About Dr. Robyn Milligan

  1. Qualifications

    • B.Sc
    • B.Soc.Sci (Hons)
    • MA (Counselling Psychology)
    • MA (Clinical Psychology)
    • PhD
  2. Professional Memberships

    • Full member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) & APS College of Clinical Psychologists
    • Full Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association
    • ANZAED Eating Disorder Credentialed

Dr. Robyn Milligan

Robyn has worked in both the public and private sectors, and is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of emotional and behavioural concerns.

These usually include depression, anxiety, relationship and family difficulties, trauma, grief and stress. Robyn also has experiencing in supporting parents of children with early developmental struggles (e.g. behavioural concerns, feeding, toileting, separation anxiety).

Robyn has a strong attachment- and systemically-focused approach to treatment, and works with young people and their families to tailor evidence-based interventions to their needs. Robyn is also qualified to deliver the Circle of Security Parenting Program which is an attachment focused approach to parenting children of all ages. She is also trained in trauma-focused CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Family Based Treatment of Eating Disorders (Maudsley) and Attachment Based Family Therapy.

Robyn completed her studies at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa where she achieved a double undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Psychology (with distinction). She then completed a first class Honours degree at the University of Cape Town. She later returned to Johannesburg to complete her clinical training (Masters in Counselling Psychology) at the University of the Witwatersrand, after which she obtained a Ph.D. in paediatric neurodevelopment. More recently, Robyn completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology (with Distinction), and won the University Medal (Charles Sturt University). She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society & APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

frequently asked question

Have questions? Get in touch or look at the FAQ section.

If you’ve never seen a psychologist before, you’re bound to have questions about what to expect, and how I like to work. I’d be happy to talk with you over the phone, or over email to see whether I am the right fit for you or your family.

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  1. Do I need a GP referral?

    No, you don’t need a GP referral to see a psychologist. However, if you do get a Mental Health Care Plan under the Better Access Scheme from your GP, you become eligible for a Medicare rebate of $88.25 per session.

    Your GP will determine how many sessions you are entitled to, but most usually commence with an initial 6 sessions. You should be eligible to receive up to 10 sessions in a calendar year, with a further extension of another 10 sessions under the Covid-19 provisions. These provisions have been extended until December 2022, but it is not guaranteed that these will be extended beyond this. Medicare now funds both face-to-face and telehealth sessions.

    I would suggest you book in a longer appointment with your GP and let them know that you are seeking a Mental Health Care Plan (Item 2710). Alternatively, a psychiatrist or paediatrician is also able to refer to a psychologist under Medicare, but most prefer for your care to be centrally coordinated by your GP.

  2. What about private health insurance?

    Depending on your cover, most private health funds will support psychological therapy. Please contact your health insurance company directly and get clarity on what you are covered for, and what funding they offer. If you are funded by the NDIS, I am unfortunately not an NDIS registered provider. You can claim your session from your NDIS package afterwards. You are also not able to claim under both Medicare and the NDIS.

  3. What can I expect at my first appointment?

    Like all relationships, it can take some time to get to know someone. Seeing a psychologist is no different. The first session or so is usually what clinicians call an 'assessment'. If you're coming by yourself, I'll spend some time asking you some questions about your life and what has brought you to see me.

    If you're bringing your child, I do prefer to see both parents (as appropriate) and your child in the first session. I'll usually spend time with both your child, and with you as parents to get a good idea of what you need.

  4. What involvement do parents have?

    I know emphatically that parents are their child's biggest resource towards health and wellbeing, and that they can't walk this journey without you. With younger children, parents are heavily involved in their child's care. When working with adolescents, I prefer to give teenagers some time on their own. Almost always, I see parents on their own as well. Please chat with me about our expectations of each other - I'd be happy to work this out with you.

  5. What if I feel that it's not working?

    That's OK! I take feedback and collaboration quite seriously, and will invite you to talk about what is working, and what might not be. We can work out what you need from there - either a different treatment approach, a bit more time on the couch, a change in structure, or I'll help you find someone who might be a better fit for you and your family.



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Phone: +61 450 810 862
Fax: +61 2 8088 6123


Monday to Friday
Telehealth also available following assessment