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WELCOME TO DICKSON PSYCHOLOGY

At Dickson Psychology, we work with children, parents, adolescents and adults with a broad range of mental health issues. We specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of issues including anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, depression, panic attacks, relationship difficulties, challenging behaviour, school and workplace difficulties, and trauma. 

DIAGNOSIS

Our specialised diagnostic / assessment services can give invaluable information about your child’s development, learning and behaviour.

All of our assessments are conducted by fully qualified psychologists who have extensive experience in psychological assessment for young people aged under 17 years.

Every assessment comes with a report that is highly specialised, and clearly explains the results and provides individualised recommendations. We work closely with you to ensure you are informed every step of the way and take the time to go through results with you fully.

THERAPY

We provide therapy services for children, adolescents, adults and families for a range of concerns, and use evidence-based approaches to suit individual needs.

 

While treating clients presenting with a range of social, emotional and psychological issues, we consider the needs of the client in the context of family, educational and/or workplace settings, and develop therapeutic strategies to help alter their unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The goals of psychological assessment and therapy are unique for each client, and are developed by the client and therapist in collaboration. 

ABOUT US

Dr Eliza Ahmed (Director) 
(PhD, MAPS, FCEDP)

Eliza is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. Her strengths are working with children and families in the assessment and diagnosis of developmental delays, learning disorders, attention and behavioural difficulties, and autism spectrum disorder. Therapeutically, Eliza has extensive experience providing evidence-based approaches in the areas of anxiety, OCD, autism, and emotional / behavioural regulation. Parental support is a valued part of her work. For more information, visit Dr Ahmed's website here.

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Natalie Evans (Director)

BA (Soc.Sc) Mst.hlth.sc.(child.adol.psych)

Natalie is a qualified psychologist who has studied family therapy, drug and alcohol and is experienced in working with adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma. She has extensive work experience and training in child protection, out of home care, drug and alcohol, working with trauma, relationship difficulties, and workplace issues.

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Lakshmi (Laki) Santherabalan 
BA (Psych), MoC

Laki is a professional counsellor affiliated with the ACA (Level 2) with qualifications from the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Laki has 4 to 5 years of experience working in the mental health, education, and disability sectors. She is experienced in assisting individuals with mental health and behavioural concerns across all ages. Her areas of interest include mental health, trauma, disability support, education, and in working with children, youth, and family services.

Laki believes that one of the biggest joys and motivators of counselling is seeing the positive change impacted on an individual’s life and she is incredibly proud of the work that she does.

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Valerie deBritt 

BSW MAASW (acc) MACSW  

Valerie deBritt is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. She has 20 years of experience working as a clinical mental health therapist with individuals and couples. Her sessions may involve family as well as individual counselling, and group therapy. Valerie has a great deal of experience helping individuals overcome complex trauma. Working with individuals suffering from mental distress including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder and complicated grief is another area of her interest and expertise.  

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Jennifer Bye

Dip counselling; Grad Dip Counselling; MA counselling (Level 4) 

Jennifer Bye is an ACA endorsed counsellor (level 4) with Mental Health qualification. She is also ACA endorsed supervisor. Jenny has many years of experience working with individuals with trauma, anxiety and relationship difficulties. Some of her areas of expertise include providing therapy for children and adolescents to deal with their challenging emotion and behaviour.

CONFIDENTIALITY

All information and records regarding clients are kept strictly confidential. We will not release any information about clients to anyone except with appropriate authority. There are some exceptions to this, which will be discussed in your initial session.

 

If you attend sessions with a referral, we need to provide regular reports of your progress to your referrer.

 

If there are particular issues that come up in your therapy that you do not wish to have written about, please indicate this as soon as you can.

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

Eliza and Natalie are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency's (AHPRA) Psychology Board of Australia, and hold membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS).  They are also registered with Medicare, WorkCover, National Disability Insurance Agency, and major private health funds.