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Janet O’Donnell

PostGradDip (Psychology) BA (Psychology) GradCert (DV) MAAPi

Janet is a generalist psychologist who has been practising for 20 years. She practices in Clinical, Counselling and Health Psychology. She is passionate about helping people to achieve happy and fulfilling lives. Janet treats issues such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), OCD, ASD, personality disorders, addiction, and psychosis. Janet also provides grief counselling, and trauma counselling. She has a wealth of knowledge about relationships, family dynamics, and mental health.

Prior to psychology, Janet worked as a nurse in Victoria, Northern Territory and Queensland. Her nursing experience included Emergency, Critical Care and Cancer nursing. Her areas of health psychology counselling include chronic pain management, substance abuse, grief and loss, living with chronic disease, and weight management. She sees adults and adolescents from 16 years.

Janet utilises several therapies including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema-Mode Therapy, Narrative therapy and Mindfulness. She is a practical psychologist who adapts therapy to individual’s needs and resources. She has helped many individuals return to work after trauma or debilitating anxiety, and has helped thousands of people improve their relationships with themselves and others.

Janet also understands that our lives are dynamic and constantly changing. Hard times can ‘creep up’ on us, and before we know it, we are feeling overwhelmed. A common situation we may find ourselves in is becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs to change our mood. Janet has extensive experience in Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation. She can help with harm minimisation, i.e., cutting down on alcohol and other substances, and counselling for behaviour change.

Janet has undertaken further postgraduate study in Domestic Violence (DV). She has great insight into the dynamics of DV and its impacts. Janet knows how domestic and family violence has a traumatic emotional and psychological impact on all those involved. More importantly she can assist you toward recovery.

Janet has an adult son and understands the trials of parenting. She dedicates time to self-care such as swimming and reading. She has a dog called Tank (a boxer!) who is always up for cuddles. Janet’s morning ritual with nature, a cup of tea, and gratitude journaling makes a great start to each day.  If you decide to work with Janet you can be assured she will strive to provide an insightful service tailored to your needs with a firm focus on healing and growth. She approaches each client with curiosity, empathy, and a non-judgemental attitude.

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