I started this practice because it was the place I needed when I was looking for a therapist. I planned to be the kind of therapist that I wanted to see, someone competent in their discipline and also culturally responsive. Cultural responsively to me is about having an awareness of sociopolitical factors that have an impact on mental health and creating a safe space to explore the individual experience within the social context.
The name Pola comes from my Zambian heritage. It is an abbreviation of a Bemba (Matrilineal tribe and language) word – Ku’Pola. Ku’Pola is a verb, which directly translated means to heal or to recover. It is the action of healing an active motion towards restoring, recovering, and sometimes reconstructing.
Nasalifya is a Naarm (Melbourne)-based a black psychologist, she is passionate about working from an inter-sectional perspective to support clients. She specialises in working with adults, with a particular interest in culturally responsive clinical practice. Nasalifya trained as a clinical psychologist in Aotearoa (New Zealand) before moving to Melbourne. She has experience in the forensic and health sector and is able to provide psychological assessment and treatment for a wide range of issues.
Nasalifya is able to use a variety of therapy approaches, including cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), metacognitive therapy (MCT), and attachment-based approaches to assist individuals to achieve their goals and increase overall well-being. The choice of therapy approach is dependent on client needs and may include a combination of approaches, this is discussed and decided collaboratively in sessions. She aims to provide inclusive and responsive care to people from a wide range of backgrounds.
THE FIRST SESSION
Attending your first session can be difficult but it is often the first step in making positive change. The initial session is spent getting to know you as a person and understanding your life’s journey. This includes discussing your current challenges in the context of your personal strengths, life experiences, interests and hopes for the future. This is done at your pace in a private and safe environment. This process helps inform a collaborative understanding of your current difficulties and the factors that maintain them. These factors often become what future therapeutic sessions focus on. The therapeutic plan and goals are developed and adapted collaboratively with clients in order to be responsive to changes in life circumstances.
$200 for 80 minute session. Medicare rebate of $126.50 per session with a valid mental health care plan from your GP, making your gap fee $73.50. This time is needed to complete a thorough assessment.
- $180 with a Medicare rebate of $126.50 per session with a valid mental health care plan from your GP, making your gap fee $53.50.
- $200 with a Medicare rebate of $126.50 per session with a valid mental health care plan from your GP, making your gap fee $73.50.
Concession card and full time students
- $150 with a Medicare rebate of $126.50 per session with a valid mental health care plan from your GP, making your gap fee $23.50.