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The Best Psychologists in Canberra

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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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Mindfully Well

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.

PsychSessions (City)

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.

Life Unlimited

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.

Strategic Psychology

Principal psychologist Nesh Nikolic has over 10 years experience including lecturing and running training programs for other psychologists. His team of 8 is able to facilitate therapy for a variety of common issues such as anger management, eating disorders, relationship counselling and substance abuse. Their easy to use website also offers some great information including blogs from people who have experienced difficulties themselves.

Think Psychology

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.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commentators who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra Psychologists.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based Psychologists? Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?


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farnarkler 9:20 pm 09 Mar 15

Remember there is a vast difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist. A psychiatrist studies for double the time a psychologist does and they have to be an MD before they can study psychiatry. 12 years vs 6 for a psychologist.

birder 10:06 am 07 Mar 15

First, do what pibloktoq has suggested. Go to a GP and get a mental health care plan. That will reduce your costs considerably.

I found psychologist Keith Baker through the APS’s “find a psychiatrist” service. He was empathetic, caring and profession, and most of all, effective. With his help, I was able to work through my particular issue in about 5 months. Not only do I really feel that I’ve overcome that problem, but the tools we used have enabled me to face other issues on my own as well (although I’d be more than happy to go back to a psychologist again if needed).

I agree that you should look for someone who uses evidence-based techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy. The problem is that many people say they use CBT but they don’t, really. I had seen a few other psychologists and wasn’t particularly satisfied. But Keith Baker’s approach is very straightforward and helps you find the real root of your issues, as well as how to deal with them. I believe he is a counseling psychologist.

I just googled him and he doesn’t have a website, but his contact number is listed as 0458 066 232.

Mikey_mike 2:54 pm 06 Oct 11

cleo said :

Do we have a forensic psychiatrist here in Canberra.

TAD said :

@cleo no.

You only have less than a handful in NSW as well.

Its not something you would ordinarily need unless you are trying use a mental health defence in court.

Actually, we do. Dr Daniel Bonner is a forensic shrink. He’s an exceptional psychiatrist. Only thing is, and this is a big one, you have to be sucked into the criminal justice system first before you see him, further, he doesn’t do consultancy work (i.e defence opinions). Hope that helps, but it probably won’t.

hank2604 5:56 pm 14 Jun 11

attention seeker

Calochilus 4:32 pm 14 Jun 11

cleo said :

Do we have a forensic psychiatrist here in Canberra.

Dr Zoltan Zadanyi
http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/893744/Dr-Zoltan-Zsadanyi-Canberra-ACT.html

valleygirl 1:37 pm 04 Mar 11

farq said :

mp2615 said :

FWIW, I would suggest consulting a GP first. They can probably recommend someone plus help with medication if needed.

Funnybone are in Lyneham:

Phone/Fax: (02) 6230 6022 Email: counselling@funnybone.com.au

Good luck with it, at least the weather is improving.

Ah funnybone is classic. Heard many funny/crazy stories about the lady running it.

Hi, would you mind sharing what you know about this counsellor, I have concerns that she is not supplying correct counselling to my husband currently?

valleygirl 1:34 pm 04 Mar 11

Hi, I see a couple of comments re funnybone counselling. Just wondering if you would like to expand on this counsellor as my husband currently visits this cousellor and I do have concerns as to her conduct and the outcomes he is getting from this counselling. I feel that our troubles have in fact increased since he started seeing this counsellor. I’d be very interested and thankful if those with knowledge of this counsellor could share with me their thoughts on this counsellor. thanks so much

Red Robin 11:50 pm 24 Oct 10

Tom Sutton, in Deakin, is very compassionate with a very caring manner and all the patience in the world. He helped a resident recover from the aftermath of the Bali Bombing.

TAD 7:58 am 30 Sep 10

@cleo no.

You only have less than a handful in NSW as well.

Its not something you would ordinarily need unless you are trying use a mental health defence in court.

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