Laura Smolcic is a registered Clinical Psychologist
As a psychologist, Laura treats an array of mental health conditions ranging from depression and anxiety (including GAD, OCD), personality disorders, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, postnatal depression, schizophrenia, and drug and alcohol misuse.
In her approach, Laura uses a range of evidence-based psychological therapies from Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills through to Schema Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).
The psychological sessions offered through Growing Bones provide high Medicare rebates for clients on a GP Mental Health Plan (with small gap fees). Not sure what a GP Mental Health Plan is? Read more information on Medicare’s website.
What does a psychologist actually do?
A psychologist helps many different types of people from all walks of life to lead a happier, more meaningful life. Typically, psychologists assess and diagnose a range of mental health problems, help their clients to develop strategies and treatments, and offer guidance and support.
Many people at some point in their lives will have need for psychological advice or care. Following are a few examples of the types of issues that a psychologist may be able to help with:
• People suffering from the everyday stresses of modern life
• A new mother not coping or suffering from postnatal depression
• A retrenched, or long term unemployed worker struggling with depression
• Individuals struggling with long-term mental illness such as bipolar disorder
• An individual with alcohol problems
• People dealing with major health problems such as a terminal disease
• A retiree coping with loss of meaning
• Individuals battling either substance or behavioural addictions
How does a psychologist help you have a healthier body?
Research indicates there are many psychological therapies (based on Cognitive Behavioural concepts) that can assist in a majority of body image and eating disorder problems (Paxton & McLean, 2009).
With long term background in education and fitness, Laura is particularly passionate about teaching and assisting her clients with body image issues, weight management, dysfunctional and disordered eating behaviours.
How can a psychologist help with postnatal depression?
Postnatal depression is a serious and very common condition caused by biological and psychological factors in a woman after she has given birth. Almost 60-80% of new mothers will suffer from postnatal depression to some degree at some stage after giving birth.
Sometimes known as “baby blues”, the mother may experience mild-to-severe depression, anxiety, irritability, confusion, irritability, sleep and appetite disturbances. More serious symptoms include debilitating, long term clinical depression, hopelessness, suicidal or irrational thoughts, panic attacks, or thoughts of harming the baby.
If you are suffering from postnatal depression we urge you to get help immediately. Along with psychological counselling and behavioural therapy, there are many other holistic and osteopathic treatments that can help you on the road to recovery. There is no reason you need to suffer postnatal depression on your own.
How to book a session with our psychologist.
- Make an appointment with your local GP to obtain a GP Mental Health Plan.
- Laura is available every Wednesday at our clinic in Yarraville . You can call Laura Smolcic on 0402 057 205 to make your appointment or use our online booking tool.
- Your doctor will give you a referral form. This form must be kept with you and presented to us with your Medicare card when attending your appointment.
- Payment for your consultation is required in full at the end of your consult. Sessions can be paid for via cash or credit card.
- We then process your Medicare rebate. You provide us with your Medicare Card and a Bank Card linked to a cheque or savings account. You will need to enter your pin for the rebate to be transferred into your account. If you do not have a bank card, we will issue you a receipt for manual claiming.
- Medicare benefits can be provided for up to ten (10) psychological sessions per calendar year. After every 6 sessions, you will need to go back to your GP to obtain a Mental Health Review Plan.
- Sessions are eligible for private health insurance claims (check your health insurance provider to see if you are covered and for the amount of cover you will receive).
All sessions are confidential and ethical standards will be applied in accordance to guidelines from AHPRA and the APS.
Laura provides psychologist and counselling services to clients from Inner City Melbourne, Yarraville, Seddon, Port Melbourne, Footscray, West Footscray, and Spotswood areas.
Need more information about our counselling and psychologist services?
If you have any questions please call us on 03 9687 3040, or make an appointment using our secure online booking tool.