Those wishing to become registered to practice as a Psychologist in Australia, must undertake a pathway of education and supervision. Once registered, they may then elect to undertake further training to become a specialist in a particular discipline such as Clinical Psychology, which also involves supervised practice. James has completed the necessary training to be an endorsed supervisor for those seeking general registration, as well as clinical endorsement and membership with the College of Clinical Psychologists.
For APS members see the Clincal College directory; for general enquiries see the Psychology Board directory.
Anyone wishing to undertake supervision with James are encouraged to contact him to arrange a meeting to discuss James’ suitability to their needs and areas of interest.
You can contact James via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of my supervisors, Aileen, was always good at reminding me to ‘get back to process’ whenever I got lost in the content of my clients. A common mistake for many of us who work with people presenting with very troubled and traumatic stories is to get lost in the content of their stories. It is difficult to balance being empathically present, while maintaining what many call a ‘clinical distance’. However, Aileen is right – it’s our process that can enable us to do this…read more here
The experience of many is that running a private practice is more challenging than anticipated, with a steep learning curve. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfield, there are many known unknowns, and even unknown unknowns, more commonly known as blind spots…I suggest to those I supervise or mentor the need to develop business acumen…read more here
According to Esalen’s Law, we always teach others what we need to learn most ourselves. As a profession, psychologists offer tremendous expertise in the area of self-care, and in clinical settings often spend considerable time counselling clients on the need to engage in better self-care strategies. Yet, ironically, it has been shown that psychologists equally suffer from life’s maladies similarly to other well educated professionals. We can show others care and compassion, while at the same time be neglectful of our own well-being….read more here
There are many dreaded conversations at dinner parties for psychologists. Sometimes when I meet new people at social outings I tell them I am Lecturer, but this doesn’t always work. The inevitable is that they will learn that I am a psychologist, and then a number of predictable responses follow. ‘So do you read minds?’ or ‘Don’t psychoanalyse me’ are often said in jest. Other responses are requests for help for ‘a friend’ or just straight-out impromptu counselling sessions regarding current relationship difficulties. One response however has always stumped me. I remember one time in particular I found it hard to respond. It sounded something like ‘wow, how do you do your job, it must be so hard … read more here