We are a group of psychologists and allied helping professionals. We have 30 years of experience, delivering our services in a confidential, warm, safe and caring environment. You can scroll down to learn more about each of our practitioners.
RACHEL ABRAMSON & ASSOCIATES remain open during each stage of the current COVID pandemic. We are keeping abreast of current government requirements so that we can keep our clients, colleagues and ourselves safe throughout this period. If you are at all worried or concerned about how COVID may affect you, feel free to contact us.
Telehealth: All Australians are eligible to access psychological services via telehealth. To avail yourself of this service, you will need an electronic device with a fast, reliable internet connection. There is no software to download. Dr. Abramson will email a link to our secure online portal HealthDirect: HealthDirect is a secure online portal exclusively developed for the health sector to ensure your privacy and confidentiality. HealthDirect is HIPAA compliant. Data is encrypted at both ends of the internet connection; which means that any data shared within the portal remains equally private and confidential. No data is retained after the consultation has ended. For this reason, HealthDirect will ask for permission to access your camera and microphone each time you click on its link.
To attend your scheduled appointment, you need merely click on the link five minutes before your scheduled appointment and follow the prompts. You can also bookmark that link for future appointments should you so desire.
Face-to-face: Face-to-face appointments are held at The Jewel, Suite 307, 566 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. There is onsite parking for those who may require. There is also one-hour unmetered parking on Beatrice street and metered parking on St Kilda Road (which is unmetered on Sundays). We are opposite tram stop 26.
Upon arrival, you will see a sign advising you not to enter the premises before your scheduled appointment. This is because we clean and disinfect the premises between clients. Your appointment will take place in the reception space so as to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres. Hand sanitizers are provided for your use. If there is anything else you may need to feel safe, please do not hesitate to let us know beforehand.
If you find yourself unwell on the day of your scheduled appointment, please ring your psychologist to make alternate arrangements.
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The most common reasons for coming to see Dr. Abramson are for anxiety (including anxiety around health or COVID), sleeping difficulties, stress, depression and trauma. Clients may also come to see her if a loved one has been given a terminal diagnosis or because there are unwanted thoughts or feelings in their head and those thoughts/feelings are making it difficult to do their job or nurture their most important relationships.
Dr. Abramson also works with clients who have an eating disorder. She takes a HAES perspective (health at every size) and works with those living in larger bodies, problems with comfort eating, overeating, binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa.
Dr. Rachel Abramson is an organisational, health and counselling psychologist. She is also a Credentialed Eating Disorders Clinician. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a fellow of the APS College of Organisational Psychologists, APS College of Health Psychologists and APS College of Counselling Psychologists. She has an interest in healthy aging across the lifespan (both in terms of longevity and quality of life as we age). She helps adults and older adults work through their concerns using schema therapy. The goal of which is to help clients heal their own vulnerabilties from a position of strength and resourcefulness.
Clients can make an appointment by emailing Dr Abramson, texting or phoning 0418 149 506. She has capacity to take on additional clients via telehealth. She is available for consultation Sundays to Thursdays, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, except on 25th December or 1st January. She is trialing some early morning appointments. If this sounds like something that would be of interest to you, please let her know when you make a booking with her.
Watch this space to find out when she will open up face to face appointments.
Dr. Abramson's fees for F2F and telehealth appointments are $109.25 per consultation. Where third parties are directly paying for her services, her fees will reflect the standard TAC rate for psychologists. Fees for telehealth appointments can be paid via EFT 24 hours before the scheduled appointment. Fees for face-to-face appointments can be paid by cash or EFT at the time of consultation. In this way, Dr. Abramson can issue a receipt for Medicare purposes on the day of your appointment.
Medicare rebates may apply for those with a GP referral and either a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) or an Eating Disorders Plan (EDP).
Under the MHCP pathway, clients are initially referred for up to six consultations. With a review of the MHCP and a new GP referral, clients can access a further four consultations under the same plan; a total of ten consultations per calendar year.
Under the EDP pathway, clients are initially referred for up to ten consultations. With a new referral from their GP, clients can access a second parcel of ten consultations. With a referral from both their GP and psychiatrist, clients can access a third parcel of ten consultations. Finally, with a fourth referral from their GP, clients can access a final parcel of ten consultations under the plan; a total of forty consultations within a calendar year.
We currently have two associates in our group:
Ms. Tess McLoughlan is an organisational, counselling, educational and forensic psychologist and has been in private practice for over 30 years.
Ms. McLoughlan has an interest in personal injury and trauma following crime, workplace abuse and accidents. Through methods of psychoeducation and cognitive-behavioral skills training and trauma-informed counselling, clients are assisted to gain insight and support in their recovery and rehabilitation.
Psychological reports are prepared when appropriate for conciliation, compensation and justice.
Ms. McLoughlan is available for consultations during business hours by appointment. Bookings and enquiries for Ms. McLoughlan can be made on 0411 466 521 during standard business hours..
Ms. Jo Zajd provides family and relationship counselling. Bookings and enquiries for Ms. Zajd can be made on 0498 978 665 during standard business hours.
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