Psychological Services Group

Psychological Assistance and Counselling - Bariatric Patient Support and Assessment

Ms Lee Kennedy, MPsych(Clinical)

Lee is a passionate generalist psychologist, particularly adept at providing a safe and supportive environment and in fostering a collaborative therapeutic alliance with her clients. Lee has developed strengths in working with family problems (including assisting families with Autism), workplace stress, self-esteem and assertiveness, and personality disturbance.

We interviewed Lee to find out more:

- How do you describe your main therapeutic approach and/or what modalities do you use in therapy?
An integrative, holistic approach. Modalities include but are not limited to; psychodynamic, CBT, client centered, psychoeducation, systemic therapy, humanistic, relationships/couples, children and adolescence.

- Regarding the above, who might benefit from this approach?
Any person willing and committed to self exploration and open to identifying factors that may be perpetuating problems (past and present). In relation to children and adolescence, I place an emphasis on providing a safe and supportive space where difficulties can be openly discussed. 

- What are some of the more specific and specialised presenting problems that you work with?
I'm especially interested in working with individuals experiencing work related stress and assisting the person in understanding how their difficulties in the workplace may be affecting mood, self esteem and relationships. I also have an interest in working with individuals who are experiencing an anxiety disorder such as panic disorder, health anxiety, social anxiety and generalised anxiety. Further, I have experience in exposure therapy for treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias including fear of elevators, vomiting and driving. 

- What are some of your more general skills, life-experiences, or practise settings that have contributed to your development as a psychologist and how do these assist you in helping others?
A number of factors have contributed to development as a psychologist; having a genuine interest in the human condition, travel and meeting people, and clinical experience within an inpatient unit has enabled me to understand diagnosis and at the same time look beyond labeling and see the person as whole.  Experience as a job capacity assessor and occupational rehab consultant has given me an understanding of barriers facing individuals returning to work.  

- Finally, what is important about obtaining/engaging in psychological services? Or in other words, what you could say to prospective clients pondering counselling...?

Engaging in services provides an opportunity for any individual to address a variety of issues and engage in self development.  Through self exploration we become aware of our interpersonal dynamics and choices; this may lead to more fulfilling life experiences within ourselves and relationships with others.