Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour, devoted to understanding how people think, feel, behave, and learn. Psychology includes the exploration of the conscious and unconscious mind. Conscious mind refers to the thoughts, feelings, and memories in one’s awareness at any given moment. The unconscious mind refers to feelings, thoughts, urges, and memories which occur automatically and are not available to introspection. Nicely put, the conscious mind determines the actions, the unconscious mind determines the reactions (E. Stanley Jones). The degree to which conscious and unconscious phenomena are explored will be determined by the psychologists’ psychological approach.
There is a diverse array of psychological modalities that therapists employ, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness-based therapies. Many psychologists use a combination of approaches, all of which share one common theme: the effort to change something about a person. This might be working toward alleviating a client’s suffering or toward promoting human growth.
The goal of psychology is not just to study thoughts and behaviour, but to apply that knowledge to help solve everyday challenges, and ultimately improve one’s quality of life. When one engages in a process of therapy, the psychologist is there to hold and support the client through their difficult emotions, fears, or challenges that may be interfering with their ability to move forward in life. By working collaboratively, the therapist and client can together create a new understanding of the individual’s experience, allowing for transformation and human growth.
Claire Hurwitz, Psychologist
Claire Hurwitz is a Registered Psychologist who has completed Masters in Clinical Psychology. She has experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including private practices, in-patient hospital, university clinics, and schools. Claire sees clients with a wide range of presentations: anxiety, depression, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, perfectionism, self-esteem problems, and stress.
Claire is passionate about creating a pathway for support, growth, hope, and change. She uses a holistic approach to help clients achieve their goals and make long-term, lasting changes in their lives. She draws from a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Schema Therapy, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness-based therapies, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Claire takes a person-centered approach and tailors treatment to address the needs of each client. She facilitates a process with the client to help them develop insight into their presenting difficulties. This typically involves exploring past experiences and the emotions associated with such experiences. Treatment also incorporates behavioural strategies where appropriate to assist the client’s journey to make positive and workable changes in their daily lives.
The areas she has had extensive experience in are:
- Relationship difficulties
- Self-esteem issues
- Masters of Psychology (Clinical), Bond University, Gold Coast
- Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), Bond University, Gold Coast
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Macquarie University, Sydney
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