Winnie Lau, Psychologist Melbourne, Counselor Melbourne

Vishal Patel

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Available at the Seaford office

Vishal is a psychotherapist, an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, and a graduate of Australian Catholic University.

His goal is to support his clients to identify barriers that are preventing them from living their life in their preferred way. He supports his clients by engaging with them and their own narratives and assisting them to develop their resilience and skills so that they are able to achieve their desired life goals.

Vishal worked extensively with children, young people, families and carers, and is experienced in assisting children and families through trauma, loss, abuse, violence, parenting, relationship and other related challenges in their own lives, and the lives of those close to them.

Vishal takes a systematic perspective in all his work. He is particularly experienced in addressing issues related to torture and trauma, abuse and violence in the lives of children, adults and their families, and the impact of recent and historical trauma related to war, domestic violence, interpersonal violence and sexual assault on people of all ages. His area of interest includes addressing significant complex and challenging behaviours in children under the age of 12 years.

When working with clients, Vishal is able to draw on his training in a range of evidence-based and empirically supported methodologies including:

  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation
  • Complicated Grief
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma-Focused Crisis Intervention
  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention [TCI]
  • Triple P Parenting
  • Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy [PACE]



He employs various therapeutic tools and assessment frameworks to empower his clients to follow their clinical intervention plans.

Vishal provides individual counselling and psychological services for people experiencing a range of difficulties in their lives, including the following:

  • Children and Adolescents (aged 5 and over)
  • Depression
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Low self-esteem
  • Attachment issues
  • Sleep difficulties/disorders
  • Coping skills
  • Trauma and complex trauma
  • Child sexual assault
  • Anger
  • Dealing with challenging emotions
  • Problem sexualised behaviours (PSB)
  • Bullying
  • Social/peer relationship difficulties
  • Behavioural difficulties (mild)
  • Study and academic stress
  • Adults and Older People
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic/worry
  • Adjustment difficulties/disorder
  • Low self-esteem
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Relationship difficulties
  • War and migration trauma
  • Grief
  • Postnatal depression
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Trauma, complex trauma and vicarious trauma (VT)
  • Eating difficulties
  • Stress
  • Substance use issues
  • Occupational burnout
  • Self-harming behaviours
  • Addressing the impacts of historical sexual assault and/or childhood sexual assault
  • Parenting issues
  • Work-life balance
  • Impacts of crime
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Dealing with challenging emotions
  • Coping skills
  • Psychological effects of a workplace injury or motor vehicle accident

Vishal is committed to providing clinical interventions and psychological services to all diverse communities including Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.