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Mr George Turnure

Mr George Turnure

Mobile 0413 674 328
Clinical Psychologist

George Turnure Psychology

Mobile 0413 674 328

I'm an adolescent and adult Clinical Psychologist with a focus on emotions, relationships and mindfulness. I have a patient, practical and non-judgemental approach and enjoy working collaboratively to figure out how difficulties have come into being and how to prevent them from sticking around and/or returning.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 189 Johnston Street, Annandale, Sydney NSW 2038 02 9552 4722 PHONE 02 9552 4722

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Assessment, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and mindfulness

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Bipolar Mood Disorder, Borderline Personality, Bullying, Burnout, Chronic Fatigue, Compulsive Spending, Decision Making, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Gambling, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Hoarding, Insomnia, Obsessive Compulsive, Pain / Rehabilitation, Performance Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Phobias, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia, Self Harm, Sexual Abuse, Social Skills, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, DBT, Schema Therapy, Trauma-Informed

    Practical and pragmatic with an emotion focus as needed. Patient, non-judgemental and validating.

    The initial appointment focuses on assessment ie a broad focus on current difficulties, history and what factors are keeping problems going. My overarching view is that we are a small team (the client, myself, GP and others) working together to understand the situation, trial evidence-based approaches (that may not have been tried before) and prevent the return of problems.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Masters of Psychology Clinical - 2014 - University of Wollongong
    • Bachelor of Science Hons in Psychology First Class - 2011 - University of NSW

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Clinical Psychology Association
    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    I am registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), my Medicare Provider No. is 5040367W and I have membership with the Australian Psychological Society
    and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association

    Background

    Six years of formal training followed by practice across a variety of settings including community mental health, private practice, non-government organizations and universities.

    Appointments

    Thursdays and Fridays, first appointment at 900, last at 600.

    Transport and Parking

    Buses are very close (< 5 minute walk), plenty of car spots and light rail is an option too (< 10 minute walk)

    Fees

    Standard fee is $210 for 50 minutes, yet depending on circumstances options may include bulk-billing (eg pensioners), reduced fees (eg students).

    Medicare rebate $126.50 with MHCP from your GP. Private health insurance often has rebates too.

    Payment Options

    Cash, credit card and eftpos.



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    10 Questions with George Turnure

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

    • I have always been curious about human behaviour, what makes people the way they are, the things they do. I have always been interested in ‘others’ experiences, what they liked/disliked, why they did something; e.g., why go to all the effort of writing a film or a piece of music. Where they intending to express something specific or did it just come out automatically (or both). I would ask questions, listen and try to see the world from their point of view. This was a way for me to have another experience myself.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I see most things in the world as: 1) existing on a spectrum (vs binary or black/white) and 2) simply one of many different ways of being, where no one way is better/worse than any others. There are many ways to do things, to be. I am also interested in and hope to pursue Buddhism in a more formal way re principles of non-attachment, non-judgemental etc.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Years ago I thought it would be interesting to make/view a documentary film which explored the major emotions; Ie to explore each’s function, how they may be typically experienced, how we naturally want to avoid them and also to understand what is occurring at a biological level too. Emotions seem to be the main reason people show up to therapy and without them we couldn’t function/survive. Relationships to self and others is equally of interest.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I am always tuning into emotions and relationships via schema therapy training which encompasses a great deal of other approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness (detailed below).

      I use CBT to work on core thinking and behavioural skills, to understand the relationship between thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours, to identify/modify unhelpful conditional and core beliefs); exposure therapy for difficulties with anxiety including PTSD, worry, OCD, social anxiety, panic attacks, trichotillomania and body dysmorphic disorder. ACT & mindfulness I use when working with worry, OCD, health anxiety and chronic conditions such as cancer, tinnitus, chronic fatigue and chronic pain etc.

      I am also very practical (e.g., exposure therapy, role play, chair work) and frequently draw/use diagrams to understand and communicate ideas more easily vs words.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Depending on the complexity of the situation (and barriers to change) it could be from session 2-3 (if 2 or 3 issues) and longer if multiple difficulties. How long is a piece of string and how do you define progress? Barriers to progress are many and may include chronic self-criticism, low self-worth, mistrust, substance use and/or increased functioning (return to work, more social, more gym).
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I try to be more mindful of others, more accepting, more patient with loved ones eg partner, friends and family and I aim to foster self-worth in my son.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Every day, every session is different and unpredictable. I/we may have an idea of what’s going on and then together we discover something knew. Being an ally or support for someone during such a journey is very rewarding.

      I never cease to be amazed/impressed re clients bravery, tenacity and resilience re the difficulties they have/are facing.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • You bet. I am a human with vulnerabilities and fallible too.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

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

    • Coming Through Slaughter (Michael Ondaatje), Paris Texas (Wim Wenders), Descent into the Maelstrom (Radio Birdman), William Kentridge
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    Mr George Turnure

    George Turnure

    Clinical Psychologist

    I have experience in public and private settings such as community mental health centres, hospital, university and private practice. I have a broad range of interests including adolescent and adult psychosis, complex trauma, depression and anxiety (e.g., social anxiety, generalized anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, agoraphobia & PTSD). I also work frequently with hoarding, physical health issues, (eg chronic pain, tinnitus, cancer), trichotillomania and skin picking....

    • Annandale
    • ACT, CBT, DBT, Schema Therapy, Trauma-Informed