Lara RyanCHILD, ADOLESCENT & ADULT PSYCHOLOGIST

    (03) 9820 5577

    For bookings, please use the “book now” button above. We are providing face-to-face and video/phone consultations as needed.  

    We have arrangements in place to maintain social distancing and cleaning standards during COVID-19.

     

    PERSONAL DETAILS AND INTERESTS 

    I am a registered psychologist that works with individuals of all ages to really get to the heart of what it is they want and need to live a full life.

    I bring a compassionate and non-judgemental approach to therapy, creating a supportive space for people to gain a deeper and more authentic understanding of themselves and their relationships with others. Through careful listening and empathic attunement, I help my clients to bring awareness and understanding to the patterns that are keeping them stuck. From a place of awareness and self-acceptance, I support clients to draw on their inner resources and to develop new skills and ways of being that facilitate positive change and growth.

    Whilst the skills and techniques I use when working with little people are different to the ones I use with teens and adults, they are all drawn from scientifically validated psychotherapies including cognitive behavioural therapy, compassion-focused therapy, mindfulness, attachment-based approaches and internal family systems therapy.

     

    ‘Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance ourselves. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.’

                                                                                                                                                          Harriet Lerner.

     

    EXPERIENCE (AREAS OF EXPERTISE)

    I have worked with young children (ages 3-12)  in home, kindergarten and school settings for many years, both in the childcare/disability sector and in delivering one-on-one therapy to enhance outcomes for children with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties.

    I have also worked with adolescents and young people (12-25 years) and in a community mental health setting with adults of all ages and a wide variety of mental health concerns.

    Specifically, I have training and interest in the following areas:

    Children and adolescents:

    • Anxiety and panic
    • Depression
    • Emotional regulation difficulties
    • Social/friendship issues
    • Building resilience

     

    Adults:

    • Anxiety (generalised, social and panic)
    • Depression
    • Emotional regulation difficulties
    • Relationship issues
    • Low self-esteem and body image
    • Life transitions
    • Grief and loss

     

    AFFILIATIONS

    Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

     

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – Monash University

    Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology – Monash University

    Master of Psychology (Clinical) – Institute for Social Neuroscience (ISN Psychology)

     

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