Leah Smith

Leah is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters degree in Psychology and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Leah is currently based in our CBD and Brighton practices. She enjoys working with and has a history of experience with children, adolescents, parents, adults and couples, in private practice and public community health settings. Leah has a particular interest in working with eating disorders, weight management and body image issues. While she also has experience working with anxiety disorders, depression, assertiveness issues, perfectionism, low self-esteem, grief and loss, adjustment difficulties, anger and emotional regulation issues, autism spectrum disorder, and relationship issues (individual and couples).

Leah’s therapeutic approach draws from a number of evidence-based therapies with a person-centred focus, including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Family Systems Theory. She believes it is very important to collaboratively work with her clients, tailoring her approach depending on their needs. Leah continues to undertake training and supervision in various other evidence-based psychological therapies to widen her skills set and knowledge.

Warm, empathic, free from judgment and respectfully curious, Leah strives to provide a safe space for clients to develop a deeper understanding of themselves, guide clients to and equip them with the necessary skills, to enable them to better manage and reduce symptoms, difficulties and/or ongoing problematic patterns. Leah enjoys long-term work with clients, to support them in making long lasting cognitive, behavioural and emotional changes, improving their mental health, to reach their full potential, in order to live a more meaningful, purposeful life, and promote their overall wellbeing.

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