Marie O’Dea

Marie O’Dea

Marie O’Dea has 23 years experience as a psychologist and is committed to enabling adults and young adults to regain control and enhance their overall quality of life. She has a respectful, thoughtful nature that places the person at the centre of their care, and gently assists them to navigate through the issues that have brought them into therapy. The therapeutic relationship is essential to positive outcomes and Marie will always ensure that sessions have open communication, clear understanding and that there is mutual trust and respect between the therapist and the client.

After 15 years in private practice and 6 years in a clinical leadership role within a large multi-disciplinary centre, Marie is able to draw on a diversity of evidence based knowledge and skills to ensure she provides quality support to her clients.  With a Masters of Health Psychology, she has developed a special interest in Men’s and Women’s Health, particularly in relation to the difficulties in psychologically adjusting to living with cancer or serious chronic illness.  The impact of illness can deplete the coping resources of both the patient and the carers and families of the patient, leaving them vulnerable to the distress and fatigue associated with physical challenges, as well as diminished emotional, social and cultural well being associated with the medical journey. Marie is committed to helping patients, and their loved ones, to find adaptive ways of managing their situations.

Marie also has a strong interest in Health within the Workplace, particularly the health work space, and she has many years of experience working with individuals and organisations, in working through change, injury and rehabilitation, communication and stress, leadership training and critical incident support.  Her Master’s thesis in oncology discussed the issues surrounding communication between patients and their health professionals and indicated perceived lack of validation, active listening and empathic response.  Marie is committed to assisting health professionals and patient’s to obtain improved awareness, understanding and decision making via improved communication, so that both feel they have greater sense of control.


Special Interest Areas

  • Men’s and Women’s Health
    • Adjustment to Serious, or Chronic Illness (eg cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, parkinsons)
    • Anxiety
    • Panic Disorder
    • OCD
    • Depression
    • Pain Management
    • Eating Disorders
    • Grief and Loss
    • Relationships
    • Carer’s Compassion Fatigue
    • Communication
    • Self Esteem, Body Image, Identity
    • Decision Making
    • Menopause
  • Workplace Health
    • Injury Management and Return to Work
    • Stress
    • Workplace Communication and Relationships
    • Critical Incidents and Conflict
    • Change Management
    • Work-Life Balance
    • WorkCover
    • Adjustment to Retirement


Treatment Approaches

  • Advanced Level Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
  • Solution-focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing


Qualifications and Memberships

  • Masters of Psychology (Health) (Monash University)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (James Cook University)
  • Member Australian Psychological Society
  • Registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Accredited Psychology Board of Australia Supervisor