Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith

Choosing a psychologist for yourself, or for your child, is an important and sometimes difficult process. Kathy is highly skilled at forming warm and engaging relationships with clients of all ages. The treatment plan that Kathy designs for you/your child will incorporate both innovative and evidence–based treatment methods with the aim of creating the most successful outcome. Kathy believes that seeking therapy is a courageous act of self love, and that allowing your child to experience this exercise in personal growth and healing is also an act of love, trust, and acceptance. 

Kathy recognises that when a child begins to outwardly show signs of needing help, it is often the case that he or she has been struggling with an issue for a long period of time. It is important to “catch the problem early” in order to minimise detrimental effects in the family, home, school and community. The earlier the child receives support and intervention, the better the prognosis for the child.

At some point, we will experience times when life stressors have overwhelmed us and we know that we are not living the best life we can live. Seeing an accomplished and experienced psychologist during such times can help a person to learn life skills that will help them prevail when they next encounter hardships. Psychology is not just for people with severe mental health disorders; it can also help a person to unlock unused potential, experience more happiness, find balance and wellbeing, and can assist people to enjoy other benefits of self-improvement. Obstacles seem smaller and more surmountable when the client has an objective, trained professional to offer useful expertise, feedback and provide the tools for change. Kathy is one such professional.

Kathy has been practising as a psychologist for over 16 years. She is able to develop harmonious and warm, yet professional relationships with clients due to her gentle and down to earth nature. Kathy enjoys helping clients heighten the joy and productivity in their life. Kathy draws upon her life experience and extensive background in psychology to treat clients effectively. Her education, training, and experience has predominantly been with children, adolescents, and their families, covering a wide range of clinical diagnoses, and diverse multicultural and socio-economic backgrounds. In addition, she has extensive experience and training in working with adults. Kathy enjoys working with people of all ages and from all walks of life.

In addition, Kathy has also overcome her struggle with infertility and other related difficulties. Having a professional who understands the process one must go through when experiencing fertility issues, and has been through it themselves, is invaluable. Kathy has a uniquely personal and professional outlook on fertility and pregnancy issues.

 

Areas of Work – Children and Adolescents

  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD( (formerly called Attention Deficit Disorder) –Attention and concentration difficulties
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety Disorders (including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety and Separation Anxiety Disorder)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (a formerly used diagnosis on this spectrum was Asperger’s Syndrome)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bullying related issues
  • Chronic pain
  • Communication skills training
  • Confusion
  • Conflict-resolution skills training
  • Defiance (Oppositional Defiance Disorder and Conduct Disorder)
  • Depression (including Post-Partum Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder)
  • Developmental Disorders (including Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD))
  • Early attachment difficulties
  • Effective communication strategies
  • Empowerment and assertiveness skills training
  • Family difficulties (related to arguing, separation, divorce, adoption, fostering and blended families)
  • Fatigue and Lethargy
  • Gratitude skills training
  • Grief and loss
  • Mood improvement
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Life transition issues
  • LGTBQ+
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
  • Parent/child relationship problems
  • Parenting strategies for behavioural and mood difficulties
  • Phobias or fears (including specific phobias and social phobia)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Problem-solving skills training
  • Nurturing inner peace, tranquility and joy
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Relaxation and self-soothing skills training
  • Regulating and expressing strong emotions
  • School refusal and School related difficulties
  • Self-acceptance, Self-care, Self-doubt, Self-esteem, Self-image, Self-improvement, Self-worth and Self-soothing skills training
  • Self-harm (including “cutting”)
  • Sexual, psychological, verbal and physical abuse (including a past history of abuse)
  • Sleep problems (All types of Insomnia, falling asleep, staying asleep, waking easily, waking up tired)
  • Social, friendship problems and problems with authority figures
  • Stress (including family, social, school and work related stress/worry)
  • Well-being

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Areas of Work – Adults

Kathy works with people of all ages in the areas listed above. Some additional issues that she treats adults with are:

  • Burn out
  • Fertility counselling
  • LGTBQ+
  • Life direction and purpose
  • Life transition difficulties
  • Menopause (including perimenopause and early menopause)
  • Pregnancy related problems

 

Treatment Approaches

  • Parenting skills training
  • Play, Art and Creative Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Person-Centered Psychology
  • Transpersonal Psychology
  • Positive Psychology

 

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Master of Arts (Counselling Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Board of Australia