CJ Psychology and Associates was started in 2011 by Carol James, a registered psychologist with over 19 years’ experience working with individuals, couples and groups. After years offering counselling services across Central Victoria, Carol went in search of a seachange and opened a practice in Geelong, a town she loved for its beauty, convenience and the possibilities it offered.
BA, BEd (Counselling)
Carol is a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Incorporated and has over 19 years experience. She specialises in a wide variety of counselling services, including anxiety and depression, grief, workplace issues, conflict resolutions, gambling and working with couples, including those considering separation or are recently separated.
Carol’s fee is $150 per session. Her Medicare rebate with a Mental Health Treatment Plan is $86.15 and her Medicare provider number is 2978103K.
BSW, MSW, Grad Cert Careers Ed & Dev, Grad Dip FCP, Grad Dip PsychStudies, BSocSci (Hons) (Psych)
Melanie is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and has over 15 years experience in the counselling field. As a registered APS Psychologist Melanie has a particular interest and passion for working with women and supporting women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing. Melanie works with issues such as: relationship concerns, life transitions, physiological changes (e.g. menopause), women’s health issues, grief and loss, self-worth, stress, family issues, anxiety and depression.
Melanie’s fee is $150 per session and her Medicare rebate with a Mental Health Treatment Plan is $86.15 and Medicare Provider Number is 5408211X.
Carol and Melanie are dedicated and passionate about providing counselling services. Between them, they have worked in a range of community service agencies, as well as schools and in private practice. Melanie and Carol are client-centered, being empathetic and supportive whilst being non-judgmental. Both believe in the importance of a therapist letting the client tell their story as part of the therapy process. Their therapy approach is aimed at enhancing individuals’ ability to cope through drawing on their strengths and helping them to identify positive strategies for growth in their lives.
The approaches Carol and Melanie use are evidence-based and holistic, incorporating a wide range of therapy approaches. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps people change unhelpful or unhealthy thinking habits, feelings and behaviours. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets its name from one of its core messages – to accept what is out of our personal control and commit to action that improves and enriches our life. The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life.
Contact us at CJ Psychology to make an appointment with a psychologist in our Geelong office, or inspect our website to look at the range of counselling services our psychologists and counsellors offer and how they could help you.