Sarah Goulding

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Supervisor
Bachelor of Social Work, MAASW (Acc. Mental Health) and Graduate Diploma of Family Therapy

Pronouns: She/her

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

I believe…

In the lived experience and the value it brings to therapy. The challenges we see in others are inherently the challenges we face ourselves, sharing these experiences creates strong connections.

I believe…

In honouring the diversity of human experience and culture. I strive to be sensitive and compassionate to the cultural background and beliefs of my clients.

I believe…

In helping clients to develop their own skills, so that they can feel a sense of autonomy and self-worth.

Get to know me

My secret talent:
I read music before I could read words.

What’s it like to be in a room with me?
I approach each individual and their experience as unique, with an open mind, suspending any judgment. I am a gentle therapist, that strives to create a safe environment and treat each person with unconditional positive regard. I actively listen and seek to collaborate on a shared understanding of client experiences to achieve best treatment outcomes. I am empathic and attuned to the emotions of clients, allowing me to sit alongside them and support them as they get to know themselves better.


What’s my non-negotiable when it comes to taking care of my own mental health?
I am very passionate about my own self-care and mental health. I routinely use guided hypnotherapy, meditation and sleep stories to relax. I have been practicing martial arts for 20 years. Through this practice I have learnt patience and humility.

My life motto:
Walking a path together of authentic and compassionate connection leads to healing and growth.

My background and experience

I have been practising as a social worker for 23 years. At Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology my role is as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and supervisor. I also have a background in family therapy, domestic violence, aged care and student supervision and have worked in private, community and public settings across all age groups. I have a particular passion for helping clients with eating disorders. I am proficient in multiple therapy modalities working across a broad range of diagnoses and psychosocial issues.

I love mental health advocacy and have been involved in community development projects with the ABC, Torch Productions and I have written subject matter articles for mainstream media publications. I am currently studying a Masters in Mental Health. I love learning from other disciplines and collaborating in teams.

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I can help you with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Stress and burnout
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Generalised anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Health anxiety
  • Self-development
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • Childhood trauma
  • Support for abusive relationships
  • Sexual assault
  • Eating disorders
  • Bulimia
  • Anorexia
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Body image and appearance related concerns
  • Distress intolerance
  • Impulse control
  • Pre- and post-natal mental health
  • Grief and loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Adjustments to stressful life changes
  • Dissociation
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Bipolar
  • Sleep problems
  • Anger management
  • Communication skills
  • Psychosis
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Carer support
  • Family issues
  • Parenting issues
  • Internet and game addiction
  • Wellbeing and self-care
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Adjusting to a new country and culture
  • People from immigrant, asylum seeking and refugee backgrounds
  • Job or study dissatisfaction
  • School based issues

My therapeutic approaches

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

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Client Centred Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Strengths based approaches
  • Psychodynamic approaches
  • Compassion-based approaches
  • Narrative exposure therapy
  • Trauma-informed practice