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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Your Grief is YOUR GRIEF

Everybody will experience grief at one stage in their lives, as it’s a natural response to loss, and includes emotional, cognitive, physical, behavioural and spiritual reactions. No one theory captures the grieving experience of everyone and that is okay. But I want...

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,...

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Some ideas for how to approach your child when they are struggling in a supportive and safe way.
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Our Psychologists and Practice Manager from #drolgalavalleandassociates visiting The Flagstaff Group for the Illawarra Business Chamber #businessbeforehours breakfast. We are dedicated to participating in our local community and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this wonderful organisation.

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This fortnight we will be focusing on connection with children. How do we build and keep positive relationships with our children?
How do we support our children to build positive relationships with themselves? Re framing can help ourselves, and kids, to look at our challenges through a different lens.
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When experiencing anxiety, it can be incredibly difficult to communicate what is happening for you. This simple chart is great for communicating with loved ones about what is happening for them, or for you. Excellent for use with kids and teenagers too. #anxiety #communication #psychology #mentalhealth #privatepractice #drolgalavalle #wollongong #womeninbusiness #ilovewollongong #smallbusiness #illawarra #psychologist #humansciences #childpsychology #familytherapy #psychologicalassessments #health #selfcare #medical #medicine #forensicpsychology #forensic #knowledgeispower #adolescentmentalhealth #empoweringpeople #professionaldevelopment #therapy #familytherapy #couplestherapy #strongfamilies ... See MoreSee Less

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Do you know anyone like this? Are you like this? #anxietysymptoms #anxiety #psychology #mentalhealth #privatepractice #drolgalavalle #wollongong #womeninbusiness #ilovewollongong #smallbusiness #illawarra #psychologist #humansciences #childpsychology #familytherapy #psychologicalassessments #health #selfcare #medical #medicine #forensicpsychology #forensic #knowledgeispower #adolescentmentalhealth #empoweringpeople #professionaldevelopment #therapy #familytherapy #couplestherapy #strongfamilies ... See MoreSee Less

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Fear is part of the human experience; necessary for our survival. But when fears become too big, our experiences as a human can be negatively impacted. #anxiety #fear #psychology #mentalhealth #privatepractice #drolgalavalle #wollongong #womeninbusiness #ilovewollongong #smallbusiness #illawarra #psychologist #humansciences #childpsychology #familytherapy #psychologicalassessments #health #selfcare #medical #medicine #forensicpsychology #forensic #knowledgeispower #adolescentmentalhealth #empoweringpeople #professionaldevelopment #therapy #familytherapy #couplestherapy #strongfamilies ... See MoreSee Less

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In the middle of a panic attack being asked "what's wrong?" is the question that is impossible to answer. Speaking to a Psychologist can help put some of the puzzle pieces together. #anxiety #psychology #mentalhealth #privatepractice #drolgalavalle #wollongong #womeninbusiness #ilovewollongong #smallbusiness #illawarra #psychologist #humansciences #childpsychology #familytherapy #psychologicalassessments #health #selfcare #medical #medicine #forensicpsychology #forensic #knowledgeispower #adolescentmentalhealth #empoweringpeople #professionaldevelopment #therapy #familytherapy #couplestherapy #strongfamilies ... See MoreSee Less

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Creating a plan for if and when this happens is one method of helping reduce these feelings. Psychologists are able to help you do this. #anxiety #panicattack #psychology #mentalhealth #privatepractice #drolgalavalle #wollongong #womeninbusiness #ilovewollongong #smallbusiness #illawarra #psychologist #humansciences #childpsychology #familytherapy #psychologicalassessments #health #selfcare #medical #medicine #forensicpsychology #forensic #knowledgeispower #adolescentmentalhealth #empoweringpeople #professionaldevelopment #therapy #familytherapy #couplestherapy #strongfamilies ... See MoreSee Less

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Anxiety, like many mental health concerns, can be insidious in it's ability to make us doubt and undermine ourselves. Can you recognise some of the similarities between the behaviours/symptoms of Anxiety and the thoughts/cognitions that sit behind them? #behaviour #cognition #anxiety #psychology #mentalhealth #privatepractice #drolgalavalle #wollongong #womeninbusiness #ilovewollongong #smallbusiness #illawarra #psychologist #humansciences #childpsychology #familytherapy #psychologicalassessments #health #selfcare #medical #medicine #forensicpsychology #forensic #knowledgeispower #adolescentmentalhealth #empoweringpeople #professionaldevelopment #therapy #familytherapy #couplestherapy ... See MoreSee Less

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