ALTERNATIVES Consulting Psychologists was established in West End in 2003 with the aim to improve well-being in individuals and workplaces. ALTERNATIVES has evolved to include clinical psychology, yoga therapy and clinical hypnotherapy, offering an integrative approach to mental health and well-being for adolescents, adults and couples, while continuing to support the initial aim. Our vision is to combine the best of clinical psychology and yoga therapy practice to empower and support you to reduce stress, manage mood and anxiety, improve relationships with others, and generally improve your overall mental health and well-being. We work with you in a supportive and practical manner to help you achieve positive changes in your life. We do this through understanding, challenging, building on strengths and capabilities, and helping you to practise and embed new skills and strategies. We have developed a reputation for providing confidential and discreet services in a professional and reliable manner.
Sally is the principal clinical psychologist at ALTERNATIVES Consulting Psychologists. She has always had a curiosity and interest in what shapes a person throughout their life. Her early studies in tertiary psychology were interrupted by life events but the interest never went away. With a background in Human Resources and following the birth of her second child, Sally returned to study psychology, completing her Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours) in 2003. Her husband James' long term interest in yoga and the eastern philosophies then led to a decision to explore this further by undertaking studies in India. Accompanied by their two young children the family settled in India for ten months. While the children attended school they practised and studied yoga and meditation daily, obtaining an Advanced Certificate of Applied Yogic Science at the Pranava Yoga Dhama in Mysore in 2005. This once in a lifetime experience was life-changing. An extended period of time immersed in the culture of such an amazing vibrant country, and the intense experience of studying and practising yoga daily, exposed them to ancient philosophies focused on living in harmony with yourself and the world. This expanded view of the world directed Sally to a more integrative and holistic approach towards mental health that encompasses all aspects of the individual and their experience of the world.
James is the yoga therapist at ALTERNATIVES Consulting Psychologists. He has a long term involvement and interest in yoga, commencing at the age of 16 years. James came to yoga as a way to heal his own trauma. James has recently retired from the corporate world so has a good understanding of the demands of this world. He is now dedicating himself full time to yoga therapy and teaching yoga with the hope that he can facilitate in others the same healing that yoga has provided him.
Sally completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology in Melbourne in 2007, entailing extensive research in the area of attachment theory and emotional regulation. Attachment theory highlights the importance of early infant-caregiver relationships in developing self-regulation of mood and emotion, and developing a flexible and stable mind. Recent research suggests that the trusting, empathic relationship between client and therapist can also provide this secure base from which to heal emotionally and develop greater emotional resilience.
Sally has worked in a variety of clinical roles across both the public and private health sectors, in hospital settings and the department of communities. She has always maintained an involvement in private practice working with a diverse range of clients and presenting issues.
Sally's clinical experience involves working with children, adolescents, adults and couples in all areas of clinical psychology. Sally has specialized experience working with people living with Bi-Polar Disorder and is also currently working at the Keith Payne Unit, Greenslopes Private Hospital with veterans of the Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq wars who are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Sally has recently completed a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and can offer this an an individual treatment or in conjunction with other therapies.
Memberships and Associations
James completed a Diploma of Health (Yoga) with the The Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy and College of Adult Education in 2003 a couple of years prior to studies in India.
He has also recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy (2015).
James is a member of Yoga Australia