JMA Psychology Psychologist Canberra

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 therapy 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.

Psychologist Canberra

As a practicing Psychologist Canberra, support is offered for a broad range of mental health issues from our Fyshwick clinic. The approach used is Acceptance and commitment therapy for the treatment of many issues.

An initial consultation with a therapist 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 counsellor is a good fit for you.

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. Finding the right therapist in Canberra for anxiety is an important step to recover and we are here to help.

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

JMA Psychology Canberra

Psychologist Canberra offering warm, caring "real" counselling & professional, practical advice.





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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/get a lot of money
  • I get that promotion
  • my toddler goes to school
  • I get justice
  • I get over my trauma
  • 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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Curiosity, Connection and Compassion

The Three C's At JMA Psychology Canberra, my counselling practice, we believe in "the three C's": Curiosity, Connection and Compassion. Let me explain what I mean... Curiosity Curiosity, as…

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I had an interesting reminder today of how much our search for simple solutions to complex problems can sometimes blind us to opportunities to make a real difference in…

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