Dr Iris Kucuk

Psychologist (Clinical Registrar)
Graduate Diploma (Psychology), Graduate Diploma Advanced (Psychology) and Masters of Psychology (Clinical)

Pronouns: She/her

Three beliefs that colour the way I work with my clients:

I believe…

People are resilient. In therapy, they can learn how to become more resilient and so overcome challenges.

I believe…

Moments of stillness and reflection are crucial in maintaining good mental health.

I believe…

Change is a journey. It requires patience and comes in small steps.

Get to know me

My secret talent:
Active listening. I am interested in hearing people’s stories as I want to fully understand where people are coming from, engage with them and support them.

What’s it like to be in a room with me?
Honesty and openness in communication are crucial in building trusting relationships, and this is reflected in how I communicate with clients. I am a warm, non-judgmental and compassionate person who works collaboratively with clients towards their goals. I am focused on creating a safe space for clients where they feel comfortable to share and explore their thoughts and feelings.

What’s my non-negotiable when it comes to taking care of my own mental health?
Small rituals go a long way when practiced daily and mindfully. I find pleasure in having some quiet time, enjoying a cup of coffee or reading an interesting book.

My life motto:
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination” Carl Rogers.

My background and experience

During my clinical studies, I have worked in different settings with individuals of all age groups. I had the opportunity to work in a pain management clinic, supporting groups and individuals affected by chronic pain. I also worked in an eating disorder clinic, as well as a child and adolescents university clinic.

My research areas of interest include skill learning in depression and grief and loss. While working as a research fellow at the RMIT university, I was Involved in a project exploring the experience of grief and loss in family members of the individuals who are missing in the aftermath of genocide. I also conducted research about grief and loss associated with migration.

Prior to training as a psychologist, I completed a doctoral degree In British and American Studies and worked as a university lecturer.

I am a LGBTQIA+ aware and affirmative practitioner.

Languages other than English: Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, German.

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I can help you with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress and burnout
  • Social Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-development
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Disordered Eating
  • Binge Eating
  • Grief and loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Adjustment to stressful life changes
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Communication skills
  • Distress intolerance
  • Pre and post-natal mental health
  • Identity issues
  • Sexuality and sexual development
  • Adjusting to a new country and culture
  • Family issues
  • Wellbeing and self-care
  • Job or study dissatisfaction
  • Women’s health issues
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Stress
  • Study dissatisfaction
  • Work issues
  • Wellbeing and self-care

My therapeutic approaches

Depending on my client’s needs and preferences I use a variety of evidence-based approaches including:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Client centred therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma informed practice
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

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