We specialise in delivering evidence-based clinical psychological services. This means we primarily use interventions that have been shown as helpful in scientific research. We work with people to understand what has prompted their concerns, what maintains them and importantly, we teach people the skills they need to overcome them.
Our first line approach is typically cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as this has strong research support for helping people with common emotional concerns. Depending on what people choose to work on, we may complement this with mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches (for example acceptance and commitment therapy; ACT), schema therapy or dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) .
Dr Adrian Allen, Clinical Psychologist Sydney
Our Principal Clinical Psychologist is Dr Adrian Allen. He holds a PhD and Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree with First Class Honours from Macquarie University.
Adrian holds an endorsement from the Psychology Board of Australia to practice as a clinical psychologist. He is also a Board-approved clinical supervisor to higher degree clinical trainees. His treatment approach focuses on using cognitive behavioural techniques to help clients manage difficulties with trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, grief and health-related concerns. He complements this with mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches. He has experience working with a variety of conditions including posttraumatic stress disorder, body image concerns, panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobia (e.g. needle/injection phobia, spider phobia, claustrophobia), social anxiety and shyness, generalised anxiety and worry, obsessive-compulsive disorder, health anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties and insomnia, and psychosis. He spent several years working at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. He has worked at the Kiloh Centre at the Prince of Wales Hospital and the Anxiety Treatment and Research Unit at Westmead Hospital.
In addition to working with his clients, Adrian is a lecturer for the NSW Institute of Psychiatry, a Conjoint Lecturer for the School of Psychiatry and the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales and is a member of the WHO Global Clinical Practice Network. He is also actively involved in developing anxiety treatment programs and conducting research into anxiety disorders at St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of New South Wales. He has published his research in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and regularly presents his research at national and international conferences. He appears regularly featured in the media for his expertise in psychology and mental health.
Recent media articles featuring Adrian:
The importance of workplace safety plans in family law, Lawyers Weekly, 20 July 2023
The exhaustion of pandemic-era decision making, Well Being Wild, 3 February 2023
Fatigue, burnout: Why are we all so tired?, The Australian, 25 October 2022
Alone but not lonely: the solo activities that help foster connection, Guardian Australia, 13 August 2022
‘I was angry at everyone, and at life. I didn’t recognise myself any more’, Sydney Morning Herald, 6 August 2022
Filled with regret? How to accept your past and move forward, House of Wellness, 19 April 2022
There’s only so many times you can scroll on your phone’: Searching for lockdown hobbies, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 August 2021