Iris Lockyer

Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Psychology and English Literature), Graduate Diploma in Writing, Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology and Master of Counselling Psychology

Pronouns: She/her, they/them

Iris Lockyer psychologist

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

I believe…

That personal growth and development is a lifelong process.

I believe…

That compassion towards ourselves and others is a pathway to emotional healing.

I believe…

In helping people create meaningful, fulfilling lives – which often begins with alleviating pain and reducing suffering, but doesn’t end there.

Get to know me

My secret talent:
Roller skating backwards, though I am better going forwards!

What’s it like to be in a room with me?
I am sensitive, compassionate and non-judgemental. I am gentle in my approach, holding space for people and helping them connect with what is meaningful and fulfilling for them, even in the midst of pain and suffering.

I am open and communicative about the way I work, my sense of what is happening for my clients, and what may help. I am passionate about creating a space for people to feel truly seen and heard, and working collaboratively towards emotional healing, personal growth and wholeness.

What’s my non-negotiable when it comes to taking care of my own mental health?
My daily meditation practice, writing and being in nature.

My life motto:
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

My background and experience

I have experience working with older children, adolescents and adults in private practice, community health, and school and university settings. Through my Master’s research I interviewed writers about the role of their creative writing practice in facilitating positive psychological change following trauma, known as post-traumatic growth. I have a particular interest in using writing to facilitate emotional healing and personal development.

Prior to working in psychology I worked in an agency environment and the community sector, and I bring an understanding of these settings to my clinical work.

I am a LGBTQIA+ aware and affirmative clinician.

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I can help you with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress and burnout
  • Work/study dissatisfaction
  • Adjustment to stressful life changes
  • Perfectionism
  • Panic attacks
  • Social anxiety
  • Health anxiety
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship issues
  • Communication skills
  • Sleep problems
  • Self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Trauma-related issues
  • Gender development and identity issues
  • Women’s health issues
  • Pre and postnatal mental health
  • Wellbeing and self-care
  • Self-development

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 Behaviour Therapy
  • Depth psychology approaches
  • Psychodynamic principles
  • Schema Therapy
  • Trauma informed practice
  • Writing-based approaches

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