Fiona Lacy

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist | Counselling Psychologist 

VAPP, MA (Counselling Psych), BA Hons, Grad Dip Fam Therapy, 


Professional Associations:

  • Member, Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (VAPP)
  • Member, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia (PPAA)
  • Member, International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI)
  • Member, Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi)
  • Member, Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMH)
  • Member, Centre for Perinatal Psychology
  • Counselling Psychologist, Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA)

Fiona has been working as a psychologist for 30 years, and the majority of this has been in private practice in Melbourne.  She has engaged in intensive training and ongoing professional development in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy with the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (VAPP).  Fiona also teaches in the Training Program of the VAPP, and is an Infant Observation seminar leader.  She provides supervision for psychotherapists and psychologists who have an interest in incorporating psychoanalytic thinking into their clinical work.

In her private practice, Fiona provides individual psychotherapy for adults, and is guided by contemporary psychoanalytic theories of psychotherapy.  Psychotherapy is a process of enquiry and exploration.  The therapist and patient work together to make sense of and integrate less conscious aspects of the patient which may have been contributing to painful difficulties in the present.  The process of bringing to light, understanding, and working through past issues and unconscious pressures, aims to open up new pathways for living to a more fulfilled and meaningful life.

Fiona has many years of experience in working with individuals who seek help for a range of common psychological difficulties, including: depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, sexual health concerns, creative blocks, and life transitions.

Fiona has worked extensively with individuals who have experienced troubling or traumatic experiences and events in childhood and adulthood. This has led to a particular interest in attachment difficulties, dissociative disorders and post-traumatic stress.

Much of Fiona’s clinical work has focussed on assisting women to work though difficult or challenging life experiences, such as those relating to motherhood, relationships, menopause and aging. Fiona has a long-standing interest in assisting new mothers to adjust to motherhood, and to attend to painful issues that may arise in family relationships during this sensitive time of transition and change.  In addition, Fiona works with individuals who have eating and body image concerns, and has an interest in assisting them to improve their relationship with their physical selves.

Fiona has also spent a number of years in private practice at a Melbourne sexual health clinic where she worked with patients from the LGBTIQA+ communities.  She has an interest in promoting positive health and relationships for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer-identifying individuals.

Fiona is committed to providing non-pathologising psychotherapy for individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and identities.

If you would like to directly discuss a potential referral or appointment with Fiona, please email or phone 0411-482-431 during business hours and leave a message with some available times that you could speak.