Established in 1997, we provide ethical, evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment services, individually tailored to client needs. Services are provided by highly qualified and experienced psychologists to work with children, adolescents and adults in a respectful, compassionate and non-judgmental way.
We are experienced in providing psychological services within a medical setting for a range of mental health issues, forensic psychology and medico-legal assessment.
Therapy is designed to provide people with a safe place to share their difficulties and identify strategies to adjust, and create change in their life. HF&A psychologists are trained in a range of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema-Focused Therapy (SFT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye-Movement and Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Mindfulness. The particular therapeutic approach used is dependent on the individual client presentation and their desired goal for therapy.
Each therapy session is 50 – 60 minutes in duration. The cost of your therapy session may be subsidised under Medicare, if you have a Mental Health Treatment Plan, or through your private health insurer (depending on your level of coverage). Your General Practitioner will assess your eligibility to receive a Mental Health Treatment Plan. If you have a Mental Health Treatment Plan, you will need to bring it to your first therapy session. You will need to pay the full amount of the therapy session, however Medicare will reimburse you a percentage of the session cost. More details regarding Mental Health Treatment Plan processes and eligibility can be found through the Department of Health (http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/mental-ba-fact-pat).
Discounts may be offered for students and pension-card holders. Bulk-billing is offered for clients in special circumstances, which can be discussed at the time of scheduling the first appointment.
Clinical assessment is a formal process used to determine whether a client meets the criteria for diagnosis of a specific psychological disorder. Assessment may be required for people who are experiencing specific impairments in their educational, occupational, or personal life. The result of the assessment may assist clients to access funding for support services to improve their functioning. For example, formal assessments are required to determine whether people are eligible to access funding under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (https://www.ndis.gov.au/index.html). Clinical assessments are currently offered for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), for children and adults.
Often clients present with multiple needs. Should you require other specialised assessment services, HF&A can provide referral to Psychiatrists, Neuropsychologists, Family Therapists, and Dietitians.
FORENSIC & MEDICO-LEGAL
HF&A have extensive experience providing expert opinion reports for forensic matters including; pre-sentence reports, fitness to stand trial assessments, treatment needs reports, parole assessments, civil competencies, criminal injuries compensation reports, as well as reports for family court and child protection matters, and immigration matters. We are also experienced in providing treatment for a range of offending behaviours and can provide treatment reports for court hearings.
HF&A provides psychological assessment reports and treatment for insurance matters including motor vehicle insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance claims.
We welcome referrals from lawyers and insurers.
Supervision services are offered for Registered Psychologists and Psychologists seeking Clinical Endorsement. Supervision sessions are scheduled according to your needs and any program of learning you are required to undertake according to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please contact HF&A to discuss available supervisors and the costs associated with supervision.
CORPORATE & CONSULTANCY SERVICES
HF&A provides psychological services for individuals and groups who are seeking to improve performance within their organisation. Services are tailored to the organisation’s needs taking into consideration their mission, values and strategic priorities. Examples of psychological support offered to organisations include; improved team cohesion, work-life balance, building resilience, dispute resolution, and executive coaching.
One-on-one therapy sessions can be arranged for staff of organisations, under an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
MEET OUR TEAM
The team at Helen Fowler & Associates Psychological Services are passionate about Clinical Psychology and Behavioural Medicine.
HELEN FOWLERClinical Psychologist
Helen has been working as a psychologist for well over 30 years and completed her masters in clinical psychology in 2000. She has been the owner and principal psychologist of HF&A since 1995. Helen has undertaken specialist training in various areas including treating trauma, substance use and gambling addictions, mediation and facilitation for executives in corporate organisations. Helen has lectured in the areas of addictions, criminology and risk assessment at universities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. She has worked in Perth and Canada treating forensic mental health patients. She has a particular interest in assessment and treatment of trauma in a variety of areas including children and adults exposed to interpersonal violence. Helen has extensive experience in providing forensic expert opinion reports for civil, criminal and family Courts and child protection matters. She has provided expert evidence in Court.
Helen has had a particular interest in psychological aspects of business development, improvement and growth. She provides a range of corporate services tailored to the specific needs of the client. More details can be found under Corporate and Consultancy Services.
DR JAMES McCUEClinical Psychologist & Forensic Psychologist (Registrar)
James has been a practicing psychologist since 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours and a Doctor of Psychology. He has experience working in a range of settings including, policing, offender treatment, child protection, and employee assistance. James joined HF&A in 2014. He is experienced in treating a range of clinical issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, work-related stress, and substance use and addictive behaviours. He also has experience in forensic assessment and treatment for a range of offending behaviours and has provided expert evidence in the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
In addition to his role at HF&A, James is also employed as a lecturer and researcher in psychology and criminology at Edith Cowan University (ECU). He is a member of the ECU Human Research Ethics Committee, and is a Board Director at the Patricia Giles Centre which provides services to people escaping family and domestic violence.
CHRISTY POWNALLClinical Psychologist (Registrar)
Christy is a Clinical Psychologist Registrar with a Master of Clinical Psychology. She is skilled at working with adults and children across the lifespan, as well as in individual and group settings.
She has experience in treating a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, emotion dysregulation, anger management, phobias, sleep issues, addictions, and life transitions. She works collaboratively with clients to support their wellbeing. Christy integrates a range of therapeutic strategies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She is trained in the completion of Criminal Injury Compensation assessments, complex Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments, and complex cognitive assessments.
Recommended fees for psychological services in Australia are set and reviewed regularly by the Australian Psychological Society and our fee structure broadly reflects these.