Dr David M Psychologist

  • Clinical Psychologist Perth

    Dr David M

    Clinical Psychologist Perth

    B.Pharm. (Hons), M.Sc. (Sci), M.Psych (Clin), PhD (Biomedical Science Policy), Dip. Journalism, Cert. Psych., Cert. Ed., Grad. Cert. Gestalt, Dip. Hypnosis, Cert. Transactional Analysis, I.T.A.A.

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    LOCATIONS
    • Claremont, WA
    Accepted Insurance Funds

    All Health Funds

    Specialised Training

    On-going attendance at professional development courses undertaken for registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

    Most recently, these have included topics as diverse as pathological narcissism, grief, mindfulness and brain science.

    Areas of Interest
    • Addictions (with a particular interest in gambling)
    • Couples counselling
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Grief and loss
    • Adoptions
    • Stress-related issues
    • Life-stage issues
    About Dr David M

    David is a highly qualified and well-respected clinical psychologist, with a wealth of life and professional experience. His approach is caring, well-informed, skilled and pragmatic.  David has extensive academic qualifications in the sciences, including psychology. His diverse professional background includes experience in hospital pharmacy, social work and teaching – as well as provision of psychology services in a range of settings.

    He has worked in psychology since 1980 – as a senior clinical psychologist in prisons, general and psychiatric hospitals, university counselling services, drug and alcohol clinics and in private practice. He has also provided consultancy services to Ngala Hospital, Racing and Wagering WA, Perth Human Sexuality Centre, the WA Police and the Commonwealth Department of Defence.

    Having established his own private practice in Perth more than 30 years ago, David works with clients in a collaborative process to achieve the relationship goals they are seeking. He adopts a broad-spectrum approach to counselling, synthesizing the learnings of different schools of psychotherapy, as appropriate to the needs of the individual. Therapy is tailored to the preferences, circumstances and desired outcomes of the client.

    David’s particular approach may include aspects of cognitive- behavioural therapy, Jungian Oriented Dreamwork, transactional analysis and Gestalt Therapy, as appropriate. Couples counselling is more ‘here-and-now’ focussed, with the emphasis on communication and conflict-resolution.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    Over 40 years.

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. Easy to talk to
    2. Insightful
    3. Straight-shooter
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    Helping clients to find simple, workable solutions to problems that seem overwhelming.

    What’s an example of a couple you have helped the most?

    Most couples seeking help have in common a loss of trust and many have lost hope. So, helping to restore trust and hope is a common, basic factor in helping most couples.

    This is achieved by coaching unambiguous, achievable agreements based on clear, equitable communication. This is monitored for accountability and fine-tuning as necessary. A ‘no-blame’ approach is fundamental. The goal is not a change in personality but instead, a change in behaviour that can be trusted.

    Most often, a reliable change of behaviour on both sides that goes towards meeting the other’s needs, leads to changes in the feeling-tone of the relationship. Then a positive spiral can replace the negative one. Changes in behaviour are aided by work geared towards mutual understanding of each other’s experience of the relationship.

    Parking & Accessibility

    The practice is located on the corner of Stirling Highway and Stirling Road, at street level (in the offices of the Walk-in GP). Parking can be readily found in the Claremont Quarter or opposite the practice in front of church on Queenslea Crescent.

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