Melbourne Psychology & Counselling
Our values - MPC provides a warm, friendly, ethical, and professional environment for clients and psychologists. We seek to provide high quality psychological treatment to our local community. Hence we undertake research on the outcomes of our work, learn from each other through peer support, and prioritise ongoing skills development through professional development. To maintain our positive, mutually supportive environment, we are interested in psychologists joining our group for the longer term.
Referrals and presenting issues - MPC has a reliable referral stream from a range of GPs, psychiatrists, local community and services in the Northern suburbs. Psychologists working from MPC have the opportunity to work with a broad range of people and presenting problems. Diaries and client loads can be filled quickly.
MPC services - MPC provides comfortable consulting rooms, a shared resource library and a range of administrative and clinical support services allowing psychologists to fully focus on their clinical work. Psychologists are supported by two highly engaged Directors (both clinical psychologists), an intake manager (also a psychologist), and a reception team. We provide high quality administration, practice management software, marketing and reliable referrals. Our robust intake triage service ensures that new clients are motivated for therapy, leading to greater client retention. For early career psychologists, or psychologists who are new to private practice, we have a free mentorship program provided by the Directors. MPC also provides opportunities for free professional development and peer supervision to all of the MPC team.
Our team - Psychologists at MPC enjoy working with a range of interests and practice from a variety of modalities. While some have been in private practice for more than 10 years, others are early career clinicians completing their registrar program. We all value collegiality, learning and collaboration. Peer support is available from each other on site, and the team attends regular professional development and social events. We undertake an annual review of our services and team welfare. Overwhelmingly psychologists tell us that they feel supported and enjoy the team environment at MPC. To see testimonials from psychologists working at MPC about their experience, please take a look at the bottom of this webpage.
Your role - You would be working from MPC rooms as an independent psychologist with full autonomy over your clinical approach, hours worked, and preferred client presentations/therapeutic modalities. If you are an early career psychologist you will be eligible for mentoring with one of the Director’s (both registered supervisors with long standing experience in private practice).
"I cannot speak highly enough about working at Melbourne Psychology and Counselling! I've been here since beginning the Registrar phase of my Clinical Psychology training, right through to successful endorsement and beyond. And I also obtain ongoing formal supervision from the team. What stands out the most to me is the superb balance that both Chris and Claire are able to achieve between an environment that feels warm, easy, approachable and relaxed yet simultaneously ethical, robust and accountable. The systems of support (practical, professional and emotional) are in place behind the scenes which allows me to do the work I love in a sustainable way. There is also an effortless collegiality that's present between us all which makes it so enjoyable as a workplace. I feel very lucky to have landed here."
- Dr Rony Duncan, Clinical Psychologist
"I have been working for MPC for the past three years. Simply put, it is the best group private practice I have worked for (I have previously worked at 4 other group practices). Claire and Chris do a great job of allowing autonomy while also providing support as and when needed. And they actively elicit feedback from the team and then implement it. The culture among the team is inclusive, collegial and fun. I have never had a problem with getting enough referrals and I have found that the thoroughness of the intake process has led to lower no-show rates and more of my ideal clients than other practices I have worked at."
- Dr Jamie Barnier, Clinical Psychologist
"Melbourne Psychology and Counselling is a fantastic place to work. Chris and Claire promote flexibility to allow individuals to work their own way and they are super responsive when you do have a question. There's also a great team atmosphere where everyone feels supported, nurtured and included. I had always been advised to keep one foot in the public system but I have found the experience here so good that I gave up a salaried position to work here full time."
- Dr Richard Davies, Clinical Psychologist
"I’ve been a registered psychologist since 2009 and have worked in a number of private and public services since then. I’ve worked as an Independent Contractor with Melbourne Psychology and Counselling since 2017 and highly recommend their management services. It’s not difficult to find a somewhere to be a private practitioner, but it’s rare to find somewhere that operates ethically, provides a supportive team environment and has solid processes for both clients and practitioners. The Directors are excellent practitioners in their own right, ethical, smart, kind and warm humans and somehow manage to balance the needs of all parties in their business model. Having worked in environments where I haven’t had control of my diary, I now have full control and feel no pressure around how to run my case load. They are accurate and timely with financial matters. The intake service provided is excellent, I work with the clients that suit my skill-base and feel totally confident about their ability to match client with practitioner. I feel so fortunate to be part of this fabulous and skilled team. I have kept my identity private at this point, however if you are an applicant and want to verify my identity, please inquire with the Directors."
- Margie Fry, Counselling Psychologist
"As a psychologist working in private practice for over ten years, I have experienced a range of different workplace environments and setups. I can easily say that MCPS has been the most supportive, nurturing and positive practice environment to work in. The directors are warm, approachable, knowledgeable and highly dedicated to the team. They
welcome feedback to enhance the clinic’s practices and are hands-on in making improvements to the work practice environment. Private practice settings can live or die based upon their effective administration and communication and this is a core strength of MCPS. Time is dedicated to assess each client’s needs before appointments are made to ensure the best fit is achieved for client and psychologist. As a busy and in high-demand practice, MCPS has a fun, friendly and inclusive team culture and values providing opportunities for professional development, team meetings and social activities/ gatherings."
- Leigh Parkin, Clinical Psychology Registrar
Melbourne Psychology & Counselling operates from three locations in Melbourne's northern suburbs.
Dundas Street Family Medical Clinic
4 Dundas Street
Thornbury VIC 3071
Moreland General Practice
80 Moreland Road
Brunswick VIC 3056
Phone 03 9005 1769
Fax 03 9086 4194
Current patients: Due to current health advice we request that you reschedule your appointment if you, or any person in your household, has any symptoms of illness. Cancellation fee will be waived in this circumstance. Please read update from the directors.
New patients: We are experiencing a high demand on our services, with a wait of approximately 6 weeks to 9 months, for some of our psychologists, depending on your presentation and availability.