Dr Sara Liu

Clinical Psychologist
Bachelor of Biomedical Science; Graduate Diploma in Psychology; Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Pronouns: She/her

Dr Sara Liu psychologist

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

I believe…

How we feel matters, and having a place to explore and understand our feelings can significantly enhance our overall wellbeing, as well as our close relationships.

I believe…

Self-love and self-compassion should be practised daily.

I believe…

Connecting with our feelings can be hard and confronting but once we do, we are able to set ourselves free.

Get to know me

My secret talent:
I can read minds…just kidding! I can name most restaurants and wine bars in Melbourne because I love food and have tried many of them.

What’s it like to be in a room with me?
I am a warm, open and thoughtful person. I work hard to create a therapeutic space where my clients can feel safe and free to explore difficult emotions honestly. With every session, I aim for my clients to feel listened to, understood and validated.

What’s my non-negotiable when it comes to taking care of my own mental health?
I regularly check in with myself to reflect on how my basic routine is going, and I always make sure I have something to look forward to. When I recognise that I am struggling, I spend time reflecting on what I need, focus on little things in life that make me smile, and share my feelings with the people I love.

My life motto:
The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself.

My background and experience

I have a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and completed my thesis on romantic relationship commitment in people with Borderline Personality. Since my training, I have had five years of experience working as an individual and group psychologist with adults in both community and forensic settings. I have a particular interest in trauma, and interpersonal relationships. I also have over 10 years of research experience in the area of mental health in the context of road safety and workplace safety.

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I can help you with:

  • Adjustment to stressful life changes
  • Anxiety
  • Communication skills
  • Depression
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Family issues
  • Generalised anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Health anxiety
  • Job or study dissatisfaction
  • Living with cancer
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-development
  • Stress and burnout
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • Wellbeing and self-care

My therapeutic approaches

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

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Client Centred Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Strengths-based approaches
  • Compassion-based approaches
  • Positive Psychology principles
  • Psychodynamic principles
  • Trauma informed practice

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