About Janet Cartwright
My name is Janet Cartwright and I am a Clinical Psychologist with over 13 years experience as a practitioner. I work with adults to improve the way they think, feel and act in order to enhance their lives.
I have completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) .
I am a member of The Australian Psychological Society (APS), The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Australian Professsional Association for Transgender Health (AusPATH). I am registered to provide Clinical Psychology services under the Better Access Scheme through Medicare.
I also work with clients under the Workers Compensation System and DVA.
I work with the following issues:
- Bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders (Panic, Agoraphobia, Phobias, Social Phobia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Health Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
- Difficulties managing stress
- Sleep problems
- Adjustment difficulties (including adjustment to tinnitus)
- Grief and loss
- Sexual identity
- Gender identity and gender transitions (FtM & MtF and non-binary gender identity)
- Low self-esteem
- Binge eating and body image issues
- Self-harm and thoughts of suicide
- Problems at work (including Workers Compensation)
- Relationship problems (not couples therapy)
- Communication difficulties (provide strategies to teach assertive communication and boundary setting).
I use a variety of treatment approaches depending on what is most suitable for the client. I am trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy. I also have an interest in Narrative Therapy.
My approach to treatment is influenced by my belief that each client is unique and has a different story to tell. The client has a vast amount of knowledge about themselves, their strengths, and the kind of life they would like to lead. I combine my knowledge of research and my clinical experience with the client's experience of knowing which strategies have been helpful and unhelpful for them in dealing with problems in their lives.
I strive to create a therapeutic environment allowing my clients to feel safe enough to be able to discuss any topic without fear of judgment, including their feelings about the therapy process.
Treatment involves working together to develop a goal and then continuing to work together to achieve it. Over the course of therapy, the client will develop skills and knowledge that they will be able to apply both during and after treatment to maintain their good health and continue to improve their quality of life.
My research interests have focused on the importance of the therapy relationship and how this relates to the outcome of therapy.
I am passionate about keeping up to date with the latest research on effective treatment and regularly attend professional development workshops and training.