Who We Are
As set out, by the Australia Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), A Clinical Psychologist is one of the areas of Psychology which a Psychologist may be endorsed to practice.
A Clinical Psychologist undertakes an undergraduate psychology degree followed by a higher research degree at a Master or Doctorate level. A Clinical Psychologist undergoes a minimum of 6 years in university training followed by an additional 2-year registrar practice program totalling 8+ years.
What We Do
A Clinical Psychologist is trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of major mental illnesses and psychological problems. A Clinical Psychologist must practice according to the science practitioner model which requires that a Clinical Psychologist provides evidence based practice, and applys psychological theory and evidence based research to address complex clinical mental health problems. A Clinical Psychologist may be involved in the design and implementation of treatment strategies and evaluation of those outcomes. You may be asked to fill out a pre and post testing measure to determine the effectiveness of the treatment.
How a Clinical Psychologist Can Help with Mental Health
Upon completion of a Clinical Assessment, a Clinical Psychologist can recommend a program of treatment which may include individual counselling, group therapy or other support means.
Some of the more common disorders that might be treated include; Mood Disorders (e.g. depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety conditions (e.g. panic, phobias, generalised anxiety, social phobia and agoraphobia), Trauma (e.g. Acute Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This could occur from workplace bullying, sexual assault, domestic violence), Eating Disorders, Suicide and Self-harm behaviours, Chronic Stress related illness, Addictions- such as drug and alcohol, /Borderline Personality Disorder, Serious Mental Illness, Pain Management and adjustment to injury counselling
(e.g. after a MVA, stroke, heart attack, car accident).
AHPRA Fact Sheet: Endorsement of Registration. 20 April 2010 file:///C:/Users/Kristie/Downloads/Endorsement-of-Registration-Fact-Sheet (1).PDF
Australian Psychological Society Document on Clinical Psychology https://www.psychology.org.au/public/clinical/
David H. Barlow (2014) Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders (5th Eds.) A Step-by-Step Treatment Manual.
If you require additional information, please call our office on 07 3256 6320. Our mental health focused reception staff will be only too happy to assist you with your enquiry about our service and can suggest the most suitable Psychologist for your concern.