We’re excited to begin the year by welcoming a new team member, Dr Siobhan Ryan, Clinical Psychologist.
Siobhan has a strong focus on respect and collaboration. She is compassionate in supporting her clients as they work through difficulties, recognising that the client is the expert in themselves and their situation. She works together with her clients to develop a shared understanding of their issues and how they can best be addressed in a tailored approach, drawing from evidence-based psychological treatments.
Siobhan works with a wide range of issues including depression, various types of anxiety, grief and loss, trauma and low self-esteem. Siobhan has a special interest in working with people who are experiencing difficulties with drug and alcohol use. She also works with people who feel strong or overwhelming emotions, particularly in relationships (whether that be romantic, family or work relationships).
We asked Siobhan a few questions to get to know her a little better…
Why did you decide to become a psychologist?
I guess I kind of fell in to it really. I have always been interested in people and what makes them tick. I started studying psychology out of curiosity and just wanting to learn, and then a friend of mine became very unwell when I was in the second year of my undergrad. This really focused me, and also helped me to realise that I could make a difference by walking beside people going through significant emotional pain.
What do you enjoy most about being a psychologist?
Being in the privileged position of being able to observe up close as people work through tremendous challenges, as well as smaller ones, in achieving fulfilling lives. People really are amazing!
How would you describe your “style” when working with clients?
I take a pretty transparent approach to therapy, and very collaborative. My barometer for thinking about what to incorporate in to treatment is ‘would I find this acceptable and potentially helpful’. This very much informs my style. I see my role as working alongside my clients in working through their difficulties – I bring my knowledge gained through my training, and the client brings their expertise in themselves and their situation.
How do you tend to start your day?
A pot of green tea in bed while I read. Brekkie every day without fail. One good, good coffee from one of my favourite places on my way to wherever I’m going and I’m ready to take on the world!
What’s your number one tip for reducing stress levels?
Taking a minute to breathe – breathing is so centering, and very much aligns with principles of mindfulness and its benefits. And making time for exercise. (I know, I snuck in a second. But the first is for acute in the moment stress, and the second is for maintenance – both important).
You’re heading to the moon…forever, which three objects do you take with you?
Something to communicate with my loved ones back home with (A phone? Do they work in space?), something to play music on, and an iPad with an endless supply of books downloaded onto it. Actually an iPad might be the only thing I need! If that’s the case something that would allow me to run (although I don’t know how that would work in zero gravity).
Find out more about Siobhan
To find out more about Siobhan visit our Meet the Team page here. If you’d like to book an appointment with Siobhan, give our support team a call on (03) 9376 1958.