballarat 53312988 ID
Carly Glaubitz (psychologist) Victoria Street Psychology, 122 Victoria Street, Ballarat East 0409869169 dep/anx, stress, grief, psychosis
Not <14 year olds
Marcelle Gray (clinical psychologist) Psychology 806, 806 Macarthur Street Ballarat 53799281 mental health in children & adolescents
Simone Heeney (psychologist) Bromley Psychology, 114 Doveton Street South, Ballarat 53333121 ASD, anx/dep., behaviour & learning disorders (no assessments <6yo)
Coralie Holding (mental health nurse practitioner) Clear Thinking Mental Health Group, 1857 Sturt St, Alfredton 43431779 anx/dep, PTSD, eating disorders, self harm, adjustment, family
Jennifer Holloway (clinical registrar) Psychology 806, 806 Macarthur Street Ballarat 53799281 mental health in children & adolescents
Margaret Hunt (provisional psychologist) Ballarat Psychology Clinic, 24 Doveton St, Ballarat  0403847718 anx/dep., trauma, grief, behav., parenting, school/ peer
Not <11 year olds
Veronica Johnston (clinical psychologist) Ballarat Psychology Clinic, 24 Doveton St, Ballarat  0403847718 mood, trauma, grief, behav, parenting, ASD, ADHD, school/peer
Jody Jones (psychologist) Psychology 806, 806 Macarthur Street Ballarat 53799281 ASD assessments, eating disorders, emotion/behaviour, attachment
Kate Judd (clinical psychologist) Psychology 806, 806 Macarthur Street Ballarat 53799281 ASD assessments, emotion/behaviour, attachment
Kirandeep Kaur (provisional psychologist) The Shine Centre, 176 Albert Street, Sebastopol 1300395747 General behaviour support
Nicole Kearns (clinic psychologist) Clear Thinking Mental Health Group, 1857 Sturt St, Alfredton 43431779 ASD, ADHD, devel, anx/dep, trauma
Tanya Madsen (psychologist) 910 Doveton Street North, Ballarat North 0425708057 ASD, ASD assessments, ID, cognitive/learning assessments
Jemma Mathers (social worker) Bloom Well-being, 42 Albert Street, Creswick 0477110953 NDIS, not MHCP sexual assault, family violence, PTSD, trauma, sexuality, gender/identity, anx/dep
Paul Mattas (psychologist) Clear Thinking Mental Health Group, 1857 Sturt St, Alfredton 43431779 Not <7yo
Liam McDonald (provisional psychologist) Ballarat Psychology Clinic, 24 Doveton St, Ballarat  0403847718 anx/dep., behav, ADHD, ASD, conduct, cognitive assessments
Not <6 year olds
Shelley McGillivray (clinical psychologist) Auxilia Health, 74a Main Road, Bakery Hill 0468864489 anx/dep, parenting  Not <12 year olds
Bronwyn McNaughton 325 Creswick Road, Ballarat 0400637255 Esp. females, behavioural, anx/dep., stress, grief, loss, family, self esteem, ID, relationships
Not <6 year olds
Frances McPhee-Burton 21 Lyons Street North, Ballarat 53334916 relationship, sexual assault
Mind Life Clinic (multiple practitioners) Mind Life Clinic, 5 Anderson Street East, Ballarat 53322266 General psychology, cognitive assessments        Not <16 year olds
Alex Montgomery Clearview Psychology Services, 122 Doveton St Sth Ballarat 0422452512 Broad range of psychology services
Margot Murphy 21 Lyons Street North, Ballarat 53334916
0409678800
Anx/dep, parenting, rehab., self harm, sexual assault, trauma
Trisha Neil (clinical psychologist) Sound Psychology, Level 2, 3 Pell Street, Ballarat 0413696365 Emotion, mood, trauma, grief, personality disorders
Not <10 year olds
Teresa Peers (psychologist) Clear Thinking Mental Health Group, 1857 Sturt St, Alfredton 43431779 anx/dep, PTSD
Rebecca Petrie Strength in Mind Psychology, 112 Drummond St North, Ballarat 0412914805 School refusal, learning & other mental health
Not <10 year olds
Nicole Phelps (clinical psychologist) Sage Psychology and Consulting, PO Box 4078 Alfredton VIC 3350 0457358682 mood, adjustment, parenting, eating disorders                  Not <12 year olds or ASD
Kevan Pitcher (psychologist) 4A Ritchie Street, Brown Hill 53329873 Dispute resolution, anger, offending behaviour, coping, stress
Not <12 year olds
Heidi Ryan (psychotherapist/menal health OT) Ballarat Psychological Service, 705 Mair Street, Ballarat  53321621 anx/dep, grief, attachment, behav, gender, parenting, trauma, peer/social issues, self-esteem
Jessica Sewell Blossomtree Psychology, 504 Mair Street, Ballarat
 
  Trauma
Not ASD
Kate Skilbeck 21 Lyons Street North, Ballarat 0408540895  
Melanie Stewart Ookami Kids
602 Barkly St Golden Point (mobile OT to homes & schools)
0497094310 NDIS
Claire Taubert (psychologist) Gastalt Concepts 
604 Mair Street, Ballarat
53344138 PND, narcissism, adolescents
Michelle Taylor Blossomtree Psychology, 504 Mair Street, Ballarat 0419949040 Trauma
Not ASD
Karina Tetkowski (provisional psychologist) The Shine Centre, 176 Albert Street, Sebastopol 1300395747 Severe behaviour
Sarah Thomas (Clinical psychologist) Auxilia Health, 74a Main Road, Bakery Hill 0468864489 Anx/dep, bariatics, binge eating, cognitive & learning assessments Not <12 year olds (for therapy)
Ann Tudor 21 Lyons Street North, Ballarat 53334916
0419549634
 
Julia Underwood Underwood Behavioural Support, 14 Charlotte Street Sebastopol    
Melissa van Styn (clinical psychologist) Ballarat Psychology Clinic, 24 Doveton St, Ballarat  0403847718 mood, trauma, grief, behav, parenting, ASD, ADHD, school/peer Not <7 year olds
Danielle Verdoorn (counsellor & art therapist) Bloom art therapy and counselling, 16 Webster St Ballarat 0493234618 anx, relationships, grief, behaviour, trauma
Sarah Ward (psychologist) Clearview Psychology Services, 7 Eyre Street, Ballarat 53329559
0435066617
Anger, behaviour
Not <5 year olds
Jacqui White (psychologist) Clear Thinking Mental Health Group, 1857 Sturt St, Alfredton 43431779 Individual therapy, sleep
Jessie Williams (play therapist) Ballarat Play Therapy, 260 Albert Street, Ballarat 0475896214 anx, ASD, ADHD, special needs, separation, grief, trauma, anger
3-12 year olds
Sarah Williams Ballarat Psychology Clinic, 24 Doveton St, Ballarat  0403847718 mood, OCD, trauma, grief, parenting

East Grampians (alphabetical listing)

Name Address Phone Specialisation
Belynda Evans (clinical psychologist) Bacchus Marsh Psychology Clinic, 144 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh 0422440970 anx/dep, eating disorders, stress, pain, behav, parenting, ADHD, school
Veronica Johnston (clinical psychologist) Bacchus Marsh Psychology Clinic, 144 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh 0422440970 mood, trauma, grief, behav, parenting, ASD, ADHD, school/peer.  Not <6 year olds
Kirandeep Kaur (provisional psychologist) The Shine Centre, 28 Grant St, Bacchus Marsh 1300395747 General behaviour support
Stephanie Lau (educational & development psychologist) Bacchus Marsh Psychology Clinic, 144 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh 0422440970 neurodevelopmental assessment, ASD, ADHD, learning & cognitive assessments, neurodivergence, anx, behav, school, parenting
Brayden McLeod (provisional psychologist) Bacchus Marsh Psychology Clinic, 144 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh 0422440970 anx/dep, emotional dysregulation, grief. Not <10 year olds
Marian Oake 24 Raglan Street, Daylesford 53487647 Anx/dep., trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders, substance abuse
Erin Peavey (psychologist) Bacchus Marsh Psychology Clinic, 144 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh 0422440970 anx/dep, conduct, emotional dysregulation, learning & cognitive assessments 
Mark Poyser 51 Raglan Street, Daylesford 54226321 Trauma, personal issues, family dynamics
Regina Ranga The Shine Centre, 28 Grant St, Bacchus Marsh 1300395747 Behavioural support
Mark Ryan Turner Street Clinic, Bacchus Marsh 0414658129 Abuse, anger, conflict, and/dep., self esteem, grief, trauma
Karina Tetkowski (provisional psychologist) The Shine Centre, 28 Grant St, Bacchus Marsh 1300395747 Severe behaviour
Danette Thackwray 3 Clifton Drive, Bacchus Marsh 53674166 Anx/dep., relationships, grief, trauma
Nida Zahra (provisional psychologist) Bacchus Marsh Psychology Clinic, 144 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh 0422440970 anx/dep, eating disorders, trauma, school/peer, behav, parenting, ASD, ADHD, grief

West Grampians including Maryborough (alphabetical listing)

Name Address Phone Specialisation
Marie Aitken Mynara Medical Centre, 134 Baillie Street, Horsham 53811640  
Kate Alessia Droylsen House, 143 Baillie Street, Horsham
http://katealessia.com
0400444040 ASD, learning difficulties, anx/dep., psychosomatic, family difficulties
Kristie Austin Horsham and Stawell 0417347276 Clinical psychology and ASD, learning & cognitive assessments - MHCP, CDMP, NDIS, 135
Tammy Barber Function Therapy, 148 Baillie Street, Horsham 53793863 NDIS registered
Krystal Browne Stawell Medical Centre, 26 Wimmera Street, Stawell 53581410 Anx/dep, ASD, ADHD, CD, not assessments
Adele Campbell Wimmera Medical Centre, 6 Read St,
Horsham (Monday)
Warracknabeal Hospital, 20 Dimboola Rd, Warracknabeal (Tues, Thurs)
0407576688 Anxiety, mood & behavioural,
not ASD assessment
Bethany Coates (psychologist) Red Robin Wellbeing, 7 Sturt St, Beaufort 0478108668 Anx/dep, disability, trauma, behaviour, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy
Yvonne Dawson Horsham - see Public services (above)    
Wendy Deckert
(social worker)
West Wimmera Health Service, Nhill
Kaniva Medical Clinic, Kaniva
0438067141  
Anna Dridan (social worker) Maryborough​ Psychology Clinic​​​​ Maryborough 0417441700 NDIS registered, developmental, anx/ dep., trauma
Gail Harris
(social worker)
113 High Street, Maryborough 0403657083 Anx/dep., loss, trauma, adjustment, attachment
John Hastings (social worker) Reids Lane, Halls Gap
(also visits Ararat, Stawell, Horsham)
53564267 Family & relationships
Val Hastings
(social worker)
Reids Lane, Halls Gap
(also visits Ararat, Stawell, Horsham)
53564267 Family & relationships
Nyree Hutchins (psychologist) Yellow Gum Psychology, 18 McLachlan Street Horsham 0492945731 General childhood psychology, Not ASD
Casey Logan (psychologist) Maryborough 0450476707 grief & loss, trauma, anx/dep., parental-adolescent
Carly McKinniss Grampians Psychology, Ararat 0400492233  
Dr Melinda Metaxas (psychologist) Maryborough​ Psychology Clinic​​​​ Maryborough 0417441700 Primarily for assessments (cognitive, learning, functional), NDIS registered
Judith Parker
(social worker)
(Stawell, Ararat) 0427558218 CBT, drawing therapy
Jan Schlunke Ballarat Psychological Services, 705 Mair Street Ballarat (also visits Ararat) 53321621 ASD, crisis, parenting, identity, sexuality, relationships
Melanie Stones (social worker) Ararat 0488322619 Women, family conflict
Melanie Wallis
(psychologist)
Warracknabeal 0417781530  
Jacqueline Zakhary (social worker) Horsham 0477029508 Anx/dep., relationships