Gwenda Gilligan

Gwenda qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2013 and since then has worked exclusively in private practice.  Her work includes individual therapy, couple therapy and group work.  Gwenda’s clients are  primarily, adults and older adolescents who have experienced trauma.  She has a particular interest  in working long term with clients, especially those  seeking to deal with the effects of trauma in their lives.

She also works with clients presenting with a broader range of issues including anxiety, depression, addictions, and eating disorders.

Her academic research interests have included: Performance Anxiety; Attitudes towards death & dying in CALD communities: the impact on provision of Palliative Care services; Communication between Health Professionals and Indigenous Cancer Patients.

Gwenda brings to her practice an extensive and varied life experience. She has a serious and practical approach to therapy which is married with compassion and dedication to the wellbeing of her clients. She understands that most people enter therapy wanting to bring about change in their lives and she sees her role as facilitating  the changes the client wants to make.

Gwenda has an eclectic approach to therapy and  is engaged in ongoing training in methodologies pertinent to the difficulties her clients face. In the area of trauma this includes  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative therapies and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Gwenda has also completed her training in the Poly Vagal Therapy approach to understanding the nervous system. Other therapeutic trainings include: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Brief Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Attachment Theories.

Gwenda has a Diploma of Hypnotherapy  and is a trained Meditation Teacher.

Prior to becoming a Clinical Psychologist Gwenda worked as a singing teacher and counsellor with clients in the performing arts, sports people, students and business people in overcoming performance related anxiety. This included working with clients experiencing generalized anxiety, social phobia and panic attacks.  As well as counselling individual clients, Gwenda  conducted workshops in schools, at universities, and privately. 

Gwenda also had an extensive teaching career including primary, secondary and adult education. She has worked multi-culturally with children, adolescents, teachers and families in the public and private educational domains. Through the implementation of English as a Second Language programs and while teaching with Adult Migrant Education Gwenda worked with child and adult refugees and new arrivals to Australia. She has also worked with Indigenous Australians teaching on Palm Island, Qld.

 

Qualifications:

  • Master of Clinical Psychology (University of Canberra)
  • Master of Creative Arts (University of Wollongong)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education (BA Dip Ed) (Macquarie University)
  • Diploma of Theology ( Mater Dei Institute)

 

Professional Memberships

  • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)- Clinical Psychology
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of APS College of Clinical Psychologists