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Clinical Psychology

Life's pressures, whether from work, relationships, or personal expectations, can sometimes become overwhelming, leading to feelings of isolation or despair. As reported by the National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NSMHW), 43% of Australians had struggled with a mental disorder at some point in their life. The benefits of engaging with clinical psychology services extend far beyond managing crises. The world of clinical psychology is about connection, understanding, and growth. It offers a space where you are heard, valued, and supported. Clinical psychology includes learning techniques to calm your mind before a big presentation, strategies to navigate the complexities of relationships, or ways to silence the critical inner voice that holds you back from reaching your full potential. We help you build a toolbox of skills for living a balanced, joyful life.

What Does a Clinical Psychologist Do?

Unlike psychiatrists, who can prescribe medication, licensed clinical psychologists focus on therapeutic interventions that delve into thought patterns, behaviours, and feelings. Their work is vital in helping individuals navigate life's ups and downs, providing strategies to cope with stress, overcome trauma, and improve overall well-being. From anxiety, depression, and PTSD, to more complex conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, clinical psychologists use evidence-based therapies to effect positive change.

Guiding You Towards Recovery & Improved Mental Health

Our clinical psychologists provide a lifeline, offering a range of therapies tailored to each person's unique story. Through approaches like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) or mindfulness, we help weave a safety net of coping strategies and insights. Through tailored approaches, clinical psychologists play a crucial role in guiding individuals toward recovery and improved mental health.

Clinical Psychology Services We Offer?

Anxiety and Depression

Our psychologists can teach coping strategies and relaxation techniques to help you manage worry and fear. When dealing with depression, we provide talk therapy that helps you understand your feelings and develop more positive thought patterns. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is used to challenge and change negative thought patterns and behaviours, helping you find new ways to approach daily activities. We also might employ Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) to address issues in relationships that may be contributing to depression, such as grief after the loss of a relationship.

Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

For those struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), our clinical psychologists use specific therapies to help reduce compulsive behaviours and obsessive thoughts. Through safe exposure, individuals are taught and encouraged to resist the urge to perform their usual rituals. Instead, they learn to tolerate the discomfort and anxiety until it naturally decreases over time.


We cannot escape traumatic events, but we can learn to process and cope with them in healthy ways, with the support of compassionate professionals and a strong personal support system, empowering us to rebuild our sense of safety and trust in the world around us. In cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), our clinical psychologists might use trauma-focused therapy to help you process and make sense of traumatic experiences.

Eating Disorders

Disordered eating is more common among teenagers and adolescents, but also affects the adult population. Clinical psychologists work to improve self-image and establish healthy eating habits through a combination of cognitive-behavioural therapy and nutritional counselling.

For anyone feeling hesitant about reaching out for help, know it's a sign of strength, not weakness. Engaging with a clinical psychologist can be a transformative experience, opening doors to new ways of thinking and being. It's about giving yourself permission to seek a happier, healthier you.

Meet Your Clinical Psychologist

Peter Defina

Clinical Psychologist