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Group therapy

By offering additional social support and motivation, group therapy can be an effective and cost-effective form of treatment for some people.

Break Free from OCD – Adults

Our Break Free from OCD group offers an evidence-based treatment approach using cognitive-behaviour therapy techniques including exposure and response prevention strategies (CBT-ERP). CBT-ERP involves gradual exposure – where clients are encouraged to deliberately confront distress-provoking thoughts, images, objects, or situations. Exposure practice is paired with response prevention techniques, which enables clients to stop performing compulsions in a supported environment.

  • This group programs run throughout the year – see flyer.
  • We are currently accepting referrals for our next group commencing in July 2021 .
  • Each group program runs for 10 weekly session of 2 hours each.  A follow-up session is held 1 month after the completion of the program.
  • The cost is $130 per session paid weekly by direct debit.
  • Medicare rebates reduce the cost to $97.85 per session.
  • Additional rebates may apply through Private Health Funds.
  • Group therapy is held at our Level 1, 20 Bayview Tce, Claremont from 4:30 – 6:30pm.  Dates to be provided on enquiry.

     

    Break Free from OCD – Teen Program

    Our Break Free from OCD  – Teen program is an evidence-based treatment approach using cognitive-behaviour therapy techniques including exposure and response prevention strategies.

    Teens will be provided with information about how completing compulsions in response to intrusive thoughts and worries keeps OCD going.  They will develop skills to be able to gradually face anxiety-provoking thoughts, objects, or situations and resist completing compulsions.  These skills will be practised in a supportive environment.

     

    • This group programs run throughout the year – see flyer.
    • We are currently accepting referrals for our next group for Term 3 2021. This group will be suitable for adolescents aged 13-15 years.
    • If there is interest for a Break Free from OCD group for a younger or older age group there may be an opportunity to add an additional group later in the year.
    • Each group program runs for 10 weekly sessions of 1.5 hours each.
    • Two additional parent sessions will be held to help parents develop strategies to support their adolescent in breaking free from OCD.
    • The cost is $130 per session paid weekly by direct debit.
    • Medicare rebates reduce the cost to $92.85 per session.
    • Additional rebates may apply through Private Health Funds.
    • Group therapy is held at our Claremont Clinic from 4:30pm – 6:00pm. Dates to be provided on enquiry.

      Body-Mind Unwind – Teen Program

      The Body-Mind Unwind – Teen group program has been designed to assist teens to develop a better understanding of the link between physical and mental well-being and to learn how to use both their body and mind to help them manage stress and anxiety.

      The Body-Mind Unwind program runs over 3 days with each session covering aspects of psychology, yoga and mindfulness.  The program will be led by Emma Burton, Clinical Psychologist and qualified yoga instructor.

      • This group program runs throughout the year – see flyer.
      • This group is suitable for adolescent girls in Years 10-12.
      • The next groups will run  TBA. 

       

      • The cost for the three day program is $375 to be paid upfront.  Medicare rebates will reduce the cost to $277.20.
      • Private health fun rebates may apply.
      • Group therapy is held at our Claremont Clinic.

      Who can assist me?

      Ellen Maclaine

      Ellen Maclaine

      BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), Clinical Psychologist

      Emma Burton

      Emma Burton

      BSc (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), Clinical Psychologist

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      Contact

      Ph: (08) 6143 4499
      Fax: (08) 9200 5696

      Monday to Thursday 9am - 7pm
      Friday 9am - 4pm
      Saturday 9am - 2:30pm

      Locations

      34 Coghlan Road,
      Subiaco, Perth, 6008, WA

      36 St Quentin Ave, Claremont, Perth, 6010, WA

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      Dr Clair Lawson leads a highly professional, growing and diverse clinical psychology practice. Adopting a range of evidence-based approaches, Clair draws on 18 years of experience in child and adolescent mental health to inform her therapy for clients of all ages – with particular expertise in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

      An active member of the clinical psychology field, Clair publishes papers and presents at international conferences. She also provides clinical supervision for her practice and Master of Clinical Psychology students at the University of Western Australia.

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      Sonja Williams is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience providing assessment, therapy and corporate consulting.

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      Rebecca Jamieson

       

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      Rebecca is a provider for Medicare and most private health insurers.

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      Nichola Forster

       

      Nichola Forster works mainly with adults and specialises in assisting people undergoing major life transitions especially where grief, loss and adjustment are dominant.

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      Kelly Fullarton

       

      Kelly Fullarton is primarily trained in cognitive behavioural therapy and has experience working with children, adolescents and adults who present with a wide range of mental health concerns.

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      Jane Norgard

       

      Jane Norgard has extensive experiencing working with children, adults and families a range of difficulties including grief and loss, parenting difficulties and anxious and depressive disorders.

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      Gemma Bowden

       

      Gemma graduated from UWA in 2000 and through her extensive work history, is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of presenting problems. Her areas of interest and expertise include the treatment of stress, anxiety (including worry, panic and social anxiety) and depression. With a passion for helping people develop resilience and coping strategies for life, Gemma also works with issues impacting peoples overall well-being including adjustment difficulties, work-related problems and relationship concerns.

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      Michelle Lund

       

      Michelle Lund has worked with children, adolescents and adults who experience a range of psychological issues since 2005. Michelle works in a collaborative, transparent and non-judgmental way using evidence based treatments including cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, mindfulness-based and schema therapy approaches to assist people with reaching their goals. Michelle has a particular interest in anxiety (social anxiety, panic, generalised anxiety, phobias) and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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      Dr Michelle Jongenelis

       

      Dr Michelle Jongenelis works with adults who experience a range of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, bipolar, and stress. She is trained in the provision of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Meta-Cognitive Therapy. Michelle is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and has been a member of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy for over 10 years.

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      DrAlicia Handley

       

      Dr Alicia Handley has extensive experience helping adults, adolescents and children with a range of mental health difficulties. In particular, she works with individuals experiencing anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, eating disorders, low self-esteem, elevated perfectionism, stress, and adjustment difficulties. Alicia also provides assistance for behavioural problems in children and parenting difficulties.

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      Dr Lucy Robertson

       

      Dr Lucy Robertson is experienced in helping clients with difficulties such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, low self-esteem, stress, relationship problems, and communication difficulties. Lucy uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based CBT, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

      Lucy completed an MPsych (Clinical) and PhD and has published research and presented at national and international conferences. Lucy is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a registered Medicare provider.

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      Dr Jemma Todd

       

      Dr Jemma Todd is experienced in working with adolescents, adults and families presenting with a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, chronic health-related difficulties, relationship difficulties, personality difficulties, psychosis, and drug and alcohol difficulties. Jemma uses evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, family therapy and mentalisation-based therapy. Jemma has completed a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and a PhD in psychology and has published research and presented at national and international conferences. She has also worked in community and hospital services in both Sydney and Melbourne.

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      Sarah Hollingworth Clinical Psychologist

      Sarah Hollingworth

       

      Sarah Hollingworth has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Sarah provides a warm and supportive environment, tailoring treatment to the individual or family. She works with people who struggle with their mood, anxiety, trauma, school or relationship stresses, using a number of evidence based treatments including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family systems therapy and mentalization-based therapy (MBT).

      Sarah has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Family and Relationship Therapy. As an AHPRA approved supervisor, Sarah enjoys mentoring and supervising trainees and registrars. She has experience providing training programs to community groups around mental health.

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      Ellen Maclaine

      Ellen Maclaine

       

      Ellen has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of mental health difficulties. She also has experience working with families experiencing parenting difficulties and is passionate about promoting the development of children’s emotional wellbeing skills. Ellen adopts a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness-based interventions

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      Dr Emily Castell

       

      Emily has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults for the management of symptoms relating to Social Anxiety, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, worry and rumination, Bipolar Disorder, interpersonal difficulties, and the development of social and coping skills. Emily’s aim is to deliver evidence-based psychological services that support individuals to work toward their goals. As such, Emily’s position is therapy is collaborative and seeks to develop a strong working relationship with clients. Emily believes that therapy should be inclusive, and she is passionate about making information accessible to individuals with diverse abilities and needs. Emily employs a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Meta-Cognitive Therapy.

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      Emma Burton

      Emma Burton

       

      Emma has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of issues. She works with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, adjustment difficulties, and perinatal mental health issues. Emma also works with families to address behavioural issues in children and parenting strategies. Using evidence-based approaches to treatment, including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness interventions, Emma tailors her treatment to the needs of each person.

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      Katharina Targowski

       

      Katharina (Kasia) has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of mental health difficulties. She is experienced in helping individuals better manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bulimia nervosa. She is especially passionate about working with gender-diverse youth, individuals presenting with symptoms of disordered eating, and their families. She adopts a variety of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Metacognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.

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      Esha Jamnadass

       

      Esha works with children, adolescents, adults and couples. She has experience with a wide range of presentations including generalised anxiety, phobias, panic, depression, behavioural difficulties in children and relationship difficulties in couples. She also has experience with autism spectrum conditions and has submitted a PhD thesis in this area. Esha's uses evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She has also been trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. Esha tailors treatment to each client using a collaborative approach.

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      Dr Rachael Sim

       

      Dr Rachael Sim has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families with a wide range of mental health concerns. Rachael uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), schema therapy, behavioural therapy, systemic family therapy and mindfulness approaches. Rachael’s aim is to provide an open, accepting and validating therapeutic alliance, with an individualised approach to give clients the skills they need to thrive and have meaningful and enjoyable lives.

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      Clare Kwan

       

      Clare has 10 years of experience in providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents and their families. She has worked across private, community-based and public health services in Perth as well as in Singapore.

      Clare provides evidence-based treatment for a wide range of mental health disorders. She is trained in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Child-Centred Play Therapy, Trauma-focused CBT, and Schema Therapy. She is passionate about providing a non-judgemental stance when assisting families and incorporates a warm collaborative approach.

      Clare has published a book chapter and has presented at international conferences. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Association (APS) and the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT).

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      Dr Joel Howell

       

      Joel has experience supporting children, adolescents, and adults to navigate a range of experiences, including anxiety and mood disorders. Joel draws on a range of evidence-based approaches to treatment, including cognitive behavioural therapy, metacognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness interventions. Joel aims to provide a genuine and authentic therapeutic process with each treatment tailored to the needs of each person.  

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      Dr Kim Eaton

       

      Dr Kim Eaton adopts an individualised approach to her therapeutic work with children, adolescents, adults, and families, through tailoring intervention to individual need. She has experience in working with a range of presenting problems, including anxiety disorders such as panic, phobia, social and generalised anxiety, as well as depression across age groups, and eating disorders in children and adolescents. She assists families to address systemic, relationship, and communication issues. She is also experienced in parent-child work aimed at addressing behavioural difficulties in children. She is trained in the use of evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, and family systems therapy.

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      Ben Pearcy

       

      Ben has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of mental health concerns. Ben has delivered therapeutic interventions for a variety of presenting problems including gaming disorder, ADHD, all forms of anxiety, OCD, perfectionism, low self-esteem, depression, eating disorders, chronic pain management, and suicide prevention.
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      Ben completed his PhD in clinical psychology, investigating gaming disorder and continues to develop techniques to help clients in this area. 

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      Dr Gemma Healey

       

      Dr Gemma Healey has experience working with a range of presenting problems including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, grief, emotion dysregulation, and insomnia in children, adolescents, and adults. In her client work, she draws from a range of evidence-based interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy, metacognitive therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Gemma has also completed training in dialect behaviour therapy and employs strategies specific to this orientation in my client work. Gemma's approach to therapy is flexible with treatment plans being developed in collaboration with clients to ensure the needs of each individual are met.

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      Dr Caitlin Pearcy

       

      Dr Caitlin is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor. She has experience working with a range of clinical presentations, including but not limited to depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, perfectionism, trauma, personality disorders, low self-esteem, and grief and loss. She has a passion for working with adults and older adolescents and has a particular interest in complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

      Caitlin works with her clients to create a non-judgemental, supportive, and safe space. She adapts her treatment to utilise a range of evidence-based treatment approaches based on the needs of her clients. These include Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Metacognitive Therapy.

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      Jane Flanagan

       

      Jane has experience working with adolescents and adults who present with a wide range of concerns including post-traumatic stress, trauma-related concerns, depression, panic, generalised anxiety and obsessive-compulsive traits. Jane has focussed training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and employs techniques from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to suit the needs and style of her clients.

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      Dr Kristen Seaman

       

      Kristen is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a range of difficulties. She is skilled in helping clients manage anxiety disorders, including generalised, panic, social, separation, and phobias, as well as assisting clients to resolve the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders and depression.

      Kristen’s aim is to help clients resolve their presenting problems and to develop skills to face any future difficulties. In doing so, she draws on a range of evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Meta-Cognitive Therapy. In addition, her work adopts a collaborative stance wherein she is passionate about working together and creating a relationship in which her clients feel understood.

      Kristen is a member of the Australian Psychology Society and a provider of Medicare

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      Dr Lisa Saulsman

       

      Lisa graduated from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2005.  She worked in public mental health for many years, primarily working with adults with depressive and anxiety disorders. Her clinical practice draws on a range of evidence-based treatments, particularly cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) and metacognitive therapy.  Lisa also holds a special interest in using acceptance, mindfulness, self-compassion and mental imagery strategies to enhance CBT.

      Lisa has been involved in the development of new psychological treatments for anxiety and depression, social anxiety, worry and rumination, and the general management of emotions. Lisa has co-authored popular online self-help resources covering numerous clinical issues, such as worry, self-esteem, distress intolerance, self-compassion, procrastination, health anxiety and body dysmorphia.  Through her career Lisa has trained mental health professionals across Western Australia, and now works part-time as a Senior Lecturer at UWA, contributing to the training of developing clinical psychologists.

       

      Lisa aims for therapy to be a collaborative, supportive and empowering experience, helping people to make sense of their difficulties and develop practical skills that positively impact their mental health and quality of life.

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      Melissa Mulcahy

       

      Melissa is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who works with adolescents and adults. She has experience working with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, worry and rumination, eating disorders, and in youth mental health. Melissa submitted a PhD thesis in Clinical Psychology on perinatal OCD (pregnancy and the postpartum) and has a strong interest in the treatment of OCD-related problems, such as health anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder, and body-focused repetitive behaviours (e.g., trichotillomania and excoriation/skin-picking).

       

      Melissa also enjoys working with clients experiencing perinatal mental health issues, eating disorders, perfectionism, insomnia, and chronic pain. Her therapeutic style is compassionate, collaborative, and practical. She individualises treatment to each client’s goals, based on evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Metacognitive Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Melissa is a State Committee Member for the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

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