Mental Health

During the current COVID-19 situation, it is important for us to ensure that we are all safe, and essential services are continued. We are offering Psychological consultations remotely to ensure continuity of care.  A number of options for remote consultations via telephone and secure video conferencing are available to maintain confidentiality . Currently, 30 or 50 minute appointments are available.  Please call Bluff Road Medical Centre to make an appointment on 9598 6244. This week, the government released guidelines for mental health services Medicare COVID-19 Telehealth eligibility.  If you are interested to know whether you qualify, please use this link.

Bluff Road Medical has a well regarded psychology team offering extensive experience in helping people with psychological, emotional and physical health difficulties. We work with our clients in a confidential, empathic and comfortable setting. We aim to provide solutions that are individually tailored and will have a positive impact on daily life. Our team of senior clinicians can assess and treat children, adolescents and adults regarding a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders and much more.

Our psychologists utilise evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and more. Whether you reside in the nearby Bayside suburbs of Black Rock, Sandringham and Hampton or further afield. If you need support, please reach out and make an appointment online or call 95986244 we’re here to help!

Our Psychology and Counselling Team

Some helpful mental health tips from Dr Susan Barnett here  &  Dr Aneta Kotevski here.


Dr Aneta Kotevski

Clinical & Health Psychologist – Pgrad Dip Psych, DPsych (Health), MAPS.

Consults at Bluff Road Medical Centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Aneta is a registered and endorsed clinical and health psychologist with a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Melbourne.  She has over ten years’ experience practising in both private and public health care and rehabilitation settings. Aneta is a dedicated and highly skilled psychologist who accepts referrals to work with adolescents 13 years and older, adults, older adults, couples and families. She is an AHPRA board-approved supervisor, a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and Colleges of Clinical Psychologists and Health Psychologists. Aneta is a professional and empathic psychologist that incorporated a number of therapeutic approaches tailored to suit the individual’s needs.

Aneta specialises in assisting individuals with:

  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Stress, coping and adjustment issues
  • Adjustment to medical diagnoses and life change e.g. cancer, gastrointestinal conditions
  • Pain and Anger management, Somatoform and Sleep disorders
  • Self-management of chronic health conditions e.g. Chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, vestibular conditions, migraine
  • Behaviour management and change e.g. Obesity and weight management
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-esteem, confidence and communication issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Pregnancy support and fertility issues
  • Motivational interviewing & Family therapy

For appointments, please click here to book online or call reception on 9598 6244.  See Client Email Psychology 21_03_20- Dr A Kotevski.

Dr Ramsay Dixon

Clinical Psychologist – DPsych (Clin), MAPS.

Consults at Bluff Road Medical Centre on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Ramsay is a registered Psychologist who holds endorsements in both Clinical and Forensic Psychology. He has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a forensic specialisation from Monash University, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. He has extensive experience in providing a range of individual and group-based psychological interventions. He has worked in the public mental health system, in the forensic setting and as a private practitioner.

As a clinical psychologist, Ramsay provides a range of evidence-based interventions that assist individuals to manage the difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with mental health concerns. Psychological intervention is most effective when it occurs within a supportive and effective therapeutic relationship.  Ramsay has a warm, open and engaging style, that is matched with the needs of the patient.

Ramsay works with peopled aged 16 years and over to assist with difficulties such as:

  •    Addictions, substance abuse and problematic gambling
  •    Adjustment disorders, Anxiety disorders
  •    Chronic illness management
  •    Eating disorders
  •    Emotion regulation, including anger, grief and bereavement
  •    Interpersonal difficulties & Relationship problems
  •    Major mood disorders (e.g. depression)
  •    Personality difficulties and disorders
  •    Psychosis
  •    Trauma and its sequelae, including PTSD
  •    Sleep disturbance & Workplace stress

For appointments, please click here to book online or call us on 9598 6244. For enquiries, please email Ramsay at [email protected].  Dr Ramsay Dixon – Clinical Psychologist new patient form

Dr Sophie Johnstone

Clinical Psychologist – DPsych (Clin), MAPS.

Consults at Bluff Road Medical Centre on Wednesday Afternoon/ Evenings

Sophie is a registered clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society, who attained her Doctorate at Monash University. She is a skilled clinician who works with young people aged 12 years and over to adults. Sophie has clinically specialised in child, adolescent and family psychology, but also has an interest in health psychology from completing her doctoral research in an adult palliative care setting.

Sophie has extensive clinical experience having worked in various settings including public paediatric mental health, private rehabilitative services and government secondary schools. Sophie is a warm and empathic clinician who utilises various treatment modalities, including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and schema therapy. She works with a broad range of mental health issues including:

  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Stress and adjustment related concerns, including adjustment to chronic illnesses
  • Attachment issues and School Refusal
  • Grief and loss
  • Emotion dysregulation (including anger management)
  • Pain syndromes
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem & Relationship issues
  • Eating disorders

Karen Barnett

BA, MSW, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker / Therapist

Karen is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 10 years experience in the assessment, treatment and counselling of clients accessing private and public mental health services.

Taking a compassionate, non-judgemental and curious stance, she creates a safe space for open and honest communication and skill based learning in sessions. Favouring a mindfulness based approach, Karen works collaboratively with clients to reach their goals and will tailor the therapy modality to suit individual needs. She is proficient in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) (individual and group skills).

Her areas of interest and expertise include; addictions, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma and complex trauma, eating disorders, gender transition, interpersonal difficulties, pregnancy, post partum and fertility issues, stress reactions and adjustment issues.

Accepting referral for clients aged 12 years+. Please click here or contact reception on 9598 6244.

Dr Catherine MatthewsDr Catherine Matthews

Clinical Child Psychologist – BSc (Hons) DPsych (Clin), MAPS.

Consults at Bluff Road Medical Centre on alternate Tuesdays.

Catherine is a registered paediatric clinical psychologist with over 15 years’ experience. She has worked in a range of settings, including the Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Heath and private practice. Catherine works with a broad range of mental health issues in young people. Her clinical areas of special interest include anxiety disorders (including OCD, separation anxiety and phobias), depression, autism, attachment disorders, school refusal, and learning disabilities.

Catherine is a board-approved supervisor and has lectured for Monash University, and has also consulted for Child Protection Services and the Department of Education. She is a strong advocate for parents and their children and is able to assess and treat children aged between 18 months to 16 years.

For appointments click here or please call reception on 9598 6244.

Dr Catherine Matthews registration form 

Dr Susan Barnett

General Practitioner & GP Counsellor –  MBBS, FRACGP.

Consults at Bluff Road Medical on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, occasional Saturdays.

Susan joined Bluff Road Medical Centre in 2007, having worked at Family Planning Victoria and Freemason’s Hospital – Women’s and Breast Clinic. She is passionate about the importance of emotional wellbeing and the role of mindfulness in her patient care. Dr Barnett has a specialised interest in providing GP counselling and focused psychological strategies. She is able to utilise GP Mental Health Plans to provide counselling and assist her clients who are struggling emotionally. She has a patient-centred, individualised approach to help her clients to reach their goals.

GP Counselling – New Patient Information

Together with her family therapist & counsellor colleague Dagmar Marek, Dr Susan Barnett occasionally also conducts regular monthly talks at Bluff Road Medical offering client’s strategies promoting wellness and better mental health.

To make an appointment click here or phone 9598 6244.

Useful Mental Health Contact Numbers
Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 80
Mensline: 1300 78 99 78
Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277

Middle South CAT Service – Monash Medical Centre, Ph: 24/7 – (03) 1300 369 012
246 Clayton Road, Clayton 3168, Fax: (03) 9594 1436