Dr Lisa Soares – Clinical Psychologist

· Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

· Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours)

· Doctor of Clinical Psychology

· AHPRA Registered Psychologist

· Endorsed Clinical Psychologist

· AHPRA accredited clinical supervisor

Dr Lisa Soares is a warm and compassionate clinical psychologist, who takes a genuine interest in the wellbeing of others. Her person-centred approach encourages a safe and supportive therapeutic space, in a non-judgemental environment. Lisa is committed to helping her clients deepen their own understanding of their struggles by noticing what gets in the way of making positive change and assisting them in taking steps towards living a rich, full and meaningful life.

Registered since 2003, Lisa has over 20 years’ experience working in both public mental health and the private sector. She works predominantly with people over the age of 16 years who may be struggling with a range of difficulties including, anxiety and mood disorders, stress and life adjustment, relationship and family issues, perinatal adjustment and psychotic illnesses. Lisa draws from a range of evidence-based therapy approaches tailored to recognise and respond to the individual needs and experiences of her clients, and favours using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a third generation evidence-based CBT approach, as well as other related mindfulness and behavioural-based interventions, when working with clients.  

Lisa has actively contributed to the field of psychology, serving on the ANZ ACBS (Australian and New Zealand Association for Contextual Behavioral Science) board in different capacities, including General Member and President Elect. She has played a vital role in organizing various training events hosted by the board and served as the ANZ ACBS Conference Chair in Melbourne in 2016. Alongside her private practice, Lisa holds leadership positions and is involved in the university sector. Currently, she is the coordinator of the groundbreaking  ACTivating Recovery Program at NWMH-Royal Melbourne Hospital, which is the first program of its kind globally. Furthermore, Lisa provides professional supervision and training to psychologists and other healthcare professionals across multiple sectors.

Availability: Wednesdays

Fees & Rebates

An individual session with Lisa runs for 50 minutes.  An Initial Consultation is $300, with subsequent sessions a standard fee of $240.00.  This compares to the approved rate of the Australian Psychological Society which is currently (November, 2023) $280.

Medicare can provide rebates of $131.65 per session for up to 10 sessions per calendar year with a Clinical Psychologist.  Your referring doctor will review your progress after six sessions. To claim a rebate, you MUST have a referral letter plus a Mental Health Care Plan, from your GP or psychiatrist.

If you have private health insurance that includes psychological counselling as extras cover you may be eligible for a partial rebate. It is recommended that you contact your individual insurance provider for further information about your individual coverage.

Lisa understands that people have different financial situations. If you are unsure if you can afford therapy, we are more than happy to discuss your situation and the options available to you.

If you need to cancel or re-schedule your appointment, we ask that you do so more than 24 hours before an appointment.  A 100% cancellation fee may apply if this does not occur. This fee is NOT covered by Medicare and will be payable before you can reschedule another appointment.

Call Reception on (03) 9383 2493 to make a booking with Lisa.