Clinical Psychology

Dr Elinor van Ommen - Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Psychology is a broad field considering how we behave, think and feel, and how these dimensions interact and express in our lives.  A clinical psychologist is a person bound by professional registration and ethical codes to treat each client with confidentiality and respect and to offer a range of evidence based (proven) treatments to alleviate distress and improve quality of life.

Dr Elinor believes that the field of psychology has a great role in all stages of life, from moments of distress and despair through to less acute but very significant questions of meaning, purpose and reaching potential.  We all face challenges in life and sometimes these manifest in the form of mental illness.  Psychological treatment can be particularly effective in managing conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, and bipolar disorder.  A clinical psychologist should maintain awareness of research and current best practice whilst also having the maturity and wisdom to tailor treatment to the individual.  A good clinical psychologist is also able to co-ordinate treatment with your GP and Naturopath to help ensure that a comprehensive treatment plan is in place.

A clinical psychologist can also help with general worry and life stressors, adjusting to life transitions, managing relationship difficulties and general personal growth.  Often people find they get ‘stuck’ in behaviour patterns that just aren’t serving them well or having the desired outcomes.  Really, we can all get stuck using old strategies that we have actually outgrown and it can be quite difficult to change.  Having respectful professional assistance along the way can really make a difference.

Basically the therapeutic process is about sitting with a professionally trained person, with the skill and objectivity to hopefully guide you along the way.  We don’t always find ‘a fit’ with the first therapist we try, but when there is a fit, the process and the profound space of being really listened to is a powerful and very special space.

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