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Hello and welcome. My name is Jacqui McCabe-Austin, and I am the principal counselling psychologist canberra at JMA Psychology Canberra. [ canberra psychology ACT psychologist canberra ACT depression therapy marriage counselling ACT depression therapy ] I am a registered and practising psychologist with 20 years experience, starting out originally in Brisbane where I was first qualified. [ psychologist canbera ACT psychologist canberra ACT depression therapist for marriage counselling ACT depression therapy ] In 1990 I moved to Canberra to work as an in-house psychologist for a government department, [psychologist canberra ACT psychologist canberra ACT depression therapy ACT depression therapy ] spending most of my time providing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselling to staff and their families, advising management on staff issues, and assessing applicants for employment. [ canberra psychology ACT psychologist canberra ACT depression therapy ACT depression canberra psychology ] After fifteen years service to the country, during which I got married and, in 2002, gave birth to my daughter Odette, [ psychologist in canberra ACT psychologist canberra ACT depression therapy marriage counselling ACT depression therapy ] I took the opportunity to leave full-time employment in order to concentrate on my counselling practise and my family.

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What We Do

The main approach to counselling and coaching used at JMA Psychology Canberra is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT - pronounced as the word "act" not the initials, especially not in Canberra!). ACT is part of what is being called the 'third wave' of therapies which focus on thoughts, feelings and actions, and how they interact with each other (CBT, for example, is described as part of the 'second wave'). It is based on the hard science of Relational Frame Theory (RFT) which seeks to understand how the human mind works, and why suffering is such a universal experience.

All psycho-babble aside, ACT is a simple, powerful and flexible way of responding to a very wide range of problems

  • addictions
  • anxiety & worrying
  • depression
  • post-natal depression
  • eating disorders
  • grief
  • fears & phobias
  • relationship & family problems
  • anger management
  • stress
  • workplace issues
  • trauma
  • career selection
  • chronic pain
  • coping with major life decisions/changes
  • suicidal thoughts

ACT is very effectively complemented by two other psychological disciplines/approaches used within JMA Psychology Canberra which focus less on thinking and logical analysis of thoughts or experiences, and more on tapping into the natural healing resources of the human nervous system. Affective Neuroscience, or the study of emotional at its source in our brains, provides us with a means of better understanding this most important and yet most feared and avoided element of our human existence, emotional pain. Interpersonal Neurobiology (one of the best resources in this regard is the collected works of Dr Dan Siegel) is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how we can integrate all elements of our experience of living, including the joyful, painful, momentary, unforgettable, traumatic, and interpersonally isolated or linked, into a life rich with meaning, vitality, and creativity. These approaches in turn inform a particularly robust approach to helping couples work on their relationships, PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) which both Jacqui and Guy have found to be very powerful in their relationship counselling work.