Psychologists experts in human behaviour

What do Psychologists do?

Psychologists are experts in human behaviour who have studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and what determines how people think, feel, behave and respond.  Psychologists apply their expertise using reliable and scientifically validated methods. Psychological therapies are used extensively to help individuals and families and can also assist groups and organisations.
They provide a wide variety of evidence-based techniques and therapeutic approaches that are customised to meet the specific needs and circumstances of each person. These needs may include areas as diverse as grief and loss, significant life transitions, developmental issues, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, sexual abuse/assault and trauma, as well developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles and physical and mental wellness. More information can be gained from the Australian Psychological Society website

Professional Registration and Accreditation

Psychology is a regulated profession, with those individuals wishing to practice as - and call themselves - a psychologist, being required to register with the Psychology Board of Australia, which is part of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA). Before being eligible for general registration to practise as a psychologist, students are required to complete a minimum of six years of tertiary level education and training. More information can be gained from the Psychology Board of Australia website. Each of our psychologists have many years experience working in a variety of settings. Mark Cary, Jan Dugan and Jan Gudkovs are members of the Australian Psychological Society's College of Counseling Psychologists. This involves post-graduate training in a variety of therapeutic modalities.  Noel Ryan has worked as a psychologist in human services over the past 40 years.

The Skills of Psychologists

Psychologists have knowledge and skills in the following areas:

Assisting individuals to:

  • Manage stress and conflict at home and work
  • Deal with grief, loss and trauma
  • Overcome feelings of depression, anxiety and fear
  • Increase self-esteem and confidence
  • Enhance personal relationships
  • Deal with problems related to alcohol and drug use
  • Manage chronic pain
  • Manage depression and anxiety disorders
  • Recover from eating disorders
  • Manage obsessions and compulsions
  • Deal with sexual concerns
  • Manage anger or violence

Assisting couples to:

  • Build satisfying relationships
  • Improve their communication
  • Manage conflict or disagreement
  • Enhance sexual adjustment
  • Resolve thoughts on separation or divorce
  • Improve parenting skills

Assisting children to:

  • Manage anxiety or depression
  • Build self-confidence and emotional resilience
  • Manage anger or aggression
  • Learn social and relationship skills

Assisting families to:

  • Improve difficult relationships
  • Handle problematic situations
  • Work together on issues or problems
  • Cope with separation, divorce or re-marriage
  • Deal with problems often experienced in blended families

Assisting organisations to:

  • Facilitate staff relationships
  • Resolve interpersonal work conflicts
  • Manage staff with behavioural problems
  • Provide critical incident de-briefing
  • Provide expert advice and supervision in complex casework

The multi-disciplinary team at the Centre for Healthy Living

Today, as the link between mind and body is now well-recognized, more and more psychologists are teaming with other health care providers to provide whole-person health care for patients.  At the Centre for Healthy Living, psychologists can work with a speech therapist, dietician, personal exercise trainer, herbalist and yoga practitioners to offer whole-person health care. Their aim is to help in the prevention and alleviation of physical and mental ill health and promote positive health and well- being in individuals, groups and community organisations.



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