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My professional qualifications are a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), and I have done an additional two year's of training to become an endorsed Clinical Psychologist in Australia. I previously worked in a hospital and also a community mental health team. My specialities are CBT (including ACT and schema therapy), older adult psychology and positive psychology. I have also received training in mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, ACT for psychosis and CBT for anxiety and panic. I have also trained in cross-cultural mental health and have experience in working with people from many different cultural backgrounds. I have specialised training in Geropsychology, or psychological treatment of older adults (people aged 65+).
I welcome all adults, and teenagers, and I will work hard to address whatever concern you may have. I have a lot of experience in treating anxiety disorders, particularly panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalised anxiety disorder,. I also have an interest in depression and bipolar disorder and using non-pharmacological treatment for these (i.e. not using drugs). I have a strong interest in treating psychological complaints with a strong physical component - such as pain disorder and insomnia - using psychoeducation and CBT. I am also very interested in helping those who are struggling with life adjustments, perhaps with moving to Finland and the changes in life that an international move can bring, or other adjustments such as parenthood, loss of employment or health problems. I also have an interest in working with older adults.
Many of you reading this may wonder what a Clinical Psychologist is. Briefly, I would describe a Clinical Psychologist as a psychologist who works much like a psychiatrist does (we assess, diagnose and treat clients), but that they use a psychological approach and not a medical approach. Clinical Psychologists study and train for 8 years, they are required to receive ongoing supervision indefinitely and to attend five days of professional training per year. They use a wide variety of therapeutic methods, including CBT, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Psychoanalysis and IPT, but the primary training is often in CBT. Clinical psychologists often work in the 'scientist-practitioner' method - i.e. that they practice the science that they use with clients and use evidence based treatment. In Finland Clinical Psychology is not a discipline which has a psychotherapy rebate from KELA, but I am seeking to still get recognition as a psychotherapist by VALVIRA.
The consultation is 50 minutes long. This fee also includes all phone calls and letters with the client and with other health professionals if required.
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If you require a psychological report this is an additional cost. Please be aware that there are no KELA rebates for Clinical Psychology services in Finland.
I am able to take on new clients at present and would be able to see you within one, two or three weeks of first contact. I cannot offer same-day appointments from the time that you contact me, as I usually have a fully booked schedule. I offer a free 15 minute phone call before booking the first session and will arrange a time for this phone call over email prior to booking the first session.
I'm an English-speaking, CBT-trained, clinical psychologist. I offer short to medium-term psychological therapy for stress, depression, anxiety (OCD, Social Anxiety), and many other disorders. I am registered with VALVIRA as a psychologist in Finland and I am an endorsed Clinical Psychologist in Australia. My therapeutic style is Cognitive Integrative (CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy). I can help people with work stress, relationship issues, parenting issues, but I am also trained to treat more serious problems such as depression, suicidal thoughts, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders (OCD, etc..) and any psychological issue. In Australia I was employed as a Clinical Psychologist in the hospital system, and I also worked in private practice. I am happy to work with your doctor/ physiotherapist/ nutritionist/ speech pathologist/ OT or any other health professional if you are needing a multi-disciplinary approach to your treatment.