Psychologist Melbourne

Providing Personalised and Down to Earth Therapeutic Services

  • Supportive and Trusting Environment
  • Tailored Therapeutic Approaches
  • Experienced and Qualified Psychologist

Our Psychology Services

Adult ADHD Assessments

Anxiety Counselling

Depression Treatment

Relationship Counselling



Let Us Help You on Your Path to Positive Change and Wellbeing

How We Can Help?

At Fortitude Wellbeing, we work with a wide range of issues including anxiety, life transitions, and coping with change, depression, stress, trauma, workplace problems, and relationship issues. Our principal Psychologist, Melissa Bell, offers short and long-term therapy to clients from adolescence to adulthood.

Melissa is a firm believer that a trusting environment and positive relationship are fundamental to effect change and improve health and wellbeing. To support this, Melissa places you at the centre of your assessment and works collaboratively with you throughout the entire journey.

Therapeutic Approaches

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a psychological treatment that is effective for a range of problems including depression and anxiety disorders. CBT proposes that psychological problems are based (in part) on unhelpful ways of thinking and learned patterns of unhelpful behaviour. CBT supports people to identify their distorted thinking patterns, to consider alternative and more helpful ways of thinking, as well as to learn better ways of coping with challenges, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy focuses on helping people accept the full range of human thoughts, feelings, sensations, and internal experiences (even those really uncomfortable ones) while guiding them to commit to values-based actions. ACT is also an evidence based, psychological intervention that supports all people to live fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Enhanced

Enhanced is one of the most effective psychological treatments for people with an eating disorder diagnosis. CBT-E involves an initial assessment appointment followed by 20 treatment sessions over 20 weeks, lasting 50-minutes each. CBT-E is a highly individualised treatment whereby your psychologist creates a specific version of CBT-E to match the exact eating problem of the person receiving treatment.


Psychoeducation is the process of providing education and information to a person seeking treatment for mental health issues. Psychoeducation aims to increase understanding of their unique symptoms. Establishing a thorough understanding of the person’s unique challenges, as well as identifying their current coping ability is known to improve a person’s sense of control and lead to an improved capacity to work toward mental and emotional wellbeing.

Gottman Relationship Method

Gottman Relationship Method is a research-based couples therapy. This method focuses on developing skills with the aim to improve nine essential elements of a healthy relationship and hold a couple together.

Why Choose Fortitude Wellbeing?

Qualified and Experienced Psychologist

Our principal Psychologist, Melissa Bell, is a fully qualified, registered psychologist and teacher with over 18-years’ experience, so you can have peace of mind knowing she’ll deliver an exemplary service.

Trusting Environment

We foster a trusting environment so you have a safe space to be yourself as you reflect, learn and change.

Evidence Based Therapies

We use evidence-based therapies to ensure reliable, scientifically-backed treatment for every individual’s journey.

Positive Relationships

Melissa places you at the centre of your assessment and has a genuine down to earth approach as she works collaboratively with you.

Personalised Therapeutic Services

Every individual is unique, and so is our approach. We customise our therapies to resonate with and benefit each client.

What To Expect From Us?

At Fortitude Wellbeing, we provide personalised and down to earth therapeutic services. We believe that psychology is for everyone, not just people experiencing significant mental health issues. Thus, we aim to provide practical therapy for everyday people with everyday problems.

Nestled in the heart of Richmond, our principal Psychologist, Melissa, offers tailored therapeutic sessions designed to cater to your unique needs.

Melissa is a firm believer that a trusting environment and positive relationship are fundamental to effect change and improve health and wellbeing.

With a focus on personal growth, self-discovery, and positive change, Fortitude Wellbeing is here to guide and support you every step of the way.

Start Your Journey of Improved Health and Wellbeing

Principal Psychologist: Melissa Bell

Melissa Bell, Principal Psychologist

Melissa is a fully qualified, registered psychologist and teacher with over 18-years’ experience. She has worked internationally and locally in schools, government and mental health organisations.

Melissa works with a wide range of issues and offers short and long-term therapy to clients from adolescence to adulthood.

How Will Fortitude Wellbeing Work With You?

Initial Sessions

Your journey starts here. In your first appointments with Melissa, she will look to understand the big picture of you; including your background, concerns, treatment preferences and goals.

Personalised Treatment Plan
Based on initial discussions, we will craft a unique therapeutic plan tailored to your needs, ensuring the best strategies and techniques are selected for your journey ahead.
Engaging and Supportive Sessions
With your personalised plan in place, you’ll engage in sessions. These sessions are spaces of learning, reflection, and growth, facilitated by Melissa’s genuine care and understanding.

Future Planning

As we approach the culmination of our sessions, we’ll discuss the progress made, celebrate achievements, and outline any recommended steps or practices to maintain your well-being in the future.

Our Location

Fortitude Wellbeing is conveniently situated on Burnley Street in Richmond. This location offers easy accessibility for all seeking expert psychological care in the bustling Melbourne suburb. 
  • Richmond
  • East Melbourne
  • Cremorne
  • Kew
  • Burnley
  • South Yarra
  • Toorak
  • Prahan
  • Hawthorn
  • Malvern
  • Camberwell
  • Jolimont
  • Fitzory
  • Collingwood
  • Carlton
  • South Melbourne
  • Melbourne CBD
  • St Kilda
  • Port Melbourne
  • Glen Iris

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if counselling is for me?

The following are common warning signs that suggest you might benefit from psychological support:

  • The problem is causing significant emotional distress or disruption to your life including school, work, and relationships.
  • Friends, family and/or colleagues have expressed concern about your personal wellbeing.
  • You find yourself dealing or coping with your problems by using strategies that could be perceived as unhelpful or unhealthy.
  • Most of the time you feel or are behaving irritably, upset, or angry.
  • You’ve tried a range of techniques and strategies to help yourself and nothing has worked so far.
How long is a session with a psychologist?
The duration of an individual session is 50-minutes. If you require a longer session, please speak to your psychologist prior to scheduling your session.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no straight forward answer to this question. Each person who arrives for counselling will have a different story and their journey will be dependent on their personal history and what they hope to get from their therapy.
Do I have to have a 'problem' to see a psychologist?
While many people first attend therapy to manage problems and challenges, it is also a safe, non-judgemental space to develop and grow as a person. It is common for people to see a psychologist to develop self-awareness and confidence or learn coping strategies that help to reduce or manage symptoms of mental illness.
Do I need a referral from a GP?
No, a referral is NOT required to see a psychologist.
Will my private health insurance give me a rebate?
Your private health insurer may provide a rebate for psychological counselling. The rebate will depend on who you are insured with and your level of cover. Please check with your insurer for rebate details.
Can I get a Medicare rebate?
To receive a Medicare rebate you require a referral and Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from your GP.
How do I stop getting stressed/anxious?
This will depend on what is contributing to your stress or anxiety. Taking a short break, movement, getting a restful sleep, eating nutritious food and staying hydrated are all ways to help protect yourself against stress.

However, if your stress is reoccurring, or creating issues in other areas of your life then making an appointment to talk to a psychologist or mental health expert can help you develop lasting change.

How do I know if my behaviour in my relationship is problematic?
All relationships will have ups and downs from time to time, this includes the occasional argument, different interests and having independent lives.

A problematic or toxic relationships may be apparent when communication has broken down and relies on the use of criticism and/or contempt (e.g., attacks, sarcasm, mockery), rather than solving issues you sweep them under the rug, when you do attempt to solve an issue the argument becomes aggressive or confrontational, there is no emotional connection, a lack of physical intimacy, trust has been broken and feels beyond repair, you no longer support each other and have different life goals, you can’t imagine a future together and you often fantasise about a future without your partner.

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