Bita Riazati is a psychologist and psychoanalyst with practice rooms in Hawthorn / Kew Melbourne.
Hawthorn psychology: let’s explore what you want from a treatment with me.
I am a registered psychologist who had years of further clinical training in offering psychoanalytic treatment. I am also a practicing psychoanalyst in Melbourne. Accordingly I offer assessment and treatment to people of all ages who come from different walks of life. I treat people from different cultures, upbringings and belief systems. When you attend therapy with me you are invited to speak freely in a space that is safe, private and non-judgemental. Your free flowing speech enables me to listen to everything that you can say about yourself and your situation with openness and curiosity. Consequently each therapeutic engagement with me is very personal and unique. All of these conditions offer a possibility to work through your emerging issues together in the sessions.
I work with anyone who wants to speak, to learn something about themselves and to work through their issues with me. With this in mind, I have named a few areas where I am most frequently contacted about for treatment. For example people regularly see me for sexual and intimacy problems, difficulties with relationships, stress and anger. Moreover people see me for painful emotions that interfere with their daily lives, feelings of emptiness, thoughts of suicide, existential problems, issues regarding self worth, perfectionism and self-esteem and questions regarding identity and gender. Furthermore people who suffer from chronic pain, and long term and severe mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, addictions, anxiety disorders and panic attacks often contact me. In addition, my psychoanalytic understanding enables me to work with you to elucidate family dynamic issues, separation, parenting and children’s attachment problems.
Referral to Bita, Psychologist and Psychoanalyst – Hawthorn Melbourne
I may be able to offer an appointment during the day or in the evening.
I personally manage the administrative aspect of all referrals. Therefore, a patient may bring a valid referral letter to their booked appointment time. For information on what constitutes a valid medicare referral letter refer to the checklist.
New appointments can be requested with the psychoanalyst and psychologist in Hawthorn Bita Riazati by using the confidential self-referral form. Your referral to me can be about discussing your diagnosis, treatment, a report or any administrative matter. We can discuss your specific needs in a consultation. I charge consultation fees in Hawthorn but a rebate may be available if you present with a valid referral letter.
As an experienced psychologist in Melbourne I accept referrals for people of all ages including adults and children. I integrate relevant psychological interventions and treatments for a wide range of disorders. You can volunteer to obtain a Mental Health Care Plan and a Medicare referral letter from your GP to reduce the cost of treatment. For the referring doctor: your patient is invited to enquire with my psychology practice in Hawthorn directly. As the referring doctor you may create a referral letter (see checklist) and give a copy to your patient. Do you accept a Mental Health Care Plan? Yes, review the details
If you are a patient following up an appointment that you have already requested, please leave a message with your full name ph (03) 6145 0176. Thank you
Psychologist in Hawthorn: what I offer
Hawthorn psychologist clinical practice offers:
- Individual assessment and treatment for people of all ages
- Family assessment / consultation
- NDIS self-managed plans for children
- Psychoanalytic treatment or psychoanalysis in Melbourne
- Clinical assessment, diagnosis report (report for tribunals must be requested by a solicitor)
- Victims of Crime (no new intake)
- WorkCover and TAC (no new intake)
- Trauma counselling for refugees and asylum seekers (must be either self-funded, funded by the Department of Home Affairs or another agency)
- Persian (Farsi)
- Peer and clinical supervision / consultation to colleagues
Our work and the process
Bita Riazati is a psychologist and clinical psychoanalyst in Hawthorn clinical practice Melbourne offering tailored psychological interventions and treatment. Other than cognitive therapies, Bita had further professional training in assessing and treating people suffering from enduring, persistent or severe disorders. Specifically she had advanced training in clinical psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is a practical method used for understanding unconscious processes impacting emotions, responses and behaviours. Furthermore psychoanalytic treatments explore conflicts resulting in anxiety, dissatisfaction with life and other persisting problems. Sessions are on a weekly basis and involve ongoing or longer term work. Because issues such as anger, grief, intense feelings of guilt, shame or emptiness often persist in various ways in a person’s life.
Due to the complexity and nature of the issues I frequently treat patients may attend sessions once or more during the week. A treatment is recommended based on a thorough assessment process which may involve broadly exploring aspects of a person’s personality and history in the preliminary interviews. For example your family history, including past relationships and interests. Prior to a treatment being offered, the preliminary discussions offer us an opportunity to understand your particular difficulties. Such as issues in friendships, with partners or issues at work with colleagues. During the sessions and over the course of your treatment together we will focus on exploring your presenting issues, concerns and risks when these emerge in therapy. I may use a combination of cognitive and psychoanalytic treatment strategies. You are encouraged to bring questions or reflections to sessions. We will discuss your initial concerns and the process in the first consultation.
Psychologist in Melbourne – Who do I work with
I work with people of all ages, couples and families who may be experiencing addictions, life crises, trauma, loss, debilitating anxiety, anger, persistent depression and panic attacks. Moreover people may be struggling with a sense of their identities after a life changing event. Such events may be a career change, adoption, a miscarriage, migration, birth of a child, separation, divorce or death of a family member. Other concerns may relate to relationships, children’s well-being, parenting and the family. As a result, my desire is to support individuals suffering from a wide range of presenting issues and mental health concerns.
I have listed some of them below:
- Grief and loss
- Guilt feelings
- Anxiety disorders
- Panic attacks
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-natal / depression
- Emptiness feelings
- Gender and identity
- Male and female sexual problems
- Self-destructive behaviours
- Attention and emotion
- Sleep problems
- Body and chronic pain
- Stress such as work stress
- Self esteem
- Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
- Obsessive thoughts
Children and family
- Treatments for Anxiety / separation anxiety
- Parenting skills
- Family conflict
- Children’s well-being
- Developmental disorders; e.g., Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum
- Migrant, refugee and asylum seekers
Psychologists may be asked to write medicolegal or other clinical reports to form the basis of evidence in forensic settings, a legal hearing, a review or a tribunal. A psychologist may assess the psychological well-being, injuries or level of impairment of an individual. Sometimes I diagnose, advise on treatment prognosis and recommend on further treatment needs in reports. A need for a report can be discussed in a consultation, and all reports are charged at my hourly assessment fees. Please note that according to the GST rules, I am required to collect 10% GST on all assessment and treatment reports.
A boutique psychology practice in the leafy suburb of Hawthorn Kew
Psychologist near Swinburne University Hawthorn Campus, Xavier and MLC Colleges, Glenferrie Road and Kew (Psychologist in Kew area)
Hawthorn is easily accessible from the Melbourne city, Richmond, Glenferrie, Kew, Abbotsford, Malvern, Kooyong, Camberwell, Glen Iris, Balwyn and Collingwood areas. There is free on-street parking available on Barkers Road near Xavier College and Methodist Ladies College. But check the parking hours indicated on the street. When you arrive, buzz the door bell exactly at the given time.
How to get here by public transport
The psychology practice in Kew, Melbourne is accessible by car, tram or train from the inner Melbourne areas or the eastern suburbs. The practice is a 12-minute walk from the Glenferrie station (belgrave /Lilydale /Ringwood line) near Swinburne University Hawthorn campus, making it easy to get to, from Richmond, Glen Iris, Kooyong and Camberwell. Glenferrie station is only four train stops from the Melbourne Federation Square. You can catch trams 109 (Port Melbourne to Boxhill line) or 48 (Docklands to North Balwyn line) from Melbourne CBD (Collins street) or from Richmond or by bus from Abbotsford and Collingwood. You can also catch Tram 16 (Melbourne University to Kew line) from Kooyong or Glen Iris to my practice. Victorian journey planner