Groundwork Psychology


Groundwork Psychology

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Amanda Douglas

Psychologist

Amanda is a compassionate psychologist who enjoys working with individuals from various diverse backgrounds. She is easy-going and can provide a safe space for you to freely share your experiences and emotional burdens. Amanda can help ground you when things feel chaotic, and she can support you to develop insight and a stronger sense of self. Amanda’s primary interests include working with adults to explore their interpersonal relationships. For example, Amanda has worked with people who have faced feelings of guilt, blame, regret, anger, and uncertainty about relationships and will often use the therapeutic space to build her clients confidence and communication skills. She also enjoys working with individuals to overcome difficulties such as stress, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and self-esteem issues and has experience working with individuals with trauma and psychotic illnesses. Amanda embraces several approaches in her work and ultimately ensures a client centred approach. Her areas of practice include interpersonal psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution-focused and mindfulness techniques. Amanda has also worked within the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) since its beginning stages in 2017. She is a registered Behaviour Support Practitioner who understands the complexities of positive support plans and supporting staff to work with individuals who may present with behaviours of concern. She has also worked within this space to provide intervention and has a thorough understanding of the reporting requirements. The other things you need to know about Amanda! She is a coffee lover and is regularly on the hunt for a good latte! Amanda has many interests and among them is her passion for animals, she has a few fur babies of her own and looks forward to a cuddle with them at the end of the day! Outside of this down time, she likes a good adventure and exploring new places or engaging in something a bit thrilling. She has done the 10 thousand ft sky dive drop and presently learning to rock climb. She believes that having a balance between down time and a bit of adventure is incredibly important. Professional Memberships • Australian Association of Psychologist (AAPI) • Association for positive behaviour support Australia • The Restraint Reduction Network Accreditations • NDIA registered Behaviour Support Practitioner

Donna Reilly

Psychologist

Donna enjoys working with both adolescents and adults to help people manage some of life’s challenges. She is passionate about helping people to see themselves as they truly are, understand what makes them unique, uncover unconscious conditioned patterns and explore new ways of being. She offers a warm, compassionate, trauma informed and person-centred approach to therapy and her friendly nature helps clients feel at ease. She knows that engaging in therapy can be daunting, and therefore works to create a safe space of acceptance and trust. Therapy also doesn’t have to be serious all the time and Donna takes a relaxed approach to her sessions, sometimes using humour to share in the lighter side of life. Donna supports her clients to understand and set therapy goals, provide psycho-education, psychological strategies and insights as well as evaluating progress. Donna practices cognitive therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solutions Focused Therapy, as well as weaving in an Interpersonal Therapy focus to utilise the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for reflection and change. Donna has experience working with adolescents and adults impacted by mental ill health in a community mental health setting supporting individuals and their families on their recovery journeys. She also has experience working with victims of crime, survivors of family violence and abuse, and the return to work space, assisting clients to re-enter the workforce The other things you need to know about Donna! She is a tea enthusiast! Sitting down with a cup of tea and a good book or listening to music whilst cooking a new recipe are some ways, she enjoys spending her time. She also enjoys being outdoors, running and is currently learning yoga. All of which are mindful and great for stress relief. Donna also enjoys creative pursuits, dreams of designing her own house one day and loves watching renovation and design shows (Grand Designs a clear favourite!).

Gary Maloney

Psychologist

Gary is empathetic and takes a calm, relaxed, and person-centred approach to meet individual needs. He is passionate about helping people who are struggling and supports individuals to navigate, change and resolve their challenges, so people can live the life they want and as their true and best selves. Gary is invested in the care of the people he works with and has experience working with individuals from various backgrounds and circumstances. In all of the work he does, he aims to deepen self-awareness, help foster flexibility in thinking, assist in the development of coping and healthy living strategies, empower, encourage positive action and ultimately improve wellbeing and life satisfaction. Gary adapts to the individual person’s needs from a combination of various evidence-based treatment interventions, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Self-compassion, Schema Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Psychotherapy. Gary is passionate about working with individuals experiencing difficulties with anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, emotional abuse/ bullying (including what is referred to by some people as “narcissistic abuse” and manipulation, as well as the enabling behaviours of others), injustice, anger and challenging life situations. Gary is also passionate about exploring identity, life and career direction and supporting progress towards goals. The other things to know about Gary: Gary enjoys conscious and compassionate living, practicing mindfulness, keeping fit and healthy eating. He enjoys spending time in his garden, meditation, nature walks, running, reading, listening to music and watching AFL. Professional Memberships: • Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPI)
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Hans Kwok

Psychologist

Hans is a registered Psychologist with a Masters in Professional Psychology. Hans is passionate about supporting people who are struggling with life difficulties and issues by working collaboratively with them in a warm and non-judgmental environment. He enjoys working with adults from various backgrounds and cultures and aims to help individuals improve their quality of life. Hans has worked with clients from different age groups, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds with various presentations, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, social skill deficits and psychotic illnesses. Hans’ therapeutic approach is more person-centred and uses a combination of various evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational interviewing, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy.
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