Niamh is an experienced Clinical Psychologist. She specialises in helping her clients to manage their anxieties.
FOR ADELAIDE HILLS RESIDENTS
Niamh enjoys working in all aspects of clinical psychology and advocates for making mental health and wellbeing services more accessible for residents of the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula. During the COVID19 pandemic, Niamh has extended her practice to include general adult clinical psychology.
FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
Niamh worked at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for nine years and then at Mercedes College as a school psychologist for ten years. Niamh works as a clinical care coordinator at Headspace in Murray Bridge, where she manages complex inter-agency cases. In her private practice, Niamh works with many children, who receive NDIS support, and their families.
FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER
Niamh's transition to the field of psycho-oncology was motivated by a diagnosis of aggressive breast cancer as a young adult. Consequently, she has personal and recent experience of the issues unique to younger people with cancer. This has given her a deep understanding of the impact of treatment on fertility and sexual wellbeing for younger cancer patients and their partners, including the complex pathways to pursuing parenthood through surrogacy.
FOR PEOPLE WITH ANXIETY
Some people experience excessive and irrational anxiety, which becomes ongoing and distressing. Niamh understands how anxiety can interfere with your daily life and has made this a focus of her practice.
Please contact us, if you have any queries about our services.
Making psychology supports accessible
Niamh has experienced the financial toxicity of cancer, during and after the treatment stage. As a result, Niamh is an advocate for more affordable psycho-social supports for people and their families living with cancer. Uniquely, Niamh offers a concession rate that applies more broadly than most practices, which recognises the varied and fluctuating financial needs of her clients during treatment (please refer to Our Fees).
Niamh understands from her own lived experiences that travelling to the city each week, for cancer treatment and allied health appointments, is demanding. Basing her practice from her home in the Adelaide Hills makes it easier for Hills residents to find psychology supports. For greater accessibility, Niamh can connect using tele-health options.
Niamh offers supports for clients and their families who may not have availability during working hours. Niamh is accessible for after hours and weekend appointments at no extra charge. Due to the emotional nature of the work, Niamh allows time between clients for sessions which may inevitably require longer than an hour.
"A trauma-informed organisation REALISES the trauma, stress and adversity, and understand potential
paths to healing and recovery. It RECOGNISES the signs and symptoms of staff, clients and all others involved
in the system. It actively RESISTS re-traumatisation (committed to being trauma-reducing and not trauma-inducing). It RESPONDS by fully and meaningfully integrating, embedding and infusing knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, language, culture, practices and settings."
"Every moment or interaction can be an intervention."
Dr. Karen Treisman.
Lotus Creek Psychology is located on Aldgate Valley Road between Aldgate and Mylor in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. It is a peaceful and secluded spot, but only twenty minutes from the Tollgate on the freeway.
The property was named over 100 years ago after the Lotus Australis, which flowers along the creek in our valley. Each year, a pair of Sacred Kingfishers, make their home in our garden. We overlook the Nurriti National Trust reserve and are surrounded by birds and other wildlife. Nurriti is an Aboriginal word from the Kaurna Tribal Group meaning Spell or Enchanted.
With permission, our friendly Cocker Spaniel, called Sunny, dispenses love and cuddles - especially when he sees a visitor is distressed. Often our visitors will "walk and talk" in our garden and Sunny is only too happy to come along for a play. Sunny has become so popular that we now make appointments that will note: with or without Sunny. We have just welcomed Dhala into our lives. She is a Cocker Spaniel puppy, who only joins our visitors on special request.
The Australian Psychological Society has set the standard 46 to 60 minute consultation fee at $267. A recent survey by Lived Experience Australia showed that the average gap fee for a psychologist is $170. Please be aware that we may charge for report writing and our fees will increase by 5% from 1st July 2022. NDIS-funded clients will be charged at standard NDIS rates for psychological services.
$229.55 per session
($100 out-of-pocket, after Medicare rebate)
With a Mental Health Care Plan referral from your GP, you pay $100 per session (valid for twenty sessions each calendar year under the Better Access COVID initiative).
$199.55 per session
($70 out-of-pocket cost, after Medicare rebate)
With a Mental Health Care Plan referral from your GP, you pay $70 per session (valid for twenty sessions each calendar year under the Better Access COVID initiative).
Available for residents of the Adelaide Hills and Southern Fleurieu region.
$129.55 per session
(no out-of-pocket cost, after Medicare rebate)
With a Mental Health Care Plan referral from your GP, you pay $0 per session (valid for twenty sessions each calendar year under the Better Access COVID initiative). Available for people currently undergoing cancer treatments or surviving cancer.
$299.55 per session
($170 out-of-pocket cost, after Medicare rebate)
With a Mental Health Care Plan referral from your GP, you pay $170 for a one-off 90-minute session, which can be booked at short notice by clients. Please refer to our article about the features and benefits of Single Session Therapy or ask our Practice Manager for more information.
Commencing 21st March 2022.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our fees. We look forward to hearing from you.
Niamh has practiced as a psychologist since 2003. Her experience extends across a range of public health, not-for-profit and private practice environments, which allows her to offer a unique depth of knowledge, especially in her specialty fields of child and adolescent psychology. More recently, Niamh has begun to work in the field of psycho-oncology.
For more of my credentials, please refer to Niamh's LinkedIn account.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
DEPARTMENT OF CHILD PROTECTION
Clinical psychology consulting
12 months (ongoing)
Clinical Care Coordinator - Murray Bridge, providing supports for young people aged between 12 and 25
ALLIED CONSULTING PSYCHOLOGISTS
Clinical Psychologist at a leading psycho-oncology practice
School Psychologist for reception to year 12
Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
ACCESSIBILITY DURING COVID19
During these unprecedented times, demand for psychology supports have increased. COVID19 restrictions have affected how we deliver our services. Fortunately, we still have options, if restrictions are in place:
Tele-health is now an accepted form of treatment for all Australians, during COVID19, as endorsed by the Medicare Benefits Scheme. We can provide meaningful consultations with screen-time or phone call and without disruption to the outcome for our clients.
Walking is Niamh's favourite way to meet and engage with a client, while observing a safe social distancing. 'Walk and talk' is exactly as it sounds - you walk with Niamh surrounded by nature (while observing a safe distance, during COVID19 restrictions). Walking in nature is emotionally regulating and promotes healing rhythms. Bring your dog, or just yourself, and enjoy the Adelaide Hills. Parents can watch their children walk with Niamh from a discrete distance.
As directed by the South Australian Government, there may be times when you and Niamh will be required to wear face masks during your session.
The Aldgate Valley Nature Walk is a scenic trail between Aldgate and Mylor. Weather permitting, we can enjoy a tranquil section of the trail that passes through the Aldgate Valley Nature Reserve for "Walk and Talk" sessions. There are many places to sit and simply soak up the beautiful views, while we talk.
Lotus Creek Psychology Walk-and-Talk
Aldgate Valley Nature Reserve
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS THERE A SPECIAL RATE DURING COVID19?
The Federal Government has made tele-health psychology supports available through Medicare. During the COVID19 pandemic, we are offering tele-health supports, if you have been referred to us by your GP.
HOW CAN I GET A REFERRAL TO SEE YOU?
Please ask your GP to provide you with a Mental Health Care Plan. This entitles you to 20 sessions through Medicare each year.
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
Medicare funds a 50-minute session. However, we allow additional 20 minutes, if a session needs it.
Please contact us, if you have any queries about our services.
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CONTACT US FOR A CHAT
Lotus Creek Psychology
(ABN 16 261 756 818)
Lotus Creek Cottage
104 Aldgate Valley Road
Aldgate, South Australia, 5154
Tel: +61(0)8 8470 1748
Fax: +61(0)8 5117 3179
Please reach out to us. We will listen to you with respect and understanding. If we cannot help, then we will point you in the right direction.
"I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship."
Louisa May Alcott
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY
In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we undertake our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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