Our psychologists aim to provide our clients with empathetic, professional assistance in understanding and coping with emotional and behavioural challenges, working towards positive change and improved wellbeing. The main concern of the Psychology Clinic is to help you improve your mental health and wellbeing so that you get the most out of life.
We offer a range of psychology services including:
- assessment and development of treatment plans for people with a mental illness
- administering individually-tailored psychological treatments for primary mental illnesses
- providing group programs focusing on skills development for patients diagnosed with a mental illness
- assessment and treatment of children and adolescents through our specialist child and adolescent services
Please note however that the Psychology Clinic is not an emergency service and cannot offer crisis intervention at the time of referral.
We have a strong reputation for providing personalised service using research based approaches.
Our clinicians are experienced in a range of therapeutic modalities including:
- cognitive behaviour therapy
- acceptance and commitment therapy
- mindfulness-based interventions
- schema therapy and attachment theory
- dialectical behaviour therapy
- brief psychodynamic therapy
- emotion-focused couples therapy
Before attending the clinic we require a referral from your GP (including a Mental Health Care Plan) or psychiatrist.
In order to make the referral, the treating health practitioner will need to complete our Referral to Psychology Clinic form. This form enables us to gather useful information about the patient that will help in the initial assessment and treatment planning. It also enables us to assess the suitability of the referral to the Psychology Clinic.
The referral form together with a copy of the Mental Health Care Plan or other relevant documentation can be faxed to the Clinic on: (02) 9382 8510 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the Clinic receives this form, we will contact the patient to schedule an appointment.
On completion of treatment, the referring doctor will receive a treatment report from their treating psychologist in the Clinic. This report will outline progress made to date and any further treatment requirements.
How much will it cost?
There is a cost incurred to patients in utilising the services of the Psychology Clinic.
If patients are referred by a general practitioner or psychiatrist, then some of these costs can be claimed back on Medicare. Alternatively, private health insurers may offer a rebate for psychology sessions depending on your coverage. Patients are advised to check with their private insurer and/or contact the Psychology Clinic for more information about payment options.
The Wellbeing Group is an 8-week group program focusing on psycho education, wellbeing strategies and support for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
What will sessions cover?
- Session 1: Introduction to group members and an outline of the eight group sessions.
- Session 2: Understanding bipolar disorder and learning to identify early warning signs.
- Session 3: The role of medication in managing bipolar disorder and the identification of wellbeing strategies and personal resources to prevent relapse.
- Session 4: Dealing with stress and life pressures, including the development of contingency plans.
- Session 5: Maintaining wellness through a healthy lifestyle.
- Session 6: Involving family/carers in recovery.
- Session 7: Assessing progress and reviewing available resources.
- Session 8: Review of individualised Wellbeing Plans and group evaluation.
Who is eligible?
All participants will need to be over the age of 18 with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder made by a mental health professional. Participants will need a Mental Health Care Plan specifying group treatment in order to be referred to the group program. Eligible participants may be assessed by one of the psychologists in the Clinic prior to their participation in the group program.
Are there people who will be excluded?
This program is not suitable for participants who are currently suffering from psychotic symptoms, who are suicidal or have a current problem with drugs and alcohol.
How much will it cost?
A non-refundable and one-off fee of $200 will be charged at the first session. All further sessions will also be covered by Medicare.
To participate in the Wellbeing groups, please call the Black Dog Institute Psychology Clinic on 02 9382 2991.
The Psychology Clinic Director is Senior Clinical Psychologist Associate Prof Vijaya Manicavasagar who leads our team of highly trained professionals.
Meet our Psychologists
Associate Professor Vijaya Manicavasagar
Vijaya Manicavasagar is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in Psychiatry within the Black Dog Institute, School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales. She is the Director of the Psychology Clinic and brings her expertise in the management of mood and anxiety disorders to this Clinic. Vijaya has been a practising clinician for over 25 years and has co-authored several books, book chapters and academic articles on the diagnosis and management of mental illness and anxiety problems.
Rowan Burckhardt is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working with adults, couples, and adolescents. He can help people with a range of psychological issues including mental illness, anxiety problems, relationship conflict, drug and alcohol use, and gambling addictions. He also engages with people that have life problems such as career dissatisfaction, relationship issues, life dissatisfaction and sleep problems.
Rowan works from a variety of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, emotion-focused couples therapy, brief psychodynamic therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy. He chooses the approach based on the problem presented and client preferences. While a native English speaker, Rowan also offers therapy in French and Spanish.
Dr Carryn Masluk
Dr Carryn Masluk is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the assessment and treatment of adults. Carryn completed a doctorate degree at the University of Wollongong in 2008 where she examined the self-harm behaviours of people presenting to emergency departments across the United Kingdom. She has since worked in acute in-patient psychiatry and medical (liaison) psychiatry at Prince of Wales Hospital as well as private practice and community treatment settings.
Carryn has specific interests in perinatal (pregnancy and the post birth) mental health and borderline personality disorder, although she is experienced in working with a variety of conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, postnatal depression, psychosis, stress and health-related concern. Carryn also co-ordinates the DBT and Brief Suicide Intervention Programs for the South East Sydney Area Health Service, providing specialist interventions for adults with personality disorders and suicide or self-harm behaviours.
Carryn provides brief and longer-term treatments, drawing from different modalities including cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and attachment theory. Carryn holds endorsement from the Psychology Board of Australia to practice as a clinical psychologist.
Emily is passionate about working with children, adolescents and young adults experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and behavioural difficulties. She has experience working with a range of populations and presentations within private practice, hospital, and university clinic settings, using therapeutic techniques from cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She completed her training at the University of New South Wales, gaining experience treating anxiety disorders using a CBT framework at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Unit in the Department of Medical Psychology at Westmead Hospital, and assisting adolescents with eating and mood difficulties and their families at the Intensive Family and Adolescent Eating Disorders Day Program team at the Children's Hospital, Westmead. Emily particularly enjoys assisting children and young people and has a warm and empathetic approach.
Elizabeth Talbot is a registered psychologist who helps clients with issues ranging from anxiety and depression to trauma, adjustment and addiction using the latest evidence-based therapies. Elizabeth's compassionate and good-humoured approach combined with her depth of knowledge assists her clients in achieving their goals quickly and helps accommodate their individual preferences and needs. Elizabeth encourages clients to practically address and work through their challenges in a highly supportive environment.
Suzanne completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle and have worked as a Clinical Psychologist in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the UK. Suzanne has worked across a range of settings including outpatient, inpatient, community, schools and specialist mental health services. Most recently Suzanne worked in an Adolescent DBT service at the Maudsley Hospital in London, with young people presenting with severe and complex needs.
Suzanne has completed training in a variety of evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) and have a particular interest in mindfulness based therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), having completed training in both to advanced practitioner level.
Suzanne works with adults, children, adolescents and couples with a variety of presenting difficulties including:
- mood and anxiety disorders
- emotion dysregulation difficulties
- self-harm and suicidal behaviours
- relationship difficulties
- loss and bereavement
- anger management
- substance dependence
- low self-esteem/ self-worth.