Get To Know Our Psychologist Bridget Scanlon



Tell us a little bit about why you studied Psychology?


I began my undergraduate degree with majors in Biology and Philosophy and soon learned that I was not quite on the same wavelength as Socrates and studying moss didn't quite grab me. I had always enjoyed the company of people and got a real kick out of hearing people's different stories.


So, I was pretty thrilled when I realised I could major in psychology and linguistics - providing a lovely kind of interaction between people, what we do and sometimes why we do it.

How would you describe what you do and what a Psychologist is?

A psychologist (and hopefully the psychologist I am) is someone who can objectify a presenting problem, provide information to work with you to see the link between your thoughts, emotions and behaviours which in turn affect your functioning then work with you to develop a way to change or at least cope with the challenge.

You’ve got a special interest in chronic pain and healthy ageing – what would be your top 3 tips for clients who have long term chronic pain issues?


Only 3! Ok:

1. Learn how to calm your central nervous system with breathing.

2. Work out what is the most fearful part of your pain (e.g. fear of re-injury, fear of death, fear of more pain) and this will give you a starting point for the most helpful approach to reducing your pain.

3. Find out what is safe for you to do (despite pain) and develop a pacing up plan. Moving is a tool!

What drew you to working at The Neighbourhood Clinic?

The genuine want to treat our patients/clients as whole people and to do this well. This approach is not to be underrated.

When you are not being a Psychologist, what would we find you doing?

Hanging with my family both immediate and extended, drinking coffee (so Melbourne), having a g&t with a friend and watching Bluey.

What are you currently watching on Netflix/Stan/streaming service of choice?

Louis Theroux's "Life on the edge" - he is reflecting on significant stories he has produced during his career. I really like how calmly curious he is.

Do you have a favourite book?

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Just a lovely read.

Who is your hero? And why?

Tough one. I admire many people, but I would say my grandpa Wal, he was the master of reinvention and enjoying life.

Finally, it’s a cosy wintry evening and you are hosting a dinner party. Which 3 people are there, and what are you serving them?

Ricky Gervais (Actor/Comedian), Jordan Nguyen (Biomedical Engineer) and Melissa McCarthy (Actress/Comedian). I would serve eye fillet, a side of roasted potatoes (a lot of salt, garlic and rosemary) and a Caprese salad then apple tart with ice cream for dessert.



Bridget Scanlon is a Psychologist at The Neighbourhood Clinic. Her interests include:

  • Chronic pain

  • Healthy ageing

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and stress management

  • Adjustment to health changes

  • Grief and life transitions

  • Occupational challenges

  • Carer support

  • Anger management

  • Self esteem issues


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