AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Trauma-related stress
  • Adult survivors of sexual abuse
  • Self-esteem/confidence
  • Grief and bereavement 
  • Stress management
  • Improving relationships
  • Adjustment to change
  • Existential issues
  • Employee assistance counselling
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy 
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QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology 
  • Master of Psychology (Counselling), La Trobe University
  • AHPRA no: 0001818539

ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Australian Psychological Society

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy
sarah mcmurtrie counselling psychologist

Sarah McMurtrie

Counselling Psychologist

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I believe that therapy provides an opportunity for profound positive change through understanding and examining our experiences more deeply. Through my training in Counselling Psychology, I place a strong emphasis on the importance of the therapeutic relationship - the trusting bond between therapist and client - built on safety and respect. Time and again, over many years, this relationship has been shown to be the most important contributor to successful outcomes in therapy.

I am passionate about approaching mental health from a holistic perspective. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in community, school, corporate EAP, and private practice settings. Through this experience, I have focused my practice on treatment of adolescents (13 years +) and adults, with a special interest in recovery from trauma. 

I have undertaken extensive additional training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) through the Australian Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy and continue to participate actively in this community. I have found that attending to and reprocessing emotionally painful past experiences has a liberating and transformative effect on previously debilitating and stuck behaviour patterns. I enjoy assisting my clients on a pathway of true healing, supporting them as whole and capable individuals, not simply a cluster of symptoms. 

I also use a variety of evidence-based cognitive interventions to adapt to each client’s support needs and strengths, including CBT, mindfulness, and ACT.