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Services

Vanessa provides neurodiversity-affirming assessments and support for Autistic and ADHD individuals. This involves understanding the Autistic and ADHD neurotypes as different expressions of normal human functioning rather than developmental deficits or disorders, whilst recognising that neurodivergent people experience disability due to the incompatibility between their neurology and the demands of neurotypical (typically-developing) society.

 

Vanessa's practice is LGBTQIA+ inclusive, trauma-informed, and sex worker-safe. Her approach is collaborative and prioritises the neurodivergent person's values, preferred ways of communicating, and personal goals.

ND AFFIRMING ASSESSMENTS (ADULTS 18+)

​∞  All adult assessments are conducted via Zoom. However, if you require an in-person appointment for your well-being, these can be organised at Vanessa's consulting rooms in Murrumbeena, VIC.

∞  Assessment sessions cannot be claimed under Medicare.

∞  Diagnoses and reports by Vanessa are valid for most funding applications, including Centrelink and the NDIS.

Please e-mail reception at admin@vtpsychology.com for more detailed information about the fees and what's involved in an assessment.

AUTISM ASSESSMENT

The assessment structure generally involves:

∞   Intake session (1h)

∞   Diagnostic interview session (2h)

∞   Phone interview with an informant (if accessible) (30 minutes)

∞   Psychometric measures/questionnaires for you 

and your informants

∞   Feedback session (1h)

∞  Summary report to facilitate self-identification

Approximate total fee: $1,325

*For Autism and ADHD assessments, an additional 1-hour interview session is involved.

Approximate total fee: $1,575

ADHD
ASSESSMENT

​The assessment structure generally involves:

∞   Intake session (1h)

∞   Diagnostic interview session (75mins)

∞   Phone interview with an informant (if accessible) (30 minutes)

∞   Psychometric measures/questionnaires provided to yourself and informants

∞   Feedback session (1h)

∞   Summary report to facilitate self-identification

Approximate total fee: $1,100

Please note: Psychologists cannot prescribe medication. If you would like to explore your suitability for medication, please make an appointment with a psychiatrist experienced in supporting ND adults.

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ND AFFIRMING THERAPY SUPPORT

Vanessa is not accepting new clients for on-going therapy support and her waitlist is currently full. You are welcome to contact Reception if you would like suggestions for other neurodiversity-affirming psychologists. 
 

Neurodivergent people may need mental health support to cope with the stressors of living in a neurotypical world and find ways to thrive on their own terms. Neurodivergent people do not need fixing.

Vanessa supports Autistic and ADHD clients across the lifespan who would like support

in various areas, including:

∞   anxiety

∞   depression

∞   OCD

∞   self-concept

∞   emotional regulation

∞   Autistic burnout

∞   self-advocacy

   understanding their neurodivergent brain via an affirming lens

  executive functioning (e.g., organisation, motivation, self-regulation) differences

Vanessa also supports parents in enhancing their understanding of their neurodivergent children's unique ways of relating, recognising that their "challenging behaviours" are really stress responses, and responding in a supportive, collaborative way.

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