About Us

Caraniche is a Victorian-based private consulting firm that delivers a range of specialist psychological services to the government, private and not-for-profit organisations. These include workplace wellbeing services, forensic and clinical services, supervision, training, research, and evaluation. 

Established in Melbourne in 1993, Caraniche commenced its operations delivering alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment programs through the Department of Justice. Through our on-going commitment to the highest standards of professionalism, quality and innovation Caraniche has grown to become Victoria’s largest and most diverse private psychology company.


Who do we work with? 


Young people 

Caraniche is the state-wide provider of rehabilitation services to the youth justice sector. In partnership with Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) and St Vincents Hospital we run the Youth Health and Rehabilitation Service (YHaRS) on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). YHaRS provides services to young people aged 10 to 21 years serving community-based orders as well as within the Parkville or Malmsbury youth justice precincts. The Caraniche YHaRS team provides psychological assessment and treatment and develops and delivers a range of programs and services designed to target the issues and behaviours that bring young people into the criminal justice system.



We develop and deliver specialist drug and alcohol treatment and behaviour change programs to offenders. Over the past two decades our services have been expanded across Victoria’s 13 public prisons. We provide a broad range of alcohol and other drug (AOD) counselling and offence-focused treatment programs to male and female offenders both under sentence and on remand. In the past five years we have developed and delivered over 30 offender programs.



Caraniche at Work has more than 20 years’ experience delivering health, wellness and capacity building services that give employees the power to help themselves. From general counselling and critical incident response through to training and professional development, we help businesses support their staff, personally and professionally. Caraniche at Work also supports the learning and development needs of over 2,000 employees every year across Australia. For more information visit the Caraniche at Work website.



Our Community Counselling Service includes AOD treatment services, with clinics in Epping, Abbotsford and Ballarat. Caraniche has been a DHHS-accredited AOD treatment agency since 2010. We have also been providing general counselling services for over 20 years, and we work closely with local community organisations such as local government, the AOD sector, community health, GPs, welfare organisations, local police and schools to identify areas of need, design programs around these needs, and deliver services effectively. 



Caraniche is regularly called upon by both DHHS, Department of Justice and Regulation, Justice Health and Vicroads to design, develop and pilot new programs and initiatives. We work with local and state governments to develop and deliver specialist treatment and training services, drawing on our expertise in AOD treatment, behaviour change programs, working with forensic clients, working with high-risk clients, and working with highly complex clients. We also provide Critical Incident Response and Employee Assistance Programs to government at a local and state level. We work with government to identify emerging trends and needs both in the criminal justice system and the community.