Psychology at Inner Strength Healthcare

Psychology at Inner Strength Healthcare aims to help you achieve your health and life goals.

What do Psychologists do?

Psychologists are trained to assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, sleep issues and post-traumatic stress. They also provide help for people dealing with common life experiences such as health and relationship problems and grief and loss. Psychologists also receive research training, which allows them to conduct research as well as evaluate research findings and apply these to practice. This ensures delivery of high quality evidence-based psychological treatment.

Importantly, the psychologists at InnerStrength recognise the strengths and resources of all people, regardless of their presenting problem and work collaboratively with all clients to achieve real and sustained change. Psychology at Inner Strength has a particular passion for supporting client’s health journey and assisting clients to use their strengths to work towards an optimal level of health.

Dr Jo Sheedy, Counselling Psychologist, MAPS

Psych (Hons), M. Psych (Couns), B. App. Sci (Physio), PhD

Dr Jo Sheedy has a particular interest in psychology as it relates to health. She wrote her PhD on risk and resilience factors associated with living with chronic pain and is passionate about working with people to promote recovery from injury or illness. Prior to retraining as a psychologist, Jo was a physiotherapist for many years, working in the fields of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, oncology and chronic pain. Therefore, she is well placed to understand both psychological and physical factors that may increase pain or suffering. Jo is particularly interested in working with people to help them use the power of their mind to promote physical recovery. She is passionate about supporting her clients to achieve their health goals or to lift their performance to a new level. Jo uses a range of therapeutic approaches to help her clients achieve their health goals. These include cognitive-behaviour therapy, schema therapy, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), internal family systems therapy and mindfulness-based approaches.

Jo is a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and a Fellow of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists. She is a registered provider with WorkSafe Victoria and the TAC.

Ms Diana Hanley, Psychologist, MAPS

Dianna has worked as a psychologist in a wide range of areas and settings over the last 20 years. She began her career in public mental health, and has also worked in hospitals, the prison system, private practice, and trauma rehabilitation. Dianna has 4 years experience working at Raphael Services caring for mums and dads with postnatal depression and anxiety. She has a real passion for helping her clients to navigate the transition to parenthood. Dianna uses a variety of therapies that include cognitive-behavioural, attachment based, acceptance and schema based approaches. Dianna provides individualised, respectful and evidence-based psychology treatment. She works in a highly collaborative manner to help her clients achieve meaningful and lasting change.

Conditions include:

  • Perinatal Anxiety (both during pregnancy and after the birth)
  • Perinatal Depression (both during pregnancy and after the birth)
  • Negotiating the transition to motherhood
  • Attachment and bond with your baby
  • Birth trauma
  • Perinatal and Neonatal loss (miscarriage, stillbirth)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychological management of chronic pain
  • Adjustment to chronic health conditions

Psychology FAQs

What should I expect from psychology at Inner Strength?

You can expect to be treated with respect and that all information related to your condition will be managed confidentially and securely in accordance with the Privacy Act 2012. You can expect the first session to be spent understanding the goals that you wish to address. Following this, a plan will be made together to address these goals. You can expect to be informed about the length of treatment likely to be needed to achieve your goals and the types of strategies likely to be useful.

How long are sessions?

Sessions run between 50 minutes to an hour.

What is the cost?

Details of psychology fees can be found on our Rates page. There is some financial assistance available from Medicare Australia to support treatment for those with certain psychological conditions. For information regarding this assistance, please discuss with your GP.

Can I attend a psychologist if I am wanting to address goals but don’t have a mental health condition?

Yes! Psychological knowledge is applicable to everyone, not just those with a diagnosed mental health condition. Many simple psychological strategies can strongly promote well-being and resilience which is important for all of us. Understanding key psychological concepts can provide a critical bridge for physical recovery and can support the achievement of new goals.