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Heather Whitchurch

Clinical Psychologist

Mount Lawley Practice

Heather is an AHPRA-registered Clinical Psychologist, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

She has worked extensively with adolescents, adults and couples covering a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, grief and loss, trauma/PTSD, family of origin and attachment issues, personal development and growth, anger management, vocational stress, sleep disturbances, relationships, family conflict, parenting, adjustment issues, aging and transition across the lifespan.

Heather believes that the client’s individual needs guide the therapy pathway, and she uses a variety of psychotherapeutic models in a holistic approach. She has trained in evidence-based therapy models including Cognitive Behaviour, Interpersonal, Schema, Psychodynamic, Brief Solution-focused therapies, and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR).

Clinical experience and background

Heather holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology, and a Master of Clinical Psychology from Curtin University. Her early work was as a University tutor for undergraduate psychology students, and in an Employee Assistance Program setting providing workplace critical incident response treatment and one-on-one counselling for work and personal issues. Heather has also worked for not-for-profit organisations, and in private practice.

Heather’s style is warm and caring, providing a safe place for clients to understand and learn from their past and current behaviours. She believes that mental health problems are a normal part of being human, and she welcomes the resolution and empowerment clients find to move forward and create richer, more meaningful lives.

Heather’s passion and continuing research is in the mind-body connection of nutritional effects on mental health, as their interaction becomes more widely known and integrated into psychological treatments.