Kate McMaugh Psychology
Mobile 0405 902 486
I believe that in therapy the therapist and client work together as a team to facilitate healing and personal growth. Therapy should be safe, supportive and effective. To facilitate this, I work in an eclectic manner, varying strategies and techniques as best suit each individual. Everyone comes to counselling with their own strengths and skills, as well as the difficulties they are currently facing. I help clients use these strengths and skills, while dealing with the difficulties.
I provide counselling for depression, anxiety, trauma and dependence. I have an interest in complex trauma and dissociative disorders, including DID, institutional and organised abuse, and self-harming behaviours. I offer specialised parenting support for child abuse survivors. I also provide counselling for pregnancy/birth trauma and other adult-onset traumas.
On another note altogether, I use my training in health education/health promotion, in conjunction with my psychology training, to offer specialised support to people wanting to make healthy lifestyle change - including new exercise programs, quitting smoking and dietary changes. These really different areas of work provide balance and variety in my professional life!
Attachment Theory, CBT, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Interpersonal, Journal Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Solution Oriented, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed
I believe in working with clients as a team: together we identify the path to safe and effective healing. As such my therapeutic approach will vary. However the focus remains on empathic, supportive and effective therapy. Generally my approach is humanistic, attachment focused and psychodynamic. Often this is combined with sensori-motor psychotherapy, mindfulness and art-based therapy strategies. I also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy as needed. When working with complex trauma survivors I use evidence based three stage trauma processing therapy with a focus on safety and stability.
As psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia, I have undertaken a rigorous training program, lasting over 6 years, requiring over 3000 hours of supervised practice as well as extensive university studies, prior to registration. As part of maintaining my registration, I have ongoing training each year and attend regular supervision. I am an associate of the Australian Psychological Society and a Member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
I have worked and studied in the health and welfare fields for over 25 years, with a professional background in health education, drug and alcohol services, sexual assault, child trauma, birth trauma counselling, disability services and aged care. Most particularly, I have a strong professional interest in complex trauma, working with survivors of child abuse in particular. As part of this I have experience in working with survivors who engage in self harm, feel suicidal or are experiencing crises in their lives.
In addition to my psychology training I also have post graduate training in health education and promotion and support people in making healthy lifestyle changes such as weight management, exercise and quitting smoking.
Monday - Friday 8.30 - 5
Evening appointments Wednesday and Thursday
Limited hours every second Saturday.
Good public transport (bus) and on street parking (no cost). Some limited client parking on site, depending on availability.
$150 (60 mins), pro rata for longer sessions. I offer a small number of reduced-fee sessions for clients on Centrelink benefits. Please call to discuss. Medicare, DVA, ACCESS plus, NDIS, Victims Services and private health rebates available.
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I also provide counselling for parenting support, depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, dependence issues and health and weight issues. I have a special interest in child abuse and trauma; dissociative disorders; supporting child abuse survivors with parenting issues; pregnancy and birth trauma; and other adult trauma.
Unfortunately I am not currently taking on new counselling clients, but am available for supervision/case consultation and diagnostic assessments and reports....