Dr Zac Elizabeth Buchanan
BA (Hons), DPsych (Clinical Doctorate), MAPS
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 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. Similarly, 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. In general, 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.
More recently, 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.
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.
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