Bita Riazati has years of consulting experience working in a range of clinical and professional settings. She has a broad and diverse clinical interest and life experience.
BMm, GDipPsych, BAppScPsych(Hons), MA, MProfPsych
Bita is a registered psychologist and a psychoanalyst in Melbourne. She completed her clinical training in psychology in Melbourne, Australia, and she has also spent some of her life in Europe and the Middle East. Moreover, she has previously worked in private and public health sector settings as well as consultancy roles for many years. Different life and professional experiences have equipped Bita with the cultural knowledge to treat people from diverse backgrounds.
She obtained a Graduate Diploma and a first Class Honours in psychology from The University of Melbourne and RMIT. During this time she completed an Honour’s research project with the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health as part of a larger project investigating the factors involved in cognitive decline / memory, in particular the bio-markers of memory dysfunction in early dementia / Alzheimer’s disease.
She explored her academic interest in humanities, culture and history by completing a Masters in Arts from Swinburne University, where she investigated a research topic on the historical and cultural factors impacting social change structures in Afghanistan. She later completed her clinical training in psychology with a Masters from the Cairnmillar Institute and obtained her registration as a psychologist.
Her desire lead her to psychoanalysis, where she completed further clinical training, supervision and personal analysis to develop her capacity to treat individuals suffering from a wide-range of psychological and bodily concerns.
I have committed to years of training and personal development
I am a registered psychologist, with further training in offering psychoanalytic treatment. My training as a psychoanalyst has been in addition to my clinical training in psychology (6 years).
Learning and development is an ongoing process, and I continue mine in a number of ways, such as by engaging in a range of professional development activities. These include clinical seminars, courses and conferences, as well as having presented many times at the clinical events in Melbourne. I also engage with ongoing and regular clinical supervision to reflect on my clinical practice to ensure continuous learning and maintaining the highest level of quality and ethics in the treatments. This has been a longstanding commitment to my desire and ethics to work in this field.
I have undergone many years of intensive and rigorous personal psychoanalysis for my training as a clinician and analyst, and I continue to explore new thoughts, ideas or questions arising from my clinical work, readings and discussions. My psychoanalytic training has been within the Freudo-Lacanian psychoanalytic orientation. Lacanian psychoanalytic treatment emphasizes on language, such as Jacques Lacan’s famous theoretical concept that the “unconscious is structured like a language”, proposing that one’s unconscious has its own subjective way or syntax of organising each person’s experiences and symptoms. Therefore, it is the psychoanalyst’s job to decipher between the patient’s symptoms and pathological processes, enabling the possibility for subjectivity to emerge over time.
My desire to listen without preconceived ideas about what you say, guides my work. These efforts help me in creating a space where the focus is on your spoken words, your progress and what emerges for you, from the sessions.
Other than supervision, I undertake professional development with a number of different organisations in Australia and abroad. Moreover, I regularly attend legal conferences and courses, and I am familiar with writing reports for court. I am also familiar with relevant family law frameworks.
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My professional experience prior to entering private practice
I have extensive clinical experience in assessing and treating children, adolescents and adults presenting with a range of complex psychiatric concerns, needs and mental health issues. Moreover, I have previously consulted within corporate, education, not for profit and public health sector settings.
Children and families
Prior to entering private practice, I developed my clinical interest by working with children, adolescents and their families. I have worked within educational settings offering assessment, interventions, and treatment to students who were referred by the school, presenting with diverse cognitive, social and emotional problems.
Assessing and treating adults
I explored my clinical interest in adult mental health, personality, trauma and addictions by working as a clinician within community mental health outpatient clinics and outreach settings. I offered tailored treatment and risk assessment / management in multidisciplinary teams. Individuals were referred from forensic services, detention, rehabilitation, community and hospital psychiatric units.
Other than offering psychology and psychoanalysis in Melbourne, I have consulted extensively in the education, corporate, not-for-profit and private and public health sectors for over 10 years. I have supported leading health agencies and hospitals in reviewing clinical service delivery by offering advice and support to senior management and executives in order to improve process and response to patients, medical and non-medical staff.