Kirsten                                                                           Clark                     

Clinical Psychologist




"The good life is a process, not a state of being - it is a direction, not a destination."
Carl Rogers


Therapy:

Therapy can be overwhelming. The relationship between therapist and patient is intimate and requires the sharing of personal information that can make you feel quilty or ashamed. - but therapy is the one place where you can be completely honest and not be judged. 

Therapy starts with an intake session, where I get your full history. I will ask questions about your childhood, your relationships, your working life, medical history and so on. This helps me understand how past events have shaped you and how the current situation is affecting you. 

I may ask to see or contact certain people, such as your partner or doctor, but I will always get your permission first. I may also ask you to complete an assessment to help guide me in deciding on the best treatment for you.

As a psychologist, my job is to guide you through the process of helping yourself, by understanding your thoughts, feelings and actions, and how these have shaped your life. Your investment and input are an integral part of the process.

A note on confidentiality - your therapy with me is protected by your right to confidentiality. This means that I am ethically and legally bound to keep your personal information private. However, there are some limits to this confidentiality - I may be required to divulge information related to your treatment if I am legally ordered to do so. I am also required to break confidentiality if I feel that you are posing a danger to yourself or others, or someone is posing a danger to you. This includes notifiying the authorities when I learn of incidences of abuse or referring you for hospital admission if you are suicidal or psychotic. 


Assessments:

I can administer a number of psychological assessments to measure aspects of functioning such as IQ, scholatstic ability and personality structure. I can also assess for brain impairement and for symptoms of depression, anxiety and psychosis. 

As with therapy, the process begins with the intake session, followed by the assessments. The intake includes a full history, including information on birth and childhood, medical history, family structure, current living circumstances, working history and so on. I may ask you to bring in copies of reports or ask for information from an outside party (like a chil'd teacher or an employer). 

Once the assessments are completed, the scoring and interpretation process begins. A report is compiled from the assessment results and conclusions and recommendations are made. A PDF copy of the report, together with any referrals or other information, will then be emailed to you. If you require a feedback session to explain the assessment results, this can be arranged.


Please look at the download section on the right hand side of this page for more information on the assessment process and how play therapy works.