Our Clinical and Health Psychologist Dr Betty Headley has 38 years clinical experience in mental health and working with serious health disorders. Dr Headley works in Private Practice with children, adolescence, and adults. Dr Headley’s Clinical & Health Psychology sessions can be Bulk Billed with No Out Of Pocket Fee under certain circumstances. See below for details.

What is a Clinical Psychologist?

A Clinical & Health Psychologist has specialist Post Graduate Training in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems, psychological problems, and human behaviour.

What does a psychologist do?

You might find psychologists helping to formulate a campaign to influence Australians to give up smoking, designing a new test to detect mental health issues early, or developing an app to help people beat anxiety.

In fact, wherever there are people, a psychologist can usually bring their expertise so that outcomes are improved.

Broadly speaking, most psychologists provide assessment and therapy to clients, help facilitate organisational or social change, conduct psychological research, or administer psychological tests to individuals or groups.


Clinical and health psychologist fulfil a therapeutic role, assessing their client's concerns and life circumstances, and offering support, assessment and treatment to address their client's issues. Early prevention of development of mental health issues is also important to improve outcomes.

For example, many clinical and health psychologists:

  • work with a range of clients from early childhood, adolescence, adult and the elderly.
  • work directly with people to help them recover from depression, anxiety, life stress, eating disorders, trauma, other serious mental health issues, and serious mental health problems.
  • evaluate the needs of older adults with declining memory and offer advice to families and carers on how to adjust the living environment to aid independence and safety, and manage difficult behaviour.
  • work with athletes and sports people to enhance performance or to address concerns with burnout
  • work with children and teenagers, parents and teachers to address learning or behaviour problems at school.

Initial Consultation / 60-90 minutes

An initial consultation includes an assessment and diagnosis. During an initial consultation, you will discuss your past and present mental health health history, your diet and your personal health goals.  At the end of the assessment, your clinical psychologist will discuss the formulation of the problems and a treatment plan.

Follow-up Consultation / 50-60 minutes

During subsequent consultations,  your clinical and health psychologist will implement treatment and have ongoing discussions regarding changes to your condition, track your progress on your mental health and health goals, and make any necessary modifications to your treatment plan.

No Out of Pocket Fees for Mental Health Care Plans & Chronic Disease Management Plans (CDM)

Our Clinical Psychologist Dr Betty Headley will formulate a treatment plan which will include short and long term mental health goals, along with an action plan. Clients who are Health Care Card Holders and have a GP Referral for a Mental Health Care Plan will have a plan tailored to suit their specific needs and health concerns. Dr Headley will encourage you to be involved in the process of setting your own mental health goals which are achievable and measurable.

A Mental Health Care Plan Provides:

  • Up to 10 individual sessions in a calendar year (1 January to 31 December).
  • Up to 10 group therapy sessions in a calendar year where such services are available and seen as appropriate by your referring doctor and the psychologist.

Referrals cannot be provided for the full 10 sessions. A referral is for a maximum of six sessions. Your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first six sessions and determine whether further sessions are needed.

After you have reached the maximum number of allowable sessions for the calendar year you will not be eligible for any further Medicare rebates for treatment you receive from a psychologist until the new calendar year.

A Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) Provides:

  • up to 5 visits per year

Clients who have a GP Referral for a Chronic Disease Management Plan will have a plan tailored to suit their specific needs and health concerns. Dr Headley will encourage you to be involved in the process of setting your own mental health goals which are achievable and measurable.