Psychologist: Lydia Dean

I am a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

I have extensive experience working with children, young people and families in varied settings including government, non-government and private sectors. More specifically, I have worked with children and adolescents presenting with a range of mental health disorders and complex social needs. I also have experience in assessment and intervention of developmental difficulties including intellectual/learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

I utilise a non-judgemental, collaborative, strengths-based approach to support clients to understand and overcome the difficulties they are experiencing in their lives. Drawing upon a range of evidence-based interventions my approach is individualised to meet the client’s needs. My practice is informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing and family systems and attachment principles.

My areas of interest and experience include:

  • Anxiety and anxiety disorders (including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Mood difficulties and disorders (including depression and Bipolar Affective Disorder)
  • Stress and adjustment difficulties
  • Grief and loss
  • Childhood trauma and neglect
  • PTSD and complex trauma
  • Family stress (including exposure to family violence and parental separation)
  • Eating and feeding disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Gender identity
  • Self-esteem and perfectionism
  • School avoidance and refusal
  • Suicidality and deliberate self-harm
  • Problems with behavioural and emotional regulation (including anger and aggression)
  • Sleeping problems
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Additionally, I am employed in a Youth Early Psychosis Program, working with young people who are experiencing first episode of psychosis.