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Dr Christine Vickers

Dr Christine Vickers

Mobile 0412 633 747
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Relationship Therapist

Christine Brett Vickers

Mobile 0412 633 747

I provide a quiet, neutral and safe setting enabling exploration of inner difficulties and conflicts that may be causing severe distress and frustration. Sometimes these have their origins in early life and relationships and continue to influence current choices and decisions. Learning about the truth of these can help free one of these old patterns, enable creativity, build resiliance, and movment into a healthier and happier life.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 131 Merindah Road, Lockwood, VIC 3551 03 5435 3112 PHONE 03 5435 3112
  • 47 Sternberg Street, Bendigo, VIC 3550 PHONE 0412 633 747 0412 633 747
  • 47a Gadd Street, Northcote, Melbourne VIC 3070 PHONE 0412 633 747 0412 633 747

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Assessment, Workshops / Courses, Workplace Training, Professional Training, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations 
  • I have many years working with couples, individuals and families in the Child and Family Counselling sector as well as in health and child psychiatry. A large part of my experience was with couples and individuals entering into, or leaving a relationship or working to improve its quality. Symptoms of anxiety or depression often mask complex life histories which, when looked at can provide understanding of the way early life experiences find expression in the present - freeing one for change.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Abortion, Adoption / Foster Care, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Childhood Issues, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Dreams, Existential Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Life Threatening Illness, Obsessive Compulsive, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Self Injury, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Dream Work, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Freudian, Marriage and Family, Object Relations, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Self Psychology

    My training is founded on the idea that our thoughts and feelings are determined, in part by the unconscious. I use a combination of psychoanalytic theory as well as systems theory in my work.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • BA - 1977 - Australian National University
    • BSW - 1979 - University of Melbourne
    • PhD - 2008 - La Trobe University
    • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - 1991 - Monash University/Dept of Health Victoria

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Group Psychotherapists
    • Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors
    • Australian Association of Social Workers
    • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

      Quality Provision

      I comply with the Code of Ethics of the Australian Association of Social Workers as well as the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists. I am committed to life-long learning and seek out opportunities for professional development in my field as well as continuing weekly supervision with a senior clinician in my field.

      Background

      As an accredited mental health social worker I have more than thirty years experience first as a social worker (in health and psychiatry) and subsequently, after completing training in 1991, as a counsellor and psychotherapist. From 1992 to 2005 I worked in a federally funded relationship counselling organisation as a clinician, supervisor and finally as an educator. I have maintained a private practice in individual, couple and group therapy. I also work with children.

      Appointments

      BENDIGO - Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
      NORHCOTE - Tuesdays and Thursdays

      Transport and Parking

      Northcote: close to bus, tram and train.
      Easy parking.
      Bendigo: Own Vehicle. Parking available.

      Fees

      Medicare Provider (Doctors referral required)
      Sliding scale
      Individuals $135.00 per session
      Couples $160.00 per session
      Group $40.00 per person per session
      Concessions available.

      Payment Options

      Cash, cheque or card.



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      10 Questions with Christine Vickers

      • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

      • I was curious to learn more about myself, and through this became interested in working in this field.
      • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

      • The idea that behaviour and relationships are influenced by the unconscious has been an important one throughout my career. Memories, dreams and reflections that emerge in unguarded moments teach much about who we are, as well as the direction we travel. It is about learning to think; encountering and respecting the truth about oneself, following one's own path and creativity.
      • What method/s do you use?

      • I provide a safe, neutral space, at a regular time for the client to bring whatever is on his or her mind - whatever memories, dreams or reflections or problems may be. Together we try to understand what is going on. It is a collaborative approach. I work with the transference and countertransference... I also try to help people think about how patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour established early in life are finding expression in the here and now, and through this recognition, begin to think about how to address these and make changes.
      • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

      • Clients often speak of their learning and sense of greater clarity as they tackle the day to day issues matters in their lives and relationships. Often Symptom relief is quick, but it can be the longer term working through - whether in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy or longer term psychotherapy that real change can occur.
      • How has therapy made you a better person?

      • I think it has made me a more aware and thoughtful person and as a result free to pursue my own goals and purposes. I also think it has provided the resources and enabled the resiliance to deal with the obstacles and difficulties life throws up in realistic and often very clear ways.
      • What do you like most about being a therapist?

      • The people I meet, watching people grow. And when they 'make it'.
      • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

      • Who does not?
      • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

      • Ourselves and others.
      • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

      • DW. Winnicott's 'Maturational Processes and the Facilitating Environment' - his thoughts on parents and infants have had an enduring influence on me.
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      Christine Vickers

      Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Relationship Therapist

      I am a couple therapist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. I work with individuals, couples children and groups. During thirty years practice I have worked in the health field (obstetrics and paediatrics) and as a child and family counsellor in a federally funded relationhip counselling organisation. I am a member of the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors and an Associate Group Analytic Society (International). ...

      • Lockwood, Bendigo, Northcote
      • Dream Work, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Freudian, Marriage and Family, Object Relations, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Self Psychology