Melbourne Children’s Psychology Clinic


Counselling and Therapy

At MCPC we work with infants, children, adolescents, and their families across a wide range of issues.

Children and Adolescents

Parents and Families

Individual Counselling for Parents/Adults

Working with children and young people requires expertise in working with the adults involved in the child’s life. Sometimes the presenting issues can create stress or anxiety in the parent or can significantly impact upon family relationships.

At times, parents may seek their own therapeutic counselling or support to address issues of concern. Sometimes this may include exploring childhood issues or trauma that may be impacting upon a parent’s current capacity to parent effectively. Sometimes parents simply want a reflective space of their own.

At MCPC, we have specific clinical psychologists who have expertise and experience in working with adults around a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, marital issues, parenting issues, parent child attachment issues, and trauma and grief.


Group Therapy

The Tuning into Kids Program (TIKL) is a 6-week parenting program for parents of children aged 4 – 10 years of age. It is an evidence based, emotion-focused program that provides families with a new way of working together to establish greater emotional connections.

Parents are supported to enhance their skills in recognising, understanding and managing their child’s emotions, as well as their own.

Emotion-focused parenting increases a parents’ capacity to:

  • talk with their child
  • understand their child
  • manage their child’s emotions
  • prevent behavioural
  • problems in their child
    teach their child to cope with conflict


Tuning into Kids teaches parents how to help their child develop emotional intelligence. Children with higher emotional intelligence:

  • have greater success with making and keeping friends
  • have better concentration at school
  • are more able to calm down more quickly when upset or angry
  • tend to have fewer childhood illnesses

Emotional intelligence assists children to thrive in all areas of their life and increases family happiness and wellbeing.

The Secret Agent Society (SAS) program is a fun espionage-themed multi-media social skills program for children aged 8 to 12 years-of-age, with a range of social and emotional challenges. The program is suitable for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as children who experience difficulties with regulation of emotion and/or challenges within friendships.

Junior Detectives graduate from the SAS program equipped with the skills to feel happier, calmer, and braver while making new friends and keeping them!

The evidence-based program aims to support children lean to:

  • Recognise emotions in themselves and in others
  • Express their emotions
  • Regulate their emotions
  • Initiate, maintain, and end conversations and play activities with others
  • Differentiate between teasing and friendly joking behaviour
  • Manage bullying behaviour
  • Make friends
  • Handle new situations and to ask for help when needed


The SAS program is unique as it includes elements that support children’s skill learning and application across environments, including child group sessions, parent group sessions, weekly teacher tip sheets, and the SAS computer game which is used at home.

The group is facilitated by two SAS trained psychologists and includes 3-6 children.

Please contact the clinic for further information.

Animal Assisted Therapy

The presence of a dog in psychological therapy has been found to be calming, soothing, and to facilitate an increased sense of trust. Being with a therapy dog can activate one’s ‘bonding’ or ‘oxytocin’ systems which can, in turn, assist children and young people to feel safe, and trust in the counselling process. Animal assisted therapy can help child and young people with:
Both Ivanhoe and Hampton offer Animal Assisted Therapy. Nellie (labradoodle and accredited with Dr McFarlane) is at Hampton and Maisie (labradoodle and accredited with Dr Swinburne) is at Ivanhoe.

Skills and Training

All Psychologists at MCPC have experience and expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In addition, members of our team have a variety of skills and training across a number of modalities including:

Contact Us.

Telephone Number

(03) 9517 6272

Fax Number

(03) 9497 2004

Email Address


30 Seddon St, Ivanhoe

Telephone Number

(03) 9521 0307

Fax Number

(03) 9135 1342

Email Address


617 Hampton St, Brighton