Todd Zemek psychologistMy background and training is in clinical psychology. This means in using scientifically proven treatments to address the issues that are keeping you stuck, holding you back or even causing you pain. Psychotherapy is a very strong passion of mine – this is the art of how therapeutic techniques are applied with you within our sessions.

Patients often comment that my style is different to other therapists in that I am able to use scientific methods while remembering that you have a unique history, personality and your our own unique way of seeing and experiencing your world. Combining science with this deep and flexible respect helps us focus and plan as a team. These leads to the best and most sustainable results as you move beyond your old limitations.

I am equally interested in how we will improve the quality of your personal relationships and the meaning in your life, as with any of the issues holding you back (like stress, anxiety or depression).

Identifying and (re-)engaging with your strengths and passions will be a high priority. When you learn to skillfully minimise factors that are dragging you down and engage with your strengths more deliberately you will find that you develop new insights and find new directions more spontaneously. From here it is far easier to move towards addressing goals related to your health, career advancement, personal finances, your contribution to the world and spiritual needs.




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I struggled with depression in my personal life for many years. This led to an intimate understanding of the experience of despair – both as a long-term experience and mindset, and as a reaction due to changing life circumstances and loss. The heaviness and sensitivity of these years led me to crystallise my life purpose – coaching people in the practice of exactly HOW to manage distress and flatness, and exactly HOW to engage with experiences that bring the most meaning, energy and joy to themselves and others.

I’m often inspired by my patients’ success, whether overcoming chronic conditions or moving into deeper levels of growth and flexibility.

My patients’ teach me to walk my walk. Therefore, after 24 years of training and clinical experience I am regularly reaching out for new supports. I am committed to constantly improving the quality of my work by having personal supervision with some of the most respected therapists in Australia and throughout the world. I have a business coach, trusted yoga teachers, a massage therapist and experts to guide me in delivering training and workshops. From time-to-time I touch base with a therapist for support and to refine what I need in my life. The more I engage with these supports the more alive I become and the more I grow. The more I try to go it alone, the more I ‘die’ internally, lose energy, confidence and connection with my purpose.

Clinical Background & Experience

My many years of clinical experience give me a firm foundation to help you or comment on what is going on with the key people in your life. These include…

  • Drug & Alcohol Services Illawarra Area Health Service
  • Acute Mental Health Crisis Team at Ryde Hospital and Community Health Centre
  • (Sydney)
  • Chronic Mental Health Monash Medical Centre (Melbourne)
  • Counselling Monash University Counselling Service &
  • Swinburne University Counselling Service (Student & Staff Services)
  • Psychotherapy Melbourne Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy Noosa Outlook Medical Centre

Teaching

I have been a lecturer training classes of psychology graduates as they begin seeing clients for the first time and providing clinical supervision (support, guidance and advice) to psychologists with their clinical work.

Media

My experiences expanded to writing articles for national newspapers, magazines, a book. At this time I was heavily involved in making comment on psychology matters (The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Radio National, Triple J and Sunrise). I was also the Resident Psychologist on Network Ten’s Good Morning Australia (many moons ago when Bert Newton was the host).

Psychology & Yoga

I am a long time yoga practitioner – for the sake of my own mental and physical health, survival, wellbeing and growth. So while I am trained and experienced in offering scientifically proven methods of the West, I remain equally open to healing practices of the East. Using what works for you is what counts. In our first session I learn about your world view, what has worked for you in the past and what you want to bring into your life. That is what guides us and so often yoga is never even mentioned if it holds no interest to you. Don’t worry – in a professional psychology practice there is absolutely no physical stretching.

While training as a yoga teacher, it become clear to me that while modern mindful therapies have significant research behind them, ancient yoga psychology provides rich explanations of the mechanics of mindfulness. This understanding allows therapists to be more flexible and connected with patients while using such techniques.

With a passion for the benefits of bringing the two together, I became the founding member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Psychology and Yoga Interest Group. This is the first such group within a professional mental health body anywhere in the world. Today, many psychologists throughout Australia now meet part of their professional development needs through events that this group provides.

I regularly lead training for yoga teachers to learn counselling skills and workshops for allied health professionals looking to deepen their therapeutic skills with knowledge of yoga psychology.

The most popular misconception about yoga is that it is about twisting your body into uncomfortable positions. Most people can’t think of anything worse. The irony is that yoga means union, to yoke or bring together. At heart it is about the experience of connection and how you can experiment with relating at all levels. The happiest moments of your life were probably when you felt most connected. Once you learn how to bring more balance into your life then we focus on where you need to build flexible connections to help you making your life more meaningful.


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