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Mrs Elaine Ford

Mrs Elaine Ford

Mobile 0415 103 108
Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Existential Psychotherapist

ESF Therapy Centre

Mobile 0415 103 108

Adjusting to the challenges of life can impact on our physical and emotional well-being. Having someone assist in adapting to such challenges can be very beneficial. My style of therapy aims at applying evidence-based practice that helps the person understand their experience and explore avenues to bring about change.


  • Absolute Offices, 103 George Street, Parramatta, Sydney NSW 2150 0415 103 108 PHONE 0415 103 108


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Assessment, Workshops / Courses, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Individual programs that focus on mood imbalances, quality of life and physical and psychological well-being. I am qualified in psychodynamic psychotherapy, existential psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, IPT and tailor the strategies to the needs of the person.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Borderline Personality, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Dual diagnosis, Existential Issues, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Insomnia, Life Transitions, Neurological Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychosomatic, Self Harm  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Conversational Model, DBT, EMDR, Existential, Interpersonal, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy, Trauma-Informed

    I have experience in a number of treatment modalities but am influenced by a humanistic philosophy that aims to understand the person and their experience as a whole, thereby assisting the person in bringing about changes to better adapt or improve their experience.


    • Bachelor of Health Science -Nursing (Hons) - 1994 - UWS
    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling ACAP - 2004 - ACAP
    • Masters of Applied Psychotherapy - 2006 - UTS
    • Psychotherapy training -Conversational Model - 2014 - Westmead Psychotherapy Program

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association for Cognitive & Behaviour Therapy
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    I am an authorised nurse practitioner in mental health and credentialed through the Australian College of mental health nurses. I hold tertiary qualifications in nursing, counselling and psychotherapy. I attend regular training sessions and participate in regular supervision.


    Over 40 years experience in health care services. The past 30+ years I have specialised in helping people with serious mental illness, adjustment issues related to physical illness, and in managing stress and lifestyle issues.


    9am-7pm Monday - Wednesday
    9am-4pm Thursday
    9am-12pm Saturday
    Not available Sunday or Public Holidays

    Transport and Parking

    The office is located 15 minutes walking distance from Parramatta Railway Station. There is street parking available with a small parking metre fee and nearby parking stations.
    There is a free loop bus that runs from Parramatta Railway Station


    Fees are $130 per hour.
    Medicare rebate is available with
    GP referral under some programs.

    Payment Options

    Eftpos, Cash or personal cheque

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    10 Questions with Elaine Ford

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

    • I have always enjoyed helping people find meaning in their lives. During my hospital training as a student nurse, I met many people who faced significant health challenges or struggled to adjust to their condition. I wanted to learn more to be of greater help to them, which led me to the counselling roles.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Existential philosophy, psychodynamic theory, neurobiology have been the main approaches that resonate with my approach.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Recovery from trauma
      Adjustment to illness
      Facing death in context of chronic physical health conditions, or life-limiting illnesses
      Coping or living with uncertainty
      Sport psychology
      Transitional life stages
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Depending on the needs of the person, I use my training and skills in psychodynamic therapy (Conversational Model), Existential psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, IPT, Motivational Interviewing and Schema therapy
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Most of my clients comment that they feel a shift or change in their mood, outlook, demeanour between 6-10 sessions.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Therapy has helped me to appreciate human existence and the importance of human connectivity. To be in a position where a person can feel liberated to express themselves in a non-judgemental therapeutic frame requires immense trust.
      I am honoured and humbled that people feel safe and secure to share their situations with me
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Being able to help people
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • At times, but I make sure to nurture my own soul and work with my supervisor to ensure that these days have a minimal, in any, impact on my therapy
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Uncertainty
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Too many to mention. Would not like to offend any if I did not mention them. For me, it is usually in the timing of the reading of a book, watching a film, or seeing a piece of art, at a time when I am searching for something, that creates the inspiration. These are usually quite serendipitous situations
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    Mrs Elaine Ford

    Elaine Ford

    Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Existential Psychotherapist

    I have had over 40 years experience in health, counselling and mental health. I am one of the first Nurse Practitioners in mental health in Australia and qualified in multiple modalities of therapy. I feel honoured to have had the experience of helping people in hospital and community settings and the trust they have all placed in me. As such, I am very committed to continuing my professional development and expertise so that I can provide current and applied knowledge to those seeking help....

    • Parramatta
    • CBT, Conversational Model, DBT, EMDR, Existential, Interpersonal, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy, Trauma-Informed