Alicia Merlino

Senior Psychologist


Availability

Tuesday - Thursday 10:00am-7:00pm
Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Fees

Initial 80 minute consultation $325
Subsequent therapy sessions $250
Rebate $88.25 per session through Medicare

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, Certificate in Art and Play Therapy for Children and Young People, Graduate Certificate in Development Trauma, Master of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Master of Forensic Mental Health


Over the past ten years I have worked as a psychologist supporting children, adolescents, families and adults in various education and government settings. My experience within both government and private sectors, has allowed me to gain skills in dealing with a range of social, emotional, behavioural, and academic difficulties. I have also facilitated group programs including parenting courses with a focus on understanding trauma and attachment issues.

The basis of my approach lies within the therapeutic relationship, which allows for a non-judgmental, gentle, and compassionate experience. I help people gain insights and awareness into their past experiences, thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. I create a safe and open space for discussions and help my clients take steps to improve their lives. I treat the whole person, empowering people to process their emotions and develop healthy coping strategies.

What I find most rewarding about psychology is honouring the uniqueness of each person. It has been a privilege to witness hundreds of people improve their mental health and confidently navigate life’s rough patches.

I use an integrative approach tailored to my clients’ needs. I combine Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with elements of Mindfulness-Based Therapies and Strength-Based Therapy.

My areas of specialised expertise and interest include Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Perfectionism, Self-Esteem IssuesStressExam and HSC anxiety, Adolescent Issues, Sleep issues, Relationship Issues, Life Changes, Trauma

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