Michelle Dunne

Psychotherapist & Clinical Psychologist
B App.Sc (Psych); PGrad Dip Psych; M Psych

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Psychotherapy 

Across 27 years of practice I have explored, and trained in a variety of approaches. My preference is to work psychotherapeutically, and I use mindfulness, which has some overlap with CBT.


For those suffering from insomnia I follow the CBT-I programmes. Many people find it easier to have individual support for the insomnia because they have struggled with it for so long. In most of my treatments I provide personal recordings of breathing, relaxation & meditation exercises. These can then be used at home to increase the practice. 


The goal of psychotherapy is to find the underlying patterns of problems. In order to ‘unlearn’ those patterns people develop insight, and change their responses in triggering situations. It sounds complicated but with the right support and care it is doable.


Self-Care, meditation and exercise


The physical is not separate from the emotional and psychological. I encourage clients in self care, such as exercise, breathing, relaxation, eating well. In session I can work with you to learn deep relaxation, and to use breathing exercises to manage anxiety  symptoms.

Eye Movement, Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)


EMDR provides relief from a range of symptoms. For example, anxiety (tingling, dizziness, hot & perspiring etc), flash back, phobia, avoidance of certain places or situations.


I use EMDR when people find that traumatic incident has become stuck. E.g. it may seem like it just happened yesterday, even though it may have occurred months or years ago.

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