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Mr Tim Clark

Mr Tim Clark

Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Time & Space Therapies

Let's face it: the act of living is hard. We can feel disconnected and alone in our struggles and sometimes it's hard to see a way through tough situations. But I have learned first-hand that our challenges can be handled if we have someone who really listens, who takes the time to help us understand what we've experienced and how it has affected us. The road ahead can feel safer and clearer if we have someone walking beside us while we figure things out. That is the essence of how I work.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 203 Poath Road, Hughesdale, Melbourne VIC 3163 03 9088 8005 PHONE 03 9088 8005
  • 189 Jells Road, Wheelers Hill, Melbourne VIC 3150 PHONE

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Online Video Consultations 
  • ***Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I am now offering online counselling only. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need help managing your mental health during this difficult time.***

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Burnout, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Depression, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Men's Issues, Psychosomatic, Relationship Issues, Stress Management, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existential, Interpersonal, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed

    I integrate into my approach the wide-ranging wisdom of many schools of psychotherapy and counselling, as determined by the needs and preferences of each person I see. Those listed above are a good sample of the approaches I may draw from. There is no singular proven formula for good counselling, but I work always with the common factors of good therapy in mind, most importantly: a good working relationship between two people, characterised by trust and understanding.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy - 2018 - Cairnmillar Institute
    • Diploma of Remedial Massage - 2017 - Evolve College
    • Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting - 2007 - RMIT TAFE
    • Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) - 2001 - University of Melbourne
    • Bachelor of Creative Arts - 2000 - Victorian College of the Arts

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    I am a provisional member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), which has stringent membership requirements, including ongoing professional development. I also attend regular individual and group clinical supervision, as well as my own individual counselling.

    Background

    My career path has not been straightforward, but all of my experiences in other fields inform my work as a counsellor. Being a high school teacher gave me a rich understanding of our intense vulnerability when we are young, and my work as a massage therapist taught me of the vital role our bodies play in our mental wellbeing. Perhaps most importantly, I have done the hard yards over many years as a client in therapy, which has brought me to a place of acceptance and forgiveness, of myself and of others, in so many ways.

    Appointments

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, online counselling hours are:
    9am-9pm Monday-Thursday
    9am-6pm Friday-Saturday

    Transport and Parking

    The Hughesdale rooms are a five-minute walk from Hughesdale Station on the Pakenham-Cranbourne line. Plentiful free street parking.
    The Wheelers Hill rooms are a short walk from bus stops on Routes 693, 753, 754 and 804. Free parking at front.

    Fees

    ***Note: I am offering online counselling services on a sliding scale for people financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We can discuss what is realistic for you during your first session.***
    Regular fees are $120 per 50 min session.

    Payment Options

    Cash, credit card or EFT deposit.



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    10 Questions with Tim Clark

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

    • In my work as a teacher, I was finding more and more that people (students and colleagues alike) would come to me seeking guidance on things other than curriculum. I found I really enjoyed helping people talk through their problems and they seemed to walk away feeling better. It just seemed a natural progression to do it full-time.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Professionally, my greatest influences are Ernesto Spinelli, Irvin Yalom, Carl Rogers, Karen Horney, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Jeffrey Young, Dan Siegel, Nancy McWilliams, Pat Ogden, Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, Melissa Harte, and Edward Teyber.
      With my background in film and writing, I have typically looked to the arts for philosophical nourishment. I have found it in the short stories of Raymond Carver, the songs of Joni Mitchell, Joseph Conrad's novel 'Heart of Darkness', John Guare's play 'Six Degrees of Separation', Shakespeare's 'King Lear', the art and writings of Wassily Kandinsky, the poetry of Robert Frost, and the films of Robert Altman and Mike Leigh, among countless others.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • As someone who felt alienated from my own body for at least the first thirty years of my life, I'm very interested now in the mind-body connection, but I also have a first-hand understanding of how strange it can be for some people to hear that their physical complaint might have a psychological or emotional origin.
      Shame is also a key interest. So many of us walk around with a deep-seated belief that we are fundamentally defective or unacceptable and it's so destructive.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I use a range of cognitive, experiential and behavioural methods drawing from a whole range of schools of psychotherapy. Techniques may involve cognitive challenges, guided imagery or dialogues, mindfulness and somatic awareness exercises, among many others.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • A neat answer is to say that if there is no sense of progress at all by the end of the third session I would begin to wonder if psychotherapy is going to work, or if it may not be the right fit and a referral might be appropriate.

      A more accurate, messier answer is to say that it is incredibly variable. Feeling aimless or stuck is a common part of the process, but also a valuable one because it's our areas of 'stuckness' or 'blind spots' that are so important to bring out. We do all sorts of things to keep from seeing what's painful, and our coping mechanisms are often entrenched and inflexible. It takes patience and faith to 'hang in there' and develop new ways of being in the world.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • For me, the great gift of therapy has been forgiveness. I am now much better at forgiving myself for my imperfections and empathising with others, which means I am able to love more fully than I could before.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • being a therapist gives me regular opportunities to honour other people and their struggles. It serves as a constant reminder that we're all in this together.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Literally: not really. I don't have much hair to speak of.
      Figuratively: of course. Everyone does.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Disconnection. It can be so hard to remember and honour our essential interconnectedness with each other, with the planet, and with the past.
      E.M. Forster's dictum, 'Only connect,' is one I come back to all the time.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I'll go with the 2003 documentary 'My Flesh and Blood'.
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    Mr Tim Clark

    Tim Clark

    Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    I am here for individuals and couples who are struggling to find a way out of their problems. I hold hope for people who feel hopeless, love for people who feel unloveable, and safety for people who feel threatened. Then, bit by bit, once people are ready, I help people start to feel it for themselves. This process takes time but it is one of the most rewarding things we can do for ourselves and the ones we love....

    • Hughesdale, Wheelers Hill
    • CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existential, Interpersonal, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed