Moonee Ponds

  • Tony

    Registered Psychologist Melbourne

    BA Psychology and Social Communications, BA (Hons) Psychology

    Hart Centre Certified

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    • Altona Meadows, Melbourne, VIC
    • Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, VIC
    About Tony

    Tony has been working in Mental Health since 1997, and now specialises in Couples Counselling. He has been a Psychologist in private practice since 1999. His passion to work with couples is underpinned by his burning desire to assist individuals bring the best out of themselves. That way the individual can become the best person for themselves and their partner so they can both enjoy a mutually rewarding relationship based on honesty, equity, respect, trust and support.

    Over the past 18 years Tony has earned himself a reputation of working collaboratively with clients in a friendly, warm and understanding manner. His caring, compassionate and empathic nature coupled with his overall light-hearted approach make him very easy to talk to about any issue. Over the years Tony has gained significant skills in assisting individuals and couples experiencing difficulties with: Anger; Anxiety; Communication; Conflict Resolution; Depression; Infidelity; Internet Pornography; Relationship Issues, Same-Sex Attraction / Relationships; Self-esteem and Violence.

    Tony is a full member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc, the Psychology Board of Australia, the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and the Australasian Ego State Therapy Association. He also draws on other approaches including: Family; Narrative and Solution Focused Therapies.

    Tony’s motto ‘working towards better mental health’ is underpinned by his belief that one of his key roles is to meet his clients where they are at. This allows him to gain an appreciation and understanding of their situation. He then helps them understand their own thoughts and behaviours and collaboratively develops mutually agreed tailored interventions aimed at positive behavioural change.

    Some of the goals that Tony sets collaboratively with his clients are about: honesty and accountability; open communication; negotiation and fairness; economic partnership; shared responsibility; shared power; respect and trust; support; non-threatening behaviour; intimacy; physical affection and personal integrity.

    Some of the results clients can achieve after working with Tony include: feeling better about themselves, their partner and their relationship; communicating better; being better able to resolve issues as they arise;  resolving past issues and looking forward to a better future; feeling once again that they want to be in their relationship and having their ‘spark’ re-ignited.

    Tony is a full Member of the: Australian Psychological Society; Psychology Board of Australia; Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Australasian Ego State Therapy Association and Australian Division of Independent Professional Practice.

    Tony feels that people ‘inviting him to be a guest’ in their lives in their time of need, is a privilege which he finds professionally and personally humbling.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    22 years

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. Care
    2. Problem-Solving Ability
    3. Patience
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    Helping people and seeing couples resolving their issues and bringing their relationships back on track.

    What’s an example of a couple you have helped the most?

    A long-term married couple with children, with the husband having an affair. They came to counselling when his wife found out about the affair. He felt trapped and couldn’t sort himself out. After 6 months of counselling, including some EFT, which he felt “worked wonders”, they haven’t looked back. There are still some residual issues that need to be sorted out, but by and large their marriage is back on track. They both chose to make changes in themselves. They both say that they have also re-ignited their flame for each other.



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