Northern Psychological Assessment & Treatment Service

 

Providing a healthier way of living

Mon Tue Thu 9am – 7:30pm

Fri and Sat 9am – 1pm

Wed and Sun – closed

Telephone  (03) 9350 1757

Facsimile  (03) 8669 4175

286 Gaffney Street,
Pascoe Vale 3044

OUR STORY

The Northern Psychological Assessment and Treatment Service (NPATS) was established in 1999. It first commenced operating from the North Melbourne Medical Centre (Victoria Street), relocating to Melville Road, Pascoe Vale South in 2001, where it operated for the next seven years.

 

In 2008 the practice moved to 286 Gaffney Street Pascoe Vale, where it continues today.

 

In addition to private practice, our Principal Psychologist, Lewi Yiolitis, spent many years in the public mental health service gaining invaluable training and exposure to the range of mental health conditions that people experience (including severe anxiety, psychotic illness, clinical depression and bipolar affective disorder).

 

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"A safe place to unpack your emotional issues"

OUR PRACTICE

The practice is located at 286 Gaffney Street.

 

  • Parking is available at the rear of the property.
  • A Public Transport Bus is available at the front of the property and the Melville Road tram is within walking distance.

 

Over the last 18 years, the practice has grown significantly so that Lewi Yiolitis has become a full-time private practitioner and welcomed a few additional clinical psychologists into the practice.

 

The Northern Psychological Assessment and Treatment Service has significant long-standing links with many general practitioners and psychiatrists in the region.

"Therapy is often a journey where one eventually learns to trust themselves again"

 

— Lewi Yiolitis —

OUR TEAM

Our professional staff are qualified in their fields and have many years experience.

Lewi Yiolitis

—  Clinical Psychologist

B.Sc (Hons) M.Psych (Clinical)
– Member Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

– Registered Clinical Psychologist in the State of Victoria

– Endorsed Clinical Supervisor through AHPRA

Lewi commenced working at a public mental health clinic in 1996 and within a few years had already developed a significant reputation as an excellent mental health practitioner. He is happy to acknowledge that his foray into private practice was both inspired and promoted by several psychiatrists he had come to work closely with during those early years, namely Dr Sunil Datta and Dr Samir Ibrahim.

 

Lewi has been able to service the local community through the provision of in-depth clinical psychological assessments and tailored psychological therapy for his patients. There have been therapy groups run from the practice for a number of years, which have complimented the individual treatment provided.

 

He has been able to assist patients referred from all areas of Melbourne, as well as country Victoria. Lewi’s engaging and warm personality and excellent assessment and therapy skill set have made him a highly sought after clinical psychologist for a number of years. Lewi has been able to assist patients with a range of mental health conditions including, but not limited to social anxiety, generalised anxiety, panic, OCD and depression.

 

Given his significant experience across a number of work settings including adult psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, primary mental health, divisions of general practice and private practice, it is not surprising that Lewi has also become a highly sought after clinical supervisor. Private supervision continues to be a significant portion of his work in the practice which has been sought by mental health clinicians from a range of disciplines, including psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and social workers.

 

Personal Reflection Lewi Yiolitis

 

When asked “How do you manage to stay positive after hearing so many patients talk about difficult experiences over the years?” I can honestly say that one word consistently comes to mind. Privileged. That is, I have been privileged for so many years to have had people attend my office and trust me with their life’s challenges. There is little doubt that it has been one of the most satisfying aspects of my life, to be able to help everyday people, just like myself, who fall into a hole, or are distressed or overwhelmed for whatever reason. That feeling of helping people work through their issues and seeing them return to a “normal existence”, personally overshadows any possible weight of being a clinical psychologist.

Josie Catania

—  Clinical Psychologist

B.Arts (Psych). G.Dip (Psych). M.Psych (Clinical)
– Member Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

– Endorsed Clinical Supervisor through AHPRA

Josie is a compassionate and engaging clinical psychologist with over 15 years’ experience across a number of settings. She commenced practicing as a psychologist in public mental health and over the years has developed excellent mental health assessment and treatment skills across a range of conditions. Josie has worked in various roles, including Eating Disorder Coordinator and Senior Clinician at the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders. Josie is recognised for her specialist skills in eating disorders, and she is a credentialed eating disorder clinician.

 

Josie has worked in private practice for over 10 years which has seen her further enhance her excellent assessment and treatment skills with high prevalence disorders – such as panic, generalised anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder, depression and eating disorders. Josie is able to provide evidenced based treatment, including CBT, CBTE, and Schema Therapy, for individuals ranging from late adolescence throughout the life span.

 

She is registered as a provider of psychological services to individuals referred through Medicare, DVA, TAC and Workcover. Josie is also recognised as a board approved supervisor.

Deborah Nielsen

—  Clinical Psychologist

B.A., M.A. (Psych), Dip Clin Psych
– Member Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

– Registered Clinical Supervisor (AHPRA)

Deb is an intuitive, caring and passionate clinical psychologist who has extensive experience working in the field of adult mental health. Deb completed her psychology training in Auckland, New Zealand, where she worked in both hospital and community settings prior to moving to Melbourne. She commenced work in Melbourne in the public mental health sector, where she held several clinical roles as well as management and leadership positions.

 

In 2010 Deb began working in the private mental health sector and has since transitioned into full-time private practice. Deb has highly developed assessment and treatment skills and works with adults experiencing a broad range of mental health difficulties, including panic, generalised anxiety, adjustment disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and trauma. Her background training includes structural and strategic family therapy which informs her work with individuals, along with training in CBT and other therapy modalities. Her work is trauma-informed.

 

Deb is registered as a provider of psychological services with Medicare, Workcover, DVA and TAC and is a registered clinical supervisor.

Nicole Haley

—  Office Manager

Nicole prides herself on being polite, efficient and respectful to clients and has 26 years experience in client facing roles. She is conscious of the difficulty some people face making their first call to the practice.

 

Our friendly receptionist is happy to take your call and answer any questions you have. She can advise on our waiting list and when the next available appointment is.

Healthy Adjustment and suitability for Therapy

Learning to endure and settle unwanted emotions is often the key to healthy life adjustment. It is human nature to avoid difficult emotions, and make life choices that in the short term seem better for us. These include being dishonest with self and others, burying our grief, avoiding intimacy or relationships all together, or abusing substances.

 

Therapy often leads patients to conclude that the easy path in life is not necessarily the healthiest one to take. Appropriateness for therapy is often best indicated by ones willingness to consider alternative modes of functioning and openness to learning.

PROCESS OF THERAPY

The process of therapy first and foremost requires courage on the part of the patient and compassion and understanding on the part of the psychologist. Rapport building for some patients takes longer dependent on how difficult their issues have become to discuss. Patients attending NPATS are often relieved to have been able to confidentially discuss the difficulties they have been carrying for sometimes many years.

 

Trust, understanding and realistic goal setting are all integral aspects of therapy that are adhered to at NPATS. Rome wasn’t built in a day, however we want to assist you to navigate towards a healthier psychological space within a reasonable time-frame. Patients are equipped with strategies, mainly derived from a cognitive behavioural framework as soon as possible.

 

At times patients are also provided with additional therapeutic tools such as mindfulness training to enhance their recovery. Extensions of CBT such as Schema Therapy are often used to enhance therapeutic outcomes and minimise relapse.

OUR SERVICES

Clinical Assessment

Prior to commencing treatment an extensive clinical assessment is carried out. This involves identification of symptoms you may be struggling with (difficulty sleeping, irritability, problems containing your worries etc.) as well as a history of previous such experiences.

 

A relevant personal history is also taken which helps better formulate the life experiences you have had — that may have contributed to your mental health issues (e.g. bullying, parenting style).

Individual Sessions

Cognitive Balanced Therapy or CBT has been the most consistently found therapy of choice for most psychological difficulties, particularly anxiety and depressive difficulties. There is a strong educational component and literature provided to patients (handouts, books etc.) to enhance their understanding of their condition as quickly as possible.

 

Relaxation training is also a significant part of CBT with most patients attending therapy being equipped with ‘treatment of choice’ mood regulatory techniques. The third and probably most significant aspect of CBT is the cognitive aspect of therapy which introduces patients to the concept of faulty thinking which drives unwanted emotional responses such as anxiety, depression, anger etc. Patients are taught to talk back to their inner critic through ‘cognitive re-framing’.

 

For some patients, extensions of CBT are required and Schema therapy may be utilised. This deeper therapeutic modality aims to equip patients with a better understanding of the historical events that occurred which led to the development and maintenance of unhealthy patterns of thinking over the course of their lives. The re-parenting part of this therapy assists to reprocess earlier experiences from a healthy adult perspective.

Group Sessions

Group sessions have become a significant complimentary therapeutic tool, which for many patients has assisted, in better understanding their condition and how to best assist themselves. Sessions are facilitated by clinical psychologists, primarily Lewi Yiolitis and aim to provide support and encouragement to battle one’s mental health issues.

 

Groups are scheduled several times per year and are often over-subscribed. For more information about groups please discuss your appropriateness for a group with your psychologist.

Clinical Supervision

The process of Clinical Supervision is offered to mental health clinicians and is aimed at assisting the mental health clinician through every means possible to enhance their ongoing learning and capacity to be both educators and practitioners of the highest calibre.

 

This is based on Lewi’s personal mantra as an individual with a high work ethic and commitment to standards as a clinical psychologist. He believes that the practice of both teaching and providing therapy, require ongoing refinement and review. If one is closed to learning, one is essentially closed to growth and the potential for a more fulfilling life experiences, be it as a therapist, educator or patient.

Mental Health Training

The practice offers training sessions to various organisations. These include, workshops on assessment and treatment for a range of mental health conditions, including panic disorder, risk assessment, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and depression.

 

Workshops also aim to enhance clinical capacity for long term sustainability in the mental health treatment area such as 'Reflection on your practice and looking after yourself'.

PROBLEMS TREATED

NPATS Clinical Psychologists provide assessment and treatment of choice therapy, for most mental health issues including:

  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress Management
  • Personality Traits
  • Phobias
  • Grief
  • Emotional Inhibition.

FEES & REBATES

Initial Assessment

Your initial assessment is 1 hour in duration. The fee on the day for this is $265.00, of that (with a mental health assessment and plan from your GP or Psychiatrist) you are entitled to a Medicare rebate of $136.35 on the day.

Individual Therapy

The individual therapy sessions are 50 mins duration and costs range from $222.00. The Medicare rebate on the day is $136.35 (with a mental health assessment and plan from your GP or Psychiatrist).

Group Sessions

Group therapy sessions are charged at $60 per session, with a rebate of $34.60 per session.

Mental Health Training

Workshops are developed within a few weeks of request and delivered on site or at the required workplace. Fees for such training events are negotiated with the Principal Psychologist.

Clinical Supervision

These sessions are also 50 minutes duration and count towards CPD (AHPRA approval) clinical supervision. Sessions are normally charged at $222.00 + GST.

Medicare Information for Patients

For more information on Medicare services and eligibility criteria requirements please visit their website or call 13 20 11 for more details.

In crisis?

Call North West Triage 1300 874 243

or contact Lifeline 13 11 14

for Emergency call 000

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CONTACT INFORMATION

286 Gaffney Street, Pascoe Vale 3044

Telephone (03) 9350 1757

Facsimile (03) 8669 4175

OFFICE HOURS

Mon Tue Thu 9am – 7:30pm

Fri and Sat 9am – 1pm

Wed and Sun – closed

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