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Dr David Indermaur

Dr David Indermaur

Mobile 0419 561 700
Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist

Nedlands Clinical Psychology

Mobile 0419 561 700

Every person is unique and every situation is unique. First and foremost I try to understand the situation and the life challenges of the person accessing services. I see my role as trying to assist the person in a way that is most meaningful and respectful of their life journey and don’t assume or suggest what that journey should be. This approach of gentleness, respect and honouring comes from my heartfelt belief in the integrity of each person.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Suite 4, 168 Hampden Road , Nedlands, Perth WA 6009 0419 561 700 PHONE 0419 561 700

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Phone Consultations 
  • The pathway through to a better future for many individuals and couples requires establishing core values and a clear vision of goals. Working through difficult emotions, assumptions, expectations and “history” is important for most couples. The goal of therapy is to help couples value their relationship more and make it work better for both partners.

    The therapeutic approach I use is very much matched to the needs of the client and the situation.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Chronic Fatigue, Custody and Access, Depression, Existential Issues, Family / Parenting, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Men's Issues, Obsessive Compulsive, Stress Management, Violence  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Existential, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy

    At the heart of my approach is respect and a desire to be relevant and useful for the client. Respect for each individual is paramount and the aim is to help the individual build workable strategies for themselves and their relationship. With many couples who find themselves stuck, emotionally focused therapy is the most useful in working through underlying emotional problems. The object of the therapy is to harness the strengths that the client already possesses.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • PhD - 1998 - University of Western Australia
    • MPsych (Clinical) - 1979 - University of Western Australia
    • BSc (hons) - 1976 - University of Western Australia

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Clinical Psychology Association
    • Australian Psychological Society
    • Australian and New Zealand Association for Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

    Quality Provision

    Regular supervision. Monthly individual supervision and monthly peer supervision. Each year I engage in continuing professionl development well in excess of the mandatory requirements of the national registration authority (The Psychology Board of Australia). I also engage in the community and with my colleagues at a number of levels and publish regularly. As a member professional associations I also engage in ongoing debates about issues concerning service delivery and quality.

    Background

    After working in prisons for about 5 years I became interested in the policies which resulted in such harsh terms of imprisonment I witnessed. I ventured to change this policy which led to a number of studies, and publications. In various academic positions I explored not only public attitudes to punishment but the psychology of anger and violence, the extent and prevention of domestic violence as well as a number of other crimes. In 2008 I returned to clinical work, and further training.

    Appointments

    9am - 6pm Monday to Saturday Last appointment is 6pm

    Transport and Parking

    Suite 4, 168 Hampden Road is in a mall set of 4 offices in the heart of the Hollywood village. It is directly above the hairdresser "Hollywood Cuts" There is generally free street parking avaiable on Hampden Road or adjoining strteets.

    Fees

    $170 (for individuals and couples).

    If you have a mental health care plan and a referral from a GP you will be eligible for a rebate of $124.50. I also am willing to provide discounts for those with financial difficulties or limitation

    Payment Options

    All options available EFTPoS, cash, cheque or internet transfer.



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    10 Questions with David Indermaur

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • A deep interest in how the mind works and why people do what they do. My first concern was to understand why some people hurt other people. The deeper my explorations went I found that the way we think limits our horizons. Understanding this I am always interested in challenging assumptions, beliefs and judgments and opening up new possibilities. It is a continuous and continuing challenge, mystery and adventure which is deeply rewarding.

      I like being of assistance to people and my motivation for being a therapist is that I like to help. Because I'm also very interested in the mind and also our whole experience of life I like to help through psychotherapy. I enjoy doing therapy and am continually fascinated by peoples lives, their stories and often their bravery. I also find that the deeper I go in therapy the greater the appreciation and understanding goes. From that place wiser decisions are possible.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Rejecting the dogmas, prescriptions and proscriptions that came with my up bringing in the catholic church at an early age I found the approach of Buddhism the most useful as it asked us to "question everything" and rely on one's own experience rather than given rules and second hand knowledge. Buddhist approaches continue to be a dominant theme for me although I reject any dogmatic approach.

      From Buddhism my next major influence was Jungian psychology or what might be called a transpersonal approach. Eclectic, wide and open to mystery and wonder. That then conjoins easily with what may be described as an existential approach the inquiry into the nature of meaning, how we construct meaning and ultimately what sense we make of our life and our death.

      I read and explore continually, many are philosophical orientated works many are Dharma (Buddhist) works. Of course these divisions are quite arbitrary. There are wonderful connections and interconnections and expressions occurring all the time and for me therapy work is the most wonderful grounding as I work with the client through the difficulties challenges and dilemmas in the here and now.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • The question of purpose, death and meaning. We are all challenged to construct a meaningful life story or narrative and I’m fascinated by how we do this. I’m also fascinated by the endless dimensions of the mind and what is possible in terms of turning away from the negative and towards the positive. How we generate positive sentiment, virtues, and occasion (if we are lucky ) “forget” the self.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Generally guided by my philosophy I want to create a positive space for the individual to explore and understand what they need to. I am first and foremost respectful that this is the life and choice of the client. To the extent that I use “techniques” these are designed to simply assist in the natural growth of the person. So in session there may well be questions (sometime “Socratic questions”), invitations to explore, silence, metaphor, exercizes and discussion.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • This is hard to answer. I know from the research evidence that the answer is either just before or after they decide to make an appointment. Often therapy catalyses or reinforces change already underway.

      Some clients get what they need or want in one session, some in six and some in fifteen. I trust that the patient believes there is sufficient benefit going on to rebook another session, I often discuss this with the client.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • By being more honest with myself. It is interesting just how self deceptive (some might say “deluded”) we can be in the confines of our own mind. In therapy (the right therapy) we are challenged to confront our demons, make our narrative explicit and take responsibility for our choices and our lives.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • That I have to be honest. That I’m asked to go into a deep and often dark place often. I sometimes think of therapy as the mental equivalent of speleology (the study of caves). I find the deepest and darkest places fascinating and I enjoy going to these spaces and adjusting my sight for the exploration. It is risky, challenging and forces us to be present in the here and now.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes but they are hard to predict – sometimes everything should be right but its not and vice versa. Becoming too sure of oneself and too confident is actually probably more of a problem than feeling unsure. I often think of therapy as unique in that vulnerability and woundedness often puts one in a much better position to be present with the client.

      Having said all of the above it would be rare that I would proceed to therapy without having meditated first and generally meditation provides the essential preparation for therapy as it primes one for being fully present, which is the ultimate and necessary requirement for therapy.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Greed. The environment is being damaged as a result of over population, over consumption, and desperate grasping. We are seeing at the physical level the result of the “three poisons” greed, hatred and delusion. The evolution of human consciousness toward non greed – generosity, non hatred – compassion and non delusion – awareness is more essential than ever as the health of our little planet depends on it.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • One of the best books I have read recently is called “Stepping out of self deception" by Rodney Smith.
      My favourite song is “It’s a wonderful world” which can work as a loving kindness meditation.
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    Dr David Indermaur

    David Indermaur

    Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist

    Originally training in psychology in the 1970s my career spans explorations in various clinical settings, the public service and academia.

    My career and my practice is underpinned by a deep and reverent appreciation of the sanctity of life and the essential beauty of people. I practice meditation daily and follow a path that is aligned with Buddhism whilst eschewing any doctrines or dogmas....

    • Nedlands
    • ACT, CBT, Existential, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy