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Dr Peter Ellingsen

Dr Peter Ellingsen

Mobile 0408 125 076

Clinical Psychoanalysis based on Freud and Lacan

Mobile 0408 125 076

As a registered practising psychoanalyst (ACP) I work with the deep sources of distress and dissatisfaction. These can be felt as a state such as depression or anxiety, or manifest as a sense of hopelessness or an endless struggle to think well of oneself. Psychoanalysis is a way such unhappiness and its more troubling mental triggers can be treated. It happens by speaking in a way that actual subjectivity is discovered, freeing up the individual to explore hitherto hidden sources of creativity.



  • Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • As a clinical practice, psychoanalysis works through talking in a manner that produces truthful knowledge. By analysing symptoms and problems the patient and the analyst come to understand the unconscious conflicts which cause and maintain the suffering. Working together, analyst and patient bring to consciousness the unconscious subjective truths which previously produced unhappiness and crippling symptoms, but once revealed offer the possibility of new choices and creative change.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Depression, Dreams, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Intimacy Issues, Obsessive Compulsive, Phobias, Relationship Issues, Sex Related Issues, Stress Management, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Freudian, Psychoanalytic

    I work within the field established by Sigmund Freud and refined by Jacques Lacan. This is a psychoanalytic orientation that puts the symptom at the heart of the praxis and considers the unconscious forces at work in pathology. The work is ethical in that it seeks the independent desire of the patient, not an identification with the analyst. It takes into account the suffering caused by the symptom, but in an indirect way by deciphering the signifiers involved in an individual's formation.


    • BA Melbourne University - Melbourne University
    • MSc London Univ. Psychoanalytic Dev. Psychology - London University
    • PhD Monash University Psychological Medicine - Monash University
    • Reg. Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis/PACFA
    • Past Pres The Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    My training has covered more than a decade of theoretical and practical work, with lengthy personal analysis and one to one supervision by qualified analysts working within the umbrella of the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis. The work is primarily an ethical undertaking with a competence guarantee arising from the particular training and preparation. The singular needs of the patient are kept to the fore in this praxis in which the actual desire of the person presenting is paramount.


    My experience covers 20 years of study of psychoanalysis, both here, where I completed a four year training with the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis and in the UK where I did a masters degree in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at the University of London. Clinical work has ranged from agency consulting at centres such as St John of God in Ballarat, to private work with patients seeking a personal analysis. A broad range of conditions from depression to bi-polar have been dealt with.


    7am to 9 pm Monday to Friday, some weekend hours by appointment.

    Transport and Parking

    Abundant parking outside the rooms, no ticketing or fees involved.


    Sliding scale with consideration given to those on low incomes.

    Payment Options

    Cash, cheque, direct debit.


  • English
  • Mandarin

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    There are innumerable ways of recounting a life, and a childhood that may seem like a fraught love affair. Uniquely, psychoanalysis takes us to the core of how these accounts – and the consequences they have – are told and retold. It is a cure that allows other spaces to arise, owes nothing to conformity and risks finding out the true desire of the person seeking treatment....

    • Carlton North, Mount Martha
    • Freudian, Psychoanalytic