Who we see
At Introspect, we see people of all ages, across the lifespan. While all our psychologists are experienced in treating adults individually, we also have psychologists who have additional training, interest, and expertise in treating children, adolescents, older adults, couples, families and groups.
Children and Families
A number of our psychologists have a special interest and expertise in working with children and teenagers. Our psychologists work with school age children only (we currently do not have psychologists available who will work with children under 6 years of age).
For children less than 13 years old, initial appointments generally involve the parent/s only to gather for a comprehensive development assessment before seeing the child. While confidentiality is very important in our work with children, our psychologists will encourage open communication between child and parents to ensure the child and family’s needs are best met. In cases where it is considered appropriate, other family members may be involved in the work.
Consent obtained from both parents is considered the ideal (this is the case with separated families, where this is appropriate). Our psychologists do not prepare reports for family law cases, nor engage with legal parties regarding access or custody.
Currently, Sandra Burnett, Anisha Smith, Dr Jenni Green, Dr Sabrina Abney (on maternity leave) are our psychologists working with children and adolescents. John Lukies and Elisabeth Pohl work with adolescents.
A number of our psychologists have a special interest and expertise in working with couples. When working with couples, our psychologists consider the client to be the relationship, rather than either individual. In some cases, our psychologist may recommend that one or both individuals within the relationship seek individual therapy to resolve a psychological issue so that the relationship can develop and progress. In these cases, a referral to another psychologist within the practice can often be arranged.
Suzanna Copp, Tendai Chirawu and Stavroula Surdich provide couples therapy.
While all our psychologists have an interest and expertise in working with older adults, both Stavroula Surdich and Jenni Green have particular expertise gained from many years of experience working with older adults.
At Introspect we have developed a number of group therapy programs that we offer in addition to our individual therapy. Group therapy offers some benefits for clients including the realisation that you are not alone in your difficulties; it can strengthen your communication and social skills and can enhance greater insight into one’s own issues through feedback from others in the group.
Group programs typically involve up to 10 clients with 2 psychologists as facilitators. They generally run for 1-1.5 hrs, once a week, for 10 weeks. Session times and dates are determined by demand for groups and availability of therapists. Our group programs can be accessed privately or clients may be eligible for government funded schemes and rebates, such as Medicare (when they are referred by their GP/Psychiatrist specially requesting a group intervention), NDIS, Workcover and TAC.
Currently, Introspect are taking referrals for the following group therapy programs:
CORE– a Schema Therapy based group program aimed at assisting clients effectively manage unhelpful patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviours
WISE MIND- a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy based group program aimed at providing clients with skills in distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness.
Upcoming CORE and WISE MIND groups will be facilitated by Dr Jenni Green and Sandra Burnett.