The clinical theory that guides my practice
I am a psychologist and a clinical psychoanalyst (Lacanian) in Melbourne. I have previously trained in cognitive behavioural therapies: such as exposure, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive therapy. I also had training in family systems and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). More specifically, I had years of further clinical training in clinical psychoanalysis. Review the DHHS factsheet on psychoanalysis. I may combine a range of cognitive, solution-focused and psychoanalytic / psychodynamic strategies in my work with patients.
Psychoanalysis is both a scientific research field and a clinically applied treatment method for enduring and persistent problems (such as self sabotage behaviours). But the research varies from behavioural methods that group individuals. Psychoanalytic practice and clinical interventions are highly individualised and singular to each person. Clinical psychoanalysis has particular regard for the individuality of each person, focusing on the individual experience of a symptom or problem.
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.
Treatment of enduring, persistent or severe psychological problems
Bita has knowledge of, and had extensive training in management, assessment, diagnosis and a range of treatments (such as CBT, DBT, family systems and psychoanalytic; guiding theory). Research (such as Leichsenring et al., 2013) has shown that for many patients with complex presentations, including chronic issues and personality problems, brief psychotherapy is not sufficient. Furthermore, many meta-analyses (such as Leichsenring et al., 2005) investigating treatment efficacy and rate of relapse across hundreds of longitudinal studies, have demonstrated that purely behaviour-based therapies may offer temporary symptom relief with a high rate of relapse for enduring, persistent or chronic problems and disorders.
I may combine a range of cognitive, solution-focused and psychodynamic / psychoanalytic strategies depending on individual needs. Psychoanalysis or applying aspects of psychoanalytic techniques may be used in the treatment of those suffering from treatment resistant depression, personality disorders, intimacy and relationship problems, reoccurring psychological conflicts, somatic problems, severe anxiety disorders and neurotic or psychotic problems. The Department of Heath (factsheet) and the Victorian Statewide Centre of Clinical Excellence for Personality Disorders provide an overview. There are many scientific sources on Lacan or clinical psychoanalysis / psychodynamic therapy which you can refer to inform yourself.
Qualifications and background
BMm, GDipPsych, BAppScPsych(Hons), MA, MProfPsych
I 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 this time I completed my honour’s research project with the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health as part of a larger project investigating the bio-markers of memory dysfunction, specially in Alzheimer’s disease. I also hold a Masters in Arts from Swinburne. At this time, I investigated a thesis on the historical and cultural factors impeding social change in Afghanistan. I completed my clinical training with a Masters in Psychology from the Cairnmillar Institute. In addition to my psychological training which is a requirement for registration in Australia, I also had years of further training in clinical psychoanalysis.
Years of advanced training and experience
Learning and development is an ongoing process, and I continue mine in a number of ways. Such as by engaging in seminars, symposiums and presenting at the clinical events. As a psychoanalyst and psychologist I engage in ongoing clinical supervision to further reflect on my clinical practice, as well as having also undergone and completed my own psychoanalysis (+8 years). I return to explore new questions arising in my work and this is a commitment to my desire to work in this field. Furthermore, other than theoretical and clinical training, one’s own psychoanalysis is a condition for the practice of clinical psychoanalysis for all Lacanian analysts. The advanced training has been in addition to my clinical training in psychology (6 years). 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 speech, your progress and what emerges for you, from the sessions.
My work prior to 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, educational and public sector settings.
Clinical experience in assessing and treating children, adolescents 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. About areas of clinical interest
Clinical experience in assessing and treating adults with complex needs
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. About areas of clinical interest
Other consulting experience
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. About what I offer
Other continued professional development
Other than peer supervision, I undertake professional development with a number of different organisations. These include the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis and Lacan Circle of Australia. Moreover, I regularly attend legal conferences and courses, and I am familiar with writing reports for court and relevant family law frameworks.
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