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Ms Michelle Tadros

Ms Michelle Tadros

Clinical Psychologist

Vantage Point Psychology

I work on creating a warm and comfortable environment for my clients to feel safe exploring their concerns. I utilise a combination of therapeutic approaches that have been demonstrated as effective by research. These include cognitive behaviour therapy, schema therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. My approach is flexible and tailored to suit each individual.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

Services

  • Counselling, Clinical Supervision 
  • Areas of specialty include: depression, anxiety, relationships, panic, work stress, eating disorders, health anxiety, building self esteem, Christian counselling and finding direction and purpose.
    I am a committed Christian and include this perspective in my work with other Christians.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Burnout, Depression, Eating Disorders, Life Threatening Illness, Obsessive Compulsive, Postnatal Depression, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Spirituality / Religion, Stress Management, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Christian Counselling, Interpersonal, Schema Therapy

    I focus on creating a compassionate and warm environment for my clients. I think one of the most important things is that clients feel comfortable and safe. This enables us to really get to the core of what's going on.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • BA (Hon) Psychology Major - 1997 - University of Sydney
    • M. Psychol. (Clin) - 2001 - University of Sydney
    • Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis - 2005

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Clinical Psychology Association
    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    I have a first class honours degree in psychology and a Masters in clinical psychology, both from the University of Sydney. I am a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association. I am the founder and director of Vantage Point Psychology a group practice of seven psychologists in Randwick.

    Background

    I have worked as a clinical psychologist for 16 years. In that time I have primarily helped clients with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem and relationship difficulties. I have worked extensively with adult survivors of sexual abuse. I have worked in large Public Hospitals helping patients with physical health problems, including chronic pain and cancer; and in private psychiatric hospital helping client with severe depression and anxiety.

    Appointments

    Sessions are available weekdays. Please contact the practice to make a time that suits.

    Fees

    Medicare rebates if you have a Health Care plan.

    Payment Options

    Cash, Credit card, EFTPOS.



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    10 Questions with Michelle Tadros

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

    • I decided to become a psychologist at 16, it was at that age that I discovered what I enjoyed the most was talking with people. I especially enjoyed getting to know and understand people in depth. They say you should do what you love, since talking with people is what I love most, psychology was an obvious choice.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I have been interested in many different types of therapeutic approaches and believe that any treatment should be individually focused and not based on a treatment manual. Every person is unique and their individual personality and history should inform what techniques are used and how they are implemented. I have had an interest and received training in cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and Eriksonian therapy. My Christian beliefs have greatly influenced my own personal development and world view and this impacts on my work with Christian clients.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am absolutely passionate about understanding how people overcome their struggles using their strengths and resources. While depression can be characterised as a list of symptoms it manifests in completely different ways. Working with each client to find the key to unlock their depression or anxiety is a fascinating and collaborative work between client and therapist. I am really interested in the ways people build a life they are happy to live in. Working with clients in their search for meaning, purpose and direction in a bid to ultimately create satisfying life is a great privilege.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I use a combination of cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and acceptance commitment therapy.
      This usually involves talking together in session, and sometimes completing agreed upon tasks outside of session.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • There is a huge variation in when benefit will be experienced by a client. Sometimes it will be after the first session or just a few sessions, in other cases it may not be for many months. Your therapist should be able to give you some idea of when you can expect relief. It is critical that you feel comfortable and that you can openly discuss progress or a lack of progress with your therapist.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Therapy helps in so many ways! I have learnt to understand my own emotions better. This means that I can communicate more clearly with others, take responsibility for my own feelings and actions and more effectively get my needs met. I have learnt to communicate more skilfully and carefully with others. Accepting and validating my own emotions has been pivotal and has helped me cope better than I otherwise would have with all kinds of very stressful situations.

      Therapy stops you living in the dark and helps you turn the lights on....you may not always like what you see but at least you can deal with what is there when you are aware of it!
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I love meeting so many different people and getting to hear about so many different lives. It is like getting a window into so many different lifestyles. The other brilliant thing about being therapist is that you see people heal and get better. People are absolutely inspiring in how they rise from the ashes to live full and rewarding lives. Humans have an incredible capacity to learn change and grow, being a therapist you see people make really big changes all the time.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes, we all have bad days, down days, grumpy days and off days!
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • I think one of the things that contributes to a lot of problems for people, is the way in which our culture is dedicated to distraction and stimulation. Distractions are all too readily available, this leads to people being less aware of what they feel and generally understanding less about who they are. It also contributes to people having less tolerance for difficult emotions.

      The dominant values in our culture encourage people to base their self esteem upon superficial things, such as how they look, what their image is and what their achievements are. These are all outside things and are not related closely to who we really are. Having values like these often leads to depression, self esteem problems and a lack of satisfaction in life.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Books
      Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
      How can I Forgive You by Janis Abraham-Springs
      Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love by Stephanie Dowrick

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    Ms Michelle Tadros

    Michelle Tadros

    Clinical Psychologist

    I work as a clinical psychologist because I love listening to people. I take a gentle and sensitive approach in working with clients while keeping a focus on clear goals. I have a special interest in working with depression, anxiety and in helping individuals improve their relationships.

    I have 15 years of counselling experience and six years of university training. I have a first class honours degree in Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Sydney....

    • CBD, Annandale
    • ACT, CBT, Christian Counselling, Interpersonal, Schema Therapy