Psychologist Canberra JMA Psychology

Address: 7, Wetlands House, 8/1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick ACT 2609

phone: 0423 186 887

Psychologist Canberra offering warm, supportive & practical counselling for anyone of any age struggling with depression,anxiety,addictions. Couples and marriage counselling also provided. My name is Jacqui McCabe-Austin and I am a Psychologist Canberra ACT and offer therapies for a broad range of mental health issues.

At JMA Psychology we provide individual therapy to Adults and Adolescents. Therapy sessions are designed to address a range of day to day problems by helping the client to develop greater self-awareness, promote values based action and the use of effective coping strategies.

We work with individuals experiencing worry, anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, panic attacks, sadness, depression, relationship difficulties, interpersonal difficulties, behaviour concerns, anger management, low self-esteem and general self-doubt.

Our therapy is based on a combination of approaches including Acceptance and Commitment therapy, solution-focused therapy, activation therapy and mindfulness therapeutic techniques. We also use Interpersonal Neurobiology, the best resources in this regard is the 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.

There is no designated number of sessions for any one particular issue as factors like preparing to change and ability to put into practice and follow through with strategies learnt during therapy vary from person to person. However, based on your psychological profile, I will provide you with an approximate number of sessions which is usually about 4 sessions for most issues.

Psychologist Canberra

At JMA Canberra Psychology Canberra, we provide support for a broad range of mental health issues from our Fyshwick clinic. Our approach is Acceptance and commitment therapy for the treatment of many issues.

I use ACT Therapy or ACT because numerous research studies have demonstrated it to work for most psychological problems. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a structured and directive counselling "strategy" used by most psychologists and focuses on two main components: challenging your negative thoughts and implementing new behaviour skills to get your needs met.

An initial consultation with a psychologist Canberra will allow you to discuss your problems/concerns, to decide whether it is a good time for you to consider pursuing treatment, to explore the length of treatment psychology and frequency of sessions that would likely be required, and to determine whether the psychologist is a good fit for you.

Individual Counselling

Many people contact us seeking therapy for themselves.I provide Warm, supportive and practical support and a safe environment for anyone of any age. Counselling can be beneficial when people experience problems that cause emotional distress or difficulty coping in their daily lives. We work frequently with people who struggle with concerns including anxiety, depression, stress, workplace difficulties, recovery from traumatic events, recovery from injury and chronic health conditions, addictions, relationship issues, and family-based difficulties. Individual therapy may also focus on longstanding personality based difficulties.

Our psychologists offer the client empathy and an objective sounding board in a relationship which puts the needs of the client first. The processes of psychology are created to help you remove bothersome symptoms, change self-defeating or problematic behaviour and encourage personal growth and development by way of acceptance. Psychology is usually geared to work on deeper issues which may have their root in the individual’s childhood.

Marriage Counselling Canberra.

Family, couples and marriage counselling Canberra, address the interaction and relationships involved, with the idea that it is a system unto itself, and more than a grouping of individuals: more than the sum of its parts.

If you are seeking couples therapy to heal an already troubled relationship, we can help. Our therapists have specialised training in relationship counselling Canberra, and are dedicated to providing a safe environment for marriage counselling where you and your partner can both feel heard and understood.

Regardless of where or how the initial "problem" started, there is something about the dynamics between people that keeps it going – it serves some kind of purpose for marriage psychologist. Sometimes, dysfunctional family psychologist Canberra interaction is how unhealthy patterns are passed down from one generation to the next.

Psychologist Canberra Depression and Anxiety

Counselling is available for those seeking a psychologist in Canberra for depression and/or anxiety counselling and varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms.

For some, depression is experienced in patterns. For example, some people notice they are more depressed in the winter. This would be an example of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Another common pattern one may experience is intense depression for a week or two, and a week or two feeling 'back to normal'. In some cases, cycles of depression can be related to other medical conditions or mental health conditions. It is important to check with a doctor or mental health professional if you are worried then a psychologist Canberra depression could be related to another condition.

It's important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life's normal lows. But the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they’ve lasted the more likely it is that you’re dealing with depression counselling Canberra. When these symptoms are overwhelming and disabling, that’s when it’s time to seek help. Depression is not a weakness or a character flaw or a lack of how hard you work or how you think. It cannot be wished away.

Finding the right psychologist Canberra for anxiety is an important step to recover and we are here to help. Overwhelming worry and fear can significantly affect one's ability to perform daily functions such as tasks at work, being a parent, or even keeping up with important friendships or relationships. Luckily, if you suffer from anxiety we offer very supportive anxiety Counselling and there are very effective psychological treatments for anxiety in Canberra to help you.

  • 0423 186 887
  • Mon - Fri: 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • Unit 8, Wetlands House 1 Dairy Road Fyshwick ACT 2609

JMA Psychology Canberra

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Are you looking for the secret to happiness? If you are, then we already have something in common - I like being happy too, and so has every one of my clients, past and present. What is different between most of us is where we think our "happiness" might come from. Frequently, happiness seems to be something very complex, starting with a lot of preconditions…

"…If only I could ____ then I would be happy"

Filling in the blanks is a broad range of different hopes and dreams:

  • find a partner
  • stop being anxious
  • kick my addiction
  • make some friends
  • stop feeling depressed
  • find a career/ change careers
  • stop being bullied
  • change my partner's attitudes/behaviours
  • have a baby
  • lose weight
  • get over my loss
  • get rid of my pain

Or a combination of these, and many more besides.


Sometimes we see happiness as being so complex and distant that it's not within our grasp at all - it's dependent on something or somebody else:

"I'll be happy when...

  • I can get pregnant
  • my baby becomes a toddler
  • there's a change of government
  • my partner and I are reunited
  • I win/inherit a lot of money
  • I get that promotion
  • my toddler goes to school
  • I get justice
  • I'm cured of my disease
  • my partner stops _____
  • my family issues are settled
  • my kids grow up
  • the restructure at work is over
  • the pandemic is over
  • I'm finally out of pain
  • the children leave home
  • climate change is addressed
  • I can finally retire


…And yet, some people seem to find happiness so simple, they have it all the time


That's not because they have perfect lives, or even that they don't have distressing thoughts or painful feelings - some or all of the issues behind the statements above might also be issues for them. It's that they have developed the skills they need to respond most effectively to their memories, thoughts and feelings so as to live lives of value and purpose (more often than not!) even in the midst of emotional pain

Could that be the secret to happiness for you? You can only try it to find out for yourself.





At JMA Psychology Canberra, my counselling practice, you won't be guaranteed happiness, but you will be guaranteed compassion, respect, honesty, and someone who is interested in your story and your struggles. And more than just an ear, you'll perhaps find some new ideas, develop some new practical skills, and leave with a new understanding of your situation, and a new (or renewed) sense of purpose and vitality.

If that sounds like something that you might find worthwhile, please explore this website and perhaps find out more about how I can help you.

I look forward to meeting you,

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