PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELLING

Albion psychologists provide psychological therapies, counselling, assessment, referral and assistance with welfare issues to people affected by HIV.

Free and confidential psychological services are provided without a referral for:

  • HIV positive people and their carers, partners or family
  • HIV negative people who are at increased risk of HIV infection
  • Healthcare workers working in HIV

Psychological and counselling services that people might be seen for include:

  • the impact of HIV diagnosis – recently diagnosed clients are given high priority
  • depression and anxiety problems
  • sexuality issues
  • drug and alcohol use
  • grief and bereavement
  • couples and relationship (including family and friends) issues where HIV may be having an impact
  • other problems e.g. insomnia, sexual dysfunction
  • welfare issues
  • crisis counselling and stress management
  • treatment difficulties and the impact of change of health status
  • psychological assessments (not for legal purposes)
  • neuropsychological assessment
  • occupational issues relating to HIV

Clinical Supervision

The Albion Centre Psychology Unit provides clinical supervision. All of the Clinical Psychologist are board approved supervisors. Currently we provide one placement per semester to students completing an approved clinical masters degree. The placement must be organised through Clinconnect, as per NSW Health policy, however potential students are encouraged to contact the unit manager to discuss placement possibilities.