Dr Louise Cooper

Personal Philosophy:

Life is a never ending series of challenges - there is a whole world of possibilities out there, some we are able to access and others that pass us by.  How would it be to be able to meet each challenge with grace, to see and explore all possibilities and to make choices that work for us as individuals?

I celebrate choice and diversity and endeavour to create a safe and respectful environment in which to explore possibilities.  I work in collaboration with clients to try to understand the past, accept and work with the present and embrace the future.  We often try to think ourselves out of situations but my approach puts emphasis on exploring our emotional experience and listening to the messages that our bodies give us .

My previous careers in theatre and the media inform my interest in non-verbal communication as well as the words that we use.  I have worked in private practice, community organisations and the hospital system.  Whatever the setting I enjoy walking hand in hand with other humans along the path of discovery towards change.

If you're looking for a quick fix I'm probably not your person. Sustainable change requires commitment, trust and time.  If you are willing to take the plunge we can build a therapeutic relationship together that will support you to confront those things that get in the way of a truly fulfilling life.  I never underestimate the courage it takes to engage in change and have absolute respect for those that choose to walk through my door.

Experience:
5-10 Years
Age group worked with:
Young Adult
Adult
Groups
Background:

Registered Psychologist (endorsed for Counselling and Supervision)

As well as working in private practice I am currently a practitioner at Drummond Street Services Queerspace.  My work as a psychologist has included being the Group Program Co-ordinator and Facilitator at the Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic), a Counsellor with Connections Family Services, facilitation of mindfulness Group programs at Victoria Clinic, Prahran, teaching sessionally in undergraduate Psychology at Swinburne University and RMIT, and presenting at conferences and seminars both locally and internationally on both anxiety and the psycho-social aspects of Parkinson's Disease (my doctoral research subject).  I have appeared numerous times on ABC Radio talking about anxiety and am known to still appear occasionally on stage in Melbourne.

Toorak Road 102
South Yarra 3141 VIC AU
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It took me a while to come to my profession, I’ve gathered a lot of life experience along the way.  I’ve worked in theatre and the media, been student, a teacher, a traveller, a parent, a partner and a lover of all things outdoors and living.  I have constantly curious about how things came to be the way they are, about how we can combine and contrast things, I am a questioner and to some extent a non-conformist.  So as a psychologist I am endlessly fascinated with how different we all are but also how much the same and I like to celebrate both these things.

Qualifications:

Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology

Graduate Diploma Psychology

BA (Hons) Modern Languages & Linguistics

Internationally accredited Supervisor in Emotion Focused Therapy

Language:
English
Modalities:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Humanistic Therapy
Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Mindfulness Based Approaches
Narrative Therapy
Area of Specialization:
Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
Anxiety
Emotional Intelligence
Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
Self-Actualization
Sensitivity to Criticism
Stress
Values Clarification
Fear
Identity Issues
LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
Panic
Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
Relationships and Marriage
Sexuality / Sex Therapy
Worry