Yes, (some) psychologists definitely can offer these type of services. And yes, mindfulness does have a strong evidence-base in the management of pain, particularly chronic pain.
Unfortunately, psychological services can be quite expensive, and access under Medicare has recently been even further reduced. In order to qualify for a Medicare rebate, you have to have a mental health issue that meets certain criteria. For example, if you are suffering from anxiety or depression. If this is the case, you can get your GP to do what is called a Mental Health Care Plan, which will enable you to claim back some of the costs via Medicare. Depending on the psychologist, you may still end up with significant out of pocket costs. Some (very few to be honest) private health funds will also subsidise the costs of seeing a psychologist.
Other options for accessing mindfulness-based training...
- A lot of pregnancy yoga classes incorporate some form of meditation and relaxation
- If you are near a major university with a psychology program, they often have cheap/subsidised sessions with provisionally registered psychologists (basically psychologists on their P plates). Group programs can be particularly affordable if done this way.
- Some ante-natal classes have a meditation focus, so you might also find some of these in your area.
- books and audio CDs
I know you said that you are unlikely to do exercises/CD guided meditation at home, but to be honest, this is where you will get the biggest benefit. A psychologist will teach you how to do the meditation, but putting it into practice in your every day life is kind of the whole point.
In terms of books, I think Juju Sundin's Birth Skills has a really good overview of the physiology of pain, and how the pain pathways work. It also has a good basic introduction to several meditation strategies.