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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.



  • Assessment, Workshops / Courses, Workplace Training, Professional Training, Educational Resources, Clinical Supervision 
  • I have a background in treating complex trauma and dissociative disorders, including DID, institutional and organised abuse, and self-harming behaviours. I also have experience providing counselling for birth trauma, vicarious trauma, and parenting support for child abuse survivors. I also have extensive experience working with people with intellectual disability. However I am no longer taking on new counselling clients. I am available for assessment and diagnostic consultations, research projects, professional writing and editing, and clinical supervision and training in the field of complex trauma and dissociation. I regret that I am unable to accept counselling clients, or provide a referral service to other practitioners.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Career Counselling, Childhood Issues, Depression, Disability, Dissociative Disorders, Emotional Overwhelm, Family / Parenting, Gender and Sexuality, Grief / Bereavement, Insomnia, Personality Disorders, Postnatal Depression, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Harm, Sexual Abuse, Stress Management, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    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.


    • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) - UNSW
    • Bachelor of Arts (Hons, Psych) - Uni of Tasmania
    • Grad Dip Health Promotion - QLD Uni of Technology (QUT)
    • Masters of Health Science - QLD Uni of Technology (QUT)
    • Post Grad Cert Applied Psych - 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 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 a member of the Australian Psychological Society and Fellow 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.


    Please call to discuss

    Transport and Parking

    Good public transport (bus) and on street parking (no cost). Some limited client parking on site, depending on availability.


    $160 (60 mins) for clinical supervision sessions. Please contact me to discuss fees for assessments, training, research or editing projects

    Payment Options

    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 (I am the first person in my family to finish school) So I really had little idea what a psychologist did and I don't think I had ever met one! However it turned out that 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 trauma counselling in particular that fascinated me and I have spent much of my life in that field. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to take on counselling clients but I consider it a privilege to support other counsellors through supervision and case consultation.
    • 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 !! My main interest is obviously complex trauma and dissociation. This is my passion and what I have devoted my career to.

      But I am also interested in health in general. Call me a nerd, if you will, but I can read just about any research article on a health topic, even if I don't work in that area! Before I became a registered psych I worked in health policy, health promotion and health education. I feel this gave me a 'big picture' view of human life that psychology could not. I became interested in how people live within the systems of our society. I am passionate about supporting people to have the best life they can. As such I love working with health and fitness and lifestyle change as well. For me, it is not 'all about trauma'.
    • 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 of trying to 'practice what I preach'!

      Being a therapist has helped me remain connected to wider society and helps me remain empathic and connected to the issues of many, varied people in our society. It really is a privileged position to do what we do.
    • 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. And love of money. I mean, we all appreciate money, dont get me wrong. But when we put money ahead of goodness, kindness and looking after our world, then we have REALLY stuffed up.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • It is almost too many to mention. I love reading and music! But if I can share with you the words of Kathy Steele - this is poetic, I think, and it inspires me as I sit with the most wounded people, who share their trauma with me.

      Sitting With The Shattered Soul -Steele, K. (1987)

      So how do you sit with a shattered soul?
      Gently, with gracious and deep respect.
      Patiently, for time stands still for the shattered, and the momentum of healing will be
      slow at first.
      With the tender strength that comes from an openness to your own deepest wounding, and to your own deepest healing.
      Firmly, never wavering in the utmost conviction that evil is powerful, but there is a good that is more powerful still.
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    Ms Kate McMaugh

    Kate McMaugh

    Psychologist, Counsellor

    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....

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    • Attachment Theory, CBT, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Interpersonal, Journal Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Solution Oriented, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed