DR CAROLYN DEANS
PhD (Uni Melb) DPsych (Clin) (ANU) MAPS
Dr Carolyn Deans is an experienced clinical psychologist with a focus on resilience building interventions for mental health conditions. Her practice involves evidence-based interventions for a wide range of adult mental health disorders.
Carolyn specialises in resilience mechanisms following trauma and significant life incidents. Her PhD involved assisting new mothers experiencing postnatal mental health difficulties and she remains interested in perinatal mental health for both women and men. Carolyn's experience also includes working as a military psychologist assisting service personnel and veterans to thrive in challenging settings, managing transition out of service, and rebuild from mental health difficulties. She is trained in a number of trauma-focussed therapies, mindfulness and strengths-based approaches to recovery, as well as traditional cognitive and interpersonal interventions.
She prefers a collaborative approach to resilience building, emphasising the important role that physical activity and health plays in mental well being. She may recommend that clients speak to an exercise physiologist, yoga instructor, or other movement specialist as part of a holistic treatment of their health. She takes a client-focussed approach to care - which means that the client's goals come first.
When not consulting at The Neighbourhood Clinic, Carolyn works for a non-for-profit trauma training organisation teaching others how to work with trauma affected populations, and advising government and other organisations on managing staff in challenging work environments, transition from uniform service, and veteran mental health. She is an Adjunct staff member at Victoria University in the clinical psychology Department and founding Convenor of the APS Interest Group on Military & Emergency Services Psychology.
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