Psychotherapy

Julian O’Sullivan is a psychologist and psychotherapist in Melbourne. He provides individual psychotherapy to adults (18+) experiencing mental health difficulties. Specifically, he treats depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, personality disorders (except antisocial PD) and bipolar when it is stabilised through medication. He also works with people struggling in relationships, with work stress, motivational issues, existential and identity crisis, sexuality and gender issues, grief and loss, adjustment and life transition challenges and more.

Julian’s approach to psychotherapy integrates cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic methods. He adapts his approach to the uniqueness of each individual and their circumstances. He is empathic, non-judgemental, and supportive. He is committed to protecting his patients’ privacy and confidentiality, so they can safely explore what is troubling them.

What can I expect during psychotherapy sessions?

Julian’s therapy is guided by goals, which he assists patient’s to develop and reevaluate as therapy progresses. In therapy, patient’s are asked to speak about what’s on their mind. Julian’s responses vary depending on the individual and their circumstances. Typical comments, however, are aimed at providing emotional support, helping the patient better understand themselves, others, or what underlies their difficulties. Sometimes, Julian helps patients develop problem solving strategies to work through complex situations. Other comments include those directed at helping the person better understand and ultimately liberate themselves of thought processes, relationship or behavioural patterns maintaining their psychological distress. Julian seeks to help patients develop capacities to solve their psychological problems independently.

What are Julian’s fees and do I need a referral?

A referral from a medical doctor is required to access Medicare rebates for counselling and psychotherapy provided by a psychologist in Melbourne. Referrers of patients using third party sources of funding (e.g. Medicare, NDIS, TAC) are provided with progress reports at intervals set by the respective funding body.

Does Julian offer telehealth?

Julian provides online and telehealth therapy only when people need to isolate for reasons related to covid-19.