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Ms Yael Clark

Ms Yael Clark

Mobile 0438559601
Developmental Psychologist

Supporting Parents

Mobile 0438559601

I specialise in parenting psychology and treating anxiety in parents and children. Anxiety includes Separation anxiety; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (in new mums too); Physical injury fears; Phobias; Generalised Anxiety; Panic & agoraphobia; and Oppositional behaviour. I am particularly interested in Selective Mutism; Tic Disorders; Tourette Syndrome; Stereotypies; Trichotillomania; & Epilepsy. My work with perinatal clients is particularly rewarding as parent and infant benefit both in the

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 2/242 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield, Melbourne VIC 3162 0438 559 601 PHONE 0438 559 601

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Assessment, Workplace Training, Professional Training 
  • I assess children's psychological, social and educational strengths and needs from a Systems perspective, working with the child's family and school where appropriate.

    I am passionate about working with families who have experienced trauma and/or loss and helping parents to feel good about their role so they can help themselves and their children.

    I specialise in perinatal psychology, supporting expectant and new parents, and counselling for pregnancy and perinatal loss.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Adoption / Foster Care, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Autism / Aspergers, Behavioural Issues, Childhood Issues, Depression, Emotional Crisis, Family / Parenting, Fertility / Pregnancy, Grief / Bereavement, Obsessive Compulsive, Postnatal Depression, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Sexual Abuse  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Developmental, Imago Relationship, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Tray, Solution Oriented

    Assessment uses standardised psychometric tests and diagnostic interviews. Follow-up therapy or intervention draws on a variety of approaches as I choose the modality to fit the unique needs of each client. I draw on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Expressive Therapies, "Talk Therapy" and Parent Education.

    I use sandplay, painting, drawing, role-plays, worksheets, games, stories (fairy tales, movies), and picture books.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • BA
    • BSc Psychology (Hons)
    • Grad Dip Education (Secondary)
    • Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental)

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society

    Background

    I am a school teacher and Psychologist with 21 years experience working with children, adolescents and parents. I initially trained as an Instructor for Parent Effectiveness Training Inc. and Teacher Effectiveness Training Inc. and went on to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and a Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology. My work has included teaching and counselling in schools, assessing children under five and counselling their parents for DHS.

    Appointments

    Please call 0438559601 to arrange a suitable time or email reception@supportingparents.com.au
    I offer after-school and after-work hours twice a week.

    Transport and Parking

    2 hour parking on street at front and across the road at Glen Eira Town Hall.

    Fees

    $190.00 for the initial consultation
    $175.00 per session thereafter (50 minutes).
    $140.00 per session for concession card holders.
    ($150 for initial consult)

    Medicare rebate with GP or Paediatrician referral ($84.20 per session).

    Payment Options

    Cash, direct deposit, or EFTPOS



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    10 Questions with Yael Clark

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

    • As a teacher I found I was far more interested in my students' wellbeing than the curriculum. I naturally found myself counseling and decided I really should be qualified to do so!
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I'm too tired to answer this one properly right now; it's almost 11pm after a full day of work!
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Early parenthood and "tweens".
      Anxiety Disorders (esp. OCD) and the neurological pathways that are shared by anxiety, tic disorders, body focused repetitive behaviours, and executive functioning difficulties (e.g., ADHD).
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- talk therapy, behavioural interventions, metaphor and mindfulness.
      Sandtray therapy- projective methods of processing.
      Psychoeducation- particularly about attachment and neuropsychology.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • I hope a client will feel immediately understood and supported and thereby feel calmer and hopeful. If assessment (or engagement for a child) is tricky then it can take a few sessions (3-4) until change starts to happen.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Immeasurably! Especially as a parent. But that is an ongoing journey.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Being genuine and connected yet able to offer assistance in a way that close friends simply can't, even if they were skilled counselors!
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course. Especially before the summer holidays. I often see an influx of new clients then and it's all a blur! I have to write myself lots of notes to hold it all in. And ask for understanding!
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Anxiety. We have too much access to too much information and it is overwhelming. We are constantly switched on and connected. Our children access information that they're simply not ready for. My clients are reacting to a society that is unhealthy and we have to create ways to live well within the pressures and expectations of our culture.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Currently I am loving, 'I am Me" from the Greatest Showman. Powerful and moving.
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    Yael Clark

    Developmental Psychologist

    I have been in sole practice for 12 years working with parents and children (toddlers to teens). I have 30 years’ experience working with children and families as a teacher, parent educator, and then as an Educational and Developmental Psychologist. ...

    • Caulfield
    • ACT, CBT, Developmental, Imago Relationship, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Tray, Solution Oriented