Theresa Donnelly

Clinical Psychology Registrar (Psychologist who has completed Masters in Clinical Psychology)

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Theresa brings a warm, empathetic and genuine approach to her work with clients. Her therapeutic style fundamentally aims to assist clients to develop insight into their presenting problems, working with clients and their expanding knowledge of themselves to generate individually workable solutions. Theresa views the process of therapy as a partnership designed to empower clients to identify and understand individual patterns of self-defeating thoughts and actions and learn strategies to overcome these in order to improve overall wellbeing and quality of life. Theresa works hard to tailor her therapeutic approach to each individual, assisting clients to identify their personal strengths and use these in achieving their personal therapy goals.

 

Presenting issues

Theresa has experience working with families, young people and adults. Theresa sees clients presenting with a wide range of issues:

  • Anxiety disorders (incl. social anxiety, panic attacks, specific phobias, health anxiety)
  • Depression
  • Body image
  • Binge eating
  • Emotion regulation difficulties
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-esteem problems
  • Stress management
  • Relationship and interpersonal difficulties
  • Bodily symptoms and chronic pain

 

Treatment approaches

Theresa has received training in and utilizes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapies and Parent Management Training.

 

Qualifications and experience

BA Psych (Hons) LLB, M Clin Psych

Student Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Reg Number: PSY0002103383

 

Theresa has completed a Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Technology Sydney. She has gained experience working with adults, adolescents and young people, as well as parents and families. Theresa has experience working in clinical research settings delivering and assisting with the evaluation of innovative treatments for children and families experiencing behavioural difficulties. Her experience includes the delivery of psychological treatment within a multidisciplinary healthcare team at Headspace, the Youth National Mental Health Foundation. Theresa has experience conducting group therapy sessions as well as one-on-one therapy. Theresa also has a strong research background having worked in paediatric research at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and she is currently completing her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney. Her PhD topic is investigating the parent and family factors that influence the experience of chronic pain in childhood.

 

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