Psychology Ballarat

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Visit A Psychologist In Ballarat

Located in Ballarat, our psychology aims to provide a safe supportive space where someone can work past difficulties and trauma. We don’t want to simply reduce symptoms but create opportunities for self-growth, feel good and provide an ongoing better quality of life. It’s about solutions.

Psychologists help people of any age, gender and sexuality with depression, anxiety or stress; drug and alcohol abuse; eating disorders; fears and phobias; low self-esteem; post-traumatic stress disorder and much more.

What Is Psychology?

Psychology is both a science and a profession devoted to understanding how people think, feel, behave, learn, and how biological influences, social pressures, and environmental factors affect them.
As a science, psychological research advances our understanding of human emotion, personality, intelligence, memory, perception, cognition, attention, and motivation, as well as the biological processes that drive these human functions and behaviours. Gaining a richer and deeper understanding of psychology can help people achieve insights into their own actions as well as a better understanding of other people.

However, as an allied health profession, the goals change. It’s about putting that knowledge into practice to help people, communities, and society, in general, to solve day-to-day problems and improve quality of life. With psychological knowledge, we aim to guide people to solutions for real-life problems such as improving mental health and wellbeing, learning, performance, relationships, and societal cohesiveness.

Areas of Support

Our experienced and qualified psychologists can support a wide range of concerns and conditions. These may include:

  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Social anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Bullying
  • Self esteem/Confidence
  • Mental Stress and coping
  • Effective problem-solving and decision-making

We can work with people of any age, gender, sexuality, and background.

Our Approach To Psychology At Modern Medicine

Psychology is about self-growth and support in a safe environment. Psychologists are dedicated to learning about how you feel, behave, and think. We investigate biological factors and environmental and social influences to gain a deeper understanding of your life and personal history.

This therapeutic care assists you in working through concerns and issues, discover insights regarding your situation, and learn strategies to help you reach your goals.

At Modern Medicine, we strive to offer personalised care in a safe and welcoming environment. If you’re looking for an experienced and understanding psychologist, look no further than our team.

Treatment Modalities

Our Psychologists utilise a number of evidence-based approaches including:

  • EMDR
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive behaviour support
  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Theory)


Maria Marshall

Maria Marshall

Clinical Psychologist

BA, PGrad Dip Psych (Hon) | MPsych(Clin)


James Miller

James Miller

General Psychologist

BA Hons(Psych)


Skye Petrie

Skye Petrie

Provisional Psychologist

BA Hons(Psych)



Accepting: MHCPs, TAC, WorkCover, NDIS, TAC and HICAPS for private health claiming is available onsite. With the exception of plan-managed NDIS participants, accounts must be paid in full on the day of the appointment and our friendly reception team will prepare the necessary information for you to claim your entitlements.

Medicare rebated Mental Health Care Plans (MHCPs): Medicare will rebate your consultation up to $88.25 for a general psychologist and $129.55 for a clinical psychologist. We will need paperwork of your MHCP prior to your appointment for the rebate to be claimed which we can do for you onsite on the day of your appointment.

NDIS: Self-managed and plan-managed participants. We will be able to accept NDIA managed participants in 2022.

There are two fee levels of psychology: Clinical and general. Clinical psychologists have completed additional training and indicate higher qualifications and experience which allow for increased medicare rebates through Mental Healthcare Plans (MHCPs). All our psychologists are highly trained and experienced. If you’d like additional information about who you should see, please call our reception on 5331 3060.


Provisional psychology: $120 (MHCPs) Medicare rebate: None Out of pocket fee: $120

General psychology: $160 (MHCPs) Medicare rebate: $88.25 Out of pocket fee: $71.75

Clinical psychology: $250 (MHCPs) Medicare rebate: $129.55 Out of pocket fee: $120.45


There is no age limit to treating minors. If a parent is booking in a young child, there is the option to have an initial appointment without the child so the parent can discuss any issues freely.


Psychological assessments or letter writing of any kind including:

1. ADHD assessments

2. Cognitive assessments

3. Intellectual assessments

4. WorkCover assessments

5. Letters to court

If you are requiring diagnosis assessments, please call us to discuss this option so we can direct you. However, we do not perform this service.


Maria Marshall Clinical Psychologist

Maria is a registered psychologist who is passionate about working with clients in a connected and collaborative manner while providing a safe, respectful and supportive environment.

Maria has a particular interest in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) as a therapy however, she draws on a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) in order to provide an individualised approach that meets the unique needs, aspirations, goals and temperament of each client.

Maria enjoys working with clients across various conditions, however, she has a strong interest in childhood experiences and their ongoing influences into adulthood, childhood trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Autism (ASD) and behavioural issues.

More about Maria

Types of therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)

  • Applied Behavioural Analysis

  • Attachment-based

  • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)

  • EMDR

  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)

  • Positive Psychology

  • Schema Therapy

  • Trauma-Focused

Areas of interest
  • ADHD

  • Adoption

  • Anxiety

  • Asperger’s Syndrome

  • Behavioural Issues

  • Coping Skills

  • Depression

  • Developmental Disorders

  • Intellectual Disability

  • School Issues

  • Sleep or Insomnia

  • Stress

Areas of focus
  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Autism

  • Personality Disorders

Qualifications and registrations

PGrad Dip Psych, MPschy(Clin), PGrad Cert (Trauma and Attachment), BhS(Complementary Medicine)

Professional Registrations:


James Miller General Psychologist

James has over 5 years counselling experience, working with adolescents and adults in a range of settings. He is passionate about providing an open, non-judgemental space to promote insight development and assisting people to meet their individual well-being goals.

James uses an integrative approach drawing from different intervention modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Schema Therapy.

James has a broad range of interest areas however, some of his interests include anxiety and social anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, and trauma.

Skye Petrie Provisional Psychologist

Skye Petrie has over 23 years’ experience working as a mental health clinician with infants and children who have experienced complex trauma and disrupted attachment. Skye values a person-centred approach to ensure that individuals feel safe and validated.

Skye is passionate about supporting adults, children, and families to recognise and enhance their strengths and feel empowered to thrive through knowledge and connection. 

Skye is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and draws on a range of other evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy.

Skye specializes in trauma and PTSD, with strong interests in the areas of attachment and relational well-being, anxiety, and behavioural difficulties.

Why Access Psychology Care?

Psychology care is beneficial for a range of individuals. Whether you’re navigating a challenging time of your life, experiencing grief, managing a mental health condition, or just need some extra support, a psychologist can provide the guidance and support you need.


  • To better understand yourself
  • To gain insight into your thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • To learn new ways of coping with stress and anxiety
  • To diagnose and manage mental health conditions
  • To improve your relationships
  • To better understand and cope with a major life event or transition

Book Your Psychology Appointment Today

Our qualified and highly experienced psychologists offer care in a respectful, compassionate, and understanding environment. If you’re looking for a psychologist to support you near Ballarat, book your appointment at Modern Medicine today.