Clinical Specialities and Areas of Practice

The team at Shawn Goldberg and Associates have a breadth of knowledge and expertise across a range of issues related to mental health and wellbeing. They offer specific treatment plans for each area of specialty, ensuring the goals for treatment are clear and that clients understand how therapy is expected to progress over time.

Mental health issues

Depression, anxiety and trauma are just some of the mental health issues that affect the clients who seek therapy from Shawn Goldberg and Associates. Some clients may come with a diagnosis of depression, or similar, while others are still looking to understand what is causing their stress and significant difficulties.  Through a caring conversation, Shawn Goldberg and Associates work with clients to identify the issue, understand its impact on a person’s life, and introduce a specific treatment plan to begin a step by step process to recovery.

Addictions

Addiction is a complex issue, and the psychologists at Shawn Goldberg and Associates understand that there are a range of ways to approach the treatment of addiction. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing are two approaches that the team of psychologists use to better understand why an addiction has developed, and to then address these issues using a systematic approach. Relapse prevention is another priority when treating people with addictions, and Shawn Goldberg and Associates work to ensure clients have the support and skills they need to manage recovery over time.

Health psychology

Health psychology helps people to recover from, or manage, chronic illness, trauma, injury or disability. It also provides treatments and techniques that can reduce the problems often related to illness and injury, such as chronic pain, addiction, poor sleep, eating problems, anxiety, depression and emotional reactions such as anger and grief. Organ transplant recipients and donor families also benefit immensely from the support a of a health psychologist. At Shawn Goldberg and Associates, clients have access to expert advice and treatment to explore the link between their mental health and their physical health.

Interpersonal difficulties

Interpersonal difficulties relate to a person’s inability to form and maintain healthy relationships. How people approach their relationships, in all aspects of their life, is dependent upon both personal and social factors. The psychologists at Shawn Goldberg and Associates help clients to identify their interpersonal style, and explore how their approach affects relationships, both intimate and more broadly. They provide a treatment plan that provides clients with the skills and opportunities to enhance their interpersonal relationships. 

Men’s sexual health

Shawn Goldberg and Associates understand that a range of physical, psychological, interpersonal, and social factors influence a man’s sexual health. With specific treatment approaches, Shawn Goldberg and Associates, can work with male clients to improve their overall wellbeing, leading to the client being more able to fully participate in, and enjoy, intimacy and sexual activity.

Phobias

Phobias often limit a person’s ability to thrive. Shawn Goldberg and Associates offer a range of programs to enable people to understand their fears, challenge unhelpful thinking related to their fears and ultimately, build skills, knowledge and confidence to face their fears. Phobias are broad reaching and may include:

  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of spiders or insects
  • Claustrophobia
  • Dental anxiety
  • Fear of needles
  • Fear of blood/injuries (including fainting)
  • Animal and bird phobias
  • Fear of driving
  • Fear of flying
  • Fear of weather or lightning
  • Fear of vomiting
  • Social anxiety
  • Performance anxiety

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a therapeutic approach designed for working with distressing or traumatic memories. At Shawn Goldberg and Associates, EMDR is one of the many techniques utilised in therapy to support clients in their recovery.

Victims of Crime

Shawn Goldberg and Associates have a long history of working with people who have been victims of crime. Using a variety of techniques, including EMDR, the team of psychologists support people to recover from the effects of the crime. Clients may be eligible for Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) assistance if they are a:

  • Primary Victim – a person injured by an act of violence, including while trying to assist a victim or prevent a violent crime from occurring
  • Secondary Victim – a person injured through witnessing an act of violence, or a parent or guardian who is injured as a result of learning about an act of violence committed against their child
  • Related Victim – a close family member, dependant or a person who had an intimate relationship with a person who died as a result of an act of violence.

Anyone seeking financial assistance for counselling services as a Victim of Crime must apply through VOCAT. The application requires the completion of the relevant paperwork, an initial assessment and report to be undertaken by an eligible psychologist, and from this information decisions about financial assistance will then be made. Shawn Goldberg and Associates have worked with Victims of Crime for many years and can offer the information and support that clients require to complete this process, while also being able to support clients while they await a decision regarding assistance. For more information about the process go to the VOCAT website: https://www.vocat.vic.gov.au/assistance-available/financial-assistance-available/counselling-expenses/counselling-applications.