Dr Tara Hickey

Clincial Psychologist
B.A. (Hons), M.A., DClinPsych, PhD
Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University Honorary Associate, University of Sydney Honorary Fellow, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne
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50 minute consultation: $235.00

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  • Medicare rebates
  • Assessments and reports
  • Non attended session fees
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If you have a Mental Health Care Plan referral to see me from your GP, Medicare will subsidise up to 20 sessions per calendar year with an amount starting from $129.55.

You will receive the lower rebate until you reach your Medicare Safety Net. For more information on the Safety Net click here.

Diagnostic Assessments and Report:

Fees vary, if you require an assessment of this nature, I ask you to first make an initial 50 minute appointment to see me and we will discuss your requirements in this consultation.

Non Attended Session Fees:

I require 2 full working days (Monday-Friday only) notice should you need to cancel or re-schedule your appointment. You must do this by telephone.

– If you give us 2 or more business days’ notice: no fee

– Less than 2 business days: full consultation fee

Out of courtesy to our professional relationship, I request that you provide at least 7 days notice to cancel an appointment as I have limited appointments available.

  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Hello, my name is Dr Tara Hickey

I work with clients who have concerns about their well-being as well as clients who feel they do not have any pressing issues but are interested in self development.

My areas of expertise include self-development, managing stress or life challenges, anxiety, depression and psychosis. My therapeutic style is collaborative. I work to create a shared understanding of the problem and support clients to make changes which will meaningfully impact their life. Depending on the individual’s experience therapy can be brief (less then 10 sessions), medium or longer-term.

I specialise in using Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) since travelling to Europe several years ago to train with its founder, Professor Paul Gilbert, OBE. I continue to receive supervision from Prof. Gilbert on a regular basis. CFT focuses on building an inner capacity to respond more wisely and kindly to life’s difficulties.

In addition, I have undertaken mindfulness training in Australia (Monash University and Openground) as well as compassion training in the the United States. I have trained with Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer, two of the world’s leading teachers in the field of mindfulness and self-compassion.

I hold an Adjunct Research Fellow position with Monash University and a Honorary Associate position with the University of Sydney. As part of my research I have developed and piloted a mindfulness and compassion group program for youth with psychotic experiences. I have also co-facilitated CFT Self-Practice/Self-Reflection courses for CFT practitioners and am currently conducting research in this area. I have numerous national and international journal publications and have co-authored book chapters. I am a committee member for Compassionate Mind Australia.

I work with clients who would like support with a wide range of issues including:

  •  Anxiety
  •  Depression
  •  Self-development
  •  Stress and life changes
  •  Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Issues I can help with
Academic Performance & Giftedness
Adjustment Difficulties
Anger Management
Assertiveness Training
Body Dysmorphia
Borderline Personality
Depression & Mood
Disordered Eating
Gender & Sexual Identity
Grief & Bereavement
Health & Lifestyle
Learning Difficulties
Life Transition
Mindful Self-Compassion
Relationship Counselling
Self Esteem & Self Development
Sexual Abuse
Sleep Difficulties
Social Skills
Stress Management & Relaxation