About Us

Fiona Kerin

Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist Registrar 

BSc Psych (Hons), M Clin Psych

Fiona Kerin is a caring and compassionate psychologist who is passionate about the work she does.

Being a psychologist is a wonderful privilege. I love having the opportunity to walk alongside people, helping and supporting them, as they as come to understand their difficulties and develop the means and confidence to manage these difficulties.

She particularly enjoys working with children and adults who struggle with anxiety and has previously worked in two specialists anxiety clinics: – the world-renowned Emotional Health Clinic (EHC) at Macquarie University, and the Anxiety Treatment and Research Unit based at Cumberland Hospital.

I have a particular interest in helping people to shake off the shackles of anxiety. High levels of anxiety can create narrow boundaries within your world,  making easy tasks difficult, damaging relationships and preventing you from achieving your goals and enjoying life.  I understand how difficult it is to face your anxiety and I enjoy helping people gradually overcome their fears.

Fiona has had experience working as a psychologist in a range of different contexts including school counseling, specialist clinics and private practice.  This has given her valuable expertise in working with a variety of different issues including: low mood and depression, anger issues, grief, study stress and procrastination, and helping people adjust to big, stressful changes.  She also loves working with kids and families on issues such as social skills, bullying/friendship issues and behavioural problems.

We perceive the world through the filter of our thoughts. However, our thoughts can be biased and inaccurate, and can cause us significant emotional suffering. I enjoy working with people to help them examine and test the validity of their thoughts using experiments carried out in the real world.  If you are able to question and test the accuracy of your thoughts and beliefs this opens up new possibilities, and can enable you to make the changes you want to see in your life.

As a person, Fiona is empathic, understanding and non-judgmental. She believes that everyone has strengths that they can use to overcome their present difficulties. She is also a mother of two and understands the joys and challenges of parenting.

 

Mental health challenges are common and just as debilitating as serious physical illness. They can make a person’s life a living hell and can have deadly consequences. However, unlike most physical ailments, mental health difficulties are often hidden and secret because people are made to feel that their difficulties are shameful.

 

As a psychologist, I work to help people manage and overcome their mental health challenges. This in turn improves their quality of life and their capacity to care for others and contribute to society, benefiting all of us. I think it is important that we work to remove the secrecy and stigma surrounding mental health difficulties so that people can seek help when they need it.

Recent continuing education

  • December 2016. ‘Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents and Adults.’  – Presented by Anthony Hillin and Rob McAlpine
  • November 2016. Engaging Fathers in Parenting Program: A National Training Program for Practitioners (1 day workshop) – The University of Sydney
  • October 2016. ‘Demystifying Family Systems Theory: An overview of Bowen’s Theory and Practice’  – Lily Mailler from the Family Systems Institute.
  • October 2016. ‘Legal Issues in Clinical Practice.’ – Australian Clinical Psychology Association NSW.
  • August 2016. ‘Trauma-Focussed Psychological Therapy: Working with Children and Adolescents Practice.’  – Phoenix Australia: Centre for Post Traumatic Mental Health
  • May 2016. ‘Not Another Brick in the Wall: Building our Knowledge of Mental Health.’ –  The AIS  (Australian Independent Schools) School Counsellors Conference  2016
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Consultation hours

Fiona is available for appointments on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Qualifications

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) – The University of NSW
  • Bachelor of Science (Psych) (Hons) – The University of Sydney
  • Bachelors of Arts (Classical Archeology) (Hons) – The University of Sydney

Professional memberships

  • Fully registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Registered Medicare Provider
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Member of the Anxiety Practitioners Network
  • Associate member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association.
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Make an appointment to see Fiona.

Fiona is available for consultations on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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