APPROACH TO THERAPY

Note that I am unable to take on new clients at this time. I will update this message once spaces are available. 

I am a clinical psychologist with an interest in self-compassion, mindfulness and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). I specialise in treating anxiety, depression and stress influenced by factors such as life transitions, relationship issues and living with illness. I have a particular interest self-compassion, supporting adults of all ages to be kinder towards themselves in their thoughts, feelings and actions.  I have completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School where I researched resilience and the mind-body connection. I continue to partner with Harvard for my part time research. I have a warm and gentle approach to therapy. I am committed to my own contemplative (meditation) practice, and this adds depth to my work as a therapist.

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SERVICES

PRIVATE COUNSELLING: HOW IT WORKS

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Our first session starts with an assessment, where I ask you some questions to better understand life stressors and/or psychological symptoms (e.g. feeling flat, anxiety or stress) that are causing you distress. There is also an opportunity for you to consider any goals that you would like to achieve through attending therapy sessions. In sessions two onward, we continue the conversation, and I weave in evidence-based strategies to help you regulate emotions, cope with stressors, be kinder to yourself, increase well-being and/or heal from the past. I will often invite you to apply any strategies discussed in session to your daily life, to help reinforce lasting positive changes.

EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENTS

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I am especially interested in self-compassion and mindfulness-based approaches and my training is in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT forms the foundation of my approach. I have co-ordinated and taught a masters level subject in CBT skills for trainee clinical psychologists at The University of Melbourne. In my clinical practice I work with a range of conditions including: 

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Chronic stress

  • Low self-worth

  • Post traumatic stress

  • Adjustment to illness (including pain)

  • Healing from the past

  • Cultivating well-being & personal growth

Giving Back

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I am currently offering a free 30-minuted guided meditation via Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm Melbourne time (GMT + 11). The group is open to everybody, but note that meditation is not suitable if you are acutely distressed. While meditation can be therapeutic, it is not a substitute for therapy. If you are interested in participating, send through an email for more details: info@lydiabrown.com.au. After a summer break, we plan to resume sessions in February 2021. 

To further commit to giving back, a proportion of sales is currently going to support Sakyadhita Australia (https://www.sakyadhitaoz.org/) to support planning and administrative support for the upcoming 17th Sakyadhita International conference scheduled for December 2021. I also volunteer as the Academic Co-Chair of this conference.