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Dr Michael Booth

Dr Michael Booth

Mobile 0431 170 589
Psychotherapist, Somatic Psychotherapist

Dr Michael Booth Psychotherapy

Mobile 0431 170 589

I specialise in the treatment of trauma, chronic pain and functional disorders (eg, IBS, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, Chronic Pelvic Pain and Chronic Low Back Pain). I am qualified in clinical psychology, psychotherapy and five different modalities, most of which were developed to effectively treat trauma and chronic pain conditions. In addition to these qualifications, I bring kindness, empathy and compassion to therapy.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Suite 1, Level 6, Easts Leagues Tower, 9-13 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022 0431 170 589 PHONE 0431 170 589
  • The Transformation Space, Suite 1, 56 Alexander St, Crows Nest, Sydney NSW 2065 PHONE 0431 170 589 0431 170 589

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Online Video Consultations 
  • I am available 8am - 7pm, Monday to Friday and Saturdays by agreement. I offer both online and face-to-face therapy. For online therapy I use a telemedicine platform which is both very secure and very easy to use.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Chronic Fatigue, Pain / Rehabilitation, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing®

    My primary background is in somatic therapies, which work to heal damage done to the nervous system caused by traumatic experiences or prolonged, severe stress.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Bachelor of Science (Psychology Hons) - 1985 - UNSW
    • PhD (Psychology) - 1992 - Macquarie University
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology - 2016 - Macquarie University
    • Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy - 2018 - Jansen Newman Institute

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association
    • Australian Psychological Society
    • American Psychological Association

    Quality Provision

    I adhere to the codes of ethics of the Australian Psychological Society and Australian Counselling Association. I undertake regular supervision and consultations with qualified, senior practitioners in the fields of Somatic Experiencing, Brainspotting, Emotional Freedom Techniques and clinical psychology.

    Background

    I work with trauma and stress-related conditions, particularly with chronic pain conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes and musculo-skeletal pain conditions.

    Appointments

    Contact me by telephone (0431 170 589) or email (michael@paintraumarelief.com) to make an appointment.

    Transport and Parking

    2 hour free parking is available at both locations within a 5 minute walk. The Bondi Junction room is a 10 minute walk from rail and bus stations.

    Fees

    Fees are $190 for a 90min initial assessment and $150 for a 60min treatment session. However, if a client is gaining benefit, I will not allow affordability to come between a client and treatment.

    Payment Options

    Credit card or EFT.



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    10 Questions with Michael Booth

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

    • My own experience of trauma and chronic pain and how inadequately they are treated in Australia set me on the path to discovering which approaches are effective. Having found what can work, I was highly motivated to share these with others.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • My training and experience as a scientist taught me how to discern reliable, useful information from the oceans of false and misleading information on the web. I have been learning about and practicing Buddhism for more than 25 years. The two main tenets of Buddhism are developing a clear, calm mind and a very kind heart. These are a perfect fit for being a good therapist.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Almost all of us experience trauma and/or significant distress during our lives. If these experiences are not adequately resolved they can have powerful and long-lasting impacts on our physical, mental and emotional lives. My interest is in healing the damage done to the nervous system by trauma and distress and, thereby, freeing my clients from pain and dysfunction.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Most, but not all, of the approaches I use are "somatic" therapies and include:
      Brainspotting
      Somatic Experiencing
      Emotional Freedom Techniques
      Comprehensive Resource Model Therapy
      Neuroplastix.

      I also use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Resource Therapy from time to time.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • That's highly variable and depends on the client's life experiences. If a client's childhood needs (eg, safety, love, predictability) were met, but they experienced traumas sometime later in life, they may start to feel better after a few sessions and may need less than 10 sessions to achieve their therapeutic goals. However, if neglect or physical or emotional abuse were experienced early in life, it may take an unpredictable and extended period to start to feel improvements.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Good therapy requires training, supervision and knowledge, but above all, empathy and kindness. Deliberately developing my capacity for empathy and kindness has undoubtedly may me a better person.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • There are lots of things I like about being a therapist, but there are two things in particular. Working with a client to successfully reduce or eliminate their distress and suffering is profoundly rewarding and allows me to experience a sense of real purpose. The second thing is earning a client's trust and fostering their comfort with disclosing their most painful experiences. Its a wonderful thing to feel trusted.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes, of course. Being mentally or emotionally in the "wrong space" certainly does occur despite my best efforts. That means I might miss things the client is saying or I may make less than optimal decisions about therapy.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Greed and self-interest. Imagine what a good world it would be if our every word and every act took into account the best interests of those whose lives we influence.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Talking out of Turn by the Moody Blues.
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    Dr Michael Booth

    Michael Booth

    Psychotherapist, Somatic Psychotherapist

    I am a middle-aged family man who has had time to accumulate many joyful and painful experiences which help me to understand where you are coming from. I have had my own experiences of trauma and chronic pain which have taught me invaluable lessons in what works and what doesn't work in healing trauma and pain. I have greatly expanded my understanding of the human experience through 20 years of studying and practicing Buddhism....

    • Bondi Junction, Crows Nest
    • ACT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing®