Centrally located in Woolloomooloo, our rehabilitation team focuses on mental health, physical wellbeing and individually tailored programs. You can choose to come to us, or our mobile therapists can come to you.
Mind Plasticity is based in Central Sydney with our outreach team covering the Greater Metropolitan Area. Our Directors Robert Battisti, Heather Cutten and Mark Yim have worked as clinicians in and around Sydney for many years and have professional affiliations with organisations such as the Brain and Mind Centre, Charles Perkins Centre, Department of Veterans Affairs, Uniting Aged Care, Headspace, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.
Our team are passionate about delivering evidence-based therapies and overcoming some of the traditional barriers that restrict people from accessing top quality care. All Mind Plasticity therapists are registered with their discipline specific governing bodies, are endorsed for their specific areas of practice and engage in regular supervision and professional development activities.
Our mission is to increase options for people wishing to access best practice health care. While traditional models of clinic-based treatments are highly effective for some, they are not always suitable for everyone. At Mind Plasticity, you have the choice. You can come to our rooms in Woolloomooloo, or our team of therapists can bring current, evidence-based, person-centred health treatments into the home, school, workplace, hospital or other context that lends itself to benefiting people and their individual circumstances.
There is an integral link between physical health, meaningful activity and mental wellbeing. Mind Plasticity has forged strong relationships with other health care providers including GPs, specialist doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, speech pathologists and social workers.
Our therapists are also familiar with community support services, the education system and vocational services. We believe in a holistic approach to recovery. In addition to providing mental health support, we can assist with linking in to other community resources.
MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES
Please note Mind Plasticity is not an acute or emergency service. If you or a person you know is experiencing a mental health crisis call emergency 000, or your local mental health crisis team (call 1800 011 511 within NSW), or go to your local hospital emergency department.
Referrals to Mind Plasticity.
To access our service and claim from Medicare you will need to obtain a referral from a GP or Specialist. Only a referral letter is required to see one of our psychiatrists. A referral letter plus a ‘mental health care plan’ is required to see one of our psychologists or mental health occupational therapists. Full details of what is required for Medicare claiming can be found under our ‘Fees and Rebates – Medicare’ section below.
What is a registered psychologist?
A registered psychologist generally has four years of university training with an additional two years of supervised practice. Psychologists are experts in human behaviour, having studied the brain, learning, human development and the processes determining how people think, feel, behave and react. Psychologists apply their expertise using reliable and scientificallysupported methods. Psychological therapies are widely used to treat individuals, families and groups within our community.
What is a clinical psychologist?
Clinical psychologists are specifically trained psychologists who are able to assess, diagnose and treat major mental illnesses and psychological problems. These clinicians have expertise in applying psychological theory and scientific research to solve complex psychiatric problems requiring individually tailored interventions. Becoming a clinical psychologist requires six years of university-based training and an additional two years of registrar training in assessment and treatment methods.
What is a mental health occupational therapist?
Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. In the field of mental health, occupational therapists specialise in assessing how an individual’s mental health problems impact on their ability to perform their everyday occupations and roles. Identified barriers are worked through via the development of goals and treatment plans. Becoming a registered occupational therapist in mental health requires the completion of the equivalent of a four year applied science degree in occupational therapy and then demonstrated two years post-graduate training and clinical practice in the field of mental health.
What is an accredited mental health social worker?
Accredited mental health social workers help individuals to address psychological problems and improve quality of life via working within the broader implications of mental illness and its impacts upon an individual’ friends, family, work and education. This may involve family as well as individual counselling, and group therapy. Becoming an accredited mental health social worker requires an additional two years of supervised practice within the field of mental health in addition to a four year undergraduate degree.
What is a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical Specialist whom has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Psychiatrists evaluate patients to determine whether or not their symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental, or a strictly psychiatric one. Psychiatrists prescribe medicine, and may also use psychotherapy in the treatment and management of mental illness. Becoming a psychiatrists requires the completion of medical qualifications with further qualifications obtained in the field of mental health.
Do I have to see a GP or Specialist before I can access your service?
The short answer is no. Anyone is free to contact us to make an enquiry, and some people choose to engage in therapy without involving their medical team. However in many circumstance people visit their doctor or specialist before starting therapy with Mind Plasticity. This enables medical screening, exploring the possibility of medications and accessing Medicare entitlements to reduce the out of pocket expense of therapy. Please feel free to contact us if you wish to discuss your individual circumstances.
All of our clinicians – other than our mental health educational co-ordinator – are registered with the Australian Department of Human Services (Medicare) which means if you are eligible for government rebates, you may be eligible to claim a Medicare rebate for their services.
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Surry Hills office and postal address: Suite 517, Level 5, 50 Holt St Surry Hills NSW 2010
Woolloomooloo office: Suite 3, Level 6, 75 Crown St Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY
Call 000 or go to the nearest hospital accident & emergency department
Parking and Transport for Woolloomooloo Clinic
Parking is available on the street (some of it is metered), there are several parking stations nearby, including the Domain, but it is easiest to catch the train or bus as the area is very well serviced by public transport. Kings Cross Station (10 mins), St James Station (10 mins), and Town Hall Station (15 mins) are all short walks away.