Whether you are working through a particularly difficult period of life or would simply like some emotional support and guidance, a qualified psychologist can make a world of difference.
A psychologist is a university-trained mental health professional with expertise in emotional well-being and human behaviour. The best psychologists listen to your thoughts and feelings and teach you practical coping strategies that can change your life for the better.
Finding a psychologist that you can trust is no easy task. To help you with this process, we’ve read through our users’ feedback, and put together this list of the top five psychologists in the Canberra region.
What Makes a Trusted Psychologists
Psychologists often work with people in vulnerable positions. The best professionals are capable of understanding each client’s unique needs so they can lead them towards recovery. This is something that takes more than just a degree in order to do well.
When looking for a trusted psychologist, we suggest keeping an eye out for the following traits:
- Full qualifications. This should go without saying. Psychologists are medical professionals that must work through years of rigorous university and on-the-job training.
- Experienced. Psychologists who have practiced for many years have seen and heard a lot. This experience gives them a unique insight into the human condition, and may better equip them to help you with your issues.
- Specialist. Some psychologists choose to specialise in certain areas. You may like to work with a professional that specialises in an area relevant to you.
- Compassionate. At the end of the day, you will be sharing personal, sensitive information with your psychologist. You want them to respond with compassion and understanding, never judgement.
- Effective. Even if the psychologist you work with is compassionate and experienced, their diagnosis and treatment must be effective. Otherwise, you are wasting your time and money.
The Top 5 Canberra Psychologists According to You
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Sue Read is the founder and principal psychologist at Life Unlimited based in Turner. The Chief “meet and greeter” is a beautiful chocolate brown dog named Jack and spends most of his day napping in reception. Referrals are not necessary to book an appointment and initial appointments are usually scheduled for 80 minutes. This helps the psychologist to get a good understanding of your background, your needs and any goals you are hoping to achieve.
With a list of resident psychologists and their level of expertise across numerous subjects available on their website, it’s easy to select someone who best suits your needs. As well as a detailed explanation of each psychologist and featured blog posts enable potential clients to get a sense of the practice before making an appointment. Helpful professional staff are on hand to assist with referrals and offer a quick over the phone intake assessment.
Offering a range of services including therapy for eating disorders, drugs, alcohol, gambling, sleep problems for adults children and adolescents. Director Dr John Brown keeps his finger on the pulse with continuing his education in psychology research at ANU. With 15 members of staff, John and his team are located in Hobart Place and are available Monday to Saturday.
Principal Psychologist Kerry has a range of experience working with people who have suffered emotional, personal and relationship difficulties. Specialising in trauma and EMDR therapy, Kerry and her team provide a calming environment with additional services including aromatherapy, remedial and hot stone massages. A holistic approach to mindfulness is also supported by Kerry’s network of colleagues from neighbouring practices.
Psychologist Jacqui has 30 years experience with 28 of those in the ACT. She believes in a practical advice and empathic support and has worked with various forms of counseling. These days Jacqui has moved into a more modern approach. Jacqui doesn’t pretend to have all the answers and is open about her own difficulties and issues, but is dedicated to working through these problems and helping others.
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