Dr Janet Mason, Counselling Psychologist - B.A. (Psych.), Post.Grad.Dip.Ed.Psych., D.Psych., MAPS
Janet is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and of the College of Counselling Psychologists. She is a highly experienced clinician, and her work in psychology spans over 20 years as a educator, a seminar presenter, and a private practitioner. She has taught various subjects in psychology at Monash University to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and she has taught psychological aspects of medical treatment to undergraduate nurses.
Janet has been involved in running corporate and small business training programs, with a focus on the development of communication skills, as part of a team with an international company. As a private practitioner, she has worked in a variety of settings and her extensive experience has involved working with adults, couples, families, teenagers, and children. Janet’s specialised skills cover the full range of psychology including depression, anxiety, fears and phobias, relationships, behavior change, grief and loss, self-esteem, social and communication skills, eating and sleeping disorders, substance abuse including alcohol, gambling, anger, stress, sexual abuse and legal matters, including court appearances. Janet is also thoroughly skilled in dealing with WorkSafe, TAC, and Victims of Crime cases, and she has considerable experience working with the Court system. For the past nine years, she has been a Consultant Psychologist to the Australian Defence Forces, and she counsels Defence personnel on a regular basis.
Janet uses a wide variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of the individual and the nature of the issues. These approaches include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, counselling, solution-focused therapies, psychometric testing for clinical diagnosis, and hypnotherapy. Janet is a member of the Australian Society of Hypnosis, having trained at Melbourne University’s Behavioral Medicine Unit. She continues to update her knowledge and skills by attending a broad range of professional development seminars throughout each year. Janet’s doctoral thesis examined the way in which men express their masculinity through different types of attachment in childhood and in adulthood, and through expressions of aggression. Her findings covered new ground in understanding men’s issues, and her work was described by her examiners as “a landmark” among international research. She has also conducted research in the area of educational psychology, and has studied decision-making processes and the acquisition of behavioral and cognitive skills.
Janet is committed to providing a psychological service of the highest professional standard and integrity, The therapeutic approach she is able to offer is highly individualised, empathic and supportive, and is based on trust and understanding. Janet holds the firm view that the aim of therapy is to cultivate within the individual the belief and the ability to bring about positive change in the most beneficial, expeditious, and enduring way possible.