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COVID-19 Support Plan

The Team at Nudge has been closely monitoring developments in the COVID-19 outbreak over recent months.  In anticipation of a rapidly changing situation, we have established a clinic plan to ensure we are well positioned to minimise the risk of transmission, to minimise risk to our more vulnerable clients, and to ensure continuity of service for all clients under our care.  As the Australian Government’s Emergency Response Plan is implemented, Nudge will also modify service delivery accordingly.  

At Nudge, our Emergency Service Plan includes the following:

  • Existing clients appointing under a GP Mental Healthcare Plan who are unable to attend our practice due to being at risk for COVID-19, are now eligible to appoint via Telehealth.  You will be able to appoint via an on-line platform from the comfort of your own home. 
  • In the event your Psychologist is deemed at risk for COVID-19, your sessions will be transitioned to Telehealth, to ensure we do not place you at risk for virus transmission.
  • As a precaution, we have removed all books and toys from the waiting room.  We continue to have hand sanitiser available for your use in all rooms. 
  • Over coming weeks, to support you through this challenging time, we will be adding helpful links and resources to our site.  Please check this site regularly for these updates.

Should you become ill, wish to reschedule your appointment, or need to transition to Telehealth appointments, please contact our office on 08 9751 1084 as soon as possible to notify our Administration Team.  This will enable our team to make the necessary arrangements or assign your appointment to another client who may be urgently in need of an appointment.

Family Counselling

A Nudge for Me

Individual Counselling

Contact Us Nudge offers comprehensive psychological assessment and evidence-based interventions, designed to improve your functioning and quality of life. From time to time, everyone experiences difficulties that test their ability to cope and to function effectively. Difficulties can range from stressors such as a loss or sudden life change, to more pervasive mental health issues including anxiety, depression and other diagnosable psychological illnesses.

Couples Counselling

A Nudge for Us

The only things that can be said for certain about relationships are that we all need them and that they change. Sometimes a relationship must end in order for a new one to begin - often with the same person. Relationship difficulties can prove highly distressing, both for those involved and for family members who may be exposed to them. Contact Us The good news is that in many cases you can 'grow together' with a little help from a trained, independent party. A 'nudge' for you and your partner can help you clarify the issues, assist you to communicate, and develop strategies to move forward toward a more rewarding relationship. Nudge Psychologists have extensive experience and formal training in helping couples get 'back on the same page.'

Couples Counselling

Family Counselling

A Nudge for us

We all know that families can be incredibly complex systems that can provide relief and support one day, and the worst kind of stress the next. Family relationship difficulties are very complicated and can prove distressing for all involved. Family relationship counselling requires particular expertise and training. Dr Justin Harrison has particular interest and expertise in couples and family counselling interventions, having worked with families for over a decade. So if your family life is getting to be more stress than support, it might be time to get that nudge in the right direction. Contact Us

Family Counselling

Positive Parenting Program

A Nudge for us

Dr Justin Harrison is an accredited provider of Individual (Level 4) and Group (Level 3) Stepping Stones Triple P Programs. Stepping Stones is based on Triple P’s positive parenting strategies; designed to support parents to manage problem behaviour and developmental issues common in children with disability. It also helps parents to ‘get on the same page’, adjust to having a child with a disability, engage more with their community, encourage behaviours they like, develop a close relationship with their child, and to teach their child new skills. Contact Us

Positive Parenting Program

The Stepping Stones Triple P program is an in-depth program recommended for families with significant problems. The program involves approximately eight private consultations with a trained provider who’ll help you develop a wide range of parent problem solving skills. Each session lasts about an hour to 90 minutes. Learn More About Triple P

Educational

Psychological Assessment

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Educational

With access to the most comprehensive, up to date test library in the South West (including iPad administration of tests such as the WISC-V for great student engagement and accuracy), you can be assured you will receive a cutting edge educational assessment. Nudge Psychology offers a broad range of educational, development and behavioural assessments. Our Assessing Psychologists have demonstrated track records in psychological and educational assessment, early intervention psychology service delivery and working with families. We adopt a neuropsychological approach to assessment. The application of scientific methodology and an extensive range of specialist diagnostic assessment tools ensures strong diagnostic accuracy. Our thorough evaluations permit identification of students’ specific cognitive, attentional and learning strengths and weaknesses. Parents are provided with a comprehensive report, detailing assessment findings as well as evidence-based teaching and learning recommendations and accommodations for formal examinations.
Autism

Psychological Assessment

Diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder demands assessment by an appropriately qualified Psychologist/Clinical Psychologist, Speech Pathologist, and Paediatrician (or Psychiatrist in the case of adults). Contact Us The Nudge Group offers the "Gold Standard" in assessment for Autism. Our Assessing Psychologists are trained in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised (ADI-R) and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). When used in combination, these specialised instruments demonstrate the highest sensitivity and specificity in Autism diagnostic procedures. Learning for Life speech pathology and occupational therapy teams are experienced in therapeutic intervention with children and adolescents on the Autism spectrum. This includes (but is not limited to) tailored support with language development, sensory integration, emotional regulation, social language and pragmatic development.

Autism

Medico-Legal

Psychological Assessment

Our Assessing Psychologists have undertaken extensive formal training, and developed many years practical experience in psychological assessment and reporting. We offer a broad range of psychological assessments including: Contact Us - Psycho-diagnostic assessment

Medico-Legal

- Cognitive and personality assessment - Victims of Crime (VoC) - Risk of Recidivism - Parenting capacity and pre-adoption - Workers' Compensation and employment related, including: - Pre-liability Stress Assessment - Vocational Assessment - Fitness for Work

Family Counselling

Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy

Nudge Psychology has partnered with Learning for Life to provide in-house speech pathology and occupational therapy services. Learning for Life offer standardised pre-literacy and literacy-based assessments that provide valuable insight into your child’s literacy development. If your child is having difficulty with their phonological awareness (awareness and manipulation of sounds), spelling and/or reading – the Learning for Life team can offer comprehensive assessment to identify key areas that may be impacting their overall performance. Contact Us Learning for Life develop individualised therapy plans for students, in close collaboration with classroom teachers, families and additional health and educational professionals involved in the student’s care. The Learning for Life therapy approach is based on the gold standard of literacy supports using the Sounds-Write program.

Family Counselling

Throughcare

To learn more about DARA’s world-class program, visit: Nudge Psychology is pleased to offer Throughcare services to DARA Rehab. DARA is a world-class integrated treatment program boasting outstanding success rates for recovery from addictive behaviours. Located in Thailand, DARA is a highly subsidized program, and one of the world’s most cost-effective rehabilitation solutions. Nudge Psychologists have been identified as meeting the stringent training requirements demanded by DARA in the provision of post-treatment (Throughcare) services to their clients, supporting clients to maintain abstinence, and prevent relapse. www.dararehab.com

Employee Counselling

Corporate Services – A Nudge for Work

The Nudge Group provides a premium Employee Assistance Counselling Service. EAP counselling is brief and solution focused and aims to assist employees to identify, understand and navigate the issues that might be concerning them (including any underlying problems), to explore options to address these, and to develop plans to constructively resolve them. Nudge’s registered psychologists and clinical psychologists hold doctorates or PhDs and provide specialised counselling services including Manager Initiated Referrals: For instances where a manager has identified an employee in need of support or assessment. Contact Us

Premium Employee Assistance Counselling

Psychological Assessment

Corporate Services – A Nudge for Work

The Nudge Group offer expertise in psychological assessment, interpretation and reporting. Psychological assessment can prove of value to organisations for a variety of reasons – to aid and support expensive recruitment decisions, assist with the identification of employee mental health and organisational support needs, provide guidance on the appropriateness of employee role transition, and assist in the clarification of complex Workers’ Compensation issues. Contact Us

Psychological Assessment

The Nudge Group offer the following assessment services: – Fitness for work assessment. – Drug and alcohol screening assessment. – Intelligence, achievement and aptitude assessment. – Comprehensive psychological assessment. – Pre-liability stress assessment. – Psychological injury assessment.

Education

A Nudge for Everyone – Primary Care

The team at Nudge have a real passion for giving back to the community, and giving psychology away. Why not check out our videos and podcast series – you might find there’s a helpful Nudge for you and your family, free! This Blooming Child Videos A Thirsty Fish Just Ask Dr Justin

Referral & Intake

A Nudge for GP's

The Nudge Group accepts referrals from General Practitioners, Psychiatrists and Pediatricians under the following: Contact Us

Referral & Intake

Medicare Initiatives: - Better Access to Mental Healthcare – Chronic Disease Management – Helping Children with Autism – Pregnancy Support Counselling Psychological services under GP referral are partially Medicare rebated. Private Health rebates may apply (depending on health fund and client level of coverage). Additionally, The Nudge Group provides psychological assessment and treatment services under the following referral/funding streams: - Private referral - Educational Assessment - Workers’ Compensation - Victims of Crime (VoC) - Department of Child Protection - National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Partnering

A Nudge for GP's

At The Nudge Group, we strive to support you in your role as your patient's primary treatment provider.

Partnering

The Nudge Group employs two Office Administrators to ensure your clients receive prompt attention and support. As soon as a referral is received, your client is contacted and an appointment is arranged for the earliest convenient time (waiting time is typically between 1 to 2 weeks). You can choose to refer a client to a specific psychologist by name, or alternatively, to the practice. In the latter case, your patient will be allocated to the psychologist most appropriately qualified to deal with the presenting issues. Should a psychologist's wait list be such that your patient is unable to access treatment promptly, we will provide your client with the option to appoint with another psychologist. Once client contact has been established, you will receive confirmation from our office advising of the first appointment date. If we are unable to make contact with your patient, you will be notified and we ask that you discuss this with the patient at their next appointment. We maintain an active client wait-list which is reviewed daily. This ensures new clients will be offered an earlier appointment should one become available. Contact Us As per Medicare guidelines, the psychologist will provide regular written reports detailing client progress.

Referral & Intake

Jen | Administration Officer

Jen is a professional administrator with over 15 years’ experience in local government, and in working in small and large organisations. She is our newest member with the Nudge Psychology administration team, and works in a part time capacity. She has a passion for customer service, and is happy to assist you with all enquiries. Jen enjoys living in the Southwest, reading books, spending time with family and friends, and can also be found riding a horse. Melissa is a registered Medicare provider (eligible for Clinical Psychology rebates) and is also eligible for rebates under most private health care funds. Melissa first registered as a Psychologist in 2006. She completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2018, and is currently studying for a Masters in Forensic Mental Health with UNSW (Faculty of Medicine, School of Psychiatry). Additionally, Melissa is currently engaged in an extensive program of supervised training to attain accreditation as an Advanced Schema Therapist. Melissa works with a broad range of mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders, and draws on a range of treatment approached including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Trauma Focussed therapies (TF-CBT & EMDR). Melissa is Secretary for the Australian Institute of Clinical Psychologists (ICP), and a registered AHPRA supervisor. Melissa has previously worked in child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, corrections, vocational rehabilitation, general and private practice. With a solid background in psychological assessment, Melissa consults in relation to various medico-legal matters (Workers’ Compensation, Victims of Crime, Parenting Capacity). Melissa has amassed extensive experience in the private sector conducting various forms of assessment include psychological functioning, educational and intellectual functioning, vocational assessment, pre-liability stress assessment, fitness for work, risk of recidivism, and drug and alcohol treatment needs.

Meet the Team

Dr Melissa Harrison | Principal Clinical Psychologist

BBSC, BSocSci(Psych)(Hons), DPsych(Clin), MACPA Dr Justin Harrison has a storied history, having worked as a tradesman, a park ranger in the central desert, and a trekking guide in Kakadu and Patagonia. Justin has worked with men, children, families and couples for two decades and has a passion for the science and art of psychology (and philosophy); in particular how these can enrich our lives. In addition to his couple’s and family systems therapy, Justin has worked as a School Psychologist, and taught Developmental Psychology at University level for many years. His research and experience in statistical and research methods are at the fore when it comes to assessment and diagnosis of learning or neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. Specific Learning Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, ADHD and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders). While Justin is a social scientist - having published papers on parenting programs, as well as moral psychology and impulsivity - he is also an accomplished essayist and guest speaker, available for engagements on request. In addition to his clinical work, Justin continues to teach psychology as an adjunct lecturer at Charles Sturt University.

Dr Justin Harrison | Psychologist

BPsychology(Hons 1), PhD (Psychology) MAPS Elissa is a registered Clinical Psychologist with a strong background in the field of Neuropsychology. Elissa draws from a range of therapeutic techniques including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal therapy (IPT), Emotion-Focussed Therapy (EFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is interested in the application of mindfulness and self-compassion based approaches to a variety of issues. Elissa works with a broad range of mood and anxiety-related issues, with a focus on adolescents and adults. Elissa also works extensively with children, particularly in an assessment role with regard to learning and developmental issues (i.e. through Educational or other assessments), and draws on her background in the field of Neuropsychology in this context. Elissa completed a PhD on the subject of cognitive ageing. She is interested in the role of psychology in supporting a healthy aging process and enjoys working with older adults. Elissa’s background in Neuropsychology means she is also well-placed to provide psychological intervention to individuals with co-morbid neurological or neuropsychological issues, including chronic pain disorders.

Dr Elissa Klaassen | Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Neuroscience), BSc (Psych)(Hons1), ResM (Neuropsychology), PhD, MPsych(Clin), MACPA Pam has recently commenced with the Nudge Group as a full time Administration Officer. Pam comes to us with over 20 years’ experience in a diverse range of industries and an extensive background in a health care environment with experience in both the medical and legal fields. Pam is dedicated to the old virtues of honesty, reliability, integrity, responsibility and providing customers and clients with the highest possible level of service. Originally from Kalgoorlie, Pam is now entrenched in the Southwest lifestyle, she loves the beach and her 2 cocker spaniel furbabies.

Pam | Administration Officer

Elissa is a registered Medicare provider (eligible for Clinical Psychology rebates) and is also eligible for rebates under most private health care funds.

Education

Work with Us

The Nudge Group is always on the look out for talented psychologists holding Doctoral or PhD level qualifications in Psychology. We are always excited to consider new projects, ideas or directions for the right candidates. If you would like to learn more about working with our award-winning team of professionals, please send your resume to: Email Melissa Dr. Melissa Harrison – Director/Principal Psychologist Applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

The Nudge Group

The Nudge Group is a locally owned private practice offering best practise, evidence-based services in psychological assessment and treatment of mental health disorders, relationship and sexual problems, as well as developmental and behavioural disorders in children.

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