Psychology at Inner Strength Healthcare

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

What is Counselling Psychology?

Counselling Psychologists complete an undergraduate then post graduate Master’s degree in psychology. Their training ensures they are able 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. Counselling Psychologists receive extensive 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, counselling psychologists 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 understands that living with any type of health condition is challenging and can affect psychological well-being. 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 works with the clinicians at Inner Strength, with general practitioners and other specialist medical practitioners to provide excellent inter-disciplinary health care. When she is not working at Inner Strength, Jo works in rehabilitation services at Barwon Health. Jo is a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). She is a registered provider with WorkSafe Victoria and the TAC.

Psychology FAQs

What should I expect from psychology at Inner Strength?

You can expect to be treated with dignity and 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. Jo is trained in a range of therapeutic approaches including cognitive-behaviour therapy, schema therapy and mindfulness-based approaches.

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.