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 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.
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.
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)
PLEASE NOTE THAT MY BOOKS ARE FULL. INTAKE MAY REOPEN IN AUGUST 2018
Good public transport (bus/train) and on street parking (no cost)
$130 (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
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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....