Keryn Mitchell

Psychologist
Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance) and Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical)

Pronouns: She/her

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

I believe…

That seeking therapy can be daunting. I place great importance on fostering a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship.

I believe…

That growth and change is always possible when given a safe space to do so.

I believe…

That hope is everything.

Get to know me

My secret talent:
Making homemade ice-cream sandwiches!

What’s it like to be in a room with me?
It’s a privilege to build therapeutic relationships with my clients through establishing a calm, warm, safe and containing space that is free of judgement. I am open and curious to help my clients make sense of themselves. I work with my clients to gain insight into their experiences, where they feel comfortable to freely express and process the emotions that accompany their difficulties and challenges.

What’s my non-negotiable when it comes to taking care of my own mental health?
Uninterrupted, quality sleep and taking time to be alone.

My life motto:
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” Nelson Mandela.

My background and experience

I have worked primarily in private practice and university clinics with adults across the lifespan presenting with a variety of mental health concerns. I have experience working with clients in different stages of life, from young adults, to mid-life concerns and working with older adults (65+ years) who face mental health concerns in later years, including transition to residential aged care, grief/loss, depression and anxiety.

I draw from cognitive behavioural therapy and longer-term psychodynamic therapy to work collaboratively with my clients to make changes in their lives. Throughout my psychology studies I volunteered at The Royal Children’s Hospital as a Family Support Worker in the emergency department where I developed an interest in supporting new parents and families. This led to further private practice experience working with parents in the perinatal period (pregnancy to 4 years post-partum) who were experiencing postnatal depression and/or anxiety, helping them adjust to life with their infant and the challenges of parenting, with a particular focus on parent’s early life experiences, their attachment styles and the impact on their own parenting journey.

I also offer Medicare rebated (three sessions) Perinatal Non-Directive Counselling for clients with a current or recent pregnancy who may have concerns about decisions related to the pregnancy, future adjustments or general issues related to the pregnancy.

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I can help you with:

  • Acute stress disorder
  • Adjusting to a new country and culture
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Burnout
  • Carer support
  • Childhood trauma
  • Chronic illness and pain
  • Communication and assertiveness
  • Complex trauma
  • Depression
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Fertility
  • Generalised anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Health anxiety
  • Life changes and transitions
  • Living with cancer
  • Low self-esteem
  • Medically unexplained/ psychosomatic illness
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Older adult (65+ years) mental health
  • Panic attacks
  • Parenting
  • People from immigrant, asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds
  • Perfectionism
  • Personal growth
  • Phobias and fears
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Pre and postnatal mental health and infant mental health
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Sleep problems
  • Social anxiety/ social phobia
  • Stress
  • Study, work or career related issues
  • Terminal illness and end of life issues
  • Vicarious trauma
  • Wellbeing

My therapeutic approaches

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

  • Attachment Theory
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Client Centred Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Compassion based approaches
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Single session counselling
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Strengths based approaches
  • Trauma informed approaches

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