David is a psychologist who believes that building rapport is one of the most fundamental parts of any therapeutic relationship. Explaining and ensuring the client understands their issues and why they are experiencing symptoms via psycho-education is a key factor in his therapy.
Dedicated to providing high quality work, his therapeutic technique encompasses an eclectic approach from treatment modalities like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He places an emphasis on client centered skills. David works across the range of age groups from adolescence to late adulthood.
David has worked in a multitude of roles including rehabilitation of traumatic and acquired brain injury, post-surgery rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy. He completed his training at a gold-standard rehabilitation hospital in Adelaide. He has completed qualifications in health sciences, clinical rehabilitation and psychology in Adelaide and Western Australia. David attempts to incorporate all his training, clinical knowledge and experience into his therapeutic practice. He teaches in the school of medicine at Flinders University. David has an interest in neurology and has majored in this field across all his studies.
- Adjustment to chronic illness
- Physical rehabilitation
- Stress management (including work related stress)
- Mild Depression
- Anxiety disorders (including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, panic disorder, adjustment disorder)
- Interpersonal issues
- Sleep hygiene
Coming from a clinical rehabilitation background, he is also well versed in the complexities people may experience with chronic illness, mostly with chronic respiratory issues, and has published some of his work.
In his spare time David enjoys time with his diverse friendship group. He is keen on staying fit and emphasizes a ‘health body, healthy mind’ approach. He not only enjoys learning about the human body, but also encompasses this knowledge into his practice. He enjoys travelling to faraway places and equally sharing his experiences.
Qualifications and Memberships
- Bachelor of Health Sciences (Flinders University, 2007)
- Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Flinders University, 2010)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Murdoch University, 2011)
- Master of Clinical Rehabilitation (Flinders University, 2009)
- Registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia