It’s been an exciting few weeks at Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology. We welcomed Nazli Kayhan onboard last week and this week we have the pleasure of introducing you to Diane Geytenbeek, registered psychologist.
Diane is a compassionate, authentic, person centred psychologist, who believes in the importance of establishing a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment for therapeutic work and progress to occur. She is flexible in her approach to practice, allowing herself to be guided by the individual needs of each client. Diane is passionate about helping clients to understand and address underlying thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviour in order to improve mental health and wellbeing, enhance interpersonal relationships and connection, and be able to live rich, full and meaningful lives.
Diane completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology in Queensland, and has had experience in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, as well as within a private company delivering individual and group interventions. She has worked with clients of all age groups, from various backgrounds, and with a multiplicity of presenting diagnoses and difficulties. She has a particular interest in psycho-oncology, grief and chronic illnesses but also enjoys working with a variety of other presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, relationship or interpersonal concerns, and improving general life satisfaction. Diane has been trained in a number of evidence based interventions, including CBT and ACT. She is dedicated to ongoing professional development and regularly engages in clinical supervision, peer consultation, and educational workshops to further enhance her clinical skills.
We asked Diane a few questions to get to know her a little more.
What do you do to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing?
I believe very much in practising what I preach. I engage in good self care practices, including regular exercise, ensuring I get enough sleep, mindfulness meditation, and value directed living. Good time management, maintaining a good work-life balance, spending quality time with loved ones, and making time for things I enjoy are also very important aspects of maintaining my own mental health and wellbeing.
What do you enjoy most about being a psychologist?
I believe it is a huge privilege as a psychologist to be trusted with some of the most intimate and sensitive details of someone’s life. I enjoy helping to foster a safe space for clients to feel comfortable enough to share those details, and witnessing the courage that it takes to explore and address the concerns that have brought them to therapy. What I find most rewarding is witnessing and playing a part in the positive changes in people’s lives.
Which psychological approaches have you been trained in?
I work within a person centred framework, and have primarily been trained in evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema focused therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). I have experience in delivering both individual and group interventions.
What are some of the main client issues that you work with?
I thoroughly enjoy diversity and have worked with a wide variety of presenting complaints. I have a particular interest in the area of psycho-oncology, grief, and chronic illnesses, and working with individuals at any stage along their journey in relation to these difficulties. I also enjoy working with individuals with mental health concerns, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
Finally, I enjoy assisting individuals to manage various life stressors, adjust to changes, and improve their insight into various patterns of behaviour impacting upon relationships and general satisfaction in life.
Tell us about someone you admire and why.
One of the many people I admire is Victor Frankl, a survivor of the Holocaust who endured 3 years in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, who demonstrated the amazing strength and resilience I believe everyone has within them if they know where to find it and how to strengthen it. Here are a couple of my favourite quotes from his book “A Man’s Search for Meaning” I believe encapsulate a lot of what I believe the field of psychology has to offer…
“In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning”
“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”
If you could visit any place in the world (and money was no object) where would you go and why?
A difficult question to answer with so many beautiful places in the world! I would love to return to Africa to do a volunteer program with local communities and/or animal and nature conservation.
If you would like to make an appointment to see Diane please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (03) 9376 1958.