“Professional support to help you bring about real changes in your life, self, and relationships”
About the Psychologist
Olivia Shorten is a skilled, caring, and experienced psychologist and couples therapist with nearly two decades of psychological experience. She has worked in community, private, and public settings where she held clinical and counselling roles working with a diverse range of clients and clinical issues. Her previous experience includes a decade working in a large relationship counselling and mediation organisation where she developed expertise in relationship therapy, alongside working as a family mediator, and training and assessing adults completing nationally accredited counselling qualifications.
Olivia then brought her breadth of experience and skills to private practice where she has since helped many people to overcome a range of psychological and emotional issues including relationship difficulties and conflict, separation and divorce, family conflict and breakdown, parenting, anxiety, depression and low mood, trauma, self-esteem, stress and coping, grief and loss, adjustment and life transitions, family of origin issues, anger management, burnout, and work-related problems.
Olivia has completed extensive professional training and uses a range of evidence-based therapy approaches including:
- Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Schema Therapy
- Family/systemic therapy, and
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR).
In working with clients, Olivia tailors approaches to suit each client’s needs and goals. She provides a safe, supportive space where clients feel understood, develop clarity about their problems, find ways to address their difficulties and struggles, and are able to make changes that they desire.
Olivia is also a highly experienced and skilled couples and relationship therapist who has completed advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, which has been shown to be highly effective for couples in helping them bring about deeper level and long-term changes to their relationship, regardless of how distressed they are when they first come to therapy. She has been working with couples for 15 years.
Olivia is a registered provider for Medicare and private health funds.
“I am inspired by my work with clients and have worked with many people to overcome challenges, transform their relationships, and bring about meaningful change in their lives with the right therapeutic support.
I became a psychologist to help people live a meaningful, fulfilling life in accordance with what really matters to them.
I have a special interest in relationship counselling because I believe that healthy and happy relationships are pivotal to our mental health, sense of fulfilment, and quality of life.
Helping couples transform their relationship and move from a place of pain, distress, and loneliness to building a close, loving, and secure relationship is a privilege. “