Hills Psychology Centre

Hills Psychology Centre is a Psychology practice based in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills.

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 Services

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.

Adolescents

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

Sexuality

Teasing and bullying

School refusal

Adjustment following parental separation and divorce

Sleeping difficulties

Grief and bereavement

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Adults

Anxiety and panic attacks

Depression

Social anxiety

Child, family, and parenting difficulties

Adjusting to change and loss (job loss, separation,
divorce, illness)

Stress and conflict

Anger management

Assertiveness

Domestic violence

Trauma

Grief

Sleep problems

Chronic pain

Personality disorders

Our Team

All clinicians have completed university post-graduate clinical training and are registered with the appropriate governing body for their respective disciplines.

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MELISSA DALMEYER
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

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.

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With this broad range of experience, Melissa can assist with most of the clinical issues presented within a general psychological practice.  Her specific areas of expertise and interest include the following:

  • Relationship and couples counselling
  • Sleep issues
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Alcohol, drug, and sex addictions
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Shyness and social anxiety
  • Specific phobias
  • Anger management
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eating disorders

Jason Gill
JASON GILL
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

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.

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Jason’s other areas of interest include treating the various anxiety disorders, as well as assisting people to manage problematic emotions, overcome the effects of childhood abuse, and treating issues related to depression and sleep difficulties. As is common for many psychologists, Jason uses components from a variety of therapies when working with his clients, in order to find the most beneficial techniques for each individual.

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DR LEEANN MAHLO
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

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.

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Leeann draws on a variety of evidence-based therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness techniques, to suit each client’s unique needs. She has a particular interest in working with anxiety, depression, stress, adjustment difficulties, relationship issues, eating disorders and behavioural concerns.

Leeann also has specific training in Gestalt therapy and group therapy and has completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her PhD research focused on the utility of mindfulness and meditation for well-being in adulthood.

Qualifications:

  • PhD (Clinical Psychology)

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology

  • Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy

  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy

  • Bachelor of Music

Leeann is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).

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DR ALICE STOLZENBERG
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Alice is a clinical psychologist who has over 10 years of experience working in the mental health sector. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and she is passionate about providing evidence-based therapies tailored to meet the individual needs of her clients.

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Alice has a strong commitment to creating a safe, non-judgemental space where clients can work towards their therapeutic goals. She has experience working with individuals with personality disorders (particularly borderline personality disorder), mood disorders, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress and adjustment disorders, and individuals struggling with life stressors. She enjoys working with clients aged 16 years and over.

Alice completed her Masters/PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD on social supports and perinatal depression.

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KIRSTY REYNOLDS
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.

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Qualifications:

  • Master of Social Work
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator
  • Level 3 Yoga teacher- Hatha
  • Currently undertaking training in Schema therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

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ELLIE ROSS
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.

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Ellie is particularly enthusiastic about delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to treat a range of mental health issues. Her approach to practice is also informed by her training and experience in a variety of other evidence-based therapies including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Ten (CBT-T); Mindfulness and, Multisystemic Therapy (MST).

Ellie has completed training in Perinatal Mental Health and the mandatory training to allow her clients to access rebates via the Non-Directive pregnancy support counselling initiative.

Ellie’s specific areas of interest are:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder/Emotional Dysregulation issues
  • Alcohol and substance misuse
  • Prenatal and Postnatal Care for women to provide support to address issues such as; unplanned pregnancy, termination consideration, antenatal/postnatal depression, pregnancy-related anxiety, concerns of lack of bond with foetus/baby, and concerns related to preparing for parenthood
  • Sexual and Gender identity issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Trauma related disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression and anxiety.

Ellie will accept referrals for clients aged 12 years and above.

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. 

Addictions

Anger management

Anxiety

Bipolar disorders

Borderline Personality Disorders

Bullying

Childhood emotional and behavioural difficulties

Depression

Drug and alcohol problems

Eating disorders

Family and parenting issues

Grief and loss

Illness, injury rehabilitation, and pain

Interpersonal conflict and bullying

Learning difficulties

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Parental separation

Relationship counselling

Schizophrenia

School refusal

Self-harm

Sexuality and transgender issues

Sleep issues

Specific phobias

Stress management

Trauma and childhood trauma

Workplace stress and burnout

For cancellations or changes to your scheduled appointment, we require to be advised by 12pm two business days prior to your appointment. Late cancellation fees are charged if we are not advised by this time.

Contact

To make an appointment please call us on
8131 0149 or use the form provided

Hills Psychology Centre
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

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