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Dr Derek Gilligan

I am a Clinical Psychologist with 24 years experience working with individuals in a wide variety of settings. I bring a welcoming, engaging and empathic style to therapy, so I can share a laugh or two.

The person is at the center of my approach, as I work with them collaboratively, providing a non judgmental, careful, listening to the problems being brought into the session. My view is that the person contains more internal resources to assist them, than they might be aware of.

My approach is client directed, and if asked what models might underpin my methods the answer is "it depends" on a number of factors, including the person themselves, what they are bringing into the session, and what their hopes might be for an outcome for themselves from engaging in the process.

I have developed skills in a broad range of psychological methods and modalities. I am well trained and experienced in utilising various psychological models.

I work with the person to discuss options for possible ways forward for them, both in their lives and in the therapeutic process. I regularly check in for feedback, that the method or approach being utilised is working, is the best fit for them, and they are getting what they need from the experience. We can modify and adjust the approach to tailor the application of a model that is most suitable to the person, based on their feedback and goals.

*No request for reports
^+16 y.o only

Dr Derek is ready to help you improve your mental health

Counselling Experience

Dr Derek has 24 years experience working with individuals in a wide variety of settings. Forensic, Private Practice, Government



Clinical Psychologist, PhD Forensic Psych - Tools; CBT, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Family Systems Therapy (FST), Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive Psychological Approaches, Strategic Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Hypnosis and Psychoanalysis

Areas of Expertise

Learn more about the various mental health challenges that we can help you with.

Adjustment Difficulties
Anger Management
Body Dysmorphia
Depression & Mood

Gender & Sexual Identity
Grief & Bereavement
Health & Lifestyle
Life Transition
New Parent
Pain Management
Perinatal Depression & Anxiety

Relationship Counselling (No COUPLES)
Sexual Abuse
Sleep Difficulties
Stress Management & Relaxation
Substance Abuse
Trauma & PTSD

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