Counsellor, Clinical Psychologist
Meg Carley, Ph.D.
I practice with the understanding that compassion and expertise are equally important in approaching the work of therapy. Successful therapy also depends on whether the client and therapist together can create a situation in which, over time, the client becomes more and more able to "hear" and respond to his or her own inner experience. My approach is suited to people who want to understand themselves, their relationships and life better, in order to better manage life's difficulties.
The skilled & compassionate listening of an experienced therapist can assist you to explore your inner life and behaviour more freely & fully than you are able to do on your own or with friends & family. Through the therapeutic relationship, you may come to see yourself with greater clarity & increased self-compassion, and begin to see more clearly how difficulties develop. This creates a foundation from which to explore more helpful and less distressing ways of managing life's challenges.
CBT, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Systems Theory
My approach emphasises careful listening, trying to very clearly understand who I am meeting, and how I can be useful to that particular person. Then, I try to use that understanding to help the person know themselves better, so together we can discover strategies for more ease and happiness. Technically speaking, my approach integrates core ideas from psychoanalytic object relations, ego psychology and intersubjective approaches with Buddhist mindfulness and compassion practices.
I regularly teach and supervise other psychologists and consult with peers to maintain and expand my professional awareness and skills. I abide by the ethical principles of the Australian Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association, and participate in ongoing professional development to maintain the memberships. I am trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and maintain personal meditation practice and study for my own well-being.
Dr. Carley has earned two masters and a doctoral degree in psychology. In addition to her academic training, she completed 3 years' specialist psychoanalytic training at Harvard Medical School, Mass. General Hospital in Boston. She has worked with patients with chronic & complex mental health issues at a long-term state-funded inpatient hospital for many years in the Boston area, and has had broad experience practicing psychotherapy in a range of public and private outpatient settings.
Dr. Carley's office is located in Spring Hill, directly across the street from Central Railway Station near the heart of the CBD, and is easily accessible by train and bus. Public parking is available immediately across from the office.
$160 per session. A $124 per session rebate is available for a Medicare referral, for up to 10 sessions. Sliding scale fees will be considered following the Medicare funded treatment for longer term work where there is financial need.
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Counsellor, Clinical Psychologist
Psychotherapy may be useful in many different situations -- it can help people who are in need of support while coping with change or loss, people seeking personal growth and deeper self-understanding, or people suffering extremely troubling, chronic problems. Dr. Carley is recognised in Brisbane as a highly skilled therapist and well regarded teacher, with a warm, experienced and compassionate approach. She is also a long-term practitioner of mindfulness meditation.