Selena Psychologist


Clinical Psychologist Perth

  • Selena

    Clinical Psychologist Perth

    MAppPsych (Clin), BA(Hons)Psych, BPsych, HELP

    Hart Centre Certified

    • Subiaco, WA
    Specialised Training
    • Schema Therapy at Murdoch University
    • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy workshop by Michael Durrant of Brief Institute Therapy Sydney
    • Imagery Rescripting workshop by Dr Christopher Lee
    • Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault training by Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)
    • Family and Domestic Violence and Impact of Complex Trauma workshops by SARC
    • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children training by Medical University of South Carolina
    • Children’s Mental Health Service Professional Training course by Australian Psychological Society
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) training by Carl Graham
    • ACT for Beginners course by Nesh Nikolic
    • Understanding Dementia course by University of Tasmania
    • Mental Health First Aid Course by Monash University
    Areas of Interest
    • Pregnancy
    • Infertility
    • Parenting & attachment issues
    • Same-sex couples
    • Intimacy
    • Infidelity
    • Mid-life crisis
    • Young couples
    • Couples with young children
    • Senior couples
    • Extended families
    • Grief and loss/PTSD
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Bipolar
    • Personality disorders
    • Addictions
    • Sexual assault
    • Anger management
    • Sleep disturbance
    •  Pain management

    Selena has been providing clinical psychology for over 6 years. She is very interested to work with individuals, couples, and families to improve relationships. She has worked with couples to address infidelities and emotional affairs, to discuss intimacy problems due to having young children or following sexual assault, and to improve emotional closeness following many years of “stale relationship”.

    Selena became interested in the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy approach through her training in Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical) in Murdoch University.

    She explores attachment styles during childhood and its impact on intimate relationships in adulthood. In therapy, Selena will discuss significant life events and childhood experiences to understand their influence on individuals’ coping mechanism and relational styles.

    Through their therapeutic journey with Selena, clients can gain better insight into their personal drives and triggers, and recognise their emotional needs underlying their communication styles with their partner. Ultimately, the goal of therapy is for couples to be more honest and open when communicating with each other. Selena believes that everybody has their own story, and will actively listen to each client’s perspective, without judgment or taking sides in session. She is highly flexible and will customise therapy based on the needs of her clients. She perceives herself as a facilitator rather than an authority figure, and enjoys engaging her clients in a collaborative manner to achieve the best outcome.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    Over 6 years.

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. Non-conditional acceptance
    2. Curious and active listener
    3. Emotionally grounding
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    To gain clients’ trust through a strong therapeutic alliance, and observe clients making positive changes.

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

    A couple came to see me to address infidelity in their relationship. The wife had been experiencing depression for several years, and impulsively engaged in a one-night stand due to “extreme emotional numbness”. Following discovery of the affair, her husband experienced social anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation and anger outbursts. They engaged in weekly therapy for approximately 10 to 12 sessions. Following therapy, the couple reported better appreciation of themselves as individuals and each other as a unit. They also reported improved mood, reduced anxiety, and more hopeful towards their future.

    Parking & Accessibility

    Street parking is available along Hay St and Churchill Avenue, and basement parking is available at the Goodlife Health Club on Hay St (search Wilson Parking Subiaco Mews).

    If you are arriving via public transport, we are approximately 8 mins (or 600m) walking distance from Subiaco train station (Frematle line).

    Or to book an appointment, please call 1300 830 552