Empowering people to make meaningful changes with their lives.

Hi, I'm Olga Lavalle

I’m a Clinical Psychologist with a warm empathic approach, empowering you to achieve your goals. With the use of a variety of approaches, I am dedicated to assist you to make positive changes to improve your mental health.  My supportive, warm and non judgmental approach helps you to feel at ease to openly share your concerns. Treatment is based on evidence-based best practice principals and tailored to meet your individual needs.

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Sleep…if only I could!

Sleep is such a vital part of staying mentally and physically healthy, but how do you get it? Sleep (or not enough of it) is implicated in depression and weight gain. Experts advocate between 7 - 9 hours of sleep is optimum. Me - I need 8.5 hours of sleep per night to...

Technology as Therapy

Did you know technology can be used in therapy to help people deal with fears? Or help with meditation or relaxation? Or even to help distract people from pain? Today, technology is being blamed for increasing social isolation, lowering communication skills,...

5 Tips to Cope with Grief on Valentine’s Day

Oh, it’s coming up to that time of the year again! You know….when all those red roses appear everywhere, and everyone is getting excited…except you. Yes, you guessed it, Valentine’s Day is approaching, and Cupid’s arrow is hitting the heart. For some, it’s feelings of...

Therapy for Young People

Adolescence is the transitional stage from childhood to adulthood. It is a time of discovery and commonly raises issues of independence and self-identity. We offer a warm friendly environment for adolescents from 16 years of age to talk about their concerns.

We focus on treatment of depression, anxiety, bullying, stress, self-esteem, drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, relationships and any general adolescent issues impacting on general wellbeing.

If you have noticed the following issues with your child, counselling with a child psychologist may be helpful:

    • Defiance, tantrums, or oppositional behaviour
    • Mood changes, such as crying more, appearing sad, or worrying excessively
    • Anxiety about separating from you, or “clingy” behaviour
      • Refusing to go to school
      • Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
      • Risk-taking behaviour
      • Self-harm
    • Being bullied
    • Difficulty connecting with peers
    • Decline in performance at school
    • Difficulty adjusting to changes, such as parents separating or loss of loved ones

Adults

Mental health is about being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy that is the way we think, feel and develop relationships will be determined by our overall mental health. When we are mentally healthy our learning, daily functioning, and productivity increases and have positive social relationships.

Certain mental health conditions can cause distress, impact on day-to-day functioning and relationships. We provide a warm therapeutic environment to help you improve your mental health.

We provide treatment for mental health conditions including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Childhood and Adult Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Self Esteem and General Wellbeing

Community

We pride ourselves on promoting positive mental health in the community. Contact us to discuss any consultations to community or sporting organisations on mental health issues.

Corporate

Workplace stress increases absenteeism, sick leave, high staff turnover, and decreases productivity. Contact us to discuss our mentally healthy workplace program.

Get a sneak peek of my book The New Normal

12 hours ago

Dr Olga Lavalle

This is an OMG moment!

I still can't believe the news I have received late this afternoon. I am shocked, excited and cannot believe this.

My published book 'The New Normal: A Widow's Guide to Grief' has won two international awards in the 2019 eLit Book Awards.

Gold in the Category - Ageing/Death and Dying
Silver in the Category - Women's Issues

The eLit Awards are an international awards competition committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing.

Thank you to
Reen Mercer for writing the Foreword

Maggie Wilde my publisher for challenging me to write this book, to put pen to paper and capture the wealth of experience that I had within me.

My children (Alex Lavalle, Chloe Lavalle, Jarred Lavalle) my partner (Gary Angelucci) family and friends for your support when I was writing the book.

Adriana Gervaise for organising my book launch last year, Lincoln Humphries for emceeing my book launch, and everyone who attended.

And thank you to everybody who has purchased my book you have an AWARD WINNING BOOK!

To purchase a copy go to www.awidowsguidetogrief.com/OrderBook

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Wollongong NSW 2500

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