Theresa Dominguez

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) and Master of Clinical Psychology

Pronouns: She/her

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

I believe…

When we make genuine human-to-human connections with one another, growth happens naturally.

I believe…

Facing pain is an undeniable part of the human experience. However, suffering doesn’t have to be. Experiencing hardship gives us opportunities to get to know our real selves, figure out what’s most important to us and find strength of character.

I believe…

Every person is deserving of compassion, curiosity and respect. When we find these things in others, as well as within ourselves, we can take charge of our own growth.

Get to know me

My secret talent:
Before becoming a psychologist, I was a professional singer! I still sing all the time as part of my own self-care.

What’s it like to be in a room with me?
I am a warm and down-to-earth person, who loves to meet new people and hear their stories. I do my best to truly listen and get to know the person sitting across from me. I don’t put on airs and graces. Instead, I like to use everyday language, humour and try to make every session feel like a conversation, not an interview. I regularly help clients explore their ‘deepest and darkest’ issues but I don’t pressure people to get into these things straight away. I believe that building a safe and trusting relationship with a psychologist is the most important part of therapy and should always come first.

What’s my non-negotiable when it comes to taking care of my own mental health?
Seeing my own psychologist is a ‘rain, hail or shine’ part of my own self care routine. There is something magic about connecting with another human being who is simply there to listen and me show acceptance and compassion.

My life motto:
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer… No matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger.” -Albert Camus

My background and experience

I have worked and volunteered in a variety of different private and public mental healthcare settings over the last ten years. As a psychologist and counsellor, I have provided support to clients in many different settings, including community support teams, crisis support teams, inpatient settings, telephone counselling lines, not-for-profit organisations and private practices in Melbourne and regional NSW.

As part of my tertiary and postgraduate studies, I researched behavioural neuroscience topics. Past research projects of mine have investigated changes in the brain that occur during methamphetamine psychosis and what happens in the brain after taking common antidepressant medications.

When I am not seeing clients at IMCP, I also work for a not-for-profit organisation where I provide support to people in the community with complex needs.

These experiences have given me the privilege of hearing many different stories from people from all walks of life. The people and experiences that I’ve encountered so far have added up to make me the psychologist that I am today.

I am a LGBTQIA+ aware and affirmative clinician.

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I can help you with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress and burnout
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Generalised anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Sexuality and sexual development
  • Gender identity
  • Sleep problems
  • Health anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-development
  • Lack of purpose or meaning
  • Women’s health issues
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • Support for abusive relationships
  • Sexual assault
  • Men’s mental health
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Carer support
  • Low self-esteem
  • Life changes or transitions
  • Chronic physical health difficulties
  • Adjustments to stressful life changes
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Sleep problems
  • Communication and assertiveness skills
  • Identity issues
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Family issues
  • Wellbeing and self-care
  • Job or study dissatisfaction
  • Stress
  • Study dissatisfaction
  • Work issues
  • 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 Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Approaches
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Principles
  • Schema Therapy Principles
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy Principles
  • Attachment Theory Principles
  • Trauma Informed Practice

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