Speaker and Workshop Presenter

Dr Olga Lavalle

Olga Lavalle is a Clinical Psychologist running a successful practice in Wollongong.

After the sudden loss of her husband in 2014, Olga navigated through her own grief and used simple strategies adjust to her ‘New Normal’.

Since then she has published a book ‘The New Normal: A Widow’s Guide to Grief’ has won GOLD and SILVER eLIT Book Award in 2019.

As a Widow herself and Clinical Psychologist, Olga understands grief from both perspectives. She has supported many widows in counselling and online.

As a highly skilled professional, Olga knows that knowledge is just the first step in coping with grief, and she uses her own skills as both a Clinical Psychologist and widow – who has walked her own emotional journey of grief and taken the practical steps to navigate her ‘New Normal’ – to motivate and support others as they adjust to their New Normal.

M  0416261765
E   info@olgalavalle.com

Clinical Psychologist | Author | Speaker


1 – Understanding Grief

  • Understand common reactions to grief
  • How to adjust to life after loss
  • Common myths about grief


2 – Looking after yourself

  • Self- care strategies
  • It’s okay to ask for help
  • Dealing with those special days


3 – Children and grief

  • Understanding children and their grief
  • Supporting children with their grief
  • Grief is a family affair

Dr Olga Lavalle - Interview with Melinda James - ABC Radio


The New Normal: Living with Grief

When I speak about The New Normal, I briefly take the audience through the following topics: Common Reactions to Loss, Organising Yourself, Self-Care, Coping on Significant Days, Supporting your Children, Myths about Grief, and Your New Normal.

The talk is based on my book (The New Normal: A Widow’s Guide to Grief) and is designed for those working in the area of Grief, for Grief Group Leaders, In Community or Organisation affected by loss.

The goal for these talks is to help the audience understand grief, and to walk away with tips and strategies to manage grief and adjust to life following loss.


We All Have A Story: Overcoming Adversity

When I speak about overcoming adversity, I talk about my story of becoming a widow and provide strategies on how to manage adverse life events. This is an inspirational talk.

The goal of this talk is to help the audience understand that no matter what life challenges are presented to us, we do not have to let them destroy us. This can be done with the use of both emotion focused strategies and problem focused strategies.

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While we didn’t win last night at the Illawarra Business Chamber Awards, we had a fabulous evening networking with other business. We want to congratulate 🥂 all the winners last night and All Care for their win in our category ‘Start Up Superstar’.

This year was our first year in entering awards 🏆 and we have been pleased with our achievements of winning the Illawarra Women in Business 'Best New Business' in June and then becoming finalists in the Illawarra Business Chamber awards.

As we have started to network with other inspirational business and business leaders in the community, we decided we cannot let fear stop us from trying new things to challenge us and to reflect on our practice.

From this process we have further reinforced to ourselves that:
☑️We can step outside of our comfort zone
☑️Fear will not stop us from trying
☑️We enjoy expanding our networks with other inspiring businesses and their leaders
☑️We have done the best we can and will continue to learn as we grow and develop.

We are growing and expanding our team to be a valued psychology practice to help more people daily with their mental health needs.

Keep watching this page as we share 🆕 things to provide a valued psychology service to our community as well as local businesses.

Yours truly
Empowering People to Make Meaningful Changes with their Lives

PS: With new psychologists on board we have reduced our waiting times. Ring us on 42445636 to chat to our friendly team about how we can help you!
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We have arrived at the 2019 IMB Illawarra Business Awards hosted by the Illawarra Business Chamber

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Sometimes the simplest tasks and activities can seem overwhelming to someone with ADHD. Here are some strategies to help them achieve success. #ADHD #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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Featured in today’s Illawarra Mercury as we are finalists in ‘Start Up Superstar’ category. Wish us luck as we attend the award ceremony tonight at Win Entertainment Centre

A big Goodluck and congratulations to all finalists
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This Month is Mental Health Month.
Last Friday 11 October part of our team attended the Mental Heath in the Workplace Luncheon held at the Novotel North Beach. This was another day where we networked with other Business, in which all had the same intention and vision .... to support One Door Mental Health Wollongong
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Networking with other businesses is something we pride ourselves with as we will go through all limits to ensure our clients are in the best possible care.

Principal Clinical Psychologist Dr Olga Lavalle and Office Manager Chloe Lavalle at Business Before Hours hosted by Illawarra Business Chamber at South Coast Private Hospital last Wednesday.
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Having ADHD is not a choice, but an opportunity for us to actively participate in supporting an individual’s needs. Punishing children for ADHD perpetuates their feelings of low self-worth and self-confidence. Meet each person where they are at. #ADHD #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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We are excited and welcome Janelle Gallagher (Registered Psychologist) to the team.

Janelle brings with her a wealth of experience working with adolescents and adults with mental health issues,

With the expansion of our team we are now able to provide you with appointments to meet your needs without waiting times.

You can ring us on 02 4244 5636 to book your appointments with our psychologists to help you with your mental health.

Keep watching this page for updates on our team and practice.

P.S Wish us luck as we attend the Illawarra Business Awards on Friday 18th October.
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221-229 Crown St
Wollongong NSW 2500

Phone: 02 42445636
Fax: 02 42731167

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