Merinda Park Adolescent and Adult Counselling Service
At the Merinda Park Adolescent and Adult Counselling Service, we strive to support our Casey Community members in your mental health and managing your concerns and issues. We offer professional counselling services and evidence-based psychological support to facilitate resilience building, develop a sense of well-being and develop strategies to make lasting change.
How does our counselling services work?
A standard counselling session is 50 minutes. Initial consultations could last longer for administrative purposes and for the Counsellor to provide an overview on the counselling services, please allow an extra 20 minutes for your first session.
The idea of counselling is to develop a safe space in exploring the issues and problems, have candid conversations, brainstorming and evaluating potential solutions that could lead to positive change. It is a respectful, purposeful and collaborative journey for necessary reflections and progress to take place. On the other hand, if there is a specific issue or diagnosis that is wished to be worked on, it is encouraged to bring in as much medical information to the initial intake session so that the most appropriate evidence-based approach could be identified and incorporated.
The MPAACS counselling can be brief or long term dependent on the needs of each individual. No mental health plan is required and there is no limit to the number of sessions a client may have with MPAACS.
In situations where more specific services are required, the Counsellor may refer you on to further support within the areas of homelessness, domestic violence, discrimination, financial relief, Centrelink, bullying, harassment and child protection.
If you wish to enquire further about counselling services and discuss whether the MPAACS services is the right fit for you, please do not hesitate to contact the Counsellor via phone or email as listed below.
Alison is an AHPRA registered Provisional Psychologist, with over five years of tertiary training in psychology. Alison practices a compassionate, inquisitive and non-judgemental attitude in her approach to therapy, tailoring interventions to the individual’s needs with a commitment to evidence-based practices, such as Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology, CBT, ACT and psychodynamic approaches.
Alison received her Master’s degree in Professional Psychology from Monash University. She has also obtained her Master’s degree in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at the University College London in the United Kingdom and Bachelor in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong.
With extensive experience working in Hong Kong, Cambodia, London and Melbourne, Alison is familiar with supporting clients from diverse backgrounds and from all walks of life, and strive to transform challenges into resilience and open-mindedness. In addition to English, Alison is also fluent in Cantonese.
Alison works with all age groups and is also skilled in cognitive assessments and vocational support delivery. Her professional interests and expertise include anxiety management, trauma, chronic pain and have conducted research in various areas such as ante-/post-partum depression as well as developing confidence in educators when working with students with mental health issues. Alison values a collaborative approach working with families, carers and multidisciplinary teams to support the person in need to achieve a more vibrant, supported sense of self in adjusting to life transitions.
|Open hours||Tuesday – Friday (closed public holidays)
8:30am – 4:30pm
After hours sessions are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Please contact our counsellor for appointment booking arrangements.
|Address||141-147 Endeavour Drive
Cranbourne North , Victoria, 3977
|Postal||P.O. Box 7144,
Cranbourne North, Victoria, 3977
|Telephone||03 5996 9056|
|Map reference:||Google map|
|Cost – Hour session|
|Fee:||$11 per session: Children & adolescents (up to 18 years old), part-time workers, concession card holders.
$22 per session: Full time workers and non-concession card holders
Please note that there will be a price adjustment from 31 August 2020 onwards:$16.50 per session: Children & adolescents (up to 18 years old), part-time workers, concession card holders.
Payment is expected at the time of consultation and can be made by cash, credit or eftpos.
Note: Please note that appointments held outside reception hours must be pre-paid.
Exceptions: As the service aims to be affordable and accessible to members of the Casey community, fees are sought on a sliding scale according to income; however counselling will not be denied where there are genuine financial difficulties. If you are in financial difficulty, please discuss this with the counsellor in advance in order to make arrangements for fees, charges and other needs.
To ensure all members of our community have equal opportunities in accessing our MPAACS counselling services, we ask for scheduled appointments to be cancelled/rescheduled at least 24 hours in advance. If for any reason a session is cancelled less than 24 hours prior, the full fee will be charged.