Community and youth services

Pomegranate Community Mental Health Service

We offer psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, families and children from low income and disadvantaged households in the Grampians region.

We offer psychological therapies, counselling and psycho-education for people experiencing depression and anxiety, grief and loss, trauma and other problems affecting mental and emotional wellbeing.

These problems can be expressed in a variety of ways, for example:

  • panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders
  • being stressed, unable to cope
  • having feelings of sadness, remorse, anger or guilt
  • difficulty in relationships or dealing with family conflict

If you are experiencing any of these difficulties, however they are expressed, you may benefit from psychological therapy or support. Families and carers may also benefit from counselling to explore how these problems affect them and what they can do to help. Our qualified therapists have a range of backgrounds including psychology, social work.  

Our services

We provide a wide range of approaches and asses your needs to provide individualised support to assist you to meet your goals. We offer individual psychotherapy, child-focused parent psychotherapy and group treatment programs.

We help you understand the problems you are experiencing and support you to find your own solutions to challenges. This may include providing you with information and enhancing your existing skills and/or offering alternative strategies for you to consider.

Sessions are time limited and may occur weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on your needs. Towards the end of your episode of care, the length of time between sessions may increase.

Cost

We provide psychotherapy for adults, adolescents 16 and over, and their families, with marginalised and low income households (health care card or equivalent income) given priority.

If you have a mental health treatment plan provided by your general practitioner (GP) you may be eligible for Medicare rebates.

Referrals

You can be referred to our service by your general practitioner (GP) usually with a Mental Health Care Plan. We take referrals for clients from low income households or clients on a pension or support payment. We will endeavour to see you within two weeks of your referral being accepted, however in busy periods you might be placed on a waiting list.

If we cannot provide the support you need, we will support you by identifying a service that can.

Please note that we do not provide crisis or emergency services.

Referral information for GPs

Please send a referral letter outlining issues related to your patient’s referral including a signed mental health treatment plan. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss specific concerns.

We contact patients via letter, once referred and call prior to an initial appointment.

Training

We provide placement opportunities to Master of Psychology students which means you may work with a registered provisional psychologist under the supervision of our experienced therapists.

All trainees have completed undergraduate degrees and post graduate degrees in psychology.

Contact us

Street address:
105 Webster Street
Ballarat 3350

Postal address:
PO Box 146W
Ballarat West VIC 3353

Tel: (03) 5320 2260
Fax: (03) 5331 8455

Email: pomegranate@sjog.org.au