Moving Forward - Clinical Psychologists - For Children, adolescents, adults and couples

Phone: 1300 133 013

Positive and beneficial therapeutic experiences

Areas of practice

We provide brief intervention through to long-term therapy. Some of the difficulties we may be able to assist with include:

  • Anxiety disorders and stress
  • Depression and mood problems
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Couples/marital therapy
  • Trauma, adjustment and loss
  • Recovery from childhood abuse and neglect
  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • Eating disorders and body image concerns
  • Health issues and chronic pain
  • Child behaviour and parenting
  • School adjustment, teasing and bullying
  • Social skills support
  • Anger management
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Chronic pain issues
  • Insurance and workers compensation claims

Qualifications and therapeutic orientation

Our aim is to work towards positive change in a collaborative and gentle way. Our approach tends to have some structure, whereby goals and a therapy plan are discussed early on, so that we reach a shared understanding of what you are wanting to change about your life and of any obstacles that may be keeping you stuck. Other people seek our assistance not to address a 'problem' as such, but rather to assist them in using their strengths to further facilitate personal growth, set goals, and to enhance life balance and general well-being.

The length and frequency of therapy differs from one person to the next, and is completely up to you. Some people prefer short-term therapy focussed on a specific issue whereas others, particularly those who are experiencing chronic feelings of being 'stuck', seek longer term therapy to address their difficulties. In the first session, your therapist can suggest a recommended time frame of therapy, however it is completely up to you how often and for how long you attend therapy.

Our therapists have post-graduate and at least six years of university training. We are passionate about helping people in evidence-based practice, mainly Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). However, depending upon what is likely to be most beneficial, we are often integrative in our approach, drawing upon ideas from different areas of psychology and counselling including mindfulness skills, schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and family-based therapies.

We are strongly committed to ongoing professional development and keep up to date with research and therapy developments.

Alexandra Corcoran
Clinical Psychologist
BPsych(Hons) MPsychol (Clin) MACPA MAACBT
Alex works with children, young people and adults, on an individual basis. She treats anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, eating problems and child behavior problems/parenting. Alex has experience in the assessment, case formulation and treatment of a wide range of presenting difficulties, having worked in child & adolescent, and adult mental health services within the Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service. She has also worked as a therapist in university clinical trials focusing on anxiety and depression, and child behaviour problems and parenting.

Paul Corcoran
Clinical Psychologist
BPsych(Hons) BA (Phil) MPsychol(Clin)(Hons) MAACBT
Paul works with children, young people, adults and couples. He has skills in the areas of couples therapy, anxiety, stress, mood disorders, parenting & chronic pain. Paul has provided supervision to other clinical psychologists and has worked in general private practice since 2004. Paul's research has been on the separation-individuation process, examining the ways in which adolescents make the transition into early adulthood and establish themselves as autonomous adults.

Fees & rebates

At Moving Forward, each practitioner offers the maximum medicare rebate available for clinical psychological services.

Our standard fee is significantly less than the standard fee recommended by the Australian Psychological Society.

It is important to us to be as accessible as possible. Patients can request reduced fees if experiencing financial hardship.

Medicare may cover $124.50 per session for a maximum of 10 sessions per calendar year if a GP, Paedetrician or Psychiatrist refers you under a Mental Health Care Plan. Please speak to us if you would like to obtain more information about this option or follow this link to read the factsheet.

Mental Health Care Plans are for a wide range of presenting problems,

  • Chronic psychotic disorder
  • Acute psychotic disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Phobic disorders
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Unexplained somatic complaints
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Conduct disorders
  • Bereavement disorders
  • Post traumatic stress disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Panic disorders
  • Mixed anxiety and depression
  • Dissociative (conversion) disorder
  • Neurasthenia
  • Mental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
    • Sleep problems
    • Hyperkinetic (Attention deficit) disorders
    • Alcohol use disorders
    • Drug use disorders
    • Depression
    • Sexual disorders
    • Enuresis (non organic)

You may also be aware that some private health funds cover part of the fees. In many cases, this can significantly reduce the cost  of treatment. As not all health funds cover psychology, and rebates vary from policy to policy, we advise checking out with your health fund what your level of rebate will be. Please note that accessing a medicare rebate and a private rebate for the same consultation is not allowed.

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