We are a group of dedicated psychologists and social workers who enjoy working with individuals, couples and families to improve their wellbeing and quality of life. Our clinicians have completed university post-graduate clinical training and are registered with the appropriate governing body for their respective disciplines.
We provide psychological therapy under a range of programs including: Medicare, Return to Work SA, Veterans’ Affairs, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Our clinicians are qualified to treat adolescents and adults for a range of emotional and behavioural issues. We tailor treatment to meet your needs using evidence-based therapies including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Mindfulness, and Schema Therapy.
Emotional and behavioural difficulties (including self-harm)
Interpersonal difficulties with peers and/or family members
Lack of assertiveness
Procrastination and study stress
Attention and concentration difficulties
Teasing and bullying
Adjustment following parental separation and divorce
Grief and bereavement
Anxiety and panic attacks
Child, family, and parenting difficulties
Adjusting to change and loss (job loss, separation,
Stress and conflict
All clinicians have completed university post-graduate clinical training and are registered with the appropriate governing body for their respective disciplines.
Melissa Dalmeyer is a Clinical Psychologist who has more than 10 years’ experience working in the mental health sector. Melissa has graduate and post-graduate degrees in Psychology and Clinical Psychology. She is skilled to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology.More
Jason Gill is a Clinical Psychologist who enjoys working with people ranging in age from late teens to older age. He has a strong interest in treating Borderline Personality Disorder. He previously worked at Eastern Community Mental Health for eight years, where, amongst other things, he co-facilitated Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) groups.More
DR LEEANN MAHLO
Leeann is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Gestalt Practitioner who works with individuals, couples, families and young people. Leeann is passionate about providing a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental space for clients to explore current issues and concerns. She has a particular interest in supporting overall well-being by helping clients to develop effective psychological strategies for coping with the demands of life.More
Alex is a registered Psychologist with 20 years’ experience working in a variety of different settings, including health, mental health, Veterans’ Affairs, and Defence. She has a strong commitment to working with adults and older adults to help them with anxiety, depression, adjusting to health setbacks, and life changes. Alex is also able to assist people diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia and/or their family members.More
ACCREDITED MENTAL HEALTH SOCIAL WORKER
Kirsty specialises in working as a trauma informed clinician assisting individuals and families to navigate the most challenging experiences of their life. She has a special interest in working with: trauma recovery, PTSD, suicide bereavement, Borderline Personality Disorder, grief and loss, domestic and family violence, sexual assault, anxiety, depression, and alcohol and other drug dependence. She enjoys working with people of ages 13 years and older.More
ACCREDITED MENTAL HEALTH SOCIAL WORKER
Ellie Ross provides an open, honest and supportive therapeutic environment and
is passionate about delivering a high standard of therapy to her clients. She
strives to adapt her therapeutic approach to the needs of the individual, in order
to achieve their treatment goals. Ellie has over 12 years’ experience working
within the mental health sector.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find out more about our fees and services
No, you do not need a referral to see a psychologist or mental health social worker if you are using your private health insurance or privately paying the fee in full.
However, if you have a referral letter and a Mental Health Treatment Plan from your GP, or a referral from your psychiatrist or paediatrician, you are entitled to a Medicare rebate for 10 sessions per calendar year.
Your doctor may fax these documents directly to us at Hills Psychology Centre. Alternatively, some doctors give them to patients to present at their first appointment. Please note that if we do not have the referral paperwork at the time of your first appointment, we will not be able to process your Medicare rebate.
The initial referral and Mental Health Treatment Plan from a doctor is generally for 6 sessions. After 6 sessions, you are required to undertake a review by your referring doctor. Your psychologist or mental health social worker will send a progress update to your treating doctor at this point. If you and your doctor agree that further psychological therapy is appropriate, your referral or plan can be extended for a further 4 sessions.
Unlike other specialist referrals which expire after 12 months, your referral and Mental Health Treatment Plan only expire after you have exhausted the total number of sessions you have been allocated.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialise in the treatment of mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder. Psychiatrists usually prescribe medication such as anti-depressants or anti-psychotics as part of their treatment.
Psychologists are not medical doctors and cannot prescribe medication. Psychologists have usually trained for 6-8 years and can have a masters or doctorate in psychology. Psychologists have special training in conducting assessments using psychometric instruments, and in providing psychological treatments.
Psychological treatment typically involves ‘talking therapies’ designed to help people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, stress, work-related problems, life transitions, and also helping people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Depending upon what the issue is, some people may need to see both a psychologist and a psychiatrist at the same time.
Social workers in Australia provide a wide range of support services to both individuals and families in many different and diverse contexts. They have a focus on psychological, social, and cultural needs. All social workers complete an undergraduate four-year degree which covers human development and counselling interventions; however, some individuals go on to continue with specialised training. This gives them clinical status (clinical social worker) and the title ‘Accredited Mental Health Social Worker’ (AMHSW). They are required to register with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and they need to maintain this registration with annual professional development (further training) which is similarly required for Registered Psychologists. Accredited Mental Health Social Workers not only complete the four-year bachelor degree, they also need to complete another two years of supervised practice in the mental health field, providing evidenced-based counselling interventions. They are eligible to attract Medicare rebates for their services under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative, alongside Psychologists and other mental health professionals. Whilst AMHSWs provide evidenced-based counselling interventions, unlike Registered Psychologists, they do not provide mental health diagnoses and do not provide psychological testing, such as personality and intelligence testing.
Fees are payable in full at the time of consultation by cash, EFTPOS or credit card.
With a valid referral letter and Mental Health Treatment Plan in place from your GP, or a referral from your psychiatrist or paediatrician you are eligible for the Medicare rebate per session. The exact amount of your rebate will depend on what type of clinician you see, or whether you have reached the Medicare safety net. Your Medicare rebate can be refunded directly into your Cheque or Savings Account via our HICAPS machine for your convenience.
Please let us know if you are intending to take advantage of your private health insurance as we are able to provide you with the paperwork you will need to seek reimbursement from your fund.
Borderline Personality Disorders
Childhood emotional and behavioural difficulties
Drug and alcohol problems
Family and parenting issues
Grief and loss
Illness, injury rehabilitation, and pain
Interpersonal conflict and bullying
Sexuality and transgender issues
Trauma and childhood trauma
Workplace stress and burnout
For cancellations or changes to your scheduled appointment, we require to be advised by Close of Business the business day prior to your appointment. You may be charged a late cancellation fee if we are not advised by this time.
To make an appointment please call us on
8131 0149 or use the form provided
HILLS PSYCHOLOGY CENTRE
Ph: (08) 8131 0149
Fax: (08) 8131 0165
In the event of a mental health emergency, phone Mental Health Care Triage 13 14 65