Second Chance

PSYCHOLOGY

A healthier environment for a better you

Who we are

Second Chance Psychology was born in 2020, when our founder Gabriela decided it was time to link her values and worries to her professional life. Gabriela is passionate about helping others achieve their full potential, while also being an environmental enthusiast. We are part of many different systems that have influence on our health and wellbeing. We are bio-psych-social beings.

Climate change is real, and we are experiencing its effects every day. Floods, bushfires, food insecurity, climate immigration, among many others. Uncertainty about our future has become common.

Gabriela has decided to transform worry into action. At Second Chance Psychology we provide high quality psychological services, whilst truly caring for our environment.

We believe that everyone deserves a second chance! And every sunrise provides a new chance to build a better future!

Gabriela Stilita
Second Chance Psychology

Gabriela is a clinical psychologist with 10+ years of experience in clinical practice, in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, NGOs and private practice. Gabriela is a Board Approved Supervisor and is the sole author of the book “Fundamentals of Supervision in Psychology”, published by Sinopys Press (in Portuguese).

Originally from Brazil, Gabriela immigrated to Australia in 2014 and she has been working in private practice since. Gaby, as she prefers to be called, is a caring, funny and emphatic professional that believes in the power of awareness for the development of empowerment. An avid student, Gaby believes that psychoeducation, warmth, non-judgmental connection, and humor are key elements to changing our thoughts patterns and to help improve our wellbeing.

Gaby has completed the following formal education: Psychology (Brazil — Masters in Clinical Psychology equivalent), Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care (Brazil), Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Therapies (Brazil), Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Health (Deakin University, Australia). She is currently studying for a Master of Public Health (University of Queensland), with emphasis in mental health and climate change. Gaby is a Member of the Australia Psychological Society and the APS College of Clinical Psychology.

In her spare time, Gaby can be found being goofy with her son and enjoying outdoors activities.

Our Beliefs

Environmental pledge

Services and Fees

There are a variety of reasons why one might start seeing a psychologist. Sometimes life gets difficult and we just need someone impartial to listen to us non-judgmentally, so we can process our thoughts and feelings better. Sometimes something amazing happens and the fear of losing it or not being enough, becomes debilitating.

At Second Chance, we are trained to see people facing a variety of difficulties in their lives, including (but not exclusive):

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Anger and stress management
  • Eco-grief
  • Attachment issues
  • Relationship difficulties

Gabriela is also a Board Approved Supervisor and she is available for supervision.

Session fee is AU$210. In the case that you have a referral and a valid mental health care plan from a GP, you might be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate of AU$129.55

F. A. Q.

Can I see your psychologist even if my problem is not related to environmental concerns?

Absolutely! You can see our psychologist for any problem that you might be experiencing and need help with. The only difference is that you will be helping the environment while helping yourself. We might never mention environment in session, rest assured that the topics for discussion are chosen by you, together with the psychologist

How does Second Chance differentiate from other psychology clinics?

Here at Second Chance we truly understand people as a bio-psych-social being. Although the focus of sessions can be on one’s mind, we acknowledge the importance of systemic factors that contribute to our wellbeing. We also base our work on your values, which is why we decided to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Can I have a face to face session? Or are sessions only trough Telehealth?

Unfortunately, we cannot have face to face sessions, not at the moment. Telehealth has proven to be effective, and while we organize our little place to greet you in person, we can enjoy the perks that technology has to offer, e.g. no commute. Our sessions are all online, but your safety and confidentiality are still paramount. We use Zoom for our sessions, which is encrypted, meeting the confidentially requirement by AHPRA. Phone sessions are also possible, although not preferable.

Can I get a rebate from Medicare/Private insurance?

Yes, as long you have a valid and current Mental Health Care Plan issued by your trusted GP. International students and workers can access rebate by their OHSC.

Do you Bulk Bill?

Although Bulk Bill can be offered in very specific occasions, Second Chance is a private billing practice.

How can I pay for the session?

At Second Chance Psychology we use Power Diary, which is a reliable and secure software for private practices. Payments are made at the end of the session, with your credit card. Rebates are done online for you, taking away the hassle of contacting Medicare.

Do you charge a cancelation fee?

We offer 24 hours cancelation notice. If cancelation happens less than 24 hours the full price of a session will be charged. Last minutes cancelations are bad for the client, for the psychologist and for other clients who could have scheduled an appointment at that time.

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Address


We're not doing face-to-face at this moment, but stay tuned!

Phone


0403 998 849

Fax


(3) 8678 3092

We at Second Chance Psychology acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.