“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu

Seeing a psychologist is often compared to starting a journey. For many people, this can feel daunting. Talking about your emotions might make you feel uncomfortable at first. Sometimes, this stops people from taking the first step. It’s important that you know,  you don’t have to take this journey alone.

Research consistently shows that a positive therapeutic relationship between the psychologist and the client is what helps the healing process. Like any relationship, building trust can take some time. To help with this process, Adriana provides a safe, open and non-judgemental atmosphere.

Together, you will work toward improving your quality of life. What may start out as a straightforward issue could turn out to be a journey of self-discovery.

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Dr Adriana Ventura – BA, GDipPsych, DPsych(Health), MAPS


Adriana is a nationally registered psychologist under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and a Doctorate of Psychology (Health) from Deakin University. As well as working in private practice, Adriana is employed as a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), a partnership between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University. Her research has focused on the psychological, social and behavioural aspects of living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Although her practice is not confined to people with diabetes or other chronic health conditions, Adriana has a special interest in these groups. Living with a chronic health condition can be really tough. It is not uncommon for people to experience a range of emotions associated with their condition. For some people this can lead to the development of more serious psychological problems. For others, difficult emotions can make it even harder to take care of their health.  Adriana takes a holistic view of health, with the understanding that the mind and body work together. Adriana works with adolescents and adults.

When she isn’t working, Adriana enjoys travelling, and spending time with family and friends. In line with her values of maintaining good mental and physical health, Adriana practices yoga and meditation regularly.

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Health Psychology

“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behaviour”
– Viktor E. Frankl

Health psychology is one of the ten areas of psychology as specified by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). It is about the connections between physical health conditions and the psychology of the person. You can read more about Health Psychology by clicking here.

Finding a psychologist who understands the unique emotional challenges associated with having a chronic health condition is really important. Adriana understands how challenging it can be to maintain healthy behaviours and a healthy mindset when dealing with health problems.

Through counselling, Adriana can help you to overcome set-backs that are an inevitable part of managing a long-term health condition. Together, you will work to understand how past and present issues are preventing you from achieving your health-related goals, while also managing any psychological problems. Some of the concerns Adriana can help with include:

  • Adjustment issues
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Acute and chronic stress
  • Past trauma and abuse
  • Weight management
  • Pain management
  • Perfectionism
  • Grief and loss

Therapy may be short-term (6 – 10 sessions) or for some problems, may be longer-term.

The first session will involve gathering information about your mood, health, relationships and lifestyle so that Adriana can understand your needs. Following sessions will be guided by various therapeutic approaches, such as:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)


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The cost of attending counselling will vary. The standard consultation fee is $165. While you do not need a referral to make an appointment, to obtain a Medicare rebate of $84.80 per session, you require a Mental Health Treatment Plan from your general practitioner. This leaves a gap of $80.20 to be paid for each consultation.

Adriana understands that this can be quite costly, especially if attending regularly is important for you. Reduced fees can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Those experiencing genuine financial hardship may be eligible for bulk-billing. Please discuss this with Adriana prior to, or at your first consultation.

Please note: If you have reached your Medicare Safety Net threshold within a calendar year, the Medicare rebate is increased (meaning less out-of-pocket expenses per consultation for the rest of the calendar year). For more information, please get in contact.


Adriana is also a service provider for the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Worksafe Victoria.


If you are a Diabetes Victoria member, you are entitled to receive six bulk-billed sessions when you present with a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan. This is a saving of $480. Proof of Diabetes Victoria membership is required at the first session. For more details, please email info@adrianaventura.com.au


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Adriana practises at Frankston Psychology & Hypnotherapy.

The clinic is open from Monday to Friday. You can call on any of these days to make an appointment with Adriana. Her hours in the clinic are:

  • Thursdays 10am – 7pm
  • Fridays 9am – 6pm

To make an appointment, please call:
(03) 9783 7724 (Reception)

For enquiries, please email or use the form below:


Enquiry Form