Nina McIlwain

Psychologist


Master of Clinical Psychology, UTS
Graduate Diploma in Psychology, WSU
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Macquarie Uni


 

I aim to help individuals deeply understand the challenges, both internal and external, that arise in our daily lives. I am committed to providing a compassionate, warm and safe environment. From there, we can collaboratively work to create meaningful change and build a life you value.

 

believe in enacting change through evidence-based, behavioural, relational and values-focused therapeutic approaches.    

Clinical approach

  • CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy

  • Works primarily with adults and parents

  • Client-centred with a strengths-based approach

  • Focus on evidence-based treatments that look at both underlying maintaining factors and practical coping strategies 

 

Experience:

  • Experience working with a variety of disorders and mental health difficulties including anxiety, stress, depression, grief & loss, procrastination, perfectionism, self-esteem, adjustment, schizophrenia, substance-related issues and parenting.

  • Additional experience assessing for development of mild cognitive impairment and dementia in a hospital setting.

  • Delivery of evidence-based treatments and therapeutic groups in acute inpatient, youth mental health, and university clinics.

  • Masters dissertation exploring couple-based support during chronic pain.

  • Published journal articles exploring memory and collaborative recall in older adults and couples.   

Issues

  • Anxiety, panic, phobias, stress, worry

  • Obsessional compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Anger management

  • Depression and low mood

  • Perfectionism, motivation, time-management

  • Relationship and interpersonal difficulties

  • Family, parenting, and attachment issues

  • Friendship and social issues

  • Low self-esteem and confidence issues

  • Bullying

  • Work and academic difficulties

  • Emotion regulation difficulties

  • Unhelpful and catastrophic thinking

  • Body image problems

  • Grief and loss

  • Sexual difficulties

  • Chronic illness

  • Sleep issues

  • Weight management

  • Postnatal anxiety and depression

  • ADHD

  • Autism

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