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Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Shetal Patel

Training

Following completion of her BSc in Psychology and MSc in The Foundations of Clinical Psychology, Shetal attained a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Christ Church Canterbury in the UK.  Since moving to Australia, Shetal has been endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist by the Australian Board of Psychologists (AHPRA) and is authorised to provide clinical psychology services under Medicare.

Shetal has specialist training in various treatment models, including Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Schema-Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and specific attachment-based interventions, namely Circle of Security (COS) and Video Interaction Guidance (VIG).  This means she is able to offer flexible, integrative, client-centred and evidence-based interventions to clients with a variety of difficulties.

Clinical Experience

Shetal has over 20 years of experience working in mental health, working with clients across the lifespan with a range of mild to severe level of difficulty. She has worked for many years in both community and inpatient settings as a Clinical Psychologist. Most recently, Shetal worked in a specialist Community Perinatal Team in the UK, where she designed and led the psychology arm of Service, and accordingly, Shetal is especially passionate and experienced to work with perinatal populations.

Shetal has also been involved in the training of clinical psychologists in the UK; she has provided doctorate level teaching for clinical psychology courses and is also a trained clinical supervisor in the UK.

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Interests

Shetal has a particular interest in perinatal psychology, where she focuses on difficulties related to pregnancy, birth and adjusting to parenting.

Shetal also has interests in complex trauma, anxiety difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD], obsessive compulsive disorder [OCD]), low mood, low self-esteem and depression, and enjoys running face-to-face and virtual group interventions.

Shetal has a warm and compassionate style, and recognises the challenging nature of engaging in therapy.  She takes a non-judgemental and strength-based approach, facilitating a space where clients feel able to safely explore their difficulties at a pace that feels comfortable to them. Equally, Shetal values helping people change and works sensitively with clients to achieve their goals. Shetal adheres to ethical and professional practice guidelines with integrity.