Dr Zac Elizabeth Buchanan

BA (Hons), DipYoga, DPsych (Clinical Doctorate), MAPS

Dr Zac Elizabeth Buchanan is currently away on Maternity Leave and intends to be back in November 2022. 

Dr Zac Elizabeth Buchanan, Clinical Psychologist DPsych (Clinical PhD)

Dr Zac Elizabeth Buchanan, Clinical Psychologist
DPsych (Clinical PhD)

As a Clinical Psychologist, I work with adults, teenagers and kids (8+) and their families needing support in dealing with internal and external struggles. These may include issues with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, OCD, social and relationship difficulties, parenting concerns and perinatal counselling. I am also a Board-approved registered Supervisor and can provide supervision services to Junior Psychologists and Registered Psychologists including those in the Clinical Registrar Program.

I strive to connect with warmth and compassion and am committed to building a strong and safe therapeutic relationship, as evidence shows this is a crucial foundation for positive change. My therapeutic approach draws upon a range of specialised and evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and ACT.

My services include diagnostic assessments, individual therapy and family-based therapies, however I understand that each person is unique and I tailor the sessions to suit your individual needs. I aim to provide a safe space where clients might gain insights into themselves and their relationships, reflect on their inner-dialogue, emotions and reactions, and make the necessary changes to overcoming barriers and reaching goals. Most importantly, I aim to treat each individual as a whole, helping them to tap into their inner strength, rather than solely focusing on the conditions or symptoms they are experiencing.

Through my own personal journey, I have also come to discover and appreciate the many complementary aspects of yoga philosophy & practice in understanding the mind and mind-body connection, how we relate to ourselves and others, and strategies for enhancing personal wellbeing. I am an avid believer in thorough scientific research, and it is exciting to see a growing body of western psychology research supporting this +2000 year-old tradition! (for a summary see here). When indicated, I offer clients selected research-backed yoga ‘approaches’ in the therapy room, including breathing/pranayama techniques and mindful meditation practices. Outside of the therapy room, I teach regular yoga classes on Wednesday evenings at Leaf+Bird yoga studio.

I hold a graduate Degree with Honours in Psychology (The University of Melbourne) and a postgraduate Doctor of Clinical Psychology (La Trobe University). I have also completed an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching and use this training to inform the mindful meditation techniques I offer in individual therapy and group-based mental health workshops. I have training and experience working with all age groups, from children to older adults; from those with more severe mental health difficulties to those with more common concerns. I have worked in a range of settings including community-based centres, hospitals and private practice.

To find out more about the range of corporate and community-based workshops I offer, please click here.