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Dr Steven Segal

Dr Steven Segal

Mobile 0425 812 936
Psychologist, Coach

Dr Steven Segal Pty Ltd

Mobile 0425 812 936

As you will see from my photograph, I am a mature aged psychologist with years of experience. My understanding of psychotherapy has developed over many years of experience and reflection. I became a psychologist because of my own experience as a client. Psychotherapy has made a big difference in my life. I offer the possibility for experiencing psychotherapy as making a big difference to your life. I have a natural curiosity for the way in which people deal with the challenges of existence.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Wellshare, Level 7, 428 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000 0425 812 936 PHONE 0425 812 936

Services

  • Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Workshops / Courses, Professional Training, Educational Resources, Phone Consultations 
  • I work with adult individuals and couples. The mental health concerns that my clients have include anxiety, depression, feelings of low self-worth and self-confidence. I also work with clients who experience a sense of meaninglessness and pointlessness in their lives and want to find meaning. This includes people who have been successful in their careers but do not know what they want to do next. I am working more and more with men's issues that include communication challenges, anger, anxiety and depression. I have clients who have experiences of being bullied at work. Transitions into retirement, into new jobs and roles are areas in which I work. I have clients with cross cultural anxiety.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Bullying, Burnout, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Issues, Decision Making, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Guilt Feelings, Life Transitions, Loneliness, Men's Issues, Migrant Issues, Obsessive Compulsive, Performance Anxiety, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Conversational Model, Dialogical Practice, Existential, Experiential, Psychodynamic

    Based on years of experience I work with a number of approaches depending on the concerns that the client brings to therapy. I tune in very quickly to the concerns that bring you to psychotherapy. Through therapeutic conversations client and therapist learn to trust each other. The more we learn to trust each other, the more we are able to manage and/or overcome the challenges that you present.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • PhD - 1997 - University of the Witwatersrand
    • MA - 1984 - University of the Witwatersrand
    • BA Honours (Psychology) - 1986 - University of Johannesburg
    • BA Honours (Philosophy) - 1982 - University of the Witwatersrand

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    I am a psychologist with over 20 years of experience. I have been teaching and doing research on anxiety and depression for just as long. I do professional development courses for psychologists. I am experienced in a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Therapies, Psychodynamic and Existential therapies.

    Background

    My understanding of psychotherapy emerges out of my own experience and reflection. I started as a client in therapy, then became a therapist, then immersed myself in research into mental health concerns. I have an extensive background in working with mental health concerns. I have studied mental concerns from a psychological, philosophical, historical and sociological perspective. I am able to draw on all of these in response to the particular challanges experienced by the client.

    Appointments

    I am available to see clients within 7 days of request. Please call to discuss available times.

    Transport and Parking

    Train and light rail: Town Hall or QVB St.

    Fees

    Fees available on request

    Private Health Insurance Rebates
    Medicare Rebates with GP referral
    (up to 10 sessions / calendar year)

    Payment Options

    Credit card and online banking



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    10 Questions with Steven Segal

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

    • My passion for psychotherapy emerged out of my own experience of being a client in therapy in my mid 20's. Going to psychotherapy made a big difference to myself. I then began studying psychology and when I was ready, I opened my practice as a psychologist. I do get a lot of pleasure out of seeing people, grow, develop and learn to manage their mental health concerns. I think the importance of psychotherapy is underestimated in our society. Psychotherapy is very important for developing the skills to face the challenges of life in effective ways. Psychological skills should be taught to us as we grow up.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I have a PhD in philosophy and have always focused on the contribution that philosophers make towards understanding and responding to mental health concerns. In the Western tradition of thought this goes back to the figure of Socrates who believed that taking care of your mental health is the most important concern in life. From Plato and Aristotle, I learn that deep wisdom emerges out of taking care of your mental health. From Soren Kierkegaard I learnt that dealing with mental health concerns effectively can lead to positive changes in life and relationships. From Fredrich Nietzsche I learnt that personal power and confidence comes through facing the challenges of life. From Martin Heidegger I learnt that developing a resolute attitude towards anxiety and vulnerability is important for dealing with mental health challenges. From Sartre I learnt the importance of taking responsibility for managing and overcoming anxiety. From Martin Buber I learnt that dialogue and effective conversation are essential to well-being.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Based on my studies and research I have come to believe that anxiety and depression underpin the journey of overcoming the challenges that life throws at us. This means that I have a wide range of clients which include individual experience of self-confidence, concerns with purpose and meaning in life, stress, and tensions in relationships, men's work, pressure, tension and burnout at work, toxicity, bullying and gaslighting in the workplace.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • The wisdom of experience allows me to draw on a range of methods. I like to choose methods that are appropriate for the concerns of particular clients. The methods range from Acceptance Commitment Therapy, through Psychodynamic, Existential and Behavioral forms of therapy. Where appropriate I bring philosophical frameworks into the therapeutic situation.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • I have had clients who have found one session enough to get them on their way. Some of my clients find they receive what they need between about 4 to 10 sessions. And then there are the longer-term clients that engage in therapy over a much longer period of time. So much depends on the relation of trust between client and therapist. The sooner we can build trust, the sooner the sense of progress.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • My own experience as a client in therapy has allowed me to bring out the best in me. It has given me a sense of self confidence and self-worth. I have found meaning and purpose through psychotherapy. It has made interpersonal relationships so much richer and meaningful. It has also enabled me to understand others in a more focused way and to listen before I speak so that I really understand the other persons point of view and then make suggestions based on this understanding. Therapy has also enabled me to be more spontaneous and present.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I get so much satisfaction from seeing people grow and develop through psychotherapy. I am very curious about the way in which people deal with the challenges of life and feel privileged to participate in their journey.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Rather than fighting my 'bad hair' days, I have learnt to accept them which allows me to focus on something else, e.g., go for a walk in the park. I find this very helpful in allowing me to tune in again.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • We are living in a world of existential anxiety and existential threats. Many nations fear themselves to be under an existential threat, a threat to their way of life. Many cultures feel under existential threat. Identities also feel under existential threats: what does it mean to be a woman or a man today? What does it mean to be a father or mother? What does it mean to be successful? Climate change places our whole way of life under existential threat. Anxiety and depression on an individual level are forms of an existential threat.

      Instead of taking fight or flight in the experience of being existential threats we need to see them as opportunities for building new ways of life. We need to ask and respond to the most ancient of Socratic questions: how we ought to live? In our hyper busy world, we have sight of the importance of the Socratic question for putting our lives as individuals and communities into perspective. We tend to run around, busy, busy, busy. We have little perspective on the point of our busyness. Psychotherapy has a big role to play in addressing the range of existential threats.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Long walk to freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela.
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    Dr Steven Segal

    Steven Segal

    Psychologist, Coach

    It is said that we live in an ‘age of anxiety.’ It is not only you or me that experiences anxiety and depression. Mental health issues challenge most of us at some time in our lives. We need to develop resilience and resolve in the face of uncertainties, anxieties and challenges. This enables us to be the best version of ourselves. To face the challenges of life on our own is difficult. As a psychologist, I provide a safe and trusting context to develop yourself. ...

    • Sydney
    • ACT, CBT, Conversational Model, Dialogical Practice, Existential, Experiential, Psychodynamic