Esther Takac

Qualifications:

B.A. M.A. M.A.P.S.

Specialisation:

  • Adult Therapy
  • Child and Adolescent Assessment and Therapy
  • Parent Guidance and Family Therapy

Esther has worked as a psychologist for over twenty years in public and private practice both in Melbourne and overseas.
Esther offers adult therapy, assessment and therapy for children and adolescents, parent guidance and family therapy. Her many years of service as Senior Psychologist on a Children’s Assessment and Therapy Services team, at Alfred CAMHS and at the Developmental Disabilities Clinic at Monash Medical Centre inform her expertise in assessment and therapy for children and adolescents, counseling with parents and families, and adult therapy.
Esther uses a wide range of approaches to fit the needs of her clients including psychodynamic and cognitive-behaviour therapy, narrative and art therapy, play and sand therapy and use of therapeutic stories.
She is married with three children and is also an author of children’s books.
Esther is a registered provider of psychological services with Medicare and private health insurance companies.
For further information or to make an appointment, phone 9505 3296.
Consulting rooms in Windsor and Caulfield.

Adult Therapy

Therapy is offered for people to deal with life’s challenges and enhance well-being.
Therapy can help people of all ages deal with:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger
  • Changes and life transitions
  • Being a parent
  • Low self-esteem

Helping Children and Adolescents

Specialized counseling and assessments for children and adolescents has proven to be one of the most successful ways to help them cope with a range of issues.
Therapy can help children and adolescents cope with:

  • Fears/nightmares/anxiety
  • Sadness/depression
  • Grief and loss (separation, divorce, death)
  • Anger
  • Developmental and learning difficulties
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Living in Out of Home Care

Different therapeutic approaches are used to suit different kids depending on age, personality and presenting problem.
Approaches include – counseling to express feelings, manage thoughts and behaviour, and develop coping skills and resilience – play therapy – art therapy – use of therapeutic stories, consultation with schools to help provide an optimal learning environment.

Child and Adolescent Assessment

Assessments that increase understanding and clarify treatment goals are available for:

  • Learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Giftedness
  • School readiness
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Developmental delay
  • Asperger syndrome
  • Attachment disorder
  • Application for intervention or educational services

Parent Guidance and Family Therapy

Parent guidance and family therapy are important in helping children, adolescents and families manage difficulties. Significant changes such as separation, divorce and death affects parents, children and the entire family system.
This approach guides the family in becoming a resource to help children and adolescents overcome their problems.