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Elizabeth Galt, Clinical Psychologist, MClinPsych, FCCLP, MAPS

My Philosophy 

The idea of coming to therapy and talking with someone you don't know, often about deeply private things can feel confronting and overwhelming. First and foremost I come from a place of gentleness. In my experience many people who come to therapy have already suffered enough harshness, either from life experiences, people close to them, or their own critical self talk. I still know when to be firm to help people reach their therapy goals. My hope is that with my skills, various therapy approaches and experience I help people to become the experts of themselves - the masters of their own mental health.

Each human life is unique and nobody else can truly know what it's like to be you. I am curious to learn about and understand the context you are coming from which is uniquely yours. I am also respectful and appreciate that there can be sorrows or traumas in people's lives that they may never be able to say aloud to another person. Maybe they will learn the skills to deal with these things through other events that they feel safer to discuss. Or maybe the pain will ease a little as they become a kinder friend to themselves. 

I have strived to uphold the ethics, values and standards of my profession, including the need for ongoing professional development, peer consultation, and self care. After more than a decade with a large group private practice I decided in 2020 to meet my dream of creating my own place. A place I hope where you may feel comfortable, understood, supported, and be able to reach your goals for therapy. 

Qualifications

May you be peaceful and at ease. May you be well. May you be happy...

I am a Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists, and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society. I am registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) in conjunction with the Psychology Board of Australia, and hold an area of practice endorsement in Clinical Psychology. I am a board approved supervisor so I can supervise provisional psychologists in training, and clinical psychology registrars seeking their area of practice endorsement in Clinical Psychology.

In my early 30s, after some other career and life experiences, I decided to take seriously my enduring interest in psychology. After a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology, I completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland. The MClinPsych was two years of full time intensive study, internships and placements through 2007 and 2008. I was fortunate to receive valuable training in a large hospital psychiatric unit. The MClinPsych program established my formal training in what is known as the scientist practitioner model and the use of psychological assessment, diagnosis, and treatment that is scientifically supported.

From 2008 to 2010, I worked with the Cancer Council of Queensland as a psychologist and project co-ordinator on an exciting research project using Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for people with cancer. That role required rigorous training in mindfulness, and that training combined with my own personal practice was when I finally truly understood what mindfulness was actually about. In 2009 I also started with a well respected large private practice where I worked consistently until July 2020.