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Ms Kate McMaugh

Mobile 0405 902 486
Psychologist, Counsellor

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.



  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Assessment, Educational Resources, Phone Consultations 
  • I see clients for short or long term therapy, depending on their needs. I work in general counselling therapy, including counselling for depression, anxiety, career and relationship issues. I have a special interest in working with survivors of child abuse/ trauma, including survivors who are self-harming, suicidal or dissociative. I offer specialised parenting support for child abuse survivors. I also provide counselling for pregnancy and birth trauma and other adult-onset traumas. Supporting clients make dietary and healthy lifestyle changes is another area of interest . I use my post graduate qualifications in health education and health promotion in conjunction with my psychology training to offer specialised support to these clients.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Childhood Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family / Parenting, Psychosomatic, Self Injury, Sexual Abuse, Stress Management, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Solution Oriented, Somatic Psychotherapy

    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), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focussed Therapy and Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) as needed. When working with complex trauma survivors I use evidence based three stage trauma processing therapy with a focus on safety and stability.


    • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) - 1991 - UNSW
    • Bachelor of Arts (Hons, Psych) - 1992 - Uni of Tasmania
    • Grad Dip Health Promotion - 1996 - QLD Uni of Technology (QUT)
    • Masters of Health Science - 1998 - QLD Uni of Technology (QUT)
    • Post Grad Cert Applied Psych - 2011 - Macquarie University

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society
    • The International Society for the Study of Dissociation
    • The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

    Quality Provision

    As a registered psychologist, 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 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 and Wednesday 9 am - 8 pm: (St Leonard's Practice)
    Thursday 8 am - 5 pm, Saturdays 8am - 4 pm: (Dee Why)

    Transport and Parking

    Good public transport (bus/train) and on street parking (no cost)


    $135 (60 mins); $190 for 1.5 hours, Sliding scale of fees for clients on centrelink benefits/severe financial hardship is possible. Medicare, DVA, ACCESS plus, Carers NSW, Victims Services, private health rebates avail

    Payment Options

    Cash, bank transfer, EFTPOS

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    10 Questions with Kate McMaugh

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

    • I originally chose to study psychology as an 18 year old who was interested in "brains and behaviour" but I did not come from an academic family at all and really had little idea what a psychologist did and I don't think I had ever met one! However it turned out though my choice all those years ago was a lucky one, as I love what I do.

      As I got older and more aware of my profession it was the mind-body connection and the huge potential of the human being to heal that really hooked me into counselling. Psychology is such a broad profession and we can work in lots of areas but by half way through my training I knew that it was counselling in particular that fascinated me. The longer I sit with my clients and witness their transformations, the more I find this profession so rewarding.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I am influenced by psychodynamic and sensori-motor theories in particular. Mindfulness is also an approach that I have grown to love (although I assure you it was not a natural approach for me originally!) I am also fascinated by the field of trauma and dissociation and there are several approaches that have very much influenced me such as 'Structural Theory of Dissociation'. I like the way some of the newer models of trauma and dissociation therapy propose that trauma symptoms were actually adaptive survival responses at the time of trauma, and also recognise the strengths of trauma survivors. It is a less 'pathologising' approach that I find refreshing.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Pretty much everything !!
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Trauma processing therapy, psychodynamic therapy, sensorimotor therapy, mindfulness, art therapy, CBT, ACT, internal family systems/ego state therapies, EMDR and others as my clients need.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • This varies from client to client and depends on the severity of their situation. However I think clients should know within a few sessions if this is moving in the right direction for them.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I think I am calmer and more grounded as a result. (Although my children will tell you that a calm, grounded approach can sometimes fail me when I am rushing them to the school bus!)
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Meeting a wide variety of people and supporting people as they make changes and process the issues that are bothering them. I like the way it gives me the chance to really be with people in a deep and personal way. Therapy feels very 'real' to me and that connection is rejuvenating and rewarding.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Absolutely. I usually straighten my hair but when it is rainy the afro look often comes out and shocks the clients who think I genuinely have straight smooth hair. Can I recommend chemical straightening? It really works! :-)
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

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

    • Too many to mention. I love reading and music!
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    Ms Kate McMaugh

    Kate McMaugh

    Psychologist, Counsellor

    I have an extensive background in counselling, psychology and health education, working in drug and alcohol, sexual assault, disability and complex trauma services. 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.
    I also provide counselling for parenting support, depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, dependence issues and health and weight issues....

    • St Leonards, Dee Why
    • CBT, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Solution Oriented, Somatic Psychotherapy