Psychologist and Clinical Psychoanalyst Melbourne
Clinical theory I use
I have previously trained in CBT and DBT, however I have also had further training in psychoanalytic or psychodynamic approaches for the treatment of enduring or persistent psychological problems or disorders. Clinical Psychoanalysis is a scientific and a clinical treatment method, however evidence and study varies from behavioural methods that may group individuals. Psychoanalysis has particular regard for the individuality of each person, focusing on the individual experience of a symptom or problem, and therefore each treatment engagement is unique and tailored. In psychoanalysis, the patient is invited to speak freely in an uncensored way, and emphasis is placed on what the person has to say, over and above any preconceived knowledge or ideas that the therapist or analyst may have about the person’s experiences, circumstances, or history. It is a very personal session, where the beneficial effects of speaking and being heard are given time to develop. Psychoanalytic treatment can be very effective in working through experiences that are difficult to understand, or prone to being misunderstood by friends, family, or colleagues.
Psychoanalysis or applying aspects of psychoanalytic techniques may be used in the treatment of those suffering from personality, intimacy and relationship problems, psychological conflicts, psychosomatic problems, anxiety disorders and other neurotic or psychotic problems. The Department of Heath Victorian Better Health Channel and The Victorian Statewide Centre of Clinical Excellence for Personality Disorders provide an overview of this method. There are many resources on Lacanian or general clinical psychoanalysis or psychodynamic therapy which you can refer to inform yourself on this method.
Psychoanalysis is a treatment method, which is practical in the sense that there is an attempt to answer a question, to solve a problem, or to cure somebody, or at least to address one’s suffering. But the other thing that psychoanalysis does is to enable somebody to speak. It is an attempt to create the conditions in which somebody can speak themselves as fully as possible. —Adam Phillips
Other than psychoanalysis, I have had extensive training in psychiatric management, assessment and treatment methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT). However, in my clinical experience for persistent and chronic problems or disorders, behaviour based therapies often given short term results with effects that do not last. I prefer to work with the individual to help the person describe his or her problem or concern in his or her words, rather than symptoms or labels described in a medical manual.
- Therapeutic benefits of psychoanalytic treatment vs. behavioral methods – Article
- General overview about the process of a psychoanalytic treatment – The Victorian Better Health Channel
- The Victorian Statewide Service description of a psychoanalytic treatment
Further training and quality provision
Learning and personal development is a process, and I continue mine by attending clinical seminars, conferences and symposiums. I also present at some of the conferences. I receive ongoing clinical peer supervision for my practice, so you can be certain that the highest level of care, quality and ethics has been applied to your treatment. I have also undergone and completed my own training psychoanalysis (+7 years), a condition for the practice of clinical psychoanalysis which has been in addition to my clinical training in psychology (6 years). These efforts help me create a space where the focus is on your speech and on your progress in the sessions.
Qualifications and background
BMm, GDipPsych, BAppScPsych(Hons), MA, MProfPsych
I was trained in Melbourne, Australia and I have lived in Europe and the Middle East. I have extensive cultural knowledge in treating individuals from migrant backgrounds and I have broad and diverse clinical interest and life experience. I obtained my Graduate Diploma and 1st Class Honours in psychology from The University of Melbourne and RMIT. During my honours I developed a research interest in the factors involved in memory impairment. I hold a Masters in Arts from Swinburne and a Masters in Psychology from Cairnmillar Institute.
Prior to entering private practice I developed my clinical interest by working with children and adolescents who presented with a range of complex psychological and emotional problems in schools. I explored my clinical interest in adult personality, trauma and addition by working within community mental health, outpatient clinics and outreach programs in South Melbourne, St Kilda, Fitzroy and Collingwood. Other than the clinical work, I have consulted in the education, corporate, not-for-profit and private and public health sectors for over 10 years. Moreover, I supported leading health agencies and hospitals to review their 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.
I have undertaken professional development with a number of different organisations locally and internationally including the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis, Lacan Circle of Australia and London Society of the New Lacanian School.psychoanalyst melbourne, Persian Farsi