Psychological Services Group

Psychological Assistance and Counselling - Bariatric Patient Support and Assessment

Rebecca Findlow, Clinical Psychologist

B.Sc. (Hons.). Dip.Ed., M.Psych. (Clin.), M.Sc. (Marriage & Family Therapy)

Rebecca is a warm and empathic therapist who draws from a broad range of psychotherapeutic approaches to meet the individual needs of each client. Rebecca holds masters degrees in both clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy and is experienced in helping adults and couples with a range of problems, including relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, grief and loss and health concerns, such as coping with chronic pain. Rebecca has a particular interest in working with new mothers and couples who are dealing with the many challenges of becoming parents for the first time.

We interviewed Rebecca to find out more:

How do you describe your main therapeutic approach and/or what modalities do you use in therapy?

I have an integrative approach to counselling that is fundamentally client-centred. I tailor my approach to meet the particular needs of each client, drawing from a broad range of therapies, including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Couples Therapy.

Who might benefit from this approach?

I work hard to understand each client and the nature of the difficulties they bring to counselling so that I can provide assistance that is tailor made for them. Anyone who is willing to engage in self-reflection and is prepared to try a fresh approach to resolving their difficulties is likely to benefit from counselling.

What are some of the more specific and specialised problems that you work with?

I have considerable experience and expertise in helping people with relationship difficulties. Over my years of practice, I have developed a particular interest in helping couples adapt to the challenges of parenthood in a way that nurtures their relationship with each other, as well as the special parent-child bond. I have also been privileged to work with many patients who are faced with the challenge of learning to live with a chronic illness, such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

What are some of your more general skills, life experiences or practice settings that have contributed to your development as a psychologist and how do these assist you in helping others?

Over the past 21 years I have worked in hospitals, university counselling services, public mental health and private psychology clinics. In addition, I have married and become mother to two beautiful children. This diversity of experience has helped me to understand both professionally and personally the challenges people experience navigating their way through life.

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

I appreciate that many people feel nervous about seeking counselling. It takes courage to reach for help with life’s difficulties when we’re feeling hurt, confused or uncertain. However, if you’re willing to take that leap of faith you can benefit in a multitude of ways; You can gain the perspective, insight and skills that will enable you to live a richer, more meaningful life and enjoy happier, healthier relationships. I believe it is a leap well worth taking!