Change Rooms Practitioners
DR. SABINE MERZ
DR. SABINE MERZ
Sabine completed her clinical training and PhD at the University of NSW in 2007. Since then she has worked in a variety of private, public health, and clinical research settings, ranging from working in trauma, addiction, adolescent services, through to delivering parent training programs. She currently splits her time between working in private practice and working in public health at the National Centre for Veterans’ Health.
Passionate about helping people get the most out of treatment Sabine enjoys supporting clients to make the changes they desire, as well as making it easier to move through challenging life periods by focusing on developing strengths and resilience.
Sabine is experienced in working with people from all backgrounds with varying presentations. She provides individual therapy for adults across their lifespan, as well as for adolescents and their families.
Sabine holds full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a Member of the Australian Clinical Psychologist Association.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN WORKING WITH SABINE
Sabine’s treatment approach depends on the individual and the issues they present with. Most importantly Sabine sees therapy as collaborative process, and at its most fundamental as a relationship in which self-awareness can grow and lead to changes in behaviour, and a greater sense of agency in life. In her clinical work Sabine predominately uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy and Motivational Therapy as frameworks for treatment.
Areas of Expertise:
►Trauma and Abuse
►Unresolved Childhood Difficulties
►Grief and Loss
►Complex Adolescent Difficulties
►Pre & Postnatal Depression/Anxiety/Adjustment
FIND OTHER PRACTITIONERS
A key feature of being on the journey with Psychologist Hazel is the focus on personal strengths, which leads to better self awareness, esteem and confidence. Resilience certainly isn’t a ‘teachable’ concept, however, working with clients to embrace opportunities for its growth and development is important, regardless of age. Hazel likes to adopt a communication style that is open and honest with clients. She tries to empower clients to accept and embrace themselves, without judgement or comparison. Regardless of presentation, there is always an optimism and hope that positive change is possible. Indeed, it starts with the decision to come to an appointment.
Alison has been practicing as a registered psychologist for over 14 years. Her aim is to create a therapeutic safe place that promotes growth for her clients on their journey towards living a purposeful life. Warmth and unconditional positive regard underpins everything she does. Alison is an ‘open book’ in therapy and is known to value honesty in the therapy room. Alison strives for change (real, tangible change) as she genuinely believes in her client’s ability to live a life worth living and loving.
Tessa is a passionate Educational and Developmental Psychologist. She has a special interest in early intervention and supporting young people. Tessa uses evidence based interventions and works collaboratively and holistically. She passionately promotes mental health and provides support to empower young people in making positive changes.
Deanne is a warm and engaging psychologist who works collaboratively with clients to help them build new ways of dealing with issues, and new ways of being in the world. She brings a creative and open-minded approach to psychology, having originally trained in architecture and design, and being a lover of all things creative.