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Dr Olga Lavalle

Dr Olga Lavalle

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Dr Olga Lavalle has been working in adult mental health since 1988 and leads a team of experienced psychologists. Olga specialises in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of adult mental health disorders and has a special interest in grief and loss.

Olga’s commenced her career in the public sector. She has worked in Community Mental Health, Inpatient Mental Health Units, and worked on research projects with the Illawarra Institute For Mental Health at the University of Wollongong.

Olga provides evidenced based treatment tailored to individual client’s needs. She draws from various therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Olga’s work falls within current best practice principles which is maintained through her commitment to ongoing professional development.

She provides specialist psychological services under Medicare, is an Employee Assistance Program provider and an approved WorkCover NSW provider. Additionally, Olga consults to workplace and community sporting organisations.

Suzanneh-Jane Lucas

Psychologist

Suzanneh-Jane Lucas is a highly motivated and enthusiastic Psychologist who has been working in psychiatric rehabilitation and treatment since 2005 and registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency.

Suzanneh has worked in the non-government sector in adolescent psychiatric rehabilitation, in parenting group facilitation and as a research assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry whilst studying and training to become registered as a Psychologist. Post registration in 2011, Suzanneh has worked therapeutically in both the government community mental health sector as a clinician, in relationship counselling, as a mental health group educator and a therapeutic group facilitator.

As a Psychologist, her therapeutic work with people comes from a foundation of a self-actualising collaborative process with the client. The therapeutic framework utilised is eclectic but draws upon best evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Strengths and collaborative recovery. Subsequently, as a therapist being able to draw upon a variety of therapeutic tools throughout the therapeutic recovery process including evidence based practice is advantageous for the client.

A keen interest of Suzanneh’s is the aetiology of what is currently termed as borderline personality and the practice of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. Other points of interest in her psychology practice is the role of trauma in mental health and people’s overall wellbeing, attachment theory, group work and community education.

A fundamental motivator for Suzanneh is to give back and help others. In 2004, she completed 3 months community aid work in the South Pacific region; working in a team of young people to help organise a youth skills summit and assist in eye screening as part of the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Prior to venturing into the field of psychology in 2004, Suzanneh was accomplished in the Environmental Health Profession in Local government. This work assisted Suzanneh to gain a solid foundation in life that enhances her professional practice as a Psychologist.

Megan Blacker

Psychologist

Megan Blacker is passionate about working with people and being able to walk with you on your recovery journey. She began her career in 2015, completing her Master of Professional Psychology and is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency.

Megan believes in client centred work, as you are the expert on yourself. She will work in collaboration with you to discover what is going on and what will work best for you. Megan’s approach is eclectic and mainly includes therapeutic models of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. She follows evidenced based best practice and maintains this through ongoing professional development.

Megan has experience working with adolescence and adults both in individual and group therapy. She has worked with family’s and carers as well as with young people in a drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation program. She finds it satisfying working with people who are struggling who then learn the skills to live a fulfilling life.

Megan has a special interest in trauma work and mindfulness practice.

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NO!...... THIS IS NOT JUST ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT GRIEF

Why? because it's written from two perspectives...…..from a professional and a personal one, as a widow and mother.

Why? because I don't only tell you about how to support children, but I introduce you to my children> Yes my children wrote about their fears and feelings when they found out their father had died.

In this book....NO I don't promise you that grief will ever end, because it simply does not...... But I do provide you with simple practical strategies to help you adjust to your NEW NORMAL.

If you want to find your ‘New Normal' then this book is for you ...…. because "I'm surviving this and so can you"!

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