Dr Jessica Cooke (Clinical Psychologist) provides comprehensive psychological assessment and high quality effective treatment to adults of all ages in the Geelong area.

Assessment

All patients who make an appointment will undergo a thorough assessment process in order to clarify their presenting issues, negotiate goals and determine suitability for therapy. It is also a chance for you to assess your level of comfort with Jessica. The assessment process usually takes two to three sessions and involves taking a family history and collecting relevant background information about your concerns. Assessments can also be provided for diagnostic clarification. Please make contact if you have any further questions about this.

Psychotherapy

Jessica uses psychotherapy, or “talking therapy” to treat mental health conditions. Psychotherapy is a set of purposeful techniques that are based on scientific theory and evidence. It is a well-established, important and long-lasting treatment for many psychiatric disorders (see list below). Psychotherapy can be used as an alternative or adjunct to medication.
Talking to a professional psychotherapist can help you explore and change your problematic thinking patterns, emotions, behaviours, ways of relating and maladaptive coping mechanisms, in order to reduce distress and improve your overall well-being.
Click on the link to find out more about what to expect from psychotherapy.

FEES
Standard Session (50 minutes): $190
  • A rebate of $126.50 per session applies for patients with a Medicare Health Care Plan from their GP or psychiatrist.
  • The Medicare rebate applies for 10 sessions each calendar year.
  • You may be eligible for a rebate through your private health provider.
  • To avoid a cancellation fee of $80, cancel within 24 hours of your appointment.
REFERRALS

Jessica accepts self-referrals, as well as referrals from your GP, psychiatrist or other health care practitioner. Please contact Jessica directly to discuss your concerns.

What Can Be Treated With Psychotherapy?

A broad range of issues that cause emotional distress can be treated with therapy. For example Jessica can help you with:

  • Adjustment Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Maladaptive behavioural patterns
  • Parenting
  • Personal development
  • Personality disorders
  • Post-natal depression
  • Relationship problems
  • Recurring interpersonal problems
  • Self-esteem
  • Sleep problems
  • Substance abuse and dependence
  • Trauma

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Everyone’s therapeutic journey is different and the length of treatment required to treat psychological issues can vary from person to person. This can depend on your psychological history, the severity of your concerns, what therapeutic goals you are hoping to achieve, whether you have had any therapy before, and how regularly you are able to attend. Length of treatment will be discussed with you during the assessment process.

Therapeutic Orientation

Jessica uses a client-centred approach to treatment so that the treatment fits the patient. Jessica is trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist but she also uses a range of other therapeutic modalities such as schema-therapy, interpersonal therapy, acceptance commitment therapy and mindfulness.

What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an insight-oriented therapy that aims to explore unconscious aspects of ourselves, which are thought to influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This type of therapy aims to bring unconscious conflicts into our present experience, so that they can be understood, processed and resolved, thus reducing symptoms.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy grew out of Freudian psychoanalysis which relies on the technique of free association, although it is practiced in a less intense way and involves sitting in a chair rather than lying on a couch.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy aims to deal with the root cause of symptoms rather than providing strategies to manage them. As a result it may take longer to reach a resolution, however, it can provide more lasting relief from psychic pain. There is more information about the benefits and efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy in Resources.