Dr. Adrian Lopresti
B.A.Psych (Hons.), M.A., PhD
What type of people and problems do you treat?
As a clinical psychologist in Perth Western Australia, the patients that I see generally fall into the following categories:
People who suffer from both mental and physical problems and believe that their physical problems may be a large cause of their poor mental health. Common physical problems included fatigue, digestive problems, headaches, allergies, skin problems, insomnia etc.
People who just want to seek services from a competent and compassionate clinical psychologist, utilising an integrative approach to mental health
People who are on medications (e.g., antidepressants) and want to get off them (Note: stopping medications involves consultation with your medical practitioner).
People who have been recommended medication by their doctor for their mental health problem but prefer to use effective, natural options.
People suffering from mental health problems who want to improve both their mental and physical health.
People who have tried numerous treatments in the past but have not improved.
Parents who don't want their children placed on medication and are willing to look at psychological and nutritional treatments for their child.
In terms of mental health problems, I have experience in working with children through to adults suffering from the following mental health problems:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
What should I expect from treatment?
My approach involves working collaboratively with my clients to firstly identify possible causes specific to the individual. I use questionnaires, interviews and, if appropriate, nutritional/ hormonal and other tests to assess causes. Equipped with this information, I use a range of strategies to help treat the causes, and ultimately improve mental health. While my aim is to help improve peoples' mental health, my ultimate goal is not just to help people FEEL better but also to LIVE better! This is achieved through a range of psychological, nutritional, and lifestyle interventions.
In terms of psychological treatments, I am trained and experienced in cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), metacognitive therapy (MCT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), behavioural activation (BA), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR), meditation/ relaxation training, and parenting intervention (e.g., Triple P), just to name a few. If it is believed that physical/ nutritional causes may be impacting on mental health, treatment may also involve dietary, lifestyle changes and possible nutritional supplementation.
How do I arrange an appointment?
If you or a family member is suffering from a psychological or behavioural problem and would like to make an appointment to see me, my contact details are below. As a clinical psychologist in Perth WA, if a mental health referral is made by your general practitioner, Medicare rebates do apply (see below for fees and rebate amounts). To obtain a referral under Medicare, visit your GP and request an assessment and referral on a "Mental Health Care Plan."
Consultation sessions are generally 50 minutes and are charged at $180 a session. If you have a mental health care plan completed by your GP, you will be eligible for a rebate of $124.50. Out of pocket expense is, therefore, $55.50 per session. A mental health care plan allows you to have up to 10 sessions every calendar year.
To make an appointment please contact the office. To claim under the mental health care plan a referral from your GP (Mental health care plan) MUST be completed. Alternatively, private health rebates are available (rebates and eligibility vary according to your level of cover). Contact your private health fund for 'clinical psychology' rebate details.
Dr. Adrian Lopresti is a registered clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), practising in Perth Western Australia. He uses an integrated approach to the treatment of mental health problems (Integrated Mental Health Care). This involves the use of treatments targeting psychological, lifestyle/ environmental, nutritional/dietary, social/spiritual, and biological/medical causes.
After completing his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and working as a clinical psychologist for 15 years, Adrian became interested in expanding his clinical skills and therefore trained in, and completed a PhD on, lifestyle and nutritional causes of mental health problems. Adrian passionately believes that for the mind to be working properly, the body has to be healthy. To achieve this, you must consider all the factors that can influence the mind and body. These include:
You simply cannot achieve optimal psychological health, if these areas are out of balance.That’s why in this website you will notice a lot of reference to nutrition, lifestyle, biochemical and psychological factors associated with mental health problems.