Dr Antoinette Harmer

I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.  I have been the Managing Director of Optimal Health & Performance Pty Ltd, since its inception in 1998 and have fulfilled duties in clinical and forensic psychology since that time.  In July 2008 I began a part-time position of Clinical Psychologist Supervisor at the Australian National University Psychology Clinic.  I am a sessional lecturer at the ANU in the College of Law graduate program and the Department of Psychology graduate clinical program.

I have a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from the Australian National University and a Master of Clinical Psychology, also from the ANU.  I am currently working toward completing a Doctor of Psychology (Forensic) at Charles Sturt University.

I have conducted clinical research on young children’s cognitive development and parents recovering from drug & alcohol dependence and the circumstances of their childhood, current functioning and parenting abilities. I have presented research papers at national and international forums and presented training workshops on the effects of parental drug abuse and domestic violence upon children, the use of expert evidence related to the best interests of the child.  I have conducted a wide range of organisational and community training including conducting parenting groups on child behaviour management and managing parental stress and anger.

Over the past 18 years of my professional practice I have participated in a wide range of professional training and conferences related to forensic and clinical psychology.  My professional expertise includes providing clinical psychology services in areas related to child and adult mental health issues, family and parenting psychology, drug & alcohol use, conflict and violence, trauma/injury and rehabilitation from physical and psychological injury.

I have conducted expert assessments for matters relating to family law, care & protection of children, civil claims related to psychological injury and illegal/criminal behaviour.

I have been trained and gained clinical psychology experience in the following therapeutic styles:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Clinical Hypnosis

My therapeutic work with clients is based on gaining a full understanding of the client’s life situation and presenting issues.  I see my role as providing information and education as needed and also providing a safe, supportive and trusting environment for the client to address their concerns.  Interventions are highly personalised and flexible to meet the individual client’s own learning and interaction style.  I see the therapeutic process as a mutually respectful relationship that involves both therapist and client working together to explore and address the client’s concerns.  The client and therapist are both active participants in exploring possibilities and choices regarding how the client thinks and behaves.

I currently work part-time with private clients and provide psychological services for a range of issues in which I have significant experience and training, including:

  • Anxiety, Depression, stress & adjustment problems
  • Psychological trauma and physical injury
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Sex therapy including addictive & problematic sexual interests (eg. pornography)
  • Drug & alcohol dependence

To email Antoinette: Antoinette@optimalhealth.com.au