About

A Caulfield Clinical Psychologist Working with All Ages

Adeline is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and has worked in the area of mental health since 2006. She has worked clinically in public hospitals, community health centres as well as child, adolescents and family mental health services. She now works in Private Practice as a Clinical Psychologist in Caulfield and sees children, adolescents, adults and families from across Bentleigh, Malvern and Melbourne’s south-east.

She believes in early intervention and is passionate about working collaboratively with clients to help them live a valued life. She has formal training in child development and clinical psychology. She has an understanding of the impact of childhood experiences and stages of development across the life span to provide holistic care. She works pragmatically, creatively, uses evidence based practice and in collaboration with clients to provide a tailored treatment for each client's unique needs.

Adeline has also conducted various research focused on vulnerable populations and authored a number of journal articles. Adeline's doctoral thesis in clinical child, adolescent and family psychology examined the relationship between childhood trauma, attachment and women's mental health including clinicians' practices and views on supporting survivors. For a list of Adeline's publications and presentations, click

Coles, J., Lee, Adeline, Taft, A., Mazza, D. and Loxton, D. (2015) General Practice Service Use and Satisfaction among Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Australian Family Physician, 44(1): 71-76.

Coles, J., Lee, Adeline, Taft, A., Mazza, D. and Loxton, D. (2015) Childhood Sexual Abuse and Its Association with Adult Physical and Mental Health: Results from A National Cohort of Young Australian Women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(11): 1929-1944.

Kulkarni, J., Gavrilidis, E., Lee, S., Hayes, E., Lee, Adeline, et al. (2014) Establishing female only areas in psychiatry wards to improve safety and quality of care for women. Australia Psychiatry.

Lee, Adeline. (2013) Child abuse and women’s mental health: Moderating processes. Presented at the Academy on Violence and Abuse Biennial Scientific Assembly, Minneapolis, United States of America.

Lee, Adeline, Coles, J., Lee, S and Kulkarni, J. (2012) Primary health care practitioners’ screening practices and attitudes towards women survivors of child abuse. Mental Health in Family Medicine, 9(3): 181-183.

Lee, Adeline, Coles, J., Lee, S and Kulkarni, J. (2012) Women Survivors of Child Abuse: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Australian Family Physician, Australian Family Physician, 41(11): 903-906.

Lee, Adeline, Lee, S., Coles, J and Kulkarni, J. (2012) Australian Psychologists’ current practice, beliefs and attitudes towards supporting women survivors of childhood maltreatment. Australian Community Psychologist, 24(2): 150-163.

Coles, J., Lee, Adeline, Taft, A., Loxton, D and Mazza, D. (2012) The Health Effects of Sexual Violence for Young Australian Women. Presented at Primary Health Care Research Conference, Canberra, Australia.

Lee, Adeline. (2011) Relationship between Childhood Trauma and Women’s Current Mental Illness- preliminary findings. Presented at the 4th Women’s Mental Health Congress, Madrid, Spain. and at Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, Dunedin New Zealand.

Lee, Adeline. (2011) Cognition & Schizophrenia in Pre-menopause. Presented in 2011 at the 4th Women’s Mental Health Congress, Madrid, Spain.

deCastella, A., Bolding, P., Lee, Adeline et al. (2011) Problem Gambling in People Presenting to a Public Mental Health Service. Office of Gambling and Racing, Department of Justice, Victoria, Australia pp 50.

Lee, Adeline. (2008) Primary health service utilization by women who have been abused in childhood: A systematic review. Presented at the Victorian Primary Health Care Conference.

Lee, Adeline, Browne, M., and Villanueva, E. (2008) Consequences of Using the SF-12 and RAND-12 when Examining Levels of Well-being and Psychological Distress’. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42: 315-323.

Lee, Adeline and Browne, M. (2008). Subjective Well-being, Socio-demographic Factors, Mental and Physical Health of Rural Residents. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 16(5): 290-296

Lee, Adeline, Browne, M and Radha, P. (2008). Psychologists’ Preferences of Delivery of Professional Development and Education. Australasian Psychiatry, 16: 220-222.

Browne, M., Lee, Adeline and Radha, P. (2007) Self-reported Confidence and Skills of General Practitioners in Management of Mental Health Disorders. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 15: 321-326.

Her areas of interests include:

  • Relationship issues
  • Workplace difficulties
  • Parenting*
  • Childhood disorders such as anxiety, depression, attachment difficulties, low self-esteem, social skills/peer-related difficulties i.e. bullying, adjustment issues and other transitional issues.

*these services are not eligible for Medicare rebates

Dr Adeline Lee

Dr Adeline Lee

Clinical Psychologist

Therapies

To find out more about the psychological approaches that Adeline uses, click on any of the icons below.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) including Trauma-Focused CBT and Exposure Therapy is a relatively short term, focused approach with varied application according to the problem being addressed that aims to helps clients to identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and learn or relearn healthier skills and habits. It is an active therapy - sometimes described as a 'doing therapy' so clients will be expected to be active participants in their own therapy.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgementally. Mindfulness combines principles of cognitive therapy and mindfulness practices to assist clients to change the relationship with their difficulties.

Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness based behavioural therapy that emphasized on the process of contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and persisting or changing behaviours in the service of ones chosen values.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) combines cognitive, behavioural and mindfulness practices. The overall goal is to assist clients to reduce unhelpful behaviours/automatic tendencies linked with dysregulated emotions. The therapy is delivered through:

(1) traditional didactic relationship with the therapist
(2) skills training in mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance and
(3) integration of skills leant into real-life situations.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is designed to assist clients to reduce emotional distress to past traumatic events or life experiences via therapist directed lateral eye movements (or other external stimuli). It hypothesizes to access the traumatic memory network and process the information in a more adaptive way to reduce or eliminate the emotional distress by creating an adaptive integration of those memories into the neural networks.

Influenced by several theories in particular attachment and communication theories it is interpersonally focused, psychodynamically informed psychotherapy that has the goals of improving interpersonal functioning through helping clients improve their interpersonal relationships or change their expectation about them.

Schema therapy focuses on identifying and changing early maladaptive schemas and maladaptive coping styles. Schemas are psychological constructs that include beliefs that we have about ourselves, the world and other people. Early schemas relate to the basic emotional needs of a child, when these needs are not met in childhood, maladaptive schemas develop and lead to unhealthy patterns of behaviours.

Exploration of the childhood origins of current problems, emotional processing of traumatic material with the focus on therapy relationship via empathic confrontation.

Draws on positive psychology and focusses on what is working in the client's life and exploring past and present successes to assist with current stressors/problems.

Play is the language of children and toys are their words. Children often have difficulty verbalizing what they feel and how experiences have affected them. Play based therapy is generally a non-directive therapy that enters the world of the child, following the child's lead, developing a safe place and relation of trust. Parents/carer are a very important part of the process, during the process of play therapy regular contact with parents are necessary.

Attachment-based therapy is informed by attachment theory which focusses on the bond based on the need for safety, security and protection between an individual (infant or child) and an attachment figure (the primary caregiver, which is often the mother).

Adeline also uses parenting approaches include Tuning In To Kids which teaches parent skills in emotion coaching and Triple P Positive Parenting approaches that provides simple and practical strategies to manage children's behaviours to develop and facilitate healthy relationships.

Adeline does not wish for you to be bogged down or confused by the different therapeutic approaches and will collaborate with you to tailor a treatment utilising different aspects where clinically appropriate from different therapeutic approaches that best suits your needs.

The process

  • 01

    Query and advice

    If you want to know how a Clinical Psychologist may be able to assist you, contact Adeline to discuss your needs.

  • 02

    Referral (optional)

    You can attend to see Adeline privately or with a referral from a General Practitioner, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. See Fees & Rebates for more information.

  • 03

    Schedule an appointment

    Contact Adeline to schedule an appointment at a time that's convenient for you.

  • What to expect from your sessions

    In order to provide you with a tailored treatment Adeline will undertake a thorough assessment - you will be asked about your past experiences and treatment to better understand the nature of the difficulties for which treatment is being sought.

    Adeline will then provide you with a formulation of her understanding of your difficulties and collaborate with you to come up with the best suited treatment option for you and continue to evaluate with you the progress of your therapy.

    Adeline works in a transparent manner, she encourages discussion and collaboration with you to facilitate trust in the therapeutic relationship as the best predictor of a good outcome is a strong therapeutic relationship.

Fees & rebates

Clients are charged $200 for a standard 50 minute consultation. This is a competitive rate and lower than the current Australian Psychological Society (APS) recommended fee of $241.

Clients with a valid Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from a General Practitioner, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician will incur an out of pocket cost or 'gap' of $75.50 after the $124.50 rebate from Medicare for Clinical Psychology services.

Clients with private health insurance should check with their respective funds regarding their Clinical Psychology coverage and rebate amount.

If you have a health care card Adeline will be happy to discuss a concessional rate.

Parent sessions and couples therapy are not eligible for Medicare rebates.

You can find further information about Medicare rebates and what constitutes a valid referral from the Australian Psychological Society website.

Out of hours' appointments are available and will incur a surcharge.

Cancellation Policy

When appointments are booked, Adeline reserves the whole hour especially for you and therefore the following cancellation policy in place.

Please provide Adeline with 48 hours notice to reschedule or cancel your appointment without incurring a fee. A 50% fee will apply for non-attendance or cancellations with less than 48 hours notice.

Contact Adeline

Contact Information

Adeline's private practice is located at 49 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North, VIC 3161. To schedule an appointment, please call (03) 9079 7936 or email Contact@DrAdelineLee.com.

There are unrestricted parking along Inkerman Road, 3 hour parking on Hawthorn Road and 2 hour parking on surrounding side streets. It is approximately a 10 minute stroll from Malvern train station. It is also accessible by tram no. 16 & 64 - stop 50 and tram no. 3 & 3a - stop 51 with a short 5 minute stroll.

Please note that children cannot be left unattended in the waiting area.