Jilly Richards

Psychologist
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Psychology (Counselling)

Pronouns: She/her

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

I believe…

That everyone deserves to be treated with compassion and respect, regardless of their circumstances.

I believe…

That self-awareness (that is, knowing yourself – even the parts you’re not so comfortable with) is the key to positive change and growth.

I believe…

That we all have strengths and passions, even if it sometimes takes a bit of searching to uncover them.

Get to know me

My secret talent:
I can do a headstand for five minutes.

What’s it like to be in a room with me?
I love to connect with people and feel privileged when others choose to share their stories with me. I’m down-to-earth, non-judgemental, friendly and interested. Clients and friends have told me they feel reassured and calm in my presence. I will accept you as you are; I believe that it’s important to be authentic and true to yourself. Although I treat others’ troubles with respect and aim to validate my clients’ experiences, I tend to look towards the positives and focus on strengths and values. I’m a flexible therapist and love receiving feedback about what works best for each of my clients.


What’s my non-negotiable when it comes to taking care of my own mental health?
Listening to my body when I’m feeling exhausted and scheduling some downtime. I also find that yoga is a guaranteed way to de-stress.

My life motto:
Be yourself, unashamedly!

My background and experience

I have six years of experience supporting clients in both an individual and group capacity. I’ve worked across various settings, including a correctional centre, a university, and in the employment sector. Prior to completing my training as a psychologist, I provided behavioural intervention to children on the Autism Spectrum and volunteered as a Lifeline crisis counsellor.

My journey to becoming a psychologist began when I was feeling disillusioned mid-way through a law degree. I took a leap of faith and transferred to a Bachelor of Arts, subsequently graduating with first class Honours and completing a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. I enjoy working with people from all backgrounds and walks of life, and find being a psychologist an extremely fulfilling career pathway.

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I can help you with:

  • Adjustment to a new country and culture
  • Adjustment to stressful life changes
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Communication skills
  • Depression
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Generalised anxiety
  • Health anxiety
  • Job or study dissatisfaction
  • Low self-esteem
  • Men’s mental health
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationship difficulties for individuals
  • Self-development
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress and burnout
  • 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 Behaviour Therapy
  • Compassion-focused approaches
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Positive Psychology
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution-focused Therapy
  • Strengths-based approaches
  • Trauma informed practice

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