DR. STEVE MAYERS
BSc, MSc, DClinPsy
Steve is the co-founder of Freedom Clinical Psychology. Over the past 15 years, he has adopted an approach which enables him to be creative, reflective and flexible in his work. He believes that people don’t fit into boxes and in order to support someone in a way that is useful, it is important to integrate different ideas and ways of understanding a person’s experiences. Some of the ideas that Steve draws on are from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and mindfulness-based approaches. He is also able to incorporate ideas from inter-personal dynamic psychotherapy and systemic family therapy.
Steve completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Liverpool; his master’s in Psychological Research Methods at Birkbeck College, University of London; and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Leeds. Steve is committed to ongoing research and is currently writing his doctoral thesis which explores the process of collaboration between practitioners working in social care in the UK. He has previously undertaken specialist projects which focused upon the psychological needs of people who are homeless and the input of clinical psychologists in a major trauma centre. In addition to this, Steve authored a book, commissioned by Routledge, titled ‘Becoming a Clinical Psychologist: Everything you need to know’.
Steve feels fortunate to work as a clinical psychologist and continues to value the opportunity to learn from the people he has been able to support. He enjoys forums when members of local communities can come together to discuss various topics from a psychological perspective. Steve is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK.
BA, BSc (Hons), M Clin Psych
David is a Clinical Psychologist with 7 years of experience in psychological practice. He is particularly interested in helping his clients explore how early-life relationships and experiences influence how we make sense of and respond to situations in the present. In therapy, David works with his clients to identify and resolve unhelpful life patterns that restrict their personal growth, so that they can develop self-compassion and fulfilling emotional connections to others. His aim is to provide an attentive and collaborative space in which these patterns can be examined and respectfully challenged, in order to make room for uncovering new, or rediscovering lost, capacities and strengths. He feels privileged to be able to join his clients on this journey.
David has trained in a variety of different therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Open Dialogue. He is also an accredited provider of the Circle of Security Parenting Program (for parents and carers of children aged 0-12 years). David seeks to integrate these approaches into his practice, tailoring his approach to each client’s unique needs. As an integrative therapist, a fundamental principle underpinning his practice is a focus on the development of a secure and trusting therapeutic relationship as a way of achieving an accurate understanding of one’s problems, and for creating meaningful change that lasts beyond therapy.
David has worked with a range of individuals, including children and families navigating the impacts of trauma, adults struggling with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, and people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. He also has significant experience working therapeutically with people from culturally diverse backgrounds. David has experience working with the following mental health issues: anxiety, depression/low mood, sleep problems, ongoing somatic complaints (e.g., headaches, bowel problems), low self-esteem, relationship problems, grief/bereavement, trauma, psychosis, and addictions.
BRADLEY KING (Telehealth only)
B Psych (Hons), M Clin Psych
Bradley is the co-founder of Freedom Clinical Psychology. He is a clinical psychologist with over ten years of clinical experience. He has worked in varied mental health and health settings at St Vincent’s Hospital and Sydney Hospital, working extensively in sexual health, cancer and palliative care, chronic pain and physical rehabilitation along with more complex mental health areas. He helped setup the Inner-City Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Group and coordinated a family-based treatment service at the O’Brien Centre at St Vincent's Hospital.
Bradley believes the first step in therapy is finding the right fit with the therapist. He makes sure to understand his clients and the many stories that have brought them into therapy by taking a non-judging and open-minded stance. This helps him build a safe and strong connection with his clients. He draws on a combination of treatment approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, DBT and in recent years he has trained extensively in Schema Therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS). Bradley is always evolving as a clinical psychologist through a commitment to training and new learning. Most recently he completed level 1 and 2 courses and expert supervision in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which he fuses with his other skills to tailor his interventions to the unique needs of each individual he works with.
He believes in helping clients work out what is most meaningful for them in their lives and he is particularly interested in how our early life experiences lead to the formation of specific patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that can get us stuck or block us from experiencing what we most want in life. He draws creatively on his repertoire of skills to help build insight into these difficult patterns and begin to find new ways of responding to our inner emotional world and the world around us. He believes therapy is a creative endeavour that unfold uniquely for each individual as they get to know and befriend themselves over time.
Bradley is passionate about helping other clinicians and therapists navigate their professional lives through expert supervision. He has supervised a number of nurses groups, individual clinical psychologists at St Vincent’s Hospital and provisional psychologists working their way through their training programs using a combination of approaches including individualised case formulation, schema therapy principles, role theory and psychodrama.