Areas of Interest
Sarah has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders, trauma and post traumatic stress disorder. She also has significant experience working alongside clients experiencing postnatal depression and anxiety, birth trauma, attachment and /or parenting difficulties. Other areas include self esteem, relationships, grief and loss and emotional regulation difficulties.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Emotional Regulation skill development
Emotion Focused therapy (for couples and individuals)
Circle of Security training (for couples or individuals)
Attachment based therapy
Sarah particularly enjoys the use of EMDR which is an effective approach that has helped relieve many types of psychological distress. In addition to being used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder it can also assist in the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, self esteem, complicated grief, sexual abuse, performance anxiety, and stress reduction. EMDR is a treatment endorsed by the World Health Organisation. It is a treatment approach that many clients prefer due to not having to talk in detail about their trauma and given that symptomatic reduction is often achieved in a shorter timeframe than other trauma treatments. (EMDRAA website)
Every couple has the tendency to get stuck in particular ways of relating and responding to each other. Couples sessions focus on identifying the cycle or pattern that you may be stuck in and working together to find ways to change this cycle so that both you and your partner feel more satisfied, connected and secure within the relationship. Couple sessions are longer in duration (60- 70 mins) as Sarah aims to create space for each person to be heard and understood. Sarah uses an approach called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples which is the most empirically validated intervention in the field of couples therapy.
Experiencing the end of a relationship is a difficult experience, and this is compounded when a couple has children. The majority of parents seek to navigate this process in a way that minimises the impact on their children. However this can be incredibly challenging when emotions are heightened, past hurts are unresolved and each parent holds fears about how this new arrangement will work for them. Unfortunately for parents, the end of a relationship does not mean the end of having to interact with each other! Sarah uses EFT to assist parents in modifying their patterns of interaction, communicating, setting healthy boundaries and working towards a new relationship that aims to reduce stress for all. In session parents work to maintain security for the children and support positive attachment relationships with both parents.
Due to the nature of the work, Sarah requests that co-parenting sessions are booked as extended sessions. Please contact Sarah directly via email/ SMS to arrange.
Fees and rebates
Clients who have seen their GP and accessed a Mental Health Care Plan are eligible to claim 10-20 sessions per calendar year. A rebate of $87.45 per session applies.
Private Health Fund Rebates
If you have private health cover, you may be eligible for a rebate without a GP referral. You will need to check with your fund to establish the amount of the rebate.
The Australian Psychological Society's current recommended rate is $267 for a 50 minute session. In House Psychology offers treatment at significantly lower rates.
Fees are: $200 for an individual session (50 mins)
$220 for a standard couple session (60-70mins)
$250 for an extended couple session (90 mins)
(please contact to arrange extended sessions)