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Dr Philomena Tan

Dr Philomena Tan

Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist

Rewire & Flourish

Ultimately, most people want to thrive. They want to move on from traumas, external and internal obstacles, find resources, build strengths, forge heartfelt connections and have a fulfilling life. Their best life. With deep listening, a safe collaborative relationship, and interlocking effective methods, I can help you rewire and flourish - better mood, positive sense of self, purpose, avenues of achievement and meaningful relationships. At the deepest level, good therapy is care of the soul.



  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • I provide clinical psychology services for clients who are GP or self-referred (anxiety, depression, PTSD, issues with adjusting to major difficulties such as serious illness and loss). I also provide counselling and psychotherapy to clients who are functioning well but have issues and challenging life situations (e.g. relationship and family difficulties, work stresses, career direction, internal conflicts, loss of meaning). This could involve either intense short-term therapy or medium-long term therapy for long standing conditions and multiple issues. I work with the whole person – physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual, in a safe space for dialogue, mindfulness, compassion, resourcing for positive outcomes.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Borderline Personality, Burnout, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Grief / Bereavement, Life Threatening Illness, Pain / Rehabilitation, Performance Anxiety, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Social Skills, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, Buddhist Psychotherapy, CBT, EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Inner Child, Meditation, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy

    Essentially I will work collaboratively with you to develop a realistic and holistic treatment plan, taking into consideration your needs, history and temperament. My modalities of choice are 4th and 5th generation methods with a better track record of delivering positive changes which last – EMDR, brainspotting, schema, compassion, internal family systems and Gottman couple therapy; . While understanding and insights are important, changing unhelpful habits and patterns of thinking, feeling and being are critical for rewiring and ultimately moving onto well-being and flourishing. Care is also taken that you are sufficiently stable for maintaining daily life while dismantling past trauma patterns. See www.rewireandflourish for more info


    • DPsych - 2000 - Swinburne
    • MSc - 1992 - University of Melbourne
    • BSc(Hons) - 1982 - University of Melbourne

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    As a clinical and counselling psychologist, my commitment to effective and ethical consulting is supported by on-going professional and personal development:
     Collaboration with clients in planning and treatment
     Client feedback and review
     Clinical and peer consultations (including overseas)
     Specialist workshops, webinars & skills training (Australian and international)
     Reading journals and specialist texts
     Continuing personal development and therapy


    I have been in psychotherapy private practice since 1998. Prior to this I was Research Director at an international consulting company. I also taught “Careers that work” at RMIT University for 7 years. The research from my doctorate thesis was published as “Leaving the rat race to get a life”. Training in couples work was undertaken at Relationships Australia. I have 3 mentors (EMDR, Schema work & Hypnosis). My clinical work is informed by my own experiences of meeting challenging events, including early loss and life threatening illness, on-going advanced training in specific psychotherapy modalities as well as personal therapy.


    Tues-Friday 9-6 pm

    Transport and Parking

    5 minutes walk from Middle Brighton Station and Bus station
    Free street parking


    In line with Medicare $200 for 50+ minutes & rebate of $124.50 (Item 80010)
    My standard 75 min consultation under Medicare is $250 (2018)
    Non Medicare rate is $240 for 75 mins. Please check your private cover.
    Concession negotiated. TAC & W/c no gaps

    Payment Options

    Cash, cheque for first session. No credit cards
    EFT for on-going clients.
    Fee for service payable at each session.
    Refunds can be claimed on the day.

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    Dr Philomena Tan

    Philomena Tan

    Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist

    Since 1998, I've been helping people with their psychological distress and suffering. Attending to your needs, temperament and history, we can collaborate, tailor a combination of interlocking approaches to target obstacles, traumas and unhelpful habits and schema patterns, towards achieving your therapeutic goals and a better way of being. There are now 4th and 5th generation methods which can rewire your brain and help you flourish. We can make it doable and worthwhile....

    • Middle Brighton
    • ACT, Buddhist Psychotherapy, CBT, EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Inner Child, Meditation, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy