I like to create a space where people are truly heard and accepted, where they feel safe to speak their truth without judgment.

I believe that everyone is unique. Each person presents with their own individual strengths, vulnerabilities and life experiences. I can provide therapy that is tailored for each person's needs.

I also believe that therapy is a collaborative process. You are the only one who truly knows your experience and reality. As a therapist, I have knowledge and expertise to guide and support you to understand yourself more deeply, and discover the strengths and resources that will assist you improve your mental health and quality of life.

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”

- Michel de Montaigne

Sally Allen

“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”

Carl R. Rogers, A Way of Being

About Me

Sally Allen : Psychologist B.A., B Ed (Counselling)

I have been a registered with APHRA as a Psychologist and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society since 2000.

I have worked as a psychologist in private practice since 2000, and have depth of experience and knowledge treating mental health issues across all ages.

  • Central to my work are the beliefs that:
  • Each person has their own resources and strengths that serve as foundations for recovery.
  • Everyone has the capacity to learn and grow from adversity in their own way and at their own pace.
  • With the right support everyone can learn to use their uniqueness as a strength to grow and thrive.

My office is spacious and light. It has easy access and good facilities for people with disabilities and is a 10 minute walk from either Ringwood or Heatherdale Railway stations. There is ample parking available at the shopping centre across the road.


  • You will be treated with respect and consideration of your needs.
  • I will use my broad knowledge of different therapies and will adapt these therapies to suit your needs.
  • I believe strongly in continuity of care, and will provide ongoing care to maintain good mental health if required.
  • I believe in honesty and integrity in relationship with my clients. I encourage open and honest discussions about the effectiveness of the sessions, and will provide a referral should you require a different service.


I provide assistance and therapy to all age groups and people with a disabilities.

EVIDENCE BASED TREATMENT in a number of modalities, including:

  • Client Focussed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotion Focussed Therapy
  • Trauma Therapy (Complex Trauma)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Grief and Bereavement (Complex Grief)


  • Medicare Mental Health Care Plans, including Medicare rebates processed on the day of service
  • TAC
  • Workcover
  • Victims of Crime
  • Private health insurance


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma (PTSD and complex trauma)
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Relationship issues
  • Workplace stress/bullying
  • Parenting
  • Behaviour management
  • Personal development
  • Adolescent issues
  • Anxiety in children
  • Disability


What is a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP)?

  • A MHCP is organised by your GP, and entitles you to a Medicare rebate for ten sessions of counselling with a psychologist for a twelve month period. Your GP will assess your mental health and complete a MHCP, which will allow you to see a psychologist of your choice, or you can ask you GP for a referral to a psychologist they recommend. Please note it is best to book a longer appointment with you GP if you need a mental health assessment and MHCP.

Why get a Mental Health Care Plan?

  • A MCHP can make accessing a psychologist more affordable. It also provides a link between the psychologist and your GP, who can work together to ensure your mental health is being treated appropriately.

What if I want to change psychologists?

  • No problems. Your MHCP can be transferred to another psychologist at any stage.

What information do my GP and Psychologist share?

  • Your GP will include some brief information regarding your mental health on the MHCP. Psychologists are obliged to write reports to your GP which include assesment treatment plans and your progress to better mental health. The psychologist will report to your GP after your first session, sixth session and a final report after ten sessions.

How do the Medicare rebates work?

  • There is a Medicare rebate per session with a psychologist when you have a MHCP. Medicare rebates can be processed on the day of service, and often will appear in your account within 24 hours.

Do I have to have a MHCP to see a psychologist?

  • No you don't. Some people prefer to see a psychologist without a MHCP.

Why would I see a psychologist?

  • How often do you feel truly heard and understood? Sometimes we all need someone to talk about the difficulties we are having in our lives, or how we feel about ourselves. Psychologists are trained in attentive listening and empathy, and work hard to develop a relationship of trust with you. Psychologists are also trained in evidence based therapies that will assist you better understand your particular issues, and help you develop strategies in your life to improve and maintain better mental health.
  • Psychologists can help with complex and long standing mental health issues. although this often take time and a commitment from both the client and the psychologist. They can also help people who usually have good mental health, but are struggling due to a particular issue in their life.

What would I get out of seeing a psychologist?

  • There is a lots of information out there on how to look after your physical health and well-being, and often we try and include these into our daily lives. But what about our mental health and wellbeing? Psychologists have the training and expertise to assist you to regain and maintain good mental health.
  • You get to have someone totally focused on you and your needs, a safe space to speak your truth and share your difficulties without worrying about who might find out. You get to be truely heard in a non-judgemental way, and get feedback that is informed and objective. You get to learn new ways to take care of yourself, in your mind, emotionally and physically.
  • You learn to be a better boss of your thinking and behaviour, and to accept and understand your feelings and emotions.

What about my privacy and confidentiality?

  • Psychologists are bound by privacy legislation to keep all your information confidential, including what you speak about in your sessions. If you have a MCHP, your psychologist is a obliged to provide a written report to your GP after your first session, sixth session and tenth session. If you have concerns about this, please talk to your psychologist.


Sally Allen

A: 17/50 New Street, Ringwood 3134 T: 0439 404 551 F: 03 9870 5774 E: ThriveGrow@gmail.com