Recently, we interviewed the newest team member, psychologist George, who joined LiveBig in July.
Can you outline your experience and background in psychology for us?
I started my provisional psychology internship in developmental psychology and worked in schools as a school counsellor and then moved to support work with adults living with severe mental illnesses. Upon general registration, I worked in private practice as a general psychologist working with families, couples and individuals who presented with a wide range of problems. I relocated overseas for two years to explore my other passions for travel and business, and in the last year have returned to Australia to continue to pursue my background in psychology. One day, I aim to combine my love of business and psychology.
What inspired you to pursue a career in psychology?
I pursued psychology because I could see the impact mental health issues had on people. I have always worked with the most vulnerable people and being a psychologist allows me to help those in need with problems that they might not necessarily know how to deal with or resolve on their own. I find enjoyment in helping people to articulate their story, guiding people on their road to recovery and being able to celebrate every small achievement towards their goals! My passion is seeing positive outcomes, Improved wellbeing of clients and making good friends and experiences along the way.
What, in your opinion, is the most important quality for a psychologist?
Empathy. I believe one of the most important qualities is to really put yourself in someone else’s shoes. To spend that time to get to know who they are and why they think that way and behave that way helps a psychologist to understand the reasons behind their actions.
Which are the most common disorders you have treated, and how have you approached these?
Anxiety and emotional difficulties. Each person is different and often require an eclectic approach, so no session is ever the same. However, all sessions use an evidence-based approach to ensure that therapies are as effective as possible.
How would you define a successful clinical psychologist?
A successful clinical psychologist is all of the following:
- Flexible and adaptive
- Knowledgeable yet humble
- Allows the client to create their own story and ensures that the client feels understood
- Challenges any blind spots and negative thought patterns while allowing the client to discover these and make their own decisions on how to better themselves
Has Coronavirus (COVID-19) changed the way you deliver your services, and what challenges have arisen?
Coronavirus has impacted the conventional face-to-face psychology service and this presents as a challenge because client sessions are now conducted predominantly through telehealth, which can alter the level of engagement. However, it is also a positive as I can now work with people from all around the country, reducing travel time and costs for the customer.
Have you noticed any positives in your patients in the transition to telehealth during Coronavirus?
I notice that some of my clients prefer telehealth as it allows them to attend our sessions from the comfort of their own homes. It also makes some people feel more comfortable as they don’t have to be in the physical presence of another person, which can be anxiety-provoking to some.
Would you like to learn more about LiveBig psychology services? Contact us online or phone 1300 390 222.