Leah Smith
Director & Principal Psychologist

Warm  |  Empathic  |  Curious  | Compassionate

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Leah provides a safe, non-judgemental, collaborative space for her clients to develop a deeper understanding of themselves. She opens doors to the necessary tools and knowledge, enabling them to better manage their symptoms, and address ongoing problematic patterns.

Through a tailored approach to each unique individual, Leah enjoys helping her clients to make long lasting change, to improve their overall mental health and wellbeing.

She supports her clients to open doors to their full potential, in order to live a more meaningful life, and to be the person they want to be. 

Leah is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters degree in Psychology and is a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi).

Throughout her career, Leah has worked with children, adolescents, parents, adults and couples, in both private practice and public community health settings.

 

Leah currently supports adolescents, adults and couples. While she has a strong interesting in working with eating disorders and body image concerns.

 

Leah's experience includes, but is not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, assertiveness and communication difficulties, perfectionism, low self-esteem, grief and loss, trauma (PTSD), adjustment difficulties, anger and emotional regulation difficulties, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and relationship issues (individual and couples).

Leah’s therapeutic approach draws from several evidence-based therapies, with a person-centred focus, including:  

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 

  • Schema Therapy 

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 

  • Mindfulness based interventions 

  • Some Family Systems Theory and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). 

 

In the pursuit of knowledge, and understanding the evolving state of Psychology, as well as the importance of keeping up to date with the latest research, Leah continues to undertake regular training and supervision. Leah ensures she is delivering the most up to date treatments for her clients.

 

Herbie Smith

Support & Emotional Wellbeing Animal

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Herbert (aka Herbie) is Opening Doors Psychology's support animal "in training". Herbie is a miniature long-haired dachshund with a very big heart. 

You may see him around the clinic, or within a session from time to time. Herbie only attends sessions with your prior consent and arrangements made with Leah.

Herbie offers free supportive cuddles, pats and kisses, and never turns down an opportunity to play ball.

Herbie is an extremely loving and loyal animal, who hopes to brighten your experience at Opening Doors Psychology.