Dr Nicki Ferencz is a clinical psychologist who is the clinical coordinator of the Paediatric Chronic Pain Service at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia.
In this interview, we discuss the importance of language in the treatment room, the power of peer to peer mentoring for clients and parents, and the intrinsic link between pain and Mental health.
Damien Stewart is a Sport and Exercise Psychologist based on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. Damien currently works in private
practice servicing both sport, exercise and mental health clientele.
Damien was a police officer for 20 years and an elite-level softball player. He then received a pain diagnosis that would be life-changing.
In this interview, we discuss the critical importance of a multidisciplinary approach to treating pain, what “successful therapy” might actually mean in the context of managing pain, and the role of active acceptance!
Dr Jacqui Stanford is a health psychologist and a director at Empower Rehab, a clinic which specialises in providing interdisciplinary pain management, as well as working with clients presenting with a range of psychological presentations.
She regularly provides training to health and return to work professionals around Australia about working with clients with persistent pain to help facilitate recovery and optimal function.
Mindfulness is a “hot topic” in Western psychology. It is used as an intervention for everything from anxiety to work stress to developing emotional intelligence. Whilst the popularity of mindfulness practice is positive, there are a number of common myths that are important to know when teaching and learning mindfulness.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a powerful mindfulness-based therapy of which Russ Harris is a world-renowned trainer. In this interview, we discuss the common Mindfulness Myths.
For information on Dr Russ Harris and the links we spoke about check out the show notes.
Dr Sarah Davenport is my colleague and former supervisor. She is one of the most resilient psychologists I know and has a wealth of wisdom she generously shares with anyone in her orbit, particularly the psychologists she mentors. Sarah has overcome many complex challenges in her career and I wanted to share her journey with you all as I know she will inspire you as she does me!
Dr Sarah Davenport is a Clinical Psychologist and supervisor with over 10 years of experience providing specialist psychological services to adolescents and adults in both public and private health care settings. She has held a number of senior positions across private and public mental health services, including as Principal Clinical Psychologist at the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (Alfred Health), and Senior Psychologist at Dandenong Hospital's Secure Extended Care Unit. Sarah is currently the Director and principal psychologist at Headstrong Psychology.
For more information on Sarah Davenport check out the show notes.
Shirley Hicks is a somatic psychotherapist and yoga teacher, with a private clinic in Varsity Lakes, QLD. She has a specific interest in how the body carries unresolved life events and how through “talk therapies” the body is often overlooked.
With over 22 years of clinical experience, Shirley has refined the way she supports clients to involve their body in the healing process, drawing on the work of Judith Herman, Babette Rothschild, Peter Levine and Bessel van der Kolk.
Shirley is a clinical member of PACFA (Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia), as well as a Mental Health Practitioner and Supervisor with PACFA.