Supporting Families with Disabilites

The psychologists at our family-orientated clinic offer a range of specialties, including Hypnosis, Cognitive and Educational Assessments, Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, ACT, Interpersonal Therapy, Couples Therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). The four furry friends (dogs) on the staff are more than just cheery faces, they have all completed a certified Animal Assisted Training (AAT) course with their psychologist owners. The chief duties of ‘therapy dogs’, Casper, Parti, Bronson, and Milo, include building rapport with clients, particularly with young people, as well as helping to reduce anxiety and stress in counselling sessions. The therapy dogs have been especially beneficial in interactions with clients who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or an enquired disability, such as a physical disability, visual impairment or hearing impairment.

Mullum Road Clinic Psychologists
Mullum Road Clinic prides itself on a family orientated / systemic approach to therapy. This means that psychologist usually tends to work with the whole family, not just the individual with the disability. This may involve assisting the parents to adjust and work through the grief often associated with discovering that your child has been diagnosed with an impairment of one kind or another.  Psycho-education around understanding the implications of the impairment and encouragement to access community resources and supports is another important part of therapy. Siblings are also encouraged to engage in the therapy process to develop a better understanding of the family member with the impairment. Strategies to help with communication/language skills, behaviour and education choices may be discussed and addressed in the counselling setting.

A disability or impairment, regardless of the nature, has an enormous impact on the entire family unit. As such, it is not uncommon for Mullum Road Clinic Psychologists to begin working with the parents of a young infant diagnosed with a hearing impairment, then progress to seeing the child individually to assist with comorbid difficulties such as anxiety and adjustment issues. We also tend to liaise heavily with the child’s kinder, school or educational facility. Our multidisciplinary approach means we have developed close relationships with local Speech Pathologists and Paediatricians, who may also form part of a team approach in assisting the family.

Our Team
Two of our psychologists have extensive experience in working with persons with a hearing impairment. Psychologist Ryan Teuma previously worked at the Victorian School for the Deaf, St. Kilda and Clinical Psychologist, Leanne Winter was a Teacher of the Deaf (both in Victoria and internationally) prior to entering in into psychology.

*If you are looking for a certain type of therapy, our friendly staff can help match you to the right Psychologist experienced in that area or you can look up information on any of our Psychologists on the Our Team page.
All our psychologists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) and are all members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). They are also all registered with Medicare Australia.