Gemma van Heyst, Clinical Psychologist

Gemma holds a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelors degree with Honours in Psychology from Charles Sturt University. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist with The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a Member of the Australian Clinical Psychologists Association (ACPA).

Gemma is a warm and skilled therapist with diverse experience delivering therapeutic interventions to clients across the lifespan. She offers treatment for a range of concerns including stress and anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, self-esteem, grief and loss and interpersonal difficulties. Gemma is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients to improve psychological wellbeing and reduce suffering, and likes to ‘walk alongside’ people in their journey.

Gemma enjoys working with young adults and adolescents, and feels privileged to work with people at such an important life stage. She has a great appreciation of the complexity of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood, and has experience in this area through her previous roles at UTS Counselling and St Vincent Hospital. In these roles, she helped young people to address mental health concerns through both short- and long-term therapy in addition to improving skills in areas such as stress and time management, emotional regulation, interpersonal concerns, and mindfulness.

Working through the effects of trauma is a particular interest and passion of Gemma’s. She has extensive experience working with people in heightened states of stress or crisis, and values the opportunity to sit with her clients while working towards a more grounded state of being using mindfulness-integrated therapies. Starting therapy is an act of bravery and Gemma works to create a safe and warm environment to support her client’s as they go through the process of recovering from trauma. Gemma has pursued specialized training in trauma-informed therapy to enable her to best support her clients.

Gemma tailors treatment to individual needs using a range of psychological therapies in her work, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She views working with other health professionals and services to create a system of care for her clients as essential to improving wellbeing for her clients. 

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