PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

Robin Winkler Clinic

Treating psychological and neuropsychological difficulties in the community

The Robin Winkler Clinic provides individual and group psychological treatment and neuropsychological assessment for people of all ages and backgrounds. The clinic is linked with the School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Western Australia. At the clinic, provisionally registered postgraduate students undergoing their training in clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology, carry out assessment and treatment under the expert supervision of experienced clinical psychologists and clinical neuropsychologists.

The clinic also provides paediatric and adult neuropsychological assessments. Children and adults with known or suspected cognitive, attentional or learning difficulties resulting from trauma, disease or genetic conditions can be referred for a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment.

Assessments are conducted by postgraduate clinical neuropsychology trainees who are trained in understanding how the brain works and how it affects our behaviour, thinking and personality. A wide range of activities are used to assess an individual’s specific skills, including concentration, memory, language and problem solving, and level of academic functioning and their learning profile. Assessments can cover several activities such as answering questions, remembering certain information and writing things down.

A variety of group therapy programs are run throughout the year. The programs use the latest research in a supportive environment to help individuals overcome life challenges. Group therapy options include Emotion Management and Regulation groups, Blood Injury and Injection Phobia group, Depression group and the Cool Kids anxiety group.

Learn more about the clinic’s services.

COVID-19 POLICY

COVID-19 POLICY
The University prioritises the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff, students and visitors to its campuses, and is proactively increasing measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19. In accordance with both WA government and UWA policies requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination, clients of the Robin Winkler Clinic (the age of 16yrs and above) will be required to show proof of vaccination to attend face to face appointments. 

Full vaccination means a person has had three vaccinations with an approved vaccine, or two vaccinations but are not yet eligible for a third. Unvaccinated clients will be offered telehealth appointments or special exemptions may be discussed with the clinic director.

These are interim measures for the health of all clients, therapists and staff of the clinic, and we will continue to monitor and update these measures as required.
 

More information. 

Psychological services

Psychological treatment is available through our Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology training program for adults and children with a wide range of difficulties. Some of the issues treated include:

 

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • grief
  • stress
  • sleep disturbances
  • anger
  • eating disturbances
  • weight management
  • quitting smoking
  • phobias

Other services and further information

Psychological treatment

The first assessment session is one-and-a-half hours and follow up session are 50min, our fee is $40 per session. If following assessment you and your therapist decide that the treatment offered at the clinic suits your needs, our therapy team will develop a treatment plan with the number of sessions tailored to meet your needs. Fees must be paid on the day. Clients may self-refer or be referred by their GP.

Group psychological treatment

Emotional Regulation Group

Learning to regulate your emotions. Emotions are a wonderful thing but sometimes are difficult to regulate. They can merge unexpectedly or can become overwhelming. Difficulties with emotional regulation can lead to psychological difficulties such as anxiety and depression, or problems in relationships and work.

In this group, we will try to understand what emotions are, what they are there for, and most importantly, how we can put proven techniques and strategies that help us to take the upper-hand on the experience of emotions into practice.

As this group is part of a research project with UWA Human ethics approval RA/4/20/5902 the cost will be free. Groups will be run throughout 2022 in May, August and October.

Emotional Regulation Group Flyer (PDF 4.07MB)


Manage my Emotions (ME) Group

Would you like to learn how to boost your mental health and well-being? Or be able to bounce back and cope when stressful things come your way? Through this group you will develop some practical life skills aimed at boosting your mental health and building your resilience. 
Attending the program does first requires an initial assessment session to check that the program is right for you.  This which will occur several weeks before each group starts. The ME Program is now accepting self-referrals for groups commencing in 2022. The ME Program 2022 will run in May and August, and there is no fee to attend.

Each group consists of eight weekly two-hour sessions and a follow up session. For more details phone 08 6488 2644 or clinic-sps@uwa.edu.au to apply.

ME Program Brochure (PDF 412 KB)


Cool Kids Anxiety Management Group

Does your child experience heightened levels of anxiety? Is he/she aged between 6-12 years? Would you like to learn some skills to help you and your child? If you answered yes, then the Cool Kids Anxiety Management Group may be of interest to you and your child. The programme we follow was first developed by Macquarie University, and has been shown in research to be an effective treatment for reducing anxiety in children. We will run the 2021 Cool Kids Anxiety Group in August.

The group consists of ten weekly one and a half hour sessions on a Saturday morning, with sessions for both parent(s) and child held at the same time.

For more details phone 08 6488 2644 or email the clinic.



Improve Your Sleep Group

This group is part of a clinical trial investigating sleep and cognitive function in elderly poor sleepers. The 4 week sleep group that is part of this study is designed to help you understand your sleep and make positive changes to optimise your sleep and daytime energy. The group program uses principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) which is an effective, evidence-based treatment for improving sleep.

You will be given a detailed manual to complement the group sessions. Topics covered include:

  • Sleep myths and facts
  • Creating your optimal sleep schedule
  • Healthy sleep habits
  • Strategies to calm a busy mind and tense body
  • How to reduce worry about sleep
  • Stress management and maximising daytime energy

There are often 4-6 participants per group and the group is facilitated by closely supervised clinical psychology trainees at the Robin Winkler Clinic at UWA. Each group session is 2.5 hours in duration.

Your sleep and cognitive function will be carefully assessed before and after the treatment, including through overnight sleep studies, MRI scans, questionnaires, and tests of your thinking skills. Your progress will also be followed up for 18 months.

For more information please email the trial coordinator, Jo: j.shaw@ecu.edu.au or phone 6457 0264.


 

Emotion Regulation After Acquired Brain Injury (ER-ABI) Group

Following a brain injury, there are many reasons that you may have difficulty regulating your emotions, including injury to emotion centres in the brain and/or due to the effect of major life changes you have experienced as a result of your injury.

The ER-ABI group program will introduce a range of strategies to help you to better understand and regulate your emotions. As this is part of a research project (RA/4/20/5902] there will be no fee for attendance and you will receive a small travel reimbursement for expenses incurred traveling to the clinic. An initial assessment will be required to ensure the program is right for you. Recruitment for the ER-ABI groups has started for 2021.

The group is designed for people who have sustained an ABI in the last 24 months (at the time of commencement of the group). Each group consists of eight weekly two-hour sessions and one follow-up session. For more information view the below PDF, to join please email er-abigroup@uwa.edu.au

ER-ABI group flyer (PDF 1MB)

Neuropsychological assessment

Appraisal of cognitive, learning, emotional and behavioural functioning based on performance across a wide range of cognitive, intellectual, academic, motor and sensory tasks. The cost of a neuropsychological assessment (including an initial interview and a feedback session) and report is $400, payable at the first session. Any additional sessions will be charged at $40 per visit.

The neuropsychological assessment does not involve a medical check-up, nor a psychiatric assessment. We do not conduct formal autism spectrum disorder assessments or assessments for legal purposes.

Referral Guide for Neuropsychological Assessment

Please read the following information before referring:

Adult Neuropsychological Assessment: Intake is open (The current wait time is around 6 to 8 months please keep in mind future COVID - 19 lockdown/restrictions could increase the wait). Please be aware we currently do not accept referrals for ADHD as of 27/06/2022.

We regret to inform you that as of 24 of May 2022, the intake for our Paediatric neuropsychological assessments will be closed till Oct 2022, as we have limited capacity for our neuropsychological assessment services this year. 

Paediatric Neuropsychological assessment: Intake closed (The current wait time is around 9 – 12mths for referrals that are on our wait list, please keep in mind future COVID - 19 lockdown/restriction could increase the wait). 

To find other clinical neuropsychologists visit: psychology.org.au/Find-a-Psychologist

Research projects

ABI:RECOVER - Acquired Brain Injury: Recovery, Engagement, and Community Outcomes Via Evidence-Based Rehabilitation

How do thinking skills such as memory influence our ability to make a simple cup of tea, or manage more complex tasks such as taking medications? We are seeking adults aged 18-70 to participate in a study looking at the relationship between thinking skills and everyday life functioning following a brain injury.

This study investigates a range of skills such as memory and problem solving, as well as looking at everyday functioning across a number of areas including accessing the broader community, work, study, and leisure activities. This research will hopefully allow for a better understanding of prognosis following brain injury in adults, as well as provide information as to what skills are most important for everyday functioning and in what areas of a person’s life.

This study is generously supported by Brightwater Care Group through the Brightwater Lyn Beazley Scholarship.

As part of this research, we are assessing both people with and without brain injuries. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in participating or would like more information, phone the Robin Winkler Clinic on (08) 6488 2644.

How to find us

The Robin Winkler Clinic is located on the first floor of the Third General Purpose Building (GP3) on 38 Myers Street, Crawley. See Map

Ticket parking is available on Myers Street and Parkway. From Myers Street, walk up the ramp (opposite No. 31) to the walkway between the Sanders Building and GP3. Enter through the glass door on the left.

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Contact

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Hours

Mon–Wed 9am to 8pm Thu–Fri 9am to 5pm