What is a Psychologist?
- A psychologist is a therapist with post graduate training specialising in mental health and psychological issues.
- A psychologist has to be registered with the national licensing board and adhere to a strict code of professional conduct.
- Psychologists have to continue their professional development throughout their career to maintain their registration.
- Psychologists tend to specialise in targeted interventions for specific issues such as anxiety and depression or other psychological issues that interfere with the quality of a person’s life.
Simon DuBois DipCouns, Grad Dip Psychology
After more than 17 years of experience supporting people in the Byron Shire, Simon has developed a reputation for helping his patients explore challenges in a relaxed and supportive manner. In this way he has helped adolescents and adults in the region and those that come to visit Byron Bay improve their health, overcome concerns and optimise healing.
Simon brings his Psychologists experience and expertise to the counselling process to create a relaxed and supportive environment in which personal challenges can be explored. He is an advocate for working in conjunction with doctors and naturopaths to improve wellness results for his patients.
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When applying psychological treatment, a minimum of six sessions is recommended. Initial sessions are used to make sense of the issues/challenges that a person is seeking to address. Remaining sessions are dedicated to formulating an approach that relieves the distress being experienced.
Deirdre Middlehurst B.A. Hons. (Psych), M. Clin. Psych
Deirdre has been working as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice for over 20 years and is equipped with the knowledge and skills to work within the integrated medicine model inherent to The Health Lodge philosophy. Her areas of professional competence include trauma, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, phobias, depression, psychological impact of bullying and the psychology of chronic pain.
Working specifically with adults and adolescents (12 years and over), Deirdre connects with her client in a deeply respectful acknowledgement that each person has within themselves the means to heal their psychological distress. Once the core issue is identified, a decision is made to resolve it.
Deirdre uses client-focused, client-specific approaches, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) to work within the parameters of the individual’s own core truth. She also uses Somatic Mindfulness techniques to explore and resolve the physiological features inherent in trauma symptoms.
Deirdre is skilled to help patients identify the underlying critical issue and then gently facilitates for the individual the means to allow their healing to occur. Consultations with Deirdre are between 50 and 60 minutes per therapy session.
Dr Cara Wong MClinNeuro, PhD
Cara has a number of years’ experience as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in private and public settings working with children and adults, and has previously worked as a researcher in health and cognitive psychology. She became interested in integrative neuropsychology after seeing the clear links between lifestyle (nutrition, exercise, sleep and mindfulness) and brain/mental health, both personally and with her clients. Cara is passionate about empowering people to gain more knowledge about their brain and the power of neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to change and build new connections.
Cara provides comprehensive neuropsychological/cognitive assessments and psychological therapy to help clients achieve optimal brain, mind and body health. A neuropsychological assessment is useful for children and adults concerned about their thinking skills and behaviour, and can assist with developing diagnostic and tailored treatment recommendations. An assessment will measure various ‘thinking skills’, e.g. intellectual functioning, attention, learning/memory, executive function, social-emotional function, and can help to identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
Cara uses a holistic framework in her therapy practice, combining neuropsychology with counselling, cognitive-behaviour therapy, health coaching, and mindfulness strategies. She typically works with children and adults with cognitive problems (e.g. poor memory, attention, ‘brain fog’), anxiety, low mood, and stress.
Reasons for seeing an Integrative Neuropsychologist
Your child finds it hard to focus in class.
Your child is significantly struggling with reading, spelling, writing or maths.
Your child finds it difficult to control their emotions or behaviour.
Your child is having social difficulties.
You aren’t sure if your child’s problems are due to anxiety/mood or something else.
You or your loved ones notice you are more forgetful.
You have ‘brain fog’ – i.e. lack of mental clarity and focus.
You are having difficulties with study or work.
You have noticed a change in your thinking skills, mood/emotions or sleep.
You are feeling overwhelmed or stressed and want to learn practical strategies to improve your brain, mind and body health.
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