Wollongong is seaside city located in the Illawarra, NSW. It is a 82 kilometres drive south of Sydney. Wollongong spoils its residents with the most amazing beaches, mountains and parks to explore. For this exact reason, we have chosen Wollongong as one of our locations to practice walk and talk services in.
Our Wollongong Psychologists are down to earth, easy going and can assist with depression, anxiety, anger management, couples counselling and family therapy, just to name a few. They will make you feel at ease in your first session and allow you to dictate the pace; of the walk and the session! In our Wollongong location, you can choose to kick off your shoes and take a barefoot walk on the beach or leave them on and take in the scenery as you walk along the pathway, private and secure park areas and strolls along the ocean.
We have a number of Wollongong Psychologists specialising in walk and talk therapy, offering an alternate approach to the traditional office setting. If you are someone who has tried office based therapy before and it didn't work, or if those small rooms make you feel as uncomfortable as they sometimes look, then our Wollongong Psychologists are for you!
OUR WOLLONGONG PSYCHOLOGISTS
There are a number of reasons why people choose to book in with one of our Wollongong Psychologists. At times, a friend or person close to them recommends our service as
they may have had some experience with our Psychologists. At other times, they may have heard about us and know that we might be the right fit! As Walk Different offers an alternative to the clinical office and a more relaxed approach to get professional help, we are often told that sitting down in an office was not suited for our client and that they needed something more natural.
We completely understand this. After all, when we reach out to friends for a catch up or to talk some things over, it is very unlikely that we would be meeting them in a room with a pen and paper! So why should therapy be any different? We do want to assure you that while we are very down to earth and while our services are more relaxed, you can count on receiving the same professional treatment and therapy that you would come across in an office. We have just changed our delivery slightly because we know that this works better. And the views are not too bad either!
Another reason why clients choose a Walk Different Psychologist is because they are brave enough to admit to themselves that they don't feel like they know they should and that something might be wrong after all. They may have googled service after service only to feel like they don't quiet fit into those boxes or like the thought of sitting across from someone with a pen and paper is very daunting! Can't disagree there!
Walk Different services offer that something different, less intimidating and we acknowledge just how much strength it takes to reach out. We make sure that you are comfortable with the process of seeing a Walk Different Psychologist right from the start! We are also aware that not all personalities get along, so if you see one of our Wollongong Psychologists and this is the case, you are welcome to let us know and choose another psychologist for your next session. All of our psychologists agree that this is part of the process and as the sessions are yours, we want you to get the most out of them!
What do our Wollongong Psychologists specialise in?
Our Wollongong Psychologists come with their own special skill sets, experience and area of interest. Below is a little bit of information about each one of them.
Adrian specialises in substance use disorders, anger issues, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, stress, relationship issues, life adjustment issues. He has gained a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Since then, he has worked with a wide range of client problems using multiple approaches. These include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. He has previously worked with clients presenting with substance use disorders in a residential setting, along with depression, anxiety, stress, anger issues, personality disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia and bipolar. He has also worked with clients in both CBT and DBT group therapy and individual therapy sessions, where he has helped clients implement a range of evidence-based skills and strategies.
You read more about Adrian here
Helen's areas of speciality include Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Sleep Hygiene, Relaxation and Self-Care, Parenting strategies and Improving Communication. She started Psychology 15 years ago and has completed an undergraduate degree, postgraduate diploma, full registration as a Psychologist and has an article published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. She has learned so much along the way and intends to continue learning for the rest of her life. Helen has been with Walk Different since 2015 and loves how this role has extended her!
You can read more about Helen here
Monique specialises in Trauma (PTSD), Grief and loss, stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, anger management , drug and alcohol counselling and academic or work pressures. Monique is a fully registered Psychologist in NSW, a registered Medicare provider, an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Association and a Professional Member of the Blue Knot Foundation (formerly known as Adults Surviving Childhood Abuse (ASCA)). She studied her 4-year undergraduate at Wollongong University where she obtained a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and completed a fifth year of study at Macquarie University where she obtained a Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology. She has also been fortunate to gain a wealth of experience in the community sector for the past 8 years where she worked in the drug and alcohol/dual diagnosis sector at rehabilitation services in the Illawarra and North Sydney regions, as well as 2 years in Nepean/Blue Mountains area working in adolescent mental health. She has also had the wonderful opportunity to work overseas in India where she mentored young Australians as they worked with local women and children to improve their lives via social business projects. She works with a variety of clients and concerns. Her current area of interest is working with the individual's mind-body connection in order to heal, grow and reconnect to a meaningful life.
You can read more about Monique here
Sarah specialises in depression, anxiety, stress, goal setting and motivation. She began her career in corporate psychology where she gained experience in team dynamics, workplace stress and grievances and performance management. Making a move to a more personal setting, she joined a team of experts from different fields looking to support and educate people wanting to improve their overall health, both physical and mental. This experience inspired her to view mental health treatment more holistically and brought her to Walk Different. Sarah strongly believes in the benefits of outdoor therapy and the opportunities to let go, learn and connect that come with it.
You can read more about Sarah here
A final thought about our Wollongong Psychologists is that they come with a wealth of experience and areas of expertise. If for whatever reason you are unsure of who would be most suited to you, give our friendly staff a call on (02) 4244 7054 and they will be able to point you in the right direction!
Below you will find a map of where you meet your psychologist in Wollongong, but don't stress, they will give you a call the day before your session just to introduce themselves and to let you know exactly where you will find them! They will also remind you of any documents that you will need to bring along to the session, but most of all, they will make you feel at ease about the exciting journey you are about to go on!
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