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BPsych(Hons) MPsych (Clinical)
Ceara is an online psychologist who enjoys working with adolescents, adults and couples, creating a supportive and nurturing environment where clients feel safe and supported to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Prior to joining Stirling Psychology, Ceara supported children and adolescents through equine and animal assisted therapy. Ceara has worked with adults in private practice, as well as in hospital settings. Ceara also has experience engaging the community in health promoting behaviours through her work with the Western Bull Dogs Foundation.
Ceara provides personalised evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy in a warm, collaborative and compassionate environment. Ceara believes everyone has different goals for online therapy which are very individual and as such, she tailors her approach to each individual’s unique needs and preferences. Ceara supports patients to reduce symptoms and suffering, using a range of online therapy modalities including skills based, solution focused cognitive behavioural methods. For those who are wanting to explore themselves more deeply to better understand the origins and meaning of their suffering, Ceara works with individuals to examine their symptoms in relation to self and others using a psychodynamic approach.
Ceara is an online psychologist who works with couples and individuals, she does not provide in person psychology appointments.
Ceara’s level of education and training led to her receiving registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Ceara completed her four year psychology degree with first class honours at Swinburne University. Ceara then spent three years at Victoria University where she completed a Master of Professional Psychology before going on to complete a Master of Clinical Psychology. Ceara is currently completing her endorsement in Clinical Psychology.
Ceara’s research has focused on understanding the impact intolerance to uncertainty and anxiety have on co-occurring mental health conditions. Ceara researched the role of intolerance to uncertainty with people who experienced hoarding disorder during the first wave of panic buying in 2020, in response to COVID-19.
Ceara has also researched the role of depression, social anxiety, and loneliness in problematic internet use in young adults in Australia. Both these studies found that anxiety is associated with increased symptoms in co-occurring mental health disorders and reinforced Ceara’s understanding of the importance of attending to anxiety symptoms through evidence based psychological treatment.
Ceara offers an integrative, warm and compassionate approach, suited to each individual’s needs and preferences. As an online psychologist, Ceara is able to offer skills based mindfulness and cognitive behavioural interventions to help reduce anxiety symptoms and improve mood.
Ceara has a special interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy that is focused on looking closely at emotional experiences in the here and now and understanding how suffering developed and why. Together in online therapy, difficult emotions can be understood and processed, moving towards recovery from symptoms and improved relationships. By focusing on the therapeutic relationship and offering a warm and collaborative style of online therapy Ceara seeks to help each person achieve more than just symptom relief, rather the goal is meaningful and lasting positive change.