We aim to provide a friendly, supportive and comfortable environment in which to help clients explore all areas of their psychological and emotional well being.
Each psychologist at the practice values a client-centered approach and believes in supporting the discovery of core life values so as to work towards a satisfying and fulfilled life.
CBT is a structured psychological therapy aimed at identifying and changing one's unhelpful thoughts and beliefs so as to improve our feelings and choices in actions. It also utilises behavioural experiments to test the reality of our thoughts and beliefs, structured problem solving techniques, thought monitoring forms, and chain analysis strategies to assist in recognising unhelpful patterns of thoughts, feelings and actions.
DBT is structured therapy aimed at improving emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. The 4 core components of DBT are Distress Tolerance, Affect Regulation, Mindfulness Skills, and Interpersonal effectiveness. Ideally DBT is experienced in a group therapy setting, however, the skills can also be learned in an individual format (if group sessions are not accessible or recommended), and each module can stand alone depending on what is individually required.
ACT is a mindfulness based treatment approach that explores how our emotions, thoughts, and beliefs can take us away from leading a satisfying life based on our individual values. Through the practice of mindfulness meditation we can learn to stay present in our here and now, and to accept our feelings, situations and ultimately ourselves.
Psychodynamic and emotional based therapies explore how our past affects our present, how past emotions may still be driving present day decisions, and how we can gradually free ourselves from these patterns.
All clinicians hold membership with professional psychological bodies, and attend regular continuing development training so as to ensure clients receive up to date and evidence based care.
We as practitioners are committed to providing a supportive and comfortable environment in which to explore any difficulties you may be experiencing whilst using evidence based and best practice therapy modalities. Each practitioner values the client-therapist relationship and the time it may take to establish a strong working relationship, as such we are all caring, thoughtful and empathic to the individual needs of every client and the support they would like to receive from us.
We all bring a combination of different skills and areas of specialisation, and in this way hope to ensure that we can match the needs of each client and support their journey of change.
Anna completed her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Graduate Diploma in Science (Psychology) at the University of Sydney, and went on to study her Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) at the University of Western Sydney. During her studies Anna gained experience working in public community and mental health settings, as well as providing assessment and support in an acute/crisis intervention setting, which also involved assisting people with gambling difficulties.
For 7 years Anna had the pleasure of working within a multidisciplinary team at the Northside Clinic, Greenwich, during which time she provided inpatient group and individual therapy initially to the patients on the Acute Unit, later moving to the specialised eating disorders inpatient programme. Whilst continuing to gain valuable skills and knowledge at the Northside Clinic, she commenced her private practice work in 2003. This experience in outpatient private practice and inpatient hospital treatment allowed Anna to develop her skills in the treatment of various psychological difficulties, as well as consolidating the importance of working within a multidisciplinary treatment team to support best treatment outcomes.
Anna also on occasion has worked as a tutor for a graduate psychology programme at Macquarie University, and has provided training seminars in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to Lifeline counseling practitioners and to staff at Northside Clinic Private Hospital.
In 2009 she made the move to full-time private practice where she now provides psychological treatment for the specialist area of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, self-esteem and personality difficulties, grief and loss, gambling problems, self-harm and difficulties dealing with emotions. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults, and her philosophy is to help each person live a satisfying and fulfilled life. This may involve using structured strategies to manage and prevent disorders such as those mentioned above, and/or identifying individual core values and supporting everyday choices in line with these values, as well as improving emotional expression and finding your true self.
During her Masters of Clinical Psychology Anna was trained extensively in the provision of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Since graduating in 2002 she has developed an interest and built skills in mindfulness based modalities, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). She has had the pleasure of training with the founders/leaders of these therapies such as Steven Hayes and Robyn Walser (ACT), Jon Kabat-Zinn (mindfulness), Marsha Linehan (DBT) and Mark Williams (MBCT).
She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and holds clinical psychology endorsement. She is also a long standing member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
Anna has a warm and empathic style, which often combines with her sense of humour and love for analogies, to facilitate a process of change for clients.
Address: Suite 402
460 Pacific Highway
St Leonards NSW 2065
Phone: 0422 598 949
The practice is open for appointments Monday through to Saturday
If you are driving to our appointment please note there is often ample street parking on Oxley and Nicholson streets, however, these are 1 hour metered parking spots, which are regularly checked by parking officers.
Alternatively Hume Street Council Carpark (entry from Albany or Hume Street) offers 2 hours free parking.
If you are catching public transport, St Leonards train station is a short 5 minute walk away, and buses also regularly stop along the Pacific Highway.
We have found that conducting sessions via Skype can be very effective, and a great way to make psychological support more accessible.
Skype sessions are available for clients who relocate or are travelling overseas, who live or work a long distance from our practice, or who live in remote / rural communities.
With over 15 years experience working with clients as a Clinical Psychologist in a variety of settings, Anna Bednarek offers professional supervision to psychologists and other mental health professionals.
Anna is a Psychology Board of Australia approved supervisor for Clinical Psychology registrars completing their 1-2 year registrar programme, as well as being eligible to be an external supervisor for provisional psychologists completing the 4+2 and 5+1 internship programmes.
She is also a member of Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society, and as such can offer supervision sessions which contribute to Clinical College membership.
Anna has also completed supervision training with Michael Carroll from the Centre for Supervision Training (2012) and with Christine Senediak (2012), and is experienced in providing both individual and group supervision sessions. She is passionate about the provision of good supervision, and about facilitating a process which contributes to thriving as practitioners/clinicians/therapists.
A Clinical Psychologist and a Psychiatrist often work together, but they are two different professions. Clinical Psychologists complete a minimum of 6 years post-graduate training, and if they have also completed doctoral degrees or PhDs, are then referred to as “doctor”. However, they do not have medical degrees and cannot prescribe medication. They are trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of psychological difficulties (i.e., depression, anxiety). Psychiatrists also study at a post-graduate level, but obtain a general medical degree before going on to complete further specialised study in the area of mental health. They can prescribe medication.
Psychological therapy involves an assessment (usually 1-2 sessions) where the psychologist will ask questions to help them understand your difficulties so as to formulate a treatment plan to help you. After this assessment, on-going therapy sessions focus on using a range of evidence-based strategies (techniques that have been researched and proven to be effective in treating these difficulties). They may use a range of techniques from Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
You can make an appointment by contacting us on 0422 598 949 or via email email@example.com. If we are unavailable to answer your call please leave a message and one of us will endeavour to return your call at the earliest possible time. Please hold in mind there may be a short delay in returning your call due to our appointment schedule for that day. Also we do not answer or return calls after work hours or over the weekend.
Each clinicians scheduled fee per session is less than the current recommended rate set by the Australian Psychological Society of $241 per hour. A partial rebate for some sessions may be obtained through private health insurance and/or through Medicare with a Mental Health Care Plan referral. You are not able, however, to claim both Medicare and private health insurance rebates for the same session.
Fees are payable at the time of appointment, and can be made using cash, EFTPOS or credit card (Mastercard and Visa).
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, the full session cost may be charged for appointments that are cancelled on the day or with less than 24 hours notice, and the cost of these will not be able to be claimed through Medicare or private health insurance.
Yes, if you have obtained a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from your GP, Psychiatrist, or Paediatrician.
At present the rebate amount for each 55 minute session is $124.50 (Clinical Psychologist) and $84.80 (Psychologist), resulting in a small gap fee.
The introduction of The Better Access to Mental Health initiative in 2006 has facilitated increased support for individuals with a diagnosable mental disorder. Under the scheme the following diagnoses are eligible for a MHCP referral:
The referral is valid for one year, and allows for an initial 6 rebatable sessions after which time a review with your referrer needs to occur to obtain a further 4 sessions.
Following the completion of the first 6 sessions, the following 4 sessions, and/or at the completion of treatment, we will provide your referrer with a written progress report outlining your goals, treatment plan, and progress achieved.
Your receipt for payment will have all the necessary information to claim through Medicare or your private health insurer after our session, unfortunately claiming the rebate at the time of payment is not possible.
Appointments generally are 55 minutes in duration, and usually cannot be extended past your scheduled time if you arrive late.
The number of sessions that may be required will be dependant on each individual problem and your goals for treatment. This will usually be discussed in the initial appointments, and the structure of our sessions will be adapted accordingly.
If you are driving to our appointment please note there is often ample street parking on Clarke and Oxley streets, however, these are 1 hour metered parking spots, which are regularly checked by parking officers. A preferable option may be to park in the nearby Hume Street Council Carpark (entry from Albany or Hume Street) which offers 2 hours free parking. If you are catching public transport, St Leonards train station is a short 5 minute walk away, and buses also regularly stop along the Pacific Highway.
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