You mainly feel the way you think.
My name is David and I’m a Clinical Psychologist here at WA Psychology and Wellness. I came to psychology late having spent 20 years in various roles in government and not for profit organisations. I have Masters degrees in Applied Psychology (Clinical), Human Resource Management and undergraduate degrees in Science, Business and Economics.
I work with individuals from early adolescence onwards and with couples at all stages of their relationship. I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are ‘stuck’ and seeking change or can’t see a way forward from their current difficulties and helping them to develop skills and strategies to improve their life.
I see people with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety (phobias, social and generalised anxiety), trauma, worry and rumination, men’s health (including sexual health) and relationship difficulties (either individually or as part of couples therapy). Additionally, I work with adolescents and young adults with conduct issues who are in, or at risk of, contact with the justice system.
Similar to my colleagues in the clinic my practice is LGBTIQ+ affirmative. I have a special interest in working with gender identity and I am able to support adolescents & adults exploring their preferred gender identification, including assisting with the transition process. I work closely with the Gender Diversity Services at Perth Children’s Hospital assisting gender questioning children, adolescents and their families. Additionally, I am part of a wider Gender Network with key connections in the field.
Therapeutically I endeavour to provide a safe, non-judgemental environment for people to explore their concerns. To assist people develop insight and techniques for coping I use a range of evidence based approaches, selecting the technique that is best suited to the individual and their reason for attending. I have significant experience in the delivery of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
I have also found that the use of Mindfulness techniques that derive from the Buddhist meditative tradition are very useful for a range of clients. These techniques allow the individual to be present during therapy even while discussing difficult or distressing experiences.
I look forward to the opportunity to assist you meet your goals and your mental health needs.