Collaboration

House

Psychology

 

Collaboration. Outcomes.
Reflection. Excellence.

Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Counselling
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Welcome to Collaboration House Psychology located in Watsonia / Greensborough, Victoria and we provide child, adolescent, and adult mental health services for Melbourne's northern suburbs and across Australia. We focus on creating a a warm, engaging, and collaborative space to meet your mental health wellbeing needs. Our team of psychologists act with your individual needs in mind, tailoring the work to incorporate your feedback in the treatment environment.

 

Our psychologists are registered with AHPRA, are members of the APS, and use the Feedback Informed Treatment approach in therapy.

OUR APPROACH

​We work a little differently than some psychologists. We seek to know your experience in sessions to inform your treatment process. We hope to assist empowering you to have a voice in your experience in the therapeutic process, our working relationship, and your overall wellbeing.

We use the Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) process to better inform our therapeutic interventions by soliciting feedback about progress and the quality of the therapeutic relationship. We believe this evidence-based approach in our therapy practice impacts therapeutic outcomes for clients. We track how clients are going in therapy and how the therapeutic working relationship is going; throughout therapy and especially when we hit a bump in the road, we seek the client's experience to guide what to adjust and how we can meet their needs.

We use two short surveys: The Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) and the Session Rating Scale (SRS). The ORS is used to assess the client's therapeutic progress by rating psychological wellbeing, functioning, and the client's perceived benefit of treatment.

The SRS is used to assess the client's view of the client and therapist working alliance and relationship (i.e., the quality of the relational bond of the therapist with the client) in order to tailor the therapy to best fit the client's preferences.

 
 

Monica Lay

Psychologist and Psychotherapist


B.A (Psych), PG Dip Psych, M.Psych (Counselling)

"We are born in relationship, we are wounded in relationship, and we can be healed in relationship"

- Harville Hendrix 

Monica has a strong humanistic approach to inquiry and assessment which recognises that emotional injuries are embedded in the interpersonal. Combining insights from the
neuroscience of attachment and psychophysiology of trauma, together with her warm, sociable personality and highly skilled empathetic attunement, Monica works collaboratively with each of her clients to build a positive therapeutic alliance as a
mechanism for emotional, cognitive and behavioural change. Monica adopts a twofold approach: she is passionate about supporting her clients on their journey of self-discovery, healing and empowerment by helping them process (past and present) lived experiences, and also (re)discover a more self-compassionate narrative to sustain wellbeing. This process can take time and depends on the client’s readiness, willingness and capacity for the therapeutic work. In this regard, Monica prefers
medium- to longer-term psychotherapy to address underlying core issues.

Special Interests: Monica is a LGBTIQA+ affirmative clinician with a professional interest in the psychology of relationships. She works with adult clients experiencing family & relationship difficulties, life adjustment issues (e.g., journey/ transition to parenthood), stress management, self-esteem issues, loss & grief, anxiety and depressive disorders.

Evidence Based Practices: Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBTs).

Monica Lay at Collaboration House Psycho
 
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Amy Donaldson

Child and Adolescent Psychologist


BA (Psych); BAPsych (Hons); MPsych (Clinical); GradDip(Developmental Trauma)

Amy has a warm and playful approach to therapy. Her priority is to build a safe space and relationship for her clients. She is passionate about helping children and young people to work through their difficult experiences, develop positive relationships and build on their strengths. She enjoys creatively incorporating the client’s interests into therapy; from Star Wars, to soccer to listening to her clients’ choice of angsty music in session. She works collaboratively with family members, schools and other social supports to help get the best outcomes for her clients.

Amy has postgraduate training in treating childhood trauma, using therapies based on attachment and neurobiology (brain and body development). In working with primary school children, she uses play based approaches to allow them to work through issues in a non-threatening way. For older teens and young adults, she combines therapies such as schema therapy, narrative therapy and CBT techniques

By building a strong culture of feedback and with continued assessment of of the therapeutic relationship, Amy aims to maintain a high standard of care and treatment that fosters positive relational experience and assists individuals in achieving their wellbeing goals. Amy has experience working in community health, primary and secondary schools, and community mental health. She is currently working towards endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist through the registrar program.

Special Interests: Amy has a special interest in working with children and Amy has a special interest in working with children and young people who have experienced trauma. She also works with people aged 5 to 25 years of age with issues such as depression, anxiety, relational issues, school difficulties and self-harm.

Evidence Based Practices: Amy utilises attachment based therapies, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Schema Therapy and Narrative Therapy. She also draws on strategies from family therapy and interpersonal neurobiology.

 

Dr RaeLynn Álvarez Wicklein

Director, Clinical and Counselling Psychologist

B.Sc (Psych), M.Sc (Counselling Psych), PsyD (Counselling Psych)

(Not currently accepting new clients)

My particular focus in therapy is collaboration with the person. It would be an honour and a privilege to have you share your story with me.

I'm a therapist who brings a warm, collaborative, and engaged approach to working with adolescents, adults, couples, and therapists seeking therapy.

​I work very specifically to create a culture of feedback with the clients I meet. I actively seek your feedback in sessions to inform your treatment process. I hope to assist in empowering you to have a voice in your experience in the therapeutic process, our working relationship, and your overall wellbeing.

Since 1998 I have worked in both the U.S. and Australia in community mental health, hospitals, juvenile justice, university counselling, child and family services, and lectured/trained clinical and counselling psychologists in postgraduate programs. I am an adjunct Lecturer at La Trobe University and I train and supervise clinical, counselling, and general psychologists at all stages of their careers. (at River City Reflections). I am honoured and privileged to be the 2017 APS Women and Psychology Elaine Dignan Award Winner for my career-long work with women and girls.

Special Interests: I can assist with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship and social issues, behavioural difficulties, ADHD, body image and eating issues, trauma, PTSD, and perinatal mental health issues.

Evidence Based Practices: I use a variety of evidenced based practices in my collaborative and feedback informed treatment approach including Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT).

I act from a genuine place of curiosity about your experiences and will tailor the work to meet your needs. I use the feedback informed treatment process to better inform our therapeutic interventions. I believe this approach in our therapy practice results in more effective therapeutic outcomes for clients. I am a certified Feedback Informed Treatment practitioner and trainer

Dr RaeLynn Alvarez Wicklein
 
 

 TelehealtH & Face-to-Face Sessions

The majority of sessions we provide are via online video and phone. From November 4th, we may be able to offer face-to-face sessions* depending on our psychologists' availability. Speak to our reception if you are seeking these appointments. 

*Please note for face-to-face sessions you will need to be fully vaccinated (with both jabs) when attending sessions. If you have a medical exemption, you will be required to do online or phone sessions until further notice.

Individual

50+ minute Sessions are $180-$215 (Child, Adolescent, & Adult)

Mondays - Fridays

9am-6pm

After hours fees apply M-F after 3:30pm, weekends, and public holidays. Please enquire.

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couples

50+ minute Sessions are $270

Mondays and Wednesdays

After hours fees apply M-F after 3:30pm, weekends, and public holidays. Please enquire.

Conact Us

We see clients in suburbs: Watsonia, Greensborough, Briar Hill, Montmorency, Lower Plenty, St Helena, Viewbank, Kingsbury, Diamond Creek, Eltham, Doreen, Mill Park, Bundoora, Fairfield, Research, Yallambie, Macleod, Rosanna, Heidelberg Heights, Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Eaglemont, Preston

Medicare Rebates

Persons with a Mental Health Care Treatment Plan and Referral Letter from their GP may be eligible for up to 20 rebated sessions per year.

Consulting,
SUPERVISION, &
MENTORING

Allied Health Professional, Private Practice Owner, or Agency? Seeking consulting, coaching, mentoring, supervision, or training? Want to know more about implementing Feedback in Treatment and Deliberate Practice?

 
 

Contact Us

Book an appointment by phone, email, or contact form.

0490 973 552

admin@collaborationhousepsychology.com

Fax: 03 8456 6202

Clinic Address:

77 Devonshire Road, Watsonia VIC 3087

We will respond to your contact inquiry by the end of the next business day. On Mondays through Fridays, we work via Telehealth and In-Person with clients in Australia. After hour appointments are also available on these days - after hours fees apply.

We see clients in suburbs: Watsonia, Greensborough, Briar Hill, Montmorency, Lower Plenty, St Helena, Viewbank, Kingsbury, Diamond Creek, Eltham, Doreen, Mill Park, Bundoora, Fairfield, Research, Yallambie, Macleod, Rosanna, Heidelberg Heights, Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Eaglemont, Preston, Reservoir, Warrandyte, Hurstbridge

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