Clinical Psychologist
DR SMADAR SHALEV
B.Sc. (Hons), Grad Dip (Psych), PhD (Clinical Psychology), MAPS

www.elsternwickpsychology.com.au
Contact: 0408 381 505   drsmadarshalev@gmail.com

ABOUT ME

I am a qualified clinical psychologist with experience across different settings in private practice and public health, working with a variety of mental health and wellbeing issues. My style of therapy involves reducing the impact of mental health symptoms as well as achieving your full potential and live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Using a range of evidence based therapy approaches, I provide my clients with a safe space to explore their experiences, thoughts and feelings and to reposition themselves in a more powerful place to deal with the pressures of modern living and their surrounding environment. Through self-discovery, clients find a sense of connectedness and experience a boost to their self-esteem. 
I am fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Clinical College.

SERVICES

WELLBEING
– Anxiety, Stress, Difficulty Relaxing, Panic Attacks, Phobias, OCD
– Sleep Problems
– Depression including Post/Antenatal Depression
– Trauma and PTSD
– Self-Esteem, Body Image, Life Satisfaction
– GLBTIQ Issues
WORK
– Work Related Stress, Bullying
– Career Development and Goals
– Managing Life/Career Balance
– Work Satisfaction
CRISIS/LIFE CHANGES
– Adjusting to Life Changes: Moves, Immigration, Retirement, Family Changes
– Self-Esteem Reboot after Trauma, Abuse or Stressful Life Events
– Managing Crisis: Accidents, Job Loss, Separation, Illness, Grief
RELATIONSHIPS
– Building Relationships: Communication, Confidence Boost, Assertiveness
– Family and Couple’s Counselling
– Social Anxiety and Friendships
REFERRALS AND REBATES
– Accepting all types of referrals including Medicare, Workcover, TAC, VOCAT and DVA
– Self-referring clients are welcome
– Medicare rebates with mental health plans
– Private Health funds rebates (referral not required)

THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

I use a range of short-term and long-term therapy techniques and tailor them to the specific client depending on personality style, presenting issue and therapy goals. I have trained and gained experience in:
– Interpersonal Therapy (working through relational style)
– CBT (challenging unhelpful thinking patterns)
– Schema Therapy (reworking past traumatic experiences)
– Emotion-Focused Therapy (hilling past and present emotional injuries)
– Family Therapy (facilitate change through family interactions)
– ACT and Mindfulness (distancing from disturbing and excessive thinking, learning to tolerate unpleasant emotions)
– Motivational Interviewing (creating motivation for change)
– Solution-Focused Therapy (exploring current strengths to facilitate change)