A safe place for psychological healing

The Mind Equality Centre is a safe, healing place for people of the LGBTIQ community providing psychological and allied health counselling for individuals, couples and families.

We are located in Fitzroy North, an easy tram ride from the city.

Our qualified and experienced practitioners identify as members or allies of the LGBTIQ community. They really understand what it's like, and that means you don't have to explain yourself, or worry about being judged. You can just focus on the issues that matter to you.

Services we provide include:

  • Psychological counselling for individuals
  • Couples counselling
  • Family relationship counselling
  • Occupational therapy
  • Sex therapy.

We also now provide Aftercare, a practical support program for LGBTIQ people who have thoughts or intentions of suicide.

We are currently offering an online and telephone-based service due to conditions under COVID-19, but are still accepting new clients. Call 1300 054 284  (13 000 LGBTI) or email MindEqualityCentre@mindaustralia.org.au to arrange an appointment.

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A referral is not necessary. Simply contact the Mind Equality Centre to book an appointment. You may wish to speak to your GP to discuss setting up a mental health care treatment plan prior to booking with us, which might assist with accessing subsidised treatment.

p: 1300 054 284 (13 000 LGBTI)

e: MindEqualityCentre@mindaustralia.org.au 

 

Flexible, competitive fees

Flexible, competitive fees

Our fees vary according to the practitioner's specialty, but are competitively priced.

Subsidised counselling is available to those who qualify. Some services are NDIS fundable.

Session fees can be claimed from your private health insurance fund if your extras cover allows.

Call us on 1300 054 284 (13 000 LGBTI) to discuss the option that best meets your circumstances.

Consultation hours and location

Consultation hours and location

We offer appointments six days a week (Monday to Friday, including after hours, and Saturday mornings) to best suit our clients' needs.

We are located at 366 St George's Road, Fitzroy North, right next door to Northside Clinic. The number 11 tram from the city or Preston comes right past us; a convenient way of travel to the centre.

Our team

Our team

Dr Jamie Byrne is a registered psychologist who works with young people and adults. She has experience working with people who have concerns about their mood, anxiety, or substance use, which can often stem from experiences earlier in life. Jamie takes a positive psychology approach to her practice, which gives clients practical skills to apply to their life. She values collaboration, authenticity, respect, and empathy in her practice. She draws on a range of evidence-based approaches to collaboratively develop an individually-tailored treatment plan suited to the needs of each client. Jamie concurrently holds a lecturer position at Deakin University where her research examines the interaction between sleep, circadian rhythms (the body clock), and the reward system. She also runs workshops in the community and organisations emphasising the role of sleep and school/work scheduling on learning and creative outcomes, and mental health across the lifespan.

Kaming Ng is a registered clinical psychologist, with Masters Degrees in Clinical Psychology from University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Kaming has extensive experience working in both the private and public psychology setting. Kaming is open-minded and enjoys working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations. Kaming is fluent in Cantonese and English, providing counselling in both languages. He is registered with Australia Board of Psychology, is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is a Board approved supervisor for Provisional Psychologist.

David Belasic has worked as a psychologist helping adults, adolescence, and families for the past 9 years. He has a passion for LGBTIQ mental health and was a lead in launching Victoria’s first queer-specific mental health service. David values an affirmative approach to psychotherapy with LGBTIQ clients and has been trained in cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal and family based therapies. He has extensive experience in supporting clients with stress, anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, interpersonal difficulties and psychological trauma. David currently focuses on helping clients who have experienced complex trauma to heal.

Lauren Bradley is a sex therapist, psychosexual educator and counsellor with a focus on supporting clients toward positive sexual expression and experience. Lauren is a qualified counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association and is registered with the Society of Australian Sexologists. Lauren’s approach is warm, open, non-judgemental, solution-focused and evidence-based. Lauren has experience supporting clients through concerns with sexual orientation, gender identity, navigating relationships, libido concerns, infidelity, porn-addiction, kink, sexual difficulties or pain and intimacy coaching. With experience in disability, trauma-informed-practice, aged care and reproductive health, Lauren empowers clients from broad range of backgrounds. Lauren has a passion for working alongside the LGTBIQ+ community, their families and allies to support sexual goals and challenges, and has experience working with younger members of the community to navigate critical life stages, like sexual orientation, gender identification and coming-out. Lauren draws from research-based practice, coupled with the latest treatment modalities, to provide industry-standard client plans. Lauren believes that everyone deserves the right to safe and pleasurable sexual experiences and is passionate about supporting her clients to achieve their goals. When Lauren’s not spending her time with clients enlivening their sex lives, she enjoys live music, art galleries and courtyard gardening.

The Aftercare program 

The Aftercare program 

Support to recover from attempts or thoughts of suicide  

The Mind Equality Centre is now offering Aftercare, a program offering support to people who are LGBTQIA+ and are having thoughts or intentions of suicide. 

The Aftercare team consists of mental health peer support workers and allied health workers who are knowledgeable about LGBTQIA+ identities and the issues and challenges faced by the community. Aftercare offers recovery-focused, short-term (up to 3 months) practical outreach and counselling-based support to help you, your chosen family members and other important people in your life to find inclusive and affirming care and strategies for moving forward. 

How to access Aftercare

There is no charge to access the Aftercare program. Aftercare is funded by North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network. 

People who are LGBTQIA+ can be referred into the Aftercare program by a health professional, a friend or family member, or they may refer themselves. 

Currently, we are offering an online and telephone-based service due to conditions under COVID-19. 

Contact

For referrals or more information, please contact the Aftercare team: 
Phone 1300 054 284 
Email aftercare@mindaustralia.org.au

To download a self-referral form, click here.