In April 2017, ACBRD Research Fellow, Dr Adriana Ventura started her private psychology practice in Frankston. Although her practice is not confined to people with diabetes or other chronic health conditions, Adriana has a special interest in these groups.

by Dr Adriana Ventura

Having worked at the ACBRD for many years, and after gaining clinical experience in chronic disease management in the public system and not-for-profit sector, Adriana understands how challenging it can be to maintain healthy behaviours and a healthy mindset when dealing with health problems. Some of the concerns Adriana can help with include:

  • Adjustment issues
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Acute and chronic stress
  • Diabetes-related distress
  • Weight management
  • Past trauma and abuse
  • Grief and loss
  • Eating disorders

Adriana’s sessions are often guided by various therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

To learn more about Adriana’s practice, please visit her website:

To make psychological services more affordable for people with diabetes, Adriana is offering all Diabetes Victoria members 6 bulk-billed sessions under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan. For more details, please contact