CJ Psychology and Associates was started in 2011 by Carol James, a registered psychologist with over 20 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.

Our Psychologists are dedicated and passionate about providing counselling services.  They have worked in a range of community service agencies, as well as schools and in private practice. We are client-centered, empathetic and supportive whilst being non-judgmental. We believe in the importance of letting the client tell their story as part of the therapeutic process.  Our approach is aimed at enhancing the ability to cope through drawing on strengths and helping to identify positive strategies for growth.

Our therapeutic approaches are evidence-based and holistic, incorporating a wide range of therapy approaches. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Restructuring, Gestalt Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The goal is to help   change unhelpful or unhealthy thinking habits, feelings and behaviours.

Carol James


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 depressiongrief, workplace issues, conflict resolutions, gambling and working with couples, including those considering separation or are recently separated.

Carol’s fee is $150  per session.(as of 01/01/2023 $175)  Her Medicare rebate with a Mental Health Treatment Plan is $89.65 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 20 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 also has a specific interest in transpersonal issues such as spiritual crises, parapsychology and NDE/SDE’s amongst other topics.

Melanie’s fee is $150 per session and her Medicare rebate with a Mental Health Treatment Plan is $88.15 and Medicare Provider Number is 5408211X.

Melanie also facilitates an online program each winter for women who struggle with confidence and self-compassion.  If this does interest you, please visit our news tab and read more about the program and phone our reception team on 1300 847 849 and Melanie can make contact to discuss the program with you.


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.