Michelle Dunne

Clinical and Counselling Psychologist
B App.Sc (Psych); PGrad Dip Psych; M Psych

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Approaches to Therapy

Across 25 years of practice I have explored, and undertaken training in a variety of approaches used in psychology. These approaches have included analytical (Jungian) psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

From the outset of my career I worked with people who had experienced traumatic life and workplace incidents, e.g. Veterans, and Veteran’s families, people who had been in bank hold ups, people who have undergone distressing medical procedures, police and prison officers who have witnessed traumatic scenes, or been involved in traumatic incidents in their line of work. 

I have a strong interest in the recent breakthroughs in neurobiology. With increased understanding about brain development, the effect of trauma on the developing brain and the adult brain. New information has informed and refined how I can help people.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy 
The interpersonal psychotherapy used by me is influenced by my experience in analytical (Jungian) and psycho-analytical, and systems therapy approaches. There are often unconscious dynamics influencing the choices, thoughts, and feelings that we experience. At times we may ‘think’ that our beliefs and behaviours are in sync, but with exploration there is realisation of divergence, which we have been unaware of.

Eye Movement, Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR provides relief from symptoms for people who are experiencing a range of symptoms, anxiety (tingling, dizziness, hot & perspiring etc), flash back, phobia, avoidance of certain places or situations. When we experience emotionally or physically charged events the brain may process those experiences in a different way to ordinary events. Sometimes the memory of these events can become ‘stuck’. Symptoms may emerge long after the traumatic event, and therefore may not seem related at all. That phenomenon can be the case in a number of anxiety and phobia related problems.

Behavioural and Body Focused Therapy 
As previously explained our physical experience cannot be ignored in the healing of psychological wounds. I encourage my clients to exercise, I can also conduct deep relaxation training in session, teaching how to use breath to control symptoms of anxiety, and use information provided by the physical symptoms to provide relief and help people to gain understanding of their symptoms.