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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LEEANN MAHLO
REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST

Leeann is a registered Psychologist and psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples, families and young people. Leeann is passionate about providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental 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) and mindfulness techniques, to suit each client’s unique needs. Leeann has a special interest in working with anxiety, depression, stress, adjustment difficulties, relationship issues, eating disorders and behavioural concerns.

She also has specialised training in Gestalt Therapy and Group Therapy and is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Bachelor of Music

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ALEXANDRA HARRY
REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST

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.

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Alex holds a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Adelaide, and a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology from La Trobe University. She practices from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy orientations, and has particular interest in cognition and therapy, and in adapting therapy for older adults.

Kirsty
KIRSTY REYNOLDS
ACCREDITED MENTAL HEALTH SOCIAL WORKER

Kirsty has completed a Masters in Social Work and is registered as a Mental Health Social Worker meaning clients can obtain Medicare rebates when they see her under a Mental Health Treatment Plan. Kirsty specialises in working as a trauma informed clinician assisting individuals and families to navigate the most challenging experiences of their life.

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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.

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

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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 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.

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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