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Mrs Judy Christian

Mrs Judy Christian

Mobile 0404 686 742
Psychologist, Solution Oriented Counsellor

Judy Christian Psychologist

Mobile 0404 686 742

My role is to help you to function well in your everyday life. I usually find that clients have a lot more resources within themselves than they initially think, and I aim to help them identify their strengths and learn to build on these, developing the confidence to continue problem solving without my help! I also believe that it is important for people to solve their problems within the framework of their own beliefs. I have a strong respect for all spiritual belief systems.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Suite 21 The Barwell Centre, 7-9 Barwell Avenue, Castle Hill, Sydney NSW 2154 0404 686 742 PHONE 0404 686 742

Services

  • Counselling, Coaching / Mentoring, Workshops / Courses, Home Visits 
  • I am particularly interested in issues of older adults such as adapting to retirement, bereavement, social isolation, depression, anxiety, loss of independence and communication problems due to strokes or other neurological problems.
    As a parent and grandparent I love to help parents to build their parenting skills, strengthen their relationships and manage the stresses of life with children of all ages. However please note that I do not see young children for counselling.
    I also offer relationship counselling and see people experiencing depression and anxiety. I endeavour to make my sessions friendly and comfortable, and of course they are confidential.
    I am also happy to speak to any interested groups on topics related to my practice

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Communication Issues, Decision Making, Depression, Emotional Crisis, Family / Parenting, Grief / Bereavement, Life Transitions, Postnatal Depression, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Stress Management, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Solution Oriented

    I mainly use concepts from Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Relaxation techniques and Interpersonal Therapy. I aim to keep intervention to less than ten sessions. I believe that most of the changes you make to your behaviour will occur as a result of the work you do between sessions, and therefore I often give "homework" to reinforce the strategies that we discuss in the sessions.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Bachelor of Social Studies - 1976
    • Master of Arts (Psychology) - 1980

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society

    Background

    I graduated in 1980 and have been working in private practice since 1993. I have worked in a number of settings - with adults, children and teenagers. I have also worked in the area of weight control, and in my private work have clients with relationship problems, anxiety and depression, parenting issues, grief and many other issues.

    Appointments

    9.30am - 7pm Wednesday - by appointment only. Ring 9am -5pm Monday - Friday to make an appointment.

    Transport and Parking

    Easy parking adjacent to the building. Take the lift to the first floor.

    Fees

    All consultations are $160. ATAPS & Medicare rebates are available with a referral from GP under Mental Health Care Plan. Bulk billing for pensioners and health card holders.

    Payment Options

    Payment is at the time of the appointment and may be either by cash or cheque. You can also pay by direct internet transfer - ask for details at the first appointment. I do not accept credit cards or EFT.



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    10 Questions with Judy Christian

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

    • I originally (back in the 70s) studied Social Work, but then returned a couple of years later to study Psychology. I have always enjoyed helping people to solve problems and improve their life, and it's great to see people learning to be more proactive and managing issues in their life more effectively. I still really enjoy my job and hope to continue for several more years!
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Although I am not religious, I am interested in spirituality generally. By spirituality I mainly mean finding meaning for our lives, and this can be in many different ways for different people, whether through religion, art, music, nature, friendships etc.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • There are so many! There are challenges at every age and stage, and as I go through them myself, I become more interested in helping other people through those same issues.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I tend to be quite practical in my approach. I prefer approaches such as Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, CBT, but I also use aspects of other approaches in my work with clients - depending on what seems relevant at the time.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Clients often report a significant improvement after the first one or two sessions, but then things slow down a bit, and the improvement is more gradual after that. The clients who are prepared to the most work between sessions, and who really focus on implementing strategies, are the ones who make the most progress.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Being a therapist has made me think more deeply about my own approach to life, and the strengths and weaknesses that I have myself. It has also made me more understanding of the problems that some people have as they move through their life.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Like everyone, I love seeing success, but at the same time, some of my most challenging sessions have been the most satisfying too.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course, there are some days that I am not as 'together' as I would like, and I may not be as effective on those days, but all of us are human, so that's part of life.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • I worry most about climate change and how this will affect the world that my grandchildren will be living in as adults. I also worry about the amount of hate in the world today, which has found an easy forum on social media. I believe we need to foster love and understanding in our world, and acceptance of all groups that are different from us in race, religion, sexuality, etc.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Can't think of one, but I love reading, singing (I sing in a choir), going to art galleries and seeing films. I get inspiration from lots of these things.
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    Mrs Judy Christian

    Judy Christian

    Psychologist, Solution Oriented Counsellor

    My role is to help you to function well in your everyday life. I usually find that clients have a lot more resources within themselves than they initially think, and I aim to help them identify their strengths and learn to build on these, developing the confidence to continue problem solving without my help!

    I also believe that it is important for people to solve their problems within the framework of their own beliefs. I have a strong respect for all spiritual belief systems....

    • Castle Hill
    • CBT, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Solution Oriented