Jacynta Hodges
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker/Psychotherapist
BSW, BA, GradDipChildPs, MMentHlthSc, AMHSW
Clover Counselling Pty Ltd
Blackburn Specialist Centre
195 Whitehorse Road
Blackburn Vic 3130
ABN: 12 448 108 090
Email: jacyntahodges7@gmail.com

Specialising in high-risk adolescents and adults, I offer contemporary psychoanalysis and EMDR resulting in powerful therapeutic benefits. Integrating several types of therapy (CBT, solution focused, problem solving), psychoanalysis informs my work in terms of the way I conceptualise the client’s current problems and EMDR (as needed) results in a faster way of processing trauma. Combining these two therapies provides effective in-depth therapy with relatively brief therapy. If you have been suffering with unresolved psychological trauma, I can help you to overcome the problems that are keeping you from maximising your potential.

Psychotherapy is a specialisation for working in-depth with people who are grappling with a range of personal and well-being issues including diagnosed mental health conditions.  I assist clients to understand how past experiences influence and shape their current responses to life events. The focus is on the here and now response, the past simply provides the platform for understanding.

During the first session we’ll explore what brings you into therapy, a brief discussion of your history and background.  Most likely, you’ll find yourself talking about your current symptoms or struggles, as well saying a bit about your relationships, your interests, your strengths, and your goals.  A treatment plan and treatment goals will be devised together.

I also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy) – a form of psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences, it aims to reduce symptoms of trauma by changing how memories are stored in your brain (Advanced Training, EMDRAA)

The most important speciality – the ability to offer a warm, friendly and understanding space where you will be listened to, to recognise and hold your emotions and provide a safe place for your vulnerabilities.

My qualifications include: (all from Monash University with the exception of the Accredited Mental Health Social Worker which was obtained through the Australian Association of Social Workers)

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Arts (major in sociology and minor in behavioural sciences)

Post Graduate Diploma in child psychotherapy studies

Master’s Degree – Mental Health Sciences specialising in psychoanalysis

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

EMDRAA – Advanced Training in EMDR

My areas of specialty being:

    • Trauma (cPTSD)
    • Depression and other mood disorders
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Personality disorders
    • Psychosis
    • Suicidal thoughts
    • Relationship problems
    • Life crises
    • Adjustment issues
    • Family conflicts


Jacynta Hodges needs to collect information about you for the primary purpose of providing a quality service to you. In order to thoroughly assess, diagnose and provide therapy, we need to collect some personal information from you. If you do not provide this information; we may be unable to treat you.  This information will also be used for:

    1. The administrative purpose of running the practice;
    2. Billing either directly or through an insurer or compensation agency;
    3. Use within the practice if discussing or passing your case to another practitioner within the practice for your ongoing management;
    4. Disclosure of information to your doctors, other health professionals or to teachers to facilitate communication and best possible care for you; and
    5. In the case of insurance or compensation claim it may be necessary to disclose and/or

collect information that concerns your return to work to an insurer or your employer.

We do not disclose your personal information to overseas recipients.

Jacynta Hodges has a Privacy Policy that is available on request. That policy provides guidelines on the collection, use, disclosure and security of your information. The Privacy Policy contains information on how you may request access to, and correction of, your personal information and how you may complain about a breach of your privacy and how we will deal with such a complaint.

To ensure the process of quality treatment provision, information about your assessment results and progress may be given to relevant other service providers, who are involved in your management. These may include your doctor, teachers, specialists, insurers, solicitors or employers.

I, ………………………, have read the above information and understand the reasons for the collection of my personal information and the ways in which the information may be used and disclosed and I agree to that use and disclosure.

I understand that it is my choice as to what information I provide and that withholding or falsifying information might act against the best interests of my assessment and therapy progress.  I am aware that I can access my personal and treatment information on request and if necessary, correct information that I believe to be inaccurate.

I understand that if, in exceptional circumstances, access is denied for legitimate purposes, that the reasons for this and possible remedies will be made available to me.

I have been provided with or have been given an opportunity to obtain a copy of Jacynta Hodges’ privacy policy.




The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has published a set of recommended fees for Accredited Social Workers who are self-employed as private practitioners.  These fees are comparable to other allied health professions’ recommended private practice rates and are a reflection of the skills and currency of knowledge of Accredited Social Workers.

For further information about Accredited Social Workers please refer to the AASW website: http://www.aasw.asn.au/information-for-the-community/recognising-qualified-social-workers

The cost of a 50 minute counselling session for individual work is $225. If you are coming to counselling under the Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative, you will receive a rebate of approximately $79.05.  Family or other group work is $265 per 50 minute session.

Please bring your GP referral, your treatment plan and your Medicare card to your first appointment.

Please pay all fees at the conclusion of each session.


48 hours notice is required for cancelled appointments, otherwise a cancellation fee will apply, which is 50% of the session fee. The full session fee (100%) will apply for non-attended appointments with no notice provided.