About Dr Olga Lavalle

Dr Olga Lavalle established her own psychological practice in 2006 after 18 years working in the public sector. She is the founder and principal of Dr Olga Lavalle & Associates, leading a team of highly skilled and experienced psychologists.

During the early stages of Olga’s career, she worked in community mental health, conducted research projects in collaboration with the University of Wollongong, developed staff training programs on managing aggression and violence, and worked on inpatient mental health units.

Olga has also published in scientific journals and presented at local, national and international conferences. She continues to publish articles for online media and is regularly interviewed by journalists. Olga has an interest in the assessment and diagnosis of adult mental health disorders. She provides evidenced based treatment, and her work falls within current best practice principles which is maintained through her commitment to ongoing professional development.

Olga is fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and holds endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. She is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association, as well as the Australian Psychological Society and Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists. She provides specialist psychological services under Medicare, is an Employee Assistance Program provider and an approved WorkCover NSW provider. Additionally, Olga consults to workplace and community sporting organisations.

Olga has authored the newly released book ‘The New Normal: A Widow’s Guide to Grief’.

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About Our Clinic

Our psychologists aim to provide our clients with empathetic, professional assistance in understanding and coping with thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, working towards positive change and improved wellbeing. The main focus of the Psychology Clinic is to help improve mental health and wellbeing.

 

Why Choose Us

  • Senior Clinical Psychologists with Doctoral level qualifications in psychology
  • Highly experienced psychologists.
  • An experienced team of professionals with strong backgrounds.
  • Full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • Flexible Appointment Times
  • Convenient location
  • Instant Medicare and Private Health Rebates

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Referral?
If you would like to claim the Medicare Rebate, you will need to see your GP to discuss your suitability. If eligible, your GP will give you a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP, meaning that you are allowed up to 10 sessions per calendar year with a Medicare Rebate.

If you are coming under WorkCover, or for a Motor Vehicle Accident, you will need a referral from your current treating doctor stating that psychological services are required.

You do not need a referral if you are attending as a private client or under your Private Health Insurance. Many private health funds will offer a rebate for sessions with a psychologist however, you should contact your health fund to discuss if you are covered.

Do you follow any certain method and what does that entail?
Our psychologists are trained in a variety of evidenced based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Our psychologists use an eclectic approach, meaning that they will use techniques from different approaches based on your individual needs.
How long are sessions and can I book more than once a week?
Sessions are normally 50 minutes long and will usually be booked 1 week apart at the beginning. If you require more than one session a week you can book for more than once a week.
What is your cancellation/no-show policy?
If you need to cancel or postpone your appointment 24 hours’ notice is required otherwise a fee is charged. There is no Medicare or Health Fund rebates available for this fee.
Do you hold phone or Skype appointments?
Yes, phone and Skype appointments are available and need to be paid prior to your appointment.
How do I know you can help me?
Our psychologists our bound by the Psychology Board of Australia ethics. If we cannot assist you we will inform you and will provide you with some options of who you can contact for help.
Who can I contact for emergencies or crisis situations?
For any emergency assistance ring 000

For Crisis Support 24/7

• Lifeline– 131 114
• Mental Health Emergency Response Line – 1300 555 788
• Suicide Call Back Service -1300 659 467
• Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
• MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
• Family Drug Support 1300 368 186

What should I expect at my first psychology appointment?
When you arrive at our practice, you will be asked to fill out some paperwork. This will include basic personal information and a consent form that covers issues such as confidentiality and a cancellations policy.

In the first session, we talk about issues that have brought you into therapy and your psychologist will ask questions relevant to your background history. This will include information about your family, social relationships, work history and any past treatment you may have had. Your psychologist will then discuss with you your treatment options and will make specific goals with you for you to achieve.

12 hours ago

Dr Olga Lavalle

This is an OMG moment!

I still can't believe the news I have received late this afternoon. I am shocked, excited and cannot believe this.

My published book 'The New Normal: A Widow's Guide to Grief' has won two international awards in the 2019 eLit Book Awards.

Gold in the Category - Ageing/Death and Dying
Silver in the Category - Women's Issues

The eLit Awards are an international awards competition committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing.

Thank you to
Reen Mercer for writing the Foreword

Maggie Wilde my publisher for challenging me to write this book, to put pen to paper and capture the wealth of experience that I had within me.

My children (Alex Lavalle, Chloe Lavalle, Jarred Lavalle) my partner (Gary Angelucci) family and friends for your support when I was writing the book.

Adriana Gervaise for organising my book launch last year, Lincoln Humphries for emceeing my book launch, and everyone who attended.

And thank you to everybody who has purchased my book you have an AWARD WINNING BOOK!

To purchase a copy go to www.awidowsguidetogrief.com/OrderBook

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Suite 2 / Level 3
221-229 Crown St
Wollongong NSW 2500

Phone: 02 42445636
Fax: 02 42731167

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