Psychological support and assessments for children, teenagers and adults in Bendigo and Central Victoria.
ABOUT CENTRAL VICTORIAN PSYCHOLOGY
Hi, my name is Chris Lightfoot, Principal Practitioner and Director of Central Victorian Psychology – a psychological practice based in Bendigo, that aims to support regional Victorians with psychological services, advice, recommendations and strategies for children, teenagers and adults to move into healthier ways of being.
I started my career as a Primary School teacher in the Catholic Education system, working in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne. At times being the only male on staff, often my classes were heavily weighted with students with challenging behaviours. Seeing this behaviour made me realise that I lacked the knowledge and skills required to adequately support these behaviourally challenging students and students experiencing significant learning difficulties.
Following these experiences, I began studying Psychology and in 1994, I completed my Masters of Educational Psychology and became a Psychologist in 2005.
Since completing my studies, I have worked across the Victorian Catholic Education system and the Department of Education as both a teacher and a Psychologist. I am a qualified Education and Developmental Psychologist and an AHPRA Board approved Supervisor.
In the 20+ years that I have been a teacher and the 15+ years that I have been a psychologist, I have learnt a great deal about building relationships, putting people at ease and providing the right circumstances for the people I work with to implement the strategies and recommendations I make to help them improve their life outcomes and general mental health.
I specialise in working with children with challenging behaviours, academic and cognitive assessments, trauma treatment in both children and adults and general, undiagnosed mental health disorders. As an avid cyclist, I have a particular interest in both men’s mental health and physical health, which I believe are strongly interconnected.
HOW CAN CENTRAL VICTORIAN PSYCHOLOGY SUPPORT YOU?
Academic and cognitive assessments for learning delays, Autism, ADHD, developmental delays and general mental health disorders.
Identifying and diagnosing learning difficulties, challenging behaviours, difficulties with emotional regulation, PTSD, anxiety and depression.
Treatment, therapies and support to help with trauma, emotional expression, motivation, learning disorders and general mental health disorders.
WORKING WITH CENTRAL VICTORIAN PSYCHOLOGY
Working with Central Victorian Psychology is easy, simply get in touch via phone, email or the contact form below and give us a brief description of how we can support you.
Once you’ve contacted us, we’ll book in an appointment to discuss your circumstances and how we can help.
We are dedicated to your support and therapy, which means we will support you for as long as you need with strategies and recommendations, however to see the best outcomes and move into a healthier way of being, we require you to be motivated to implement suggestions, willing to ask questions and become actively involved in your treatment.
Get in touch with us via phone, email or by submitting the contact form below and let us know how we can support you.
We’ll arrange an initial appointment to discuss the ways in which we can work together as well as possible therapy options.
Ongoing treatment and therapies to help support you with tools, strategies, advice and recommendations for as long as required.
We work with and support anyone requiring psychological services in the Bendigo and Central Victoria area. From young children with behavioural challenges, learning difficulties, Autism and mental health issues, through to parental advice and support, as well as working with adults experiencing undiagnosed mental health disorders.
A Mental Health Treatment Plan (formerly called a ‘mental health care plan’) is not required to book an appointment with Central Victorian Psychology, however it can help with managing the costs of seeing a Psychologist. With a Mental Health Treatment Plan, available from your doctor or GP, you can potentially claim the costs of up to 20 sessions with a psychologist per calendar year.
You can find out more about mental health treatment plans via the Services Australia website.
Your appointment with Central Victorian Psychology may be conducted in person at our offices, or via Telehealth depending on the circumstances. You will be informed how and where the appointment will take place in your appointment confirmation.
If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, Central Victorian Psychology requires 48 hours notice. Fees apply for cancellations made within 48 hours prior to your appointment:
- 0–24 hours notice: Full fee
- 24–48 hours notice: 50% of fee
Your cancellation notice would be much appreciated, as this can enable us to provide services to other clients who may need an urgent appointment.
Cancellations and non-attendance fees are not covered by Medicare, NDIS, Private Health Insurance or external funding agencies.
We use a number of standardised assessment tools to assess and diagnose a range of psychological conditions and disorders.
Common tools that we use are:
- ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised) to observe and diagnose Autism.
- WISC (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children) to measure verbal and performance intelligence in children and WIAT (Wechsler Individual Achievement Test) to measure academic performance.
- WAIS (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale) to measure intelligence and cognitive ability in adolescents and adults.
Yes. I am an AHPRA Board approved Supervisor and can supervise students doing the 4+2 or the 5+1 programmes, as well as supervise those looking for endorsement as Educational and Developmental Psychologists.
Yes, I would be more than happy to speak at your event or present to your group on topics such as educational and developmental psychology, managing challenging behaviours, men’s health or general mental health.
Please get in touch with the details of your event via the contact form below.
The Central Victorian Psychology logo represents a turtle shell – our totem animal.
Sometimes we as adults/parents/teachers/guardians need to put on our shell to protect ourselves from the language, behaviour and actions of others in order to keep ourselves safe and assist in managing our own emotions before we can deal with others. Turtles also have a soft inside, reminding us that we can remain steadfast in our beliefs or responses, but still be understanding of the needs of others at the same time.
Symbolically, turtles represent longevity, perseverance, steadfastness, protection, healing and transformation – qualities we aim to embody in our psychological practices and inspire in those we help and support.
CONTACT CENTRAL VICTORIAN PSYCHOLOGY
If you would like to know how Central Victorian Psychology can support you move into a healthier way of being, get in touch with us via the contact details below, or submit an enquiry and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Phone: 0432 402 330
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If you are in crisis or need support, Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 13 11 14.