Ascending Psychology has a team of passionate and experienced Psychologists to meet the needs of our clients and the community.
Director, Clinical Psychologist
Sarah is a Clinical Psychologist passionate about the treatment of complex and chronic conditions. She started her career working in the forensic field, treating high risk clients who suffered from severe mental health difficulties, addiction, and who had committed serious offences. In this capacity, she served as an expert witness to the courts, preparing reports to assist in determining whether someone was fit to stand trial or a risk of re-offending.
Thereafter, she has worked in offshore processing and in remote indigenous contexts. Sarah therefore relies on various different therapy techniques and theories to meet the needs of her clients. This includes Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Practises, Narrative Approaches, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Most importantly, she passionately supports clients to identify the underlying difficulties that are contributing to their suffering and encourages them to move through this with a balance of acceptance and the need for change.
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Jackson is a Registered Psychologist and a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). He holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and has a special interest in working with adults and adolescents to achieve greater self-understanding and relief from psychological distress. Jackson’s main areas of specialisation are in area such as self-criticism, perfectionism, challenges surrounding self-identity, and self-harm. Additionally, Jackson has experience with a broad range of clients with anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, trauma, drug and alcohol addiction, and interpersonal difficulties.
Jackson also has extensive experience working with sub-elite and elite sporting teams. He works closely with the Gold Coast Institute of Sport and enjoys topics such as thriving in pressure situations, overcoming self-doubt, building team culture, responding to set-backs and mental toughness.
Treatment Approach: Jackson seeks to establish an authentic, non-judgemental and collaborative relationship with each client. He provides individually-tailored therapy based on evidence-based practice to suit each clients’ unique strengths and needs with an added aim at promoting self-care. Jackson’s scope of approaches includes, psychodynamic therapy, compassion-focused therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.
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Dr. Sierra van Wyk
Sierra is a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in the treatment of complex and chronic conditions in adults, children and families. This includes anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, perinatal difficulties, risk, trauma, and self-harm.
Sierra has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors, including having spent considerable time in remote Australian contexts. She relies on a variety of treatment methodologies, including attachment based therapy, play therapy, CBT and narrative approaches. She is available to provide Medico-Legal Assessments, Parental Capacity and Cognitive Assessments.
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