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Dave Norton


Psychologist
 

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical), ACU

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons-1), ACU

  • Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science, ACAP

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Macquarie University

I am incredibly passionate and humbled by my work as I understand the courage involved in discussing vulnerable and distressing aspects of life. I aim to tailor my therapeutic appproach to the individual and to bring safety, compassion and curiousity into the therapy space. 

I believe that change, although daunting at times, can be cultivated with a strong therapeutic relationship and a collaborative approach, which are the focus of my practice. I complement this by taking the time to ensure my clients feel heard and by using evidence-based strategies, with the hope of helping them to develop their compassionate inner dialogue.

Clinical approach

  • Schema, CBT, DBT, ACT, Mindfulness, Trauma-Informed Therapy

  • Works primarily with adults.

  • A warm, empathic, strengths-based and trauma-informed approach.

  • Focused on understanding the individual’s story and identifying their motivation for change in therapy.

  • Incorporates behavioural, emotional, cognitive and relational patterns to better understand and support the individual.

Experience

  • Experience working in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient groups, youth and adult disability services, university clinics, government organisations, teaching undergraduate psychology students, and telehealth.

  • Working with anxiety and mood disorders, emotion regulation difficulties, trauma, substance use and addiction, loneliness, grief and loss, interpersonal difficulties, self-criticism, insomnia and sleep difficulties.

  • Working with NSW Police providing individual therapy to Officers with a physical and/or psychological injury.

  • Published a journal article on the relationship between self-criticism/ self-compassion, sleep and mental illness.

Presentations

  • Anxiety, panic, phobias, stress, and worry

  • OCD

  • Depression and low mood

  • Anger and frustration

  • ADHD

  • Bipolar

  • Emotion regulation difficulties

  • Sleeping difficulties and disordered sleeping

  • Trauma

  • Interpersonal and relationship difficulties

  • Family issues

  • Chronic illness and health issues

  • Work and academic difficulties

  • Perfectionism, motivation, time-management

  • Grief and loss

  • Drugs and alcohol

  • Unhelpful and catastrophic thinking

  • Military and veteran issues (note, currently unable to see clients on DVA plan)

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