Haydee Katz, Psychologist

Haydee holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Technology Sydney and an Honours degree in Psychology from Macquarie University. Haydee is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).

Haydee has gained much experience working with individuals across the lifespan, both in one-on-one and group therapy contexts. During her time at a university clinic, Haydee developed strong skills working with generalised anxiety, social anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, and difficulties with romantic and family relationships. Haydee has a particular interest in working with adults, both younger and older, who are struggling with  trauma (previous or current) or significant life transition. Haydee feels it is a great privilege to sit alongside people during their most challenging moments and she really values creating an environment where her clients can feel safe, heard, and understood.

Haydee has worked at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Pain Management Clinic, where she provided tailored assessment and therapy to adults who experienced psychological difficulties alongside chronic pain and/or chronic illness. Haydee approaches therapy with a strong sense of compassion and patience as each person’s unique story unfolds in their own time. Haydee prioritises and feels passionate about the process of collaboration and rapport building to create a space where individuals feel genuinely empowered to overcome their unique obstacles. At RPA, Haydee gained experience working with complex trauma and abuse, personality and mood difficulties, relationship problems, grief, severe anxiety, and stress. She has a strong interest in health psychology and aims to help clients adjust to challenging life circumstances, alongside making meaningful and long-lasting change.

Haydee also really enjoys working with children, adolescents, and families. Prior to her psychological training, Haydee was a swimming teacher where she loved working with children to help them feel safe and brave alongside developing new skills. Haydee’s passion for working with children and families strengthened during her work at the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic (CEHC), Macquarie University, where she helped children and parents learn skills to manage a broad range of anxiety disorders, including: generalised anxiety, social anxiety, separation anxiety, and other difficulties such as low self-esteem, bullying, self-harm, emotion regulation, and problem-solving. As children and adolescents grow and develop, their worlds are constantly changing and expanding, presenting them with new problems and challenges along the way. Haydee strongly values helping young people make sense of and find meaning within what can feel really daunting and overwhelming. Haydee aims to ensure that every family member feels encouraged to work independently and together towards fostering meaningful growth.

With a caring client-centred approach, Haydee flexibly tailors therapy by drawing on various modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,  Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. She hopes to help people look not only outwards towards making meaningful life changes in the world, but also holds space for people to look inward, to create more space for self-reflection, self-compassion, and self-growth.

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