BA-Psych(Hons1), MPsych(Clinical)/PhD Candidate, AHPRA, MACPA
Catherine Deans is a warm, empathic psychologist who has great admiration for the courage it can take to seek help. She believes therapy is a collaborative process between patient and therapist and she is strongly aware of the importance that empathy and validation have for therapeutic change. She draws on evidence-based approaches in assisting each unique individual to find a way through their pain.
Catherine has clinical experience in assisting adults, children, adolescents, and families experiencing significant and often longstanding difficulties, including depression, struggles with self-worth, anxiety, PTSD, ongoing relationship difficulties and interpersonal struggles, grief and loss, and coping with significant life transitions such as becoming a parent. She has a deep appreciation for the suffering inflicted by experiences of trauma, and the complexity of the impact on sense of self, self-worth, trust in relationships, and sense of meaning in life. Catherine's approach is anchored in compassion and she values authenticity, curiosity, courage and openness.
Catherine has gained experience across a variety of settings including private practice, hospital inpatient unit and university counselling environments. She strives to assist people to identify and address any underlying maladaptive patterns in order to prevent recurrence of symptoms, and to find and utilize their existing inner strengths for long term emotional health and flourishing. She tailors treatment to each unique individual, and draws from a variety of approaches including: interpersonal therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, schema therapy, attachment-based therapy, as well as Circle of Security parenting models.
Catherine underwent her undergraduate and postgraduate training in psychology at Macquarie University, she is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is an Associate Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). Catherine has published research work and presented both nationally and internationally, and she is passionate about life-long learning.
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