Ruth Schmidt Neven Phd (She/Her)

Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
 therapist: Ruth Schmidt Neven Phd,
In-Person in South Yarra, VIC 3141
Online in Australia
As an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist I try to understand the meaning of behaviour rather than pathologising behaviour. My focus is on helping you to make connections about how your past history may have contributed to your present difficulties and to empower you to find your own voice and create effective change in your life and in your personal, couple and family relationships.

Client Focus

Session Format: Couple, Family, Individual sessions.
Age Specialty: Adolescent, Adult, Children, Elder, Young Adult
Demographic Expertise: Asian, Black / African American, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Hispanic / Latino, Jewish, LDS/Mormon, LGBTQ+, Men, Middle Eastern, Military / Veterans, Muslim, Native American, Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Sikh, Women clients.
Languages: English

Treatment Approach

  • Developmental
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist
  • Interpersonal
  • Object Relations
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychoeducational
Approach Description: I am a registered clinical psychologist and a child and adolescent psychotherapist. I take a psychodymamic approach to the therapy I provide, which recognises that all behaviour has meaning and is also an important communication. It involves understanding our early and later childhood history and how the events of the past affect our present lives and experience. Once this is understood people, can make important connections that empower them to address unhelpful cycles of behaviour and create positive changes in their lives.

Education & Credentials

Ruth Schmidt Neven Phd Clinical Psychologist and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
  • Female
  • License # AHPRA Registration PSY0001120348
  • Licensed in Victoria and Australia wide
  • Practicing Since 1981
Education: B.A. (Psychology), Diploma in Social Work Studies (Mental Health, London School of Economics); Training in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy with Children, Parents and adolescents, Tavistock Clinic, London; Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) Victoria University Melbourne.


  • Average Session Fee $220.00
  • Accepts Insurance
  • Registered with Medicare

Ruth Schmidt Neven Phd Practice Details

Therapy Sessions
  • Available In-Person in Surrey Hills North, VIC 3127 and South Yarra, VIC 3141
  • Available Online for residents of Australia
  • Online Therapy Details: Online therapy or telehealth is offered via Zoom
Ruth Schmidt Neven Phd Practice Description
Psychotherapy and counselling for adults, couples and young people can be of great benefit as key transitions in their lives: Helping to find a sense of direction and purpose in adult life Becoming a couple Managing the stresses of parentig and child rearing Dealing with separation and divorce Understanding the impact of separation, loss and trauma Managing the transition into older adult life Helping a young person into adulthood

Practice Overview

Available both in-person and online
43 Years Experience
Couple, Family, Individual

Office Hours

10:00 am - 6:30 am
10:00 am - 6:00 am
10:00 am - 6:00 am
1.OOPM - 4:30 pm

Driving Directions

Toorak Road office is five minutes walk from South Yarra Station Elgar Road office is close to Riversdale Road

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