About Diane

Diane is a registered Generalist Psychologist with Australia’s health governing body AHPRA, current member of the Australian Psychological Society APS, and a Clinical Psychology Registrar.

Diane has experience in private practice, not for profit organisations, government agencies, educational facilities, and psychiatric hospital settings.  She has worked extensively with adolescents and adults presenting with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, personality disorders, psychosis, complex trauma, developmental disorders, relationship difficulties, emotional instability, and suicidal and self- harming behaviours.

Diane’s therapeutic style is relaxed and engaging, which draws upon a client centred approach as a platform for the provision of evidence-based therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy (ST) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

She understands that from time to time, most people will face personal struggles or challenges.  These challenges may arise due to the experience of a negative event, grief and loss, relationship strains and ruptures, mental health issues, difficulties within work/school or university, addictions, or from a multitude of life’s stressors and situations.
Often these challenges trigger an examination of our thoughts, behaviours, and feelings, ignite our internal resources like our coping mechanisms, and have us leaning on our loved ones, to successfully pass through the phase.  Sometimes though, additional support is needed, and talking to an allied health professional can be really helpful to get back on track.
The foundations of Diane’s practice are built on the core principles of Connection, Compassion, Collaboration, Pattern finding, Recalibration, and Evaluation.  These principles, together with a non-judgmental, genuine, and empathic approach in a safe and trusted space, are the cornerstone of her therapeutic style.

What Can Diane Offer You?

Diane offers psychological counselling with evidence-based strategies and interventions, for a broad range of psychiatric and psychological issues.  Treatment is individualised to maximise support in understanding and managing the challenges faced, develop resilience, increase mental health wellbeing, reduce stress, build happiness, and facilitate healthier relationships.

The foundations of Diane’s practice are built on the core principles of:

·      Anxiety

·      Depression

·      BiPolar

·      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

·      Phobia Disorder

·      Panic Disorder

·      PTSD

·      Personality Disorders

·      Self-Harming and Suicidal behaviours

·      Social Anxiety

·      Relationships

·      Self Esteem

·      Identity and self concept

·      LGBTQI

·      Stress Management

·      Conflict Resolution

·      Mood Regulation

·      Sleep Management

·      Trauma

·      Workplace issues

·      Adjustment and transitions

·      Work-life balance

·      Grief and bereavement


How much does it cost?

Standard consultation fee        $ 170.00

Medicare Rebate:                       $ 124.50

Out of Pocket:                            $ 45.50

Payment is required at the end of each consultation via EFTPOS (credit/debit card) or cash.  If claiming the Medicare rebate, this will be completed at the time of payment via HICAPS incurring the difference amount only.

Medicare – Better Access Initiative

To claim a Medicare rebate for between 6 – 10 sessions with a Psychologist, a Mental Health Care plan completed by your General Practitioner is required.

Can I claim on my Health Fund?

Private Health Fund rebates may apply, however not in conjunction with the Medicare rebate.

How can I find out more?

For further information, please visit Diane Mitchell Psychology at www.dmpsych.com.au