BCRC-WA provides a bulk-billed clinical psychology service to support people with breast cancer and their families. Our Clinical Psychologists collaborate with you and your Perth Breast Cancer Institute Specialists to assist you to manage the impact of breast cancer and other stressors.
How can a Psychologist help?
Most people come because they want to reduce upsetting feelings and improve their sense of well-being. This can happen through reflecting on your experience with a professional, through learning new skills and developing new perspectives.
Our Clinical Psychologists specialise in the impact of early and advanced breast cancer on all aspects of the person. They understand the range of concerns you may have including:
For those who have finished hospital-based treatment, we can help with issues including menopause symptoms, fear of cancer recurrence or spread, re-evaluation of priorities, adjusting to the “new normal,” and return to work or changing roles.
What to expect
Appointments are 50 minutes long. In the first session, we will endeavour to get to know you and to understand your concerns. We will ask questions such as “how you have coped in the past with difficult things in your life” and/or “what would you like to get out of seeing a psychologist?”.
We work in collaboration with your PBCI Specialist and other members of the team, using an evidence-based approach to provide constructive and supportive strategies. Members of your family are welcome to come with you, or they can see a psychologist separately.
Please note this service is by appointment only. We do not provide crisis or emergency services.
Under the Medicare Better Access Scheme, your appointments will be bulk billed so there is no cost to you.
How to get a referral
In most cases, a referral from your General Practitioner under the Better Access to Mental Health Scheme is required. Click here for more information.
Please ask your breast care nurse or PBCI Specialist, to assist with a referral or request our Clinical Psychologist contact you to discuss further. You may request a referral at any stage, including before and after hospital treatment.
Mary has specialised in psychological support for people with breast cancer since 2000. She brings experience as a supervisor and senior clinician at Royal Perth and Fiona Stanley Hospital Breast Clinics. Her early career was in community mental health.
A supportive, respectful and collaborative professional relationship is the foundation of Mary’s practice. She assists people to manage understandable emotional distress and to learn constructive skills to address the impact of serious illness.
Mary draws on a range of evidence-based psychological therapies. She is also informed by the wisdom of hundreds of past clients affected by breast cancer. Areas of special interest include hot flushes, anxiety including the fear of cancer recurrence/spread, mortality issues and the interaction between health systems and people who seek unconventional treatments.
Francoise began her psychology career working with children and families in both community health services and private practice settings. Supporting the relationship and emotional needs of people within the context of the family has been her area of speciality for the past 20 years. Building on her Masters research in the area of resilience, Francoise’s approach focuses on helping strengthen people’s coping strategies, interpersonal skills and importantly their sense of self and well-being.
More recently, over the past five years, Francoise’s focus has been primarily women’s health working as the Senior Clinical Psychologist in the Women’s, Children’s and Newborn service in a tertiary hospital. Her focus has been on supporting women with emotional distress and challenges, related to health and major life events, which can be experienced as traumatic and overwhelming. Francoise assists women to focus on both their important (often neglected) emotional needs, and in turn, that of their loved ones who are often foremost in their minds. Francoise works collaboratively with the team, to ensure a wholistic model of care, offering individual therapy, group programs, and seminars to improve well-being and reduce distress.