Psychologist- Catherine Gaussen

I am a Registered Psychologist with full registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and I hold a masters degree in Clinical Psychology.

I have worked therapeutically in private, university, community and government settings. This has generated a diverse knowledge base and skillset which enables effective treatment for a variety of individual needs across the lifespan and cross-culturally. I am committed to supporting people to engage fully in a valued and meaningful life. I take great care to provide an approachable and flexible therapeutic experience that is tailored to suit the unique needs of each of my clients.

I endeavour to help all of my clients feel welcomed and supported. I am passionate about helping my clients scaffold desired and achievable personal goals, and I endeavour to ensure that each client feels safe, heard, respected and encouraged. My intention is to take a holistic approach to help my clients gain personal insight, heal and lead fulfilling lives.

I believe that the relationship between a psychologist and client is central to effective therapy and attaining desired outcomes. I am collaborative, non-judgemental and compassionate. I am skilled at considering both evidence-based practice and client preferences when selecting and utilising treatment approaches. I have training and experience in delivering a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Integrated CBT, Trauma-Informed CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Motivational Interviewing, and Integrated Family Intervention for Child Conduct Problems.

My areas of interest and experience (across the lifespan) include:

Children and Families:

  • Parenting support
  • Behavioural and conduct problems
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional regulation

Adolescents and Adults:

  • Depression and low mood
  • Post and perinatal depression
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety disorders – including panic disorders, specific phobias and social anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Impulse control issues, including trichotillomania
  • Risky behaviours, including self-harm
  • Self-esteem, self-worth and confidence
  • Grief and loss
  • Complex trauma (repeated trauma from childhood)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Longstanding interpersonal difficulties
  • Longstanding social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Building assertive communication
  • Work/life balance
  • Bullying

Riley – Therapy Support Dog

Now an elderly gentleman, Riley loves to work with clients from all walks of life. He takes his job very seriously, and loves to lend a paw in therapy. Riley has worked alongside Catherine in Sydney and in Adelaide, and he has a very calm approach and loving nature. He is always eager to give a cuddle, but will only do this if encouraged. Riley joins Catherine for therapy most days, but he occasionally takes a day off when he needs a little bit of extra sleep!