Karalyn McDonald

Karalyn is a board-registered psychologist and clinical registrar. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in public health. Karalyn has experience working with both adults and adolescents in community and hospital settings working with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, self-esteem and stigma, behaviour change, relationship and sexual concerns, and sexual identity. She also has a particular interest in supporting people with experiences of illness and disease and terminal diagnoses. Prior to gaining her clinical qualifications, Karalyn worked for over two decades in academic settings researching issues such as living with HIV, maternal health, intimate partner violence, female genital cosmetic surgery and the impact of pornography consumption on intimate relationships. Her research topics lead to her interest in the intersection between experiences of illness and disease and comorbid mental health and inspired her to retrain as a psychologist. Karalyn has trained in a variety of evidence-based psychological therapies, including Psychodynamic Therapy (PDT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Her approach to therapy is flexible, client-driven, empathic and, most importantly, non-judgemental. Karalyn strives to create a safe space where any issue can be explored and effective and long-term change is facilitated. Karalyn believes that the wider community conversations about the high prevalence of mental health issues are helping to reduce the stigma that may prevent some people from seeking psychological support. She believes this has also been facilitated by the programs offered by companies to support their staff as well as the Medicare rebate which assists people with less financial resources to also access the services offered by psychologists.

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