“Everyone is unique and so are their struggles and hardships. Even though these unpleasant experiences in life are more than unwelcome, there is no doubt that these experiences can be transformed into a platform for growth and resilience. I am passionate in supporting my clients as they embark on this journey towards positive change.”
Esther is a warm and friendly psychologist who is dedicated to providing a safe, non-judgemental environment for her clients to explore their unique issues and concerns. She believes in the importance of having a genuine and transparent attitude as a psychologist, for she understands the difficulties of unfolding and sharing one’s life struggles. Esther is committed to practicing client-centred care with evidence-based techniques, and she values the need to flexibly attune treatment methods to tailor for individual needs. As she understands the pervasiveness of the impact of mental health issues, she strives to actively communicate and work collaboratively with both clients and their families in order to maximise positive therapeutic outcome.
Esther completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) degree at the University of Sydney; and a Masters of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University.
Esther is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association and is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0001967830).
EXPERIENCE & INTERESTS
Esther has worked with individuals of various age groups and cultural backgrounds. Her experience working in both hospital and community settings has helped her to gain invaluable insight into how mental health issues influence social, family, vocational and educational realms of life, and potentially distort how we see ourselves.
Esther has worked with children, adolescents and adults suffering from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, emotion regulation difficulties and relationship problems, using treatment approaches that have strong scientific evidence. Esther is trained in the internationally accredited Macquarie University anxiety programs “Cool Kids” and “Chilled” that are designed to assist children and adolescents suffering with various anxiety disorders to develop skills for positive change. Esther also has experience conducting social skills and assertiveness skills training for primary school children who experience difficulties in forming friendships, maintaining friendships, problem solving and standing up for themselves.
Esther is particularly passionate about working with children and adolescents who are struggling with severe anxiety and mood disorders that are often accompanied by suicidal thoughts and self-harm. She understands that childhood and adolescence can be a particularly vulnerable stage of life. Hence, she takes a comprehensive client-centred approach to recovery, rather than aiming for simple symptom reduction. Acknowledging the impact that mental health issues may have on the young person’s family as a whole, Esther strives to assist parents by respectfully addressing their specific concerns and equipping them with appropriate resources to confidently support their loved one.
Esther works to ensure that all treatment approaches are evidence-based and tailored to each client’s particular area of need. She is trained and experienced in a range of treatment interventions, including:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Family Therapy, including Maudsley FBT
Esther’s fluency in Korean also allows her to conduct therapy sessions in Korean.
Esther’s strong passion for working with the young people encouraged her to pursue working as a clinician for a large longitudinal study at Macquarie University- the RAW Project. She particularly enjoyed interacting with the young people and their parents to explore various symptoms of mental illness and how they may interfere in the young person’s personal life and relationships.
As a strong advocate for evidence-based treatment methods, Esther is dedicated to keeping up with the latest research and investing time for professional development. With a particular interest in social anxiety disorder, her latest research focused on the association of personality and social anxiety, and the distinction of the fear and avoidance processes in social anxiety. Her research paper is currently in preparation for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
WORKING WITH ESTHER
If you would like to book an appointment with Esther or would like to discuss further how Esther could assist you with achieving your therapy goals please contact reception on 02 8814 5703 or email@example.com