Nick undertook his training in clinical psychology at Melbourne and Monash Universities and completed his doctoral thesis on how emotion regulation contributes to depression in adolescence. Nick’s practice has a particular focus on difficulties in life-stage transitions such as commencing primary and secondary school, emerging adolescence, young adulthood, and forming relationships. He also provides support to adults with relationship and parenting concerns.
Nick has a friendly, thoughtful and compassionate approach that is tailored to an individual’s and family's needs. He is passionate about helping young people overcome obstacles in their development through fostering confidence, skills and self-understanding. He uses talk and play-based activities such as play and art to help young people share their feelings. He also meets with parents to help them develop a better understanding of their child’s needs and to support their child at home.
Nick is also employed as a senior psychologist in a Child & Youth Mental Health Service, Eastern Health, on a sessional basis, through which he provides supervision. He also offers these services in his private practice.
Nick registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and follows a code of ethics to ensure high standards of professional practice. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Clinical Psychologists.
Enrich Psychology was established by Dr. Nick Richardson in 2009 with the aim of providing specialised care for children and adults with mental health and wellbeing difficulties. Since then, Nick has supported hundreds of individuals and their families in the Eastern suburbs and wider Melbourne region with a collaborative approach that is thoughtful and compassionate.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY PERSONAL INFORMATION SHARED DURING ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT?
Services provided are bound by the legal requirements of the National Privacy Principles from the Australian Federal Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000. Nick is also bound by the Code of Ethics of the Australian Psychological Society and the Psychology Registration Board of Australia, which provide guidelines for the maintenance of confidentiality.
Information that is gathered as part of the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of your child is held within an individual file in a secure filing cabinet which is accessible only to Nick. The information is retained in order to document what happens during sessions, and enables the psychologist to provide a relevant and informed psychological service.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?
No, you don't need a referral, however if you wish to receive a Medicare Rebate, you will need a referral from a GP, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist.
ARE MEDICARE REBATES AVAILABLE?
Medicare provides a rebate for 10 sessions per calendar year if you are referred under a Mental Health Care Plan by a GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. This cover is for specific problems and services. You may speak with your GP or Nick for more details. Alternatively, many private health funds include rebates for services offered by psychologists. Please check with your private health fund provider.
EXPERTISE AND SERVICES
anxiety and stress
Autism Spectrum Disorder
grief and trauma
adjustment to family separation
academic and workplace pressures
life direction and choices
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
clinical assessment and diagnosis
play therapy and child/adolescent therapy
clinical report writing
consulting with schools and other services
articles for newsletters and community publications
Qualifications and Affiliations