Trish Ayers – Clinical Psychologist
MPsych (Clin), Grad. Dip Prof Psych, BAppSc Psych (Hons), BAppSc (Physio), Grad. Dip Sports Physiotherapy, BSW, Cert. Bereavement Counselling Practice, Applied Certificate Relationship Counselling
I am a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia -AHPRA, a member of the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Clinical Psychology Association and the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment. I am also a Provider for Medicare, Workcover, NDIS and TAC.
My career commenced as a Physiotherapist, working with clients with sports injuries and elite athletes focusing on rehabilitation back to competition. I also worked with clients with chronic pain issues. This experience – and the experience of a significant personal injury – led me to appreciate the importance of psychological treatment, alongside the physical, and highlighted the importance of the mind/body connection. This instigated my journey into the profession of psychology, where I completed my training in clinical psychology.
My clinical work is informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – (accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, (a relatively short-term, focused approach to the treatment of many types of issues utilising thoughts, feelings and behaviours). I bring sensitivity, warmth and a collaborative communication style to my work and provide a safe, supportive and private environment.
I have particular interest and substantial experience in working with:
- Chronic pain
- Grief & bereavement – including pet loss
- PTSD in veterinarians and animal shelter workers
- LGBTIQ issues
- Relationship stress
- Anxiety disorders
- Depression – including perinatal depression
- Eating disorders
- Stress management
- Acquired brain injuries
- Clinical supervision
I am passionate about working together with clients to achieve the best possible outcome.