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Rosalind Philp

Clinical Psychologist

The Southport Central Psychology Team is lead by Rosalind Philp.

Rosalind is a highly experienced Medicare-endorsed specialist Clinical Psychologist with more than 40 years experience across the health industry. She provides a supportive and confidential environment for a range of psychological and support services.

Southport Central Psychology’s practice is located at private, purpose-built rooms at Southport, Gold Coast, Australia. Rosalind is also a nationally accredited Mediator, registered with the Australian Association of Mediators.

  • Intense anxiety, panic & phobias
  • Surviving torture and trauma
  • Work conflict and bullying
  • Coping with severe health issues, chronic pain & fatigue
  • Helping people & families deal effectively with people who can’t or won’t change

  • Depression, loss of motivation & pleasure
  • Generalised anxiety disorder or excessive worrying
  • Low self- esteem
  • Relationship & sexual problems, family conflicts & stress
  • Work-related / WorkCover issues


Relationship problems can be the biggest form of stress for some people. Rosalind is an experienced relationship counsellor who works with couples to understand the problems and simplifies what is happening.


Therapy involves talking about your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours and the things that are troubling you.


Some problems are very successfully treated in small therapeutic groups. Many people find the group setting makes them feel more confident, it reaffirms that people are not as ‘neurotic’ or alone as they might feel when experiencing life’s difficulties.

Perinatal depression

These days, we typically refer to the term perinatal depression rather than ‘postnatal’, as many mothers find themselves struggling in the antenatal period, or the period before the baby is born. Difficulties coping can occur after the baby is born, or throughout the entire period.

Maximising health

Rosalind has worked for many years in major teaching hospitals and is trusted by many GPs, medical and surgical specialists to help people modify their health choices, behaviours and habits.


Rosalind is a nationally accredited mediator, registered with the Australian Association of Mediators. Mediators provide a process that enables people to state each of their points of view and to have their feelings about a matter recognised. Using various techniques, Rosalind helps the parties generate options, which are then negotiated towards a mutually satisfactory solution.


From November 1st, 2011 the Federal Government has reduced the number of Medicare funded sessions to a maximum of 10 per calendar year. Some people may require further treatment, and they could then access private health insurance rebates when applicable.

When you obtain a referral from your General Practitioner under a Mental Health Care Plan, Medicare will provide a rebate of at least $124.50 for each session (depending upon safety net status). This leaves a gap of around $110. Otherwise, Private Health Fund rebates apply.

See more information on medicare rebates here and more information on on medicare and psychology services in general here.

Clients are encouraged to speak with Rosalind about any financial barriers they may have to accessing treatment.

In certain hardship conditions, a reduced fee can be arranged.

Clients may elect to claim rebates from their private health fund. However, the government does not allow both types of rebates to be claimed for the one session. Please advise if you would prefer to claim through your private health fund.

Group sessions may also attract Medicare rebates.

First time clients who book online via this website are asked to contact Rosalind directly to confirm an initial appointment by (secure) pre-paying. At least 24 hours notice must be given to cancel any appointment to avoid a cancellation fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I consider therapy?

People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, including: Coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge, and dealing with depression, anxiety or the effects of stress

A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.

What can I expect in the first session?

Generally, therapy starts with a comprehensive assessment process where we learn about your current situation, stresses and challenges. A brief but comprehensive history about your family and previous stressors is also taken. Safe, respectful and caring, Rosalind shows you she understands what is happening for you, and a mutual understanding of presenting problems is achieved. From there, we move together to sort it out and change things. Rosalind’s offices are located in purpose-built rooms, conveniently located in the Southport CBD, with easy access by car and public transport. First time clients who book online via this website are asked to contact Rosalind directly. At least 24 hours notice is required to cancel any appointments please.

How does the Medicare Rebate system work?

If you are referred by your General Practitioner under a Mental Health Care Plan, Medicare will provide a rebate of at least (depending upon safety net status) $124.50 for each session. This leaves a gap of around $110.

There are 10 Medicare subsidised sessions per calendar year. Some people may require further treatment, and they can of course self-fund or access their Private Health insurance rebates.