About Charles Lucas

Charles Lucas BA (Macq,Psy) MA (Syd.Psy) Dip Clin Hyp, MAPS, has been a Psychologist and Vocational Psychologist for over forty years after completing his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Macquarie University and his Masters degree in Psychology at the University of Sydney. Charles also holds qualifications in clinical hypnosis and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing and was recently recognised by the Australian Psychological Society for over thirty years of continuous membership.

Other memberships include the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists and Charles is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PSY0001137893). Charles has authored many articles including, newspaper columns and government publications over the years, and developed the vocational self assessment instrument, the Lucas Concept Analysis Technique (LCAT) and the Kuder Interest Card Sort (KICS). A former consultant to the NSW Government Workforce Management Centre for the management of displaced public servants, and consultant to the University of New England for the management of displaced staff, Charles conceived, developed and delivered the Life Planning Workshop in organisational, corporate and school settings.

Charles commenced the practice of psychology in 1976 with the NSW Vocational Guidance Bureau, where he was engaged as a Vocational Guidance Officer at the North Sydney and Lismore Offices, and later, as the District Guidance Officer/Local Area Manager of Vocational Services Branch/Department of Industrial Relations, Training and Further Education based at the Armidale Office, NSW, Australia. He continued into private practice in 1995 and subsequently established Vocational Guidance Services Pty Ltd with contractual arrangements with the Commonwealth Employment Service as a Special Intervention Psychologist; Centrelink as an Occupational Psychologist and Health Services Australia as a Specialist Consultant Psychologist with responsibility for disability support pension assessments and appeal reviews. This was in addition to a part-time careers counselling role at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia.

Charles is contracted to many different employee assistance program providers, and currently, he is in private practice in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, where he is dividing his time between passionately practising the art and science of vocational psychology, and the art and science of counselling psychology, with specialised interests in depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. Charles has been a registered Psychologist in NSW for over forty years, and is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia PSY0001137893.

Specialties

Depression, Anxiety, Phobias, Grief and Loss, Life transition and adjustment issues, Relationship issues, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Health Psychology, Hypnosis, Stress Management, Panic Disorders, Personality Disorders, Couples, Somatoform Disorders, Work Related Issues (bullying, stress)

Modalities

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis, Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Clinical Hypnosis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Accreditations

Workers Compensation, EAP, Victims Services, Psychological and Vocational Assessments and Reporting

Couples Counselling

Providing support for couples to identify and acknowledge the underlying themes in their relationship which could be giving rise to conflict and friction

Transactional Analysis

A psychotherapeutic framework which promotes the identification of the dynamics of the transactions between self and others.

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitising Reprocessing is a psychotherapeutic treatment designed to alleviate the distress connected with traumatic memories. EMDR is an evidenced based intervention for the treatment of PTSD.

Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical Hypnosis induces an alerted state of consciousness during which positive behavioural change suggestions can be offered and received. Charles uses hypnosis in relation to relaxation and stress management in general.

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percentage of Australians who will experience a mental disorder in a lifetime

20000

The cost of impact of mental disorders to the Australian economy in millions

2

percentage of Australians with two or more mental disorders

560000

number of young Australians suffering a mental disorder

Clients

 

Client Information and Intake Form
Please read the following information before submitting the Client Intake Form. Upon receipt of the information you will be contacted by text or email to arrange an appointment, or alternatively, please use the online booking service.

Psychological Service

As part of providing a psychological service to you, Charles Lucas needs to collect and record personal information from you that is relevant to your situation such as, your name, contact information, medical history and other relevant information as part of the provision of psychological services to you. This collection of personal information will be a necessary part of the psychological assessment and treatment that is conducted.

Purpose of collecting and holding information

Your personal information is gathered as part of your assessment and treatment and is kept securely, and in the interests of your privacy, used only by your psychologist and the authorised personnel of the Practice (as necessary). Your personal information is retained in order to document what happens during sessions and enables the psychologist to provide a relevant and informed psychological service to you. A more detailed description is provided in the Practice's "Privacy Policy for the Management of Personal Information". The Privacy Policy contains information about how to access and seek correction of your personal information if required, and how to lodge a complaint about the management of your personal information.

Access to client information

You are entitled at any stage to access your personal information subject to exceptions in the relevant legislation. Charles can discuss the different possible forms of access with you.

Disclosure of personal information

All personal information gathered by Charles Lucas during the provision of the psychological service will remain confidential except when:

  • It is subpoenaed by a court or,
  • failure to disclose the information would in the reasonable belief of Charles Lucas place you, or another person, at serious risk to life, health or safety, or your prior approval has been obtained to,
  •  provide a written report to another professional or agency.
  • discuss the material with another person (parent, employer, health provider)
  • disclose the information in another way, or,
  • you would reasonably expect your personal information to be disclosed to another professional or agency (GP) and disclosure of your personal information to that third party is for a purpose which is directly related to the primary purpose for which your personal information was collected, or,
  • disclosure is otherwise required or authorised by law.

Fees

The consultation is usually around 50 minutes in duration and Medicare rebates are available if you have been referred by your GP and have a Mental Health Care Plan in place. If payment is covered by a third party payer then the organisation will be billed separately. Charles Lucas uses Healthkit to manage the fees and this software, supported by the Federal Government, encrypts all information regarding credit/debit card details so you can be assured of security in regard to this information, and indeed, any other information you provide.

Cancellation Policy

If, for some reason, you need to cancel or postpone your appointment, please give at least 24 hours notice to enable the activation of the cancellation list, or you may be charged for the cost of the session.

Workers Compensation Details

General Practitioner

Please Note: You must have a current Mental Health Care Plan in place to claim a rebate.

Client Medicare Claiming Details

I request and authorise Healthkit Pty Ltd to enable online Medicare rebate claiming by registering and storing the following information.

By submitting this form I declare that the information on the form is correct and I acknowledge that I have read and understood the terms, conditions and mutual obligations of service engagement.

Resources

Depression

A disorder characterised by a pervasive and persistent depressed mood, physically and psychologically which causes significant impairments upon general life functioning.

Anxiety

A disorder characterised by constant worry, fear, worst case scenario thinking, and constant anxious feelings which significantly affects general life functioning.

Meditation

Meditation is the purposeful focussing of attention to elicit feelings of calm, heightened awareness and increased energy providing enormous benefits physically and psychologically.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the act of focussing attention to the present experience on a moment to moment basis without judgement or analysis

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