Our psychologists

At Seed Psychology you will be treated with warmth, empathy, and understanding from our team of highly-experienced psychologists. You will receive the highest-quality psychological treatment using the most effective and up-to-date psychotherapy treatment methodologies.

Our psychologists have a minimum of six years of specialist training, as well as extensive workplace experience treating a wide range of psychological difficulties, including depression, anxiety and stress management, and couples counselling.

Our psychologists are registered with the Psychologists Registration Board of Australia, and are also registered as providers under the Medicare Better Access Scheme. For further details on our psychologists, please click on the links below.

Contact us for further information, and to make an appointment.

Principal Psychologists

Geeta Angela Sitaram

Director – Clinical Psychologist – BSc(Psych), Psychophysiology(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MAPS

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About me:

As the co-owner of Seed Psychology, I bring a strong commitment and passion to supporting clients reach their goals of achieving good mental health and improved life satisfaction. Over the past 13 years I have worked as a clinical psychologist in community mental health settings, and in psychiatric rehabilitation services, helping adolescents and adults experiencing mental health concerns. I have extensive clinical experience working with complex mental health issues including major depression, bipolar affective disorder, psychosis, trauma, and anxiety disorders.

How I will help you:

With warmth and professionalism, I will work collaboratively with you to gain a greater understanding of your difficulties, develop new skills, and help you achieve your personal goals. It important to me that you feel safe, understood and empowered throughout the therapy process.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Work place and study stress
  • Grief and loss counselling.

My therapeutic approaches:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:geeta personal photo 1

1.  Travel and culture
2.  Nature and wildlife
3.  Trying new things

Kealey Worthen

Director – Clinical Psychologist BA(Psych)(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MAPS

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About me:

Since finishing my Masters of Clinical Psychology sixteen years ago, I have had a broad range of experience across the mental health sector. I have worked for the NSW Department of Health, the Department of Justice in Victoria, teaching at university, and as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at St Vincent’s Hospital. I started Seed Psychology nine years ago, with the aim of delivering the highest-quality psychological care in northern Melbourne.

How I will help you:

One of my key skills and interests is helping individuals have more emotionally connected and fulfilling relationships by identifying and looking at the way in which our attachment patterns get in the way of intimate relationships. Oftentimes these patterns are developed in childhood and influence the way we view ourselves, as well as our relationships with others. A number of methods are used in therapy to help resolve these difficulties, including cognitive and emotion-focused techniques.

I will also help you to disarm your ‘inner critic’ – the self-limiting voice that undermines our true capabilities and potential. I foster a warm and welcoming environment in-session, and utilise empathic confrontation to highlight inconsistencies between behaviours and thoughts and emotions.

Another of my key interests is Clinical Hypnosis. Clinical Hypnosis can be an effective way to complement other psychological skills used in therapy to help resolve underlying difficulties. I also have a strong interest in nutrition, exercise and its benefits for mental wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Emotion regulation issues
  • Attachment patterns
  • Underlying body image and weight management issues
  • Low self-esteem, poor self-confidence
  • Panic disorders.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Schema therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness based therapy.

My three favourite things:k personal photo

1.  Strength training and conditioning
2.  Singing loudly
3.  Cooking wholesome food for my family.

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Geeta Angela Sitaram

Director – Clinical Psychologist

– BSc(Psych), Psychophysiology(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MAPS

About me:

As the co-owner of Seed Psychology, I bring a strong commitment and passion to supporting clients reach their goals of achieving good mental health and improved life satisfaction. Over the past 13 years I have worked as a clinical psychologist in community mental health settings, and in psychiatric rehabilitation services, helping adolescents and adults experiencing mental health concerns. I have extensive clinical experience working with complex mental health issues including major depression, bipolar affective disorder, psychosis, trauma, and anxiety disorders.

How I will help you:

With warmth and professionalism, I will work collaboratively with you to gain a greater understanding of your difficulties, develop new skills, and help you achieve your personal goals. It important to me that you feel safe, understood and empowered throughout the therapy process.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Work place and study stress
  • Grief and loss counselling.

My therapeutic approaches:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:geeta personal photo 1

1.  Travel and culture
2.  Nature and wildlife
3.  Trying new things

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Kealey Worthen

Director – Clinical Psychologist

BA(Psych)(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MAPS

About me:

Since finishing my Masters of Clinical Psychology sixteen years ago, I have had a broad range of experience across the mental health sector. I have worked for the NSW Department of Health, the Department of Justice in Victoria, teaching at university, and as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at St Vincent’s Hospital. I started Seed Psychology nine years ago, with the aim of delivering the highest-quality psychological care in northern Melbourne.

How I will help you:

One of my key skills and interests is helping individuals have more emotionally connected and fulfilling relationships by identifying and looking at the way in which our attachment patterns get in the way of intimate relationships. Oftentimes these patterns are developed in childhood and influence the way we view ourselves, as well as our relationships with others. A number of methods are used in therapy to help resolve these difficulties, including cognitive and emotion-focused techniques.

I will also help you to disarm your ‘inner critic’ – the self-limiting voice that undermines our true capabilities and potential. I foster a warm and welcoming environment in-session, and utilise empathic confrontation to highlight inconsistencies between behaviours and thoughts and emotions.

Another of my key interests is Clinical Hypnosis. Clinical Hypnosis can be an effective way to complement other psychological skills used in therapy to help resolve underlying difficulties. I also have a strong interest in nutrition, exercise and its benefits for mental wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Emotion regulation issues
  • Attachment patterns
  • Underlying body image and weight management issues
  • Low self-esteem, poor self-confidence
  • Panic disorders.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Schema therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness based therapy.

My three favourite things:k personal photo

1.  Strength training and conditioning
2.  Singing loudly
3.  Cooking wholesome food for my family.

Psychologists

Dr Alex Potter

Clinical Psychologist – B.Com, B.A. (Hons), D.Psych (clinical)

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About Me:

Since completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology I have worked as a psychologist in hospitals, at schools, and in private practice. I am experienced in working with all age groups and work with a number of issues including trauma, low self-esteem, personality issues and disordered eating.

I gained extensive experience in adolescent counselling whilst completing my doctorate, where I conducted research into the best-practice treatment of anxiety. I am particularly skilled and interested in the treatment of adolescents and young adults to help build skills and cope with the demands associated with moving in to adulthood.

How I will help you:

My focus is to create a relaxed, empathic and warm environment in session. I will work closely with you to gain a better understanding of yourself and the issues you are facing, in order to help you move past periods of distress. My goal is to help you make a positive and lasting change in your life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Treating children and adolescents (adults as well)
  • Working with complex family-of-origin issues
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counselling.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness based therapies
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:alex personal pic 1 sml

1.  Travel
2.  Music – particularly music festivals around Melbourne
3.  Staying fit and active – whether it’s kicking the footy, swinging a racquet or riding my bike.

Dr Chiara Paganini

Clinical Psychologist – B.S.Psychology(Honours); M.Psych(Clin); PhD(Clinical Psychology)

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About me:

I am a Clinical Psychologist with several years of experience in treating depressive and panic disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, grief and loss, personality disorders, workplace issues and substance abuse disorders. I have a particular interest in the treatment of eating disorders and pervasive developmental disorders (Autism and Asperger Syndrome) in adults and children. I am also an Italian native speaker and can provide therapy in English and Italian.

How I will help you:

My aim is to help you reduce your need to act on negative emotions, learn tools to better cope with and reduce your emotional distress, and improve your quality of life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Depressive and panic disorders
  • Workplace issues
  • Eating disorders/disordered eating
  • Pervasive developmental disorders (Autism and Asperger Syndrome)
  • Substance abuse disorders.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Psychodynamic approaches.

My three favourite things:

1. Painting
2. Travelling
3. Photography.

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Dr Alex Potter

Clinical Psychologist

– B.Com, B.A. (Hons), D.Psych (clinical)

About Me:

Since completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology I have worked as a psychologist in hospitals, at schools, and in private practice. I am experienced in working with all age groups and work with a number of issues including trauma, low self-esteem, personality issues and disordered eating.

I gained extensive experience in adolescent counselling whilst completing my doctorate, where I conducted research into the best-practice treatment of anxiety. I am particularly skilled and interested in the treatment of adolescents and young adults to help build skills and cope with the demands associated with moving in to adulthood.

How I will help you:

My focus is to create a relaxed, empathic and warm environment in session. I will work closely with you to gain a better understanding of yourself and the issues you are facing, in order to help you move past periods of distress. My goal is to help you make a positive and lasting change in your life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Treating children and adolescents (adults as well)
  • Working with complex family-of-origin issues
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counselling.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness based therapies
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:alex personal pic 1 sml

1.  Travel
2.  Music – particularly music festivals around Melbourne
3.  Staying fit and active – whether it’s kicking the footy, swinging a racquet or riding my bike.

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Dr Chiara Paganini

Clinical Psychologist

– B.S.Psychology(Honours); M.Psych(Clin); PhD(Clinical Psychology)

About me:

I am a Clinical Psychologist with several years of experience in treating depressive and panic disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, grief and loss, personality disorders, workplace issues and substance abuse disorders. I have a particular interest in the treatment of eating disorders and pervasive developmental disorders (Autism and Asperger Syndrome) in adults and children. I am also an Italian native speaker and can provide therapy in English and Italian.

How I will help you:

My aim is to help you reduce your need to act on negative emotions, learn tools to better cope with and reduce your emotional distress, and improve your quality of life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Depressive and panic disorders
  • Workplace issues
  • Eating disorders/disordered eating
  • Pervasive developmental disorders (Autism and Asperger Syndrome)
  • Substance abuse disorders.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Psychodynamic approaches.

My three favourite things:

1. Painting
2. Travelling
3. Photography.

David Warmington

Clinical Psychologist – BAppSc, BA(Hons), MClinPsych

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About me:

My background includes over twelve years of counselling experience, including working in a community drug and alcohol team and also in a mental health inpatient unit. I help adults and adolescents with a broad range of issues and clinical disorders, including trauma, bipolar disorder, drug and alcohol abuse, and men’s issues. I also enjoy working with couples.

How I will help you:

Underlying my treatment approach and our work together is a foundation of client-centred support, in tandem with motivational challenge and goal-setting. I aim to provide a nurturing space where you can feel safe to explore emotional challenges, as well as examining where you can build on your successes.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Trauma counselling
  • Emotion regulation and anger management
  • Substance abuse counselling.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR: a powerful technique for resolving the lingering effects of adverse events)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Schema Focused Therapy.

David personal pic 2 smlMy three favourite things:

1.  Cycling
2.  Playing music with friends (trumpet and mandolin)
3.  Yoga.

Dr David Bakker

Psychologist – BPsych(Hons), DPsych(Clin), MAPS, ACPA Member

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About me:

I am passionate about helping people gain a holistic understanding of their situation, so they can discover ways of overcoming their difficulties.

Over the past several years I have worked in the field of community and mental health – in disability support, rural mental health outreach, youth health, hospital settings, and private practice. I have also taught psychology and counselling at Monash University. I use strongly evidence-based techniques, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. I have a particular interest in the treatment of social anxiety.

I also have an interest in using technology to improve mental health. I have developed and published a smartphone App to help people better manage low moods and anxiety. Technology is a powerful tool that, if applied thoughtfully, can make life changes easier.

How I will help you:

I aim for a warm, collaborative and constructive therapy environment. We will work together to understand your issues, explore potential solutions, and tailor them to suit your needs. You will leave with practical strategies that will improve your short and long-term mental health and wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Social anxiety treatment
  • Helping people identify and overcome the factors maintaining psychological problems.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Using technology (including apps) to enhance therapy
  • Practical strategies for low mood and anxiety
  • Wellbeing strategies.

My three favourite things:

1.  Travelling (especially to my original home Tasmania)
2.  Exploring Melbourne for the best coffee
3.  Sci-Fi Cinema.

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David Warmington

Clinical Psychologist

– BAppSc, BA(Hons), MClinPsych

About me:

My background includes over twelve years of counselling experience, including working in a community drug and alcohol team and also in a mental health inpatient unit. I help adults and adolescents with a broad range of issues and clinical disorders, including trauma, bipolar disorder, drug and alcohol abuse, and men’s issues. I also enjoy working with couples.

How I will help you:

Underlying my treatment approach and our work together is a foundation of client-centred support, in tandem with motivational challenge and goal-setting. I aim to provide a nurturing space where you can feel safe to explore emotional challenges, as well as examining where you can build on your successes.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Trauma counselling
  • Emotion regulation and anger management
  • Substance abuse counselling.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR: a powerful technique for resolving the lingering effects of adverse events)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Schema Focused Therapy.

David personal pic 2 smlMy three favourite things:

1.  Cycling
2.  Playing music with friends (trumpet and mandolin)
3.  Yoga.

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Dr David Bakker

Psychologist

– BPsych(Hons), DPsych(Clin), MAPS, ACPA Member

About me:

I am passionate about helping people gain a holistic understanding of their situation, so they can discover ways of overcoming their difficulties.

Over the past several years I have worked in the field of community and mental health – in disability support, rural mental health outreach, youth health, hospital settings, and private practice. I have also taught psychology and counselling at Monash University. I use strongly evidence-based techniques, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. I have a particular interest in the treatment of social anxiety.

I also have an interest in using technology to improve mental health. I have developed and published a smartphone App to help people better manage low moods and anxiety. Technology is a powerful tool that, if applied thoughtfully, can make life changes easier.

How I will help you:

I aim for a warm, collaborative and constructive therapy environment. We will work together to understand your issues, explore potential solutions, and tailor them to suit your needs. You will leave with practical strategies that will improve your short and long-term mental health and wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Social anxiety treatment
  • Helping people identify and overcome the factors maintaining psychological problems.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Using technology (including apps) to enhance therapy
  • Practical strategies for low mood and anxiety
  • Wellbeing strategies.

My three favourite things:

1.  Travelling (especially to my original home Tasmania)
2.  Exploring Melbourne for the best coffee
3.  Sci-Fi Cinema.

Dr Marc Janover

Psychologist – B.Arts, Post Grad Dip Psych, D.Psych(Sport)

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About me:

I have worked as a psychologist for more than thirteen years, helping adults and adolescents in a range of different settings including university, mental health, and as a psychologist in high-performance sport.

Whilst completing my doctorate, I worked with both recreational and elite athletes to help them boost their sporting performance. I am skilled at using high-performance psychological strategies and motivational strategies to help athletes perform at their best.

I previously worked at Monash University Counselling Services for nine years helping staff and students optimise their academic, psychological and emotional well being, and for several years in psychiatric rehabilitation services.

How I will help you:

I aim to create a warm, empathic and welcoming environment in session. We will work together to help you develop a deeper understanding of the difficulties in your life, and to explore ways of overcoming them in order to create a more meaningful life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Depression and anxiety treatment
  • Stress and adjustment issues
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sport psychology and performance related issues
  • I have a particular interest in identity issues including sexual identity and LGBTI related issues.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psychodynamically informed approaches to treatment.

My three favourite things:

1. Travel and exploring new places
2. Exploring new eateries around Melbourne
3. Avid table tennis player.

Lisa Miller

Psychologist – BSc(Honours);MPsych(Clin)

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About me:

Prior to joining Seed Psychology, I worked in Hobart in a range of mental health services (both youth and adult-specific) as well as emergency services and private practice. Prior to being a psychologist, I had a diverse career which included working as a Statistician in orthopaedic research for a university and the Australian Orthopaedic Association. My strong research background means I will work hard to deliver you strong evidence-based support with a focus on delivering high-quality outcomes.  I have also coordinated a support program for the family members of Olympic athletes, coming from 28 different countries. I am currently undertaking a PhD looking into the role of various features of the trauma exposure on the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

How I will help you:

I will offer you a non-judgemental and warm environment where we can collaboratively explore your concerns at your own pace. You will learn to develop and refine your skills in letting go of troubling past experiences, dealing with current issues and building resilience to cope with future events. Taking a holistic approach, we will work on balancing your physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Treating trauma and stress-related issues
  • Treating anxiety (especially social anxiety), and depression
  • Helping people cope with illness and chronic fatigue.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

My three favourite things:

1.  Spending time with family and friends
2.  Keeping fit in body and mind
3.  Travelling and experiencing new things.

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Dr Marc Janover

Psychologist

– B.Arts, Post Grad Dip Psych, D.Psych(Sport)

About me:

I have worked as a psychologist for more than thirteen years, helping adults and adolescents in a range of different settings including university, mental health, and as a psychologist in high-performance sport.

Whilst completing my doctorate, I worked with both recreational and elite athletes to help them boost their sporting performance. I am skilled at using high-performance psychological strategies and motivational strategies to help athletes perform at their best.

I previously worked at Monash University Counselling Services for nine years helping staff and students optimise their academic, psychological and emotional well being, and for several years in psychiatric rehabilitation services.

How I will help you:

I aim to create a warm, empathic and welcoming environment in session. We will work together to help you develop a deeper understanding of the difficulties in your life, and to explore ways of overcoming them in order to create a more meaningful life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Depression and anxiety treatment
  • Stress and adjustment issues
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sport psychology and performance related issues
  • I have a particular interest in identity issues including sexual identity and LGBTI related issues.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psychodynamically informed approaches to treatment.

My three favourite things:

1. Travel and exploring new places
2. Exploring new eateries around Melbourne
3. Avid table tennis player.

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Lisa Miller

Psychologist

– BSc(Honours);MPsych(Clin)

About me:

Prior to joining Seed Psychology, I worked in Hobart in a range of mental health services (both youth and adult-specific) as well as emergency services and private practice. Prior to being a psychologist, I had a diverse career which included working as a Statistician in orthopaedic research for a university and the Australian Orthopaedic Association. My strong research background means I will work hard to deliver you strong evidence-based support with a focus on delivering high-quality outcomes.  I have also coordinated a support program for the family members of Olympic athletes, coming from 28 different countries. I am currently undertaking a PhD looking into the role of various features of the trauma exposure on the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

How I will help you:

I will offer you a non-judgemental and warm environment where we can collaboratively explore your concerns at your own pace. You will learn to develop and refine your skills in letting go of troubling past experiences, dealing with current issues and building resilience to cope with future events. Taking a holistic approach, we will work on balancing your physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Treating trauma and stress-related issues
  • Treating anxiety (especially social anxiety), and depression
  • Helping people cope with illness and chronic fatigue.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

My three favourite things:

1.  Spending time with family and friends
2.  Keeping fit in body and mind
3.  Travelling and experiencing new things.

Dr Owen Spear

Clinical Psychologist – BSc(Psych)(Hons), BA & BSc, MPsych (Clinical), PhD, Specialist Course in Couple Therapy at Relationships Australia

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About Me:

I am a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, OCD and worry. I have specialist training and experience in relationship and couple therapy. After running several hundred classes on wellbeing, mindfulness, depression and anxiety, I am currently running informal training sessions for clinical psychology students. Previously I have worked at the Melbourne Clinic Psychiatric Hospital, in private practise, and at Family Drug Help, counselling the family members of people with drug and alcohol problems.

How I will help you:

I aim to create a friendly, understanding, and relaxed environment in session. Together, we will work to fully understand your current difficulties and background history to find the best possible approach to take in therapy. I will help you using scientifically validated treatments, while maintaining a strong focus on your specific needs. My goal is to increase your understanding of yourself, to increase your wellbeing through practical strategies and to help you develop a more fulfilling and engaged life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Worry and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) treatment
  • Relationship difficulties and couple therapy
  • Practical strategies and advice.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:

1.  Keeping fit (bike riding and squash at the moment)
2.  Creative projects (and running my business)
3.  Experiencing new cultures

Dr Roberta Szekeres

Clinical Psychologist – BBSc(Hons), MA, DPsych(Clinical)

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About Me:

I have worked as a clinical psychologist for nearly ten years, primarily in private psychology clinics. Before becoming a clinical psychologist, I spent several years abroad working as a social worker and teaching at universities. As well as completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology I also have a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies which I undertook whilst living in Thailand. I am very interested in the impact of mindfulness and meditation on stress and well-being, and I have presented my research and findings at international conferences.

How I will help you:

I am a warm, engaging and non-judgmental clinical psychologist, and I am very passionate about improving the well-being and growth of my clients. I aspire to a holistic and empowering approach to therapy that will help you to better cope with challenging life situations and to reach your potential.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Building a positive self-image and treating low self-esteem
  • Women’s wellbeing issues and self-development
  • Coping with separation and relationship difficulties.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Positive Psychology
  • Schema therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness based therapy and stress reduction strategies.

My three favourite things:roberta personal pic 1 sml

1.  Being a mum
2.  Trying new experiences – theatre, music, travel
3.  Wellbeing and self-development, including yoga, meditation, being in nature and exercise.

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Dr Owen Spear

Clinical Psychologist

– BSc(Psych)(Hons), BA & BSc, MPsych (Clinical), PhD, Specialist Course in Couple Therapy at Relationships Australia

About Me:

I am a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, OCD and worry. I have specialist training and experience in relationship and couple therapy. After running several hundred classes on wellbeing, mindfulness, depression and anxiety, I am currently running informal training sessions for clinical psychology students. Previously I have worked at the Melbourne Clinic Psychiatric Hospital, in private practise, and at Family Drug Help, counselling the family members of people with drug and alcohol problems.

How I will help you:

I aim to create a friendly, understanding, and relaxed environment in session. Together, we will work to fully understand your current difficulties and background history to find the best possible approach to take in therapy. I will help you using scientifically validated treatments, while maintaining a strong focus on your specific needs. My goal is to increase your understanding of yourself, to increase your wellbeing through practical strategies and to help you develop a more fulfilling and engaged life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Worry and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) treatment
  • Relationship difficulties and couple therapy
  • Practical strategies and advice.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Schema Therapy.

My three favourite things:

1.  Keeping fit (bike riding and squash at the moment)
2.  Creative projects (and running my business)
3.  Experiencing new cultures

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Dr Roberta Szekeres

Clinical Psychologist

– BBSc(Hons), MA, DPsych(Clinical)

About Me:

I have worked as a clinical psychologist for nearly ten years, primarily in private psychology clinics. Before becoming a clinical psychologist, I spent several years abroad working as a social worker and teaching at universities. As well as completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology I also have a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies which I undertook whilst living in Thailand. I am very interested in the impact of mindfulness and meditation on stress and well-being, and I have presented my research and findings at international conferences.

How I will help you:

I am a warm, engaging and non-judgmental clinical psychologist, and I am very passionate about improving the well-being and growth of my clients. I aspire to a holistic and empowering approach to therapy that will help you to better cope with challenging life situations and to reach your potential.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression treatment
  • Building a positive self-image and treating low self-esteem
  • Women’s wellbeing issues and self-development
  • Coping with separation and relationship difficulties.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Positive Psychology
  • Schema therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness based therapy and stress reduction strategies.

My three favourite things:roberta personal pic 1 sml

1.  Being a mum
2.  Trying new experiences – theatre, music, travel
3.  Wellbeing and self-development, including yoga, meditation, being in nature and exercise.

Joanna Godden

Clinical Psychologist – BA(Psych), BAppSc(Hons), MPsych(Clinical)

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About me:

Over the past eight years, I have worked in a range of mental health roles across the private and public sectors. I have previously held positions at the Department of Education, the Royal Hobart Hospital, and other private practices. During this time I have supported many clients with a wide range of psychological issues and concerns. I also have experience conducting medicolegal assessments and preparing reports.

I have a particular interest in anxiety, trauma, family violence and women’s wellbeing.

How I will help you:

I am experienced at treating a wide range of mental health issues and I will work collaboratively with you to address your concerns and improve your wellbeing. I use an eclectic therapeutic approach, and will develop a tailored psychological treatment for you to best meet your needs.

In our earlier sessions, I will work with you to develop an understanding of your current issues. Where appropriate, I also consider the sociocultural and systemic factors that may be influencing your situation. After this initial process, we will review your treatment options before working together to make positive changes in your life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Attachment and relationship difficulties
  • Family violence
  • Women’s wellbeing
  • Chronic pain.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Joanna Seed PsychologyMy three favourite things:

1.  Spending time at the beach
2.  Travelling overseas and around Australia
3.  Brunching in Melbourne’s cafés on the weekend.

Kelly Higginbotham

Clinical Psychologist – BA Arts, BA Arts (Hon) Psych, MA Psych (Clin), MAPS

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About Me:

I am a clinical psychologist who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of my clients. After completing my studies I undertook further training with the Melbourne Institute of Psychoanalysis. I have worked in public mental health, providing long-term psychological therapy to patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. I have also worked in private practice, providing short-term psychological therapy to patients with early childhood trauma.

 

How I will help you:

In our initial meetings, I will provide an opportunity for you to feel comfortable, and for you and I to develop a shared understanding of your difficulties. In subsequent sessions we work through these difficulties with the aim of developing insight and understanding, letting go of painful ways of relating with yourself and others, increased compassion for yourself and others, and accessing the freedom to live a life that is truly yours.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Adults with childhood trauma (i.e., physical, sexual or emotional abuse)
  • Preparation for or adjustment to parenthood
  • Recent life change, study, work or relationship
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Borderline Personality Disorder.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Short term psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Long term psychodynamic psychotherapy.

My three favourite things:

1.  Melbourne Coffee
2.  Going out for breakfast
3.  Catching up with friends

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Joanna Godden

Clinical Psychologist

– BA(Psych), BAppSc(Hons), MPsych(Clinical)

About me:

Over the past eight years, I have worked in a range of mental health roles across the private and public sectors. I have previously held positions at the Department of Education, the Royal Hobart Hospital, and other private practices. During this time I have supported many clients with a wide range of psychological issues and concerns. I also have experience conducting medicolegal assessments and preparing reports.

I have a particular interest in anxiety, trauma, family violence and women’s wellbeing.

How I will help you:

I am experienced at treating a wide range of mental health issues and I will work collaboratively with you to address your concerns and improve your wellbeing. I use an eclectic therapeutic approach, and will develop a tailored psychological treatment for you to best meet your needs.

In our earlier sessions, I will work with you to develop an understanding of your current issues. Where appropriate, I also consider the sociocultural and systemic factors that may be influencing your situation. After this initial process, we will review your treatment options before working together to make positive changes in your life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Attachment and relationship difficulties
  • Family violence
  • Women’s wellbeing
  • Chronic pain.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Joanna Seed PsychologyMy three favourite things:

1.  Spending time at the beach
2.  Travelling overseas and around Australia
3.  Brunching in Melbourne’s cafés on the weekend.

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Kelly Higginbotham

Clinical Psychologist

– BA Arts, BA Arts (Hon) Psych, MA Psych (Clin), MAPS

Seed Psychology

About Me:

I am a clinical psychologist who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of my clients. After completing my studies I undertook further training with the Melbourne Institute of Psychoanalysis. I have worked in public mental health, providing long-term psychological therapy to patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. I have also worked in private practice, providing short-term psychological therapy to patients with early childhood trauma.

 

How I will help you:

In our initial meetings, I will provide an opportunity for you to feel comfortable, and for you and I to develop a shared understanding of your difficulties. In subsequent sessions we work through these difficulties with the aim of developing insight and understanding, letting go of painful ways of relating with yourself and others, increased compassion for yourself and others, and accessing the freedom to live a life that is truly yours.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills:

  • Adults with childhood trauma (i.e., physical, sexual or emotional abuse)
  • Preparation for or adjustment to parenthood
  • Recent life change, study, work or relationship
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Borderline Personality Disorder.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Short term psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Long term psychodynamic psychotherapy.

My three favourite things:

1.  Melbourne Coffee
2.  Going out for breakfast
3.  Catching up with friends

Nic Morrey

Psychologist – BSS Hons; MPsych Child & Family; MAPS

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About Me:

My work as a therapist with you is informed by 25 years working in private practice, as well as in community health where I have run youth, music, disability and men’s health programs. I previously worked at Darebin Community Health, The Clinic 279 Preston, Mind Body Health Moonee Ponds, and Autumn Retreat Thornbury. I have a particular interest in couples therapy, and understanding the processes toward wholeness, growth, wellbeing and health within relationships.

I have been published extensively on topics such as men’s health, couples therapy, and integral psychology. I love research and applying the findings. I bring this knowledge from both contemporary science and the contemplative traditions to help inform unique therapeutic support when working with people seeking to live from their centre.

How I will help you:

I aim for a warm, collaborative, safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. We will work together to understand your issues, explore potential solutions and tailor them to suit your needs. You will develop practical strategies to find your centre, improving your health and wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress, panic and depression treatments
  • Couples therapy
  • Treating emotion regulation difficulties
  • Working with existential and spiritual crises
  • Treating children, adolescents, families and parenting issues
  • Helping you discover your temperament, character and attachment style.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Mindfulness-based Therapy
  • Integral and Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Group work
  • Transpersonal: a mind, body and spirit approach
  • Solution and strength-based approach.

My three favourite things:

1. Building and carpentry at home for the family
2. Writing
3. Playing with my band at music festivals.

Jessica Luu

Psychologist – BPsychSci(Hons), MPsych(Clin)

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About Me

I am experienced in helping people overcome a range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment issues, sleep issues, and chronic pain. I previously worked in private practice, GP clinic, child protection, and aged-care environments.

I am skilled in chronic pain treatment and have a particular interest in this area (due to my own experience in managing chronic pain). I am also skilled in treating sleep difficulties (including insomnia).

I can speak Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hokkien at a conversational level and although I do not provide therapy in these languages, this provides me with a greater ability to connect with clients from South-East and East Asian cultures.

How I will help you:

I will work together with you to determine the best way forward to manage the difficulties at hand. I work collaboratively with you and use your feedback to determine the most effective therapeutic approach in session. My goal is for you to feel safe in the therapeutic environment and to become less self-critical and acknowledge that trying your best is enough.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety and depression treatment
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Chronic pain management
  • Being culturally sensitive.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness based Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).

My three favourite things:

1. My two dogs
2. Friends and family
3. Craftwork including origami and crochet.

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Nic Morrey

Psychologist

– BSS Hons; MPsych Child & Family; MAPS

About Me:

My work as a therapist with you is informed by 25 years working in private practice, as well as in community health where I have run youth, music, disability and men’s health programs. I previously worked at Darebin Community Health, The Clinic 279 Preston, Mind Body Health Moonee Ponds, and Autumn Retreat Thornbury. I have a particular interest in couples therapy, and understanding the processes toward wholeness, growth, wellbeing and health within relationships.

I have been published extensively on topics such as men’s health, couples therapy, and integral psychology. I love research and applying the findings. I bring this knowledge from both contemporary science and the contemplative traditions to help inform unique therapeutic support when working with people seeking to live from their centre.

How I will help you:

I aim for a warm, collaborative, safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. We will work together to understand your issues, explore potential solutions and tailor them to suit your needs. You will develop practical strategies to find your centre, improving your health and wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, stress, panic and depression treatments
  • Couples therapy
  • Treating emotion regulation difficulties
  • Working with existential and spiritual crises
  • Treating children, adolescents, families and parenting issues
  • Helping you discover your temperament, character and attachment style.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Mindfulness-based Therapy
  • Integral and Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Group work
  • Transpersonal: a mind, body and spirit approach
  • Solution and strength-based approach.

My three favourite things:

1. Building and carpentry at home for the family
2. Writing
3. Playing with my band at music festivals.

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Jessica Luu

Psychologist

– BPsychSci(Hons), MPsych(Clin)

About Me

I am experienced in helping people overcome a range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment issues, sleep issues, and chronic pain. I previously worked in private practice, GP clinic, child protection, and aged-care environments.

I am skilled in chronic pain treatment and have a particular interest in this area (due to my own experience in managing chronic pain). I am also skilled in treating sleep difficulties (including insomnia).

I can speak Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hokkien at a conversational level and although I do not provide therapy in these languages, this provides me with a greater ability to connect with clients from South-East and East Asian cultures.

How I will help you:

I will work together with you to determine the best way forward to manage the difficulties at hand. I work collaboratively with you and use your feedback to determine the most effective therapeutic approach in session. My goal is for you to feel safe in the therapeutic environment and to become less self-critical and acknowledge that trying your best is enough.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety and depression treatment
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Chronic pain management
  • Being culturally sensitive.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness based Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).

My three favourite things:

1. My two dogs
2. Friends and family
3. Craftwork including origami and crochet.

Noor Alkazali

Psychologist – BPsychSci(Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS

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About me:

I have worked as a psychologist in a range of different settings, including clinics, hospitals (in-patient and out-patient settings) and schools. My diverse work experience has allowed me to develop my clinical skills working with adults in the areas of trauma, substance abuse, depression/anxiety and emotional regulation. I am very passionate about working with people to help them find meaning and purpose in their lives.

I can speak Arabic at a conversational level and although I do not provide therapy in this language, this provides me with a greater ability to connect with clients from middle-eastern cultures.

How I will help you:

The most important aspect of my work is to build a strong therapeutic relationship with you. I approach therapy from an authentic perspective, where we can have open, honest and reflective dialogue about the issues that you are facing. I have a warm, empathetic and non-judgmental approach to therapy. My core focus is to help you better manage the challenges in your life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, Depression and Stress Management
  • Working with Young Adults (impulse control, distress tolerance, confidence/social anxiety issues)
  • Emotion regulation skills (strategies to manage distress)
  • Self-esteem building
  • Self-awareness and self-discovery
  • Life transition and adjustment issues
  • Identity difficulties, religious issues
  • Substance use problems
  •  Work and study stress
  •  Working with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-based Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Client-focussed, strengths-based approach.

My three favourite things:

1.  Birds! I love my pet lorikeet, Gumnut
2.  Enjoying the fantastic food culture in Melbourne
3.  Adventures with friends and family.

Dr Jessica Carty

Clinical Psychologist – BA(Psych)(Hons), DPsych(Clin), MAPS

Read more »
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About me:

I am a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in the public mental health sector prior to joining Seed Psychology.  I have worked with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, emotion regulation, interpersonal difficulties, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and issues related to motivation, identity, self-confidence and self-esteem.  I am passionate about helping people live their most fulfilling life and believe that significant change begins with the smallest step.

How I will help you:

I provide a warm, compassionate, therapeutic environment where you can explore any difficulties that you may be facing within a safe, nonjudgmental space.  I will work with you collaboratively and transparently, focusing on your strengths and teaching skills to help you to tackle challenges and work toward valued life goals.  My primary aim is to support you to achieve greater insight, identify ways to better manage distress and maximize your mental wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Stress management
  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Enhancing wellbeing and life meaning.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Motivational Interviewing.

My three favourite things:

1.  Keeping fit and active – yoga, jogging and cycling
2.  Travel and new experiences
3.  Eating out with friends and family.

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Noor Alkazali

Psychologist

– BPsychSci(Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS

About me:

I have worked as a psychologist in a range of different settings, including clinics, hospitals (in-patient and out-patient settings) and schools. My diverse work experience has allowed me to develop my clinical skills working with adults in the areas of trauma, substance abuse, depression/anxiety and emotional regulation. I am very passionate about working with people to help them find meaning and purpose in their lives.

I can speak Arabic at a conversational level and although I do not provide therapy in this language, this provides me with a greater ability to connect with clients from middle-eastern cultures.

How I will help you:

The most important aspect of my work is to build a strong therapeutic relationship with you. I approach therapy from an authentic perspective, where we can have open, honest and reflective dialogue about the issues that you are facing. I have a warm, empathetic and non-judgmental approach to therapy. My core focus is to help you better manage the challenges in your life.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety, Depression and Stress Management
  • Working with Young Adults (impulse control, distress tolerance, confidence/social anxiety issues)
  • Emotion regulation skills (strategies to manage distress)
  • Self-esteem building
  • Self-awareness and self-discovery
  • Life transition and adjustment issues
  • Identity difficulties, religious issues
  • Substance use problems
  •  Work and study stress
  •  Working with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-based Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Client-focussed, strengths-based approach.

My three favourite things:

1.  Birds! I love my pet lorikeet, Gumnut
2.  Enjoying the fantastic food culture in Melbourne
3.  Adventures with friends and family.

x

Dr Jessica Carty

Clinical Psychologist

– BA(Psych)(Hons), DPsych(Clin), MAPS

About me:

I am a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in the public mental health sector prior to joining Seed Psychology.  I have worked with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, emotion regulation, interpersonal difficulties, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and issues related to motivation, identity, self-confidence and self-esteem.  I am passionate about helping people live their most fulfilling life and believe that significant change begins with the smallest step.

How I will help you:

I provide a warm, compassionate, therapeutic environment where you can explore any difficulties that you may be facing within a safe, nonjudgmental space.  I will work with you collaboratively and transparently, focusing on your strengths and teaching skills to help you to tackle challenges and work toward valued life goals.  My primary aim is to support you to achieve greater insight, identify ways to better manage distress and maximize your mental wellbeing.

My key skills and therapeutic approaches:

My key skills are:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Stress management
  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Enhancing wellbeing and life meaning.

My therapeutic approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Motivational Interviewing.

My three favourite things:

1.  Keeping fit and active – yoga, jogging and cycling
2.  Travel and new experiences
3.  Eating out with friends and family.

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