Profiles

Lydia Elsworthy

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As Director of Woodside Centre, Lydia Elsworthy has a strong belief in a holistic approach to psychology which underpins her practice. She works with her clients to develop strategies and techniques that improve capacity to resolve personal, emotional and relationship issues. Lydia assists people of all ages to manage and understand emotions and behaviour, overcome difficulties, improve performance and relationships with the ultimate goal of physical and emotional health and well-being.

Lydia assists clients to make positive changes through the development of greater self-awareness. She will draw from her expertise in CBT, ACT, positive psychology and other evidence-based strategies that can change old behaviour patterns. Lydia’s services include assistance with issues such as anxiety and depression, stress, anger management, grief counselling, weight management, child psychology, pain and injury management, career and development issues and life coaching. Lydia works collaboratively with her clients to improve wellbeing and help them reach their full potential

Lydia is also experienced in conducting psychometric and diagnostic/educational assessments to with children, adolescents and adults for both clinical and educational purposes. They provide an in depth overview of functioning and can assist with queries related to issues such as Specific Learning Disorders, attention/concentration/ executive functioning difficulties and giftedness.

Availability: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 6:00pm

Michele Juratowitch

Michele Juratowitch is Director of Clearing Skies and provides a range of services to meet the needs of gifted children, their parents and teachers. Michele has qualifications in counselling, mental health and gifted education and provides counselling for gifted youth and their families. She worked in schools for over twenty years and has instituted a range of programs and provisions for gifted students.

Michele develops resources; provides training for teachers and parents of gifted children; lectured in the postgraduate course in Gifted Education at the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC) at UNSW; is a consultant to schools and member of advisory committees. Michele was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the counselling and intervention needs of gifted children.   She is a co-author of “Releasing the Brakes”, a research report on Australian acceleration practices and “Make a Twist: Curriculum differentiation for gifted students” – a resource widely used by teachers and parents to provide for the learning needs of gifted students.

Availability: Tuesday, 9:00am – 6:00pm and Wednesday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Luke Dunstan

Luke Dunstan believes that Psychology should be accessible to everyone regardless of background. Prior to working at the Woodside Centre, Luke has been providing frontline psychological support for the long term unemployed, many of whom had never seen a psychologist before. He has also worked with families, and as a Residential Youth Worker providing personal front-line support for teenagers experiencing trauma, and with parents who required upskilling in parenting techniques.

Luke’s main focus in therapy is creating a safe space for the client to be authentic. In this space, he encourages self-reflection, understanding the effect of previous experiences and held beliefs, and then learning new techniques to challenge or manage ourselves and interactions with others.

Apart from his registration as a General Psychologist, Luke also has a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy and has had careers in Farming, the Royal Australian Air Force, Corporate Business, and Social Services.

Availability: Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Rachael Chalmers

Rachael emphasises a warm, holistic, and client-centred therapeutic approach that will be individually tailored to meet an individual’s needs and goals using practical tools and strategies. As a registered General Psychologist, her philosophy is to encourage individuals to develop clarity, purpose and strength in their identity in order to create an unshakeable resilience to meet life’s challenges and create a life of enhanced well-being.

Rachael’s specialisation is in the area of Anxiety and Anxiety-Related difficulties such as constant worry, performance anxiety, OCD, panic attacks, procrastination, and social anxiety. Her eclectic style draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, and Positive Psychology. Rachael loves to work alongside people across the lifespan including teens, young adults, and adults, as well as young children with selective mutism.

Rachael’s personal interests include practising mindfulness, hearing great puns, travel, nutrition & exercise, baking and her little black cat named Klara. Her qualifications include both a Bachelor and Masters in Psychology leading into several years of local and international experience in specialist anxiety clinics, hospitals, schools, and private practice.

Availability: Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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