Balance & Strength

Founder & Principal Psychologist

Ammata Phathanak

B. Nursing, B. Arts (Psych), PG. Dip (Psych), M. Appl. Sc (Health Psych), MAPS WorkCover / SIRA Accredited

I am the Founder and Director at PureLife Healthcare. I earned a double degree (Bachelor of Arts Nursing & Psychology) from the University of Sydney. I am also a qualified, Registered Psychologist and Registered Nurse of more than 20 years. AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) registered, Medicare provider of Focused Psychological Strategies, SIRA approved, WorkCover and APS (Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society) accreditations.

My career as a nurse is what led to my interest in Psychology. Fascinated by the way psychology, biology and social group interactions and behaviours influenced the management of our mental health, wellness, illnesses and overall healthcare and longevity. It was at this time I undertook a Bachelor of Arts/Psychology and eventually Masters in Applied Science in Health Psychology, with Post Graduate studies completed at the University of Western Sydney.

Now, 20 years later, I remain passionate as ever about psychology. I continue to refine my craft with a broad range of supportive, mental health techniques that aid many people and businesses throughout Australia. My extensive experience is enhanced by performing clinical interventions and therapies to treat patients experiencing both psychological and physically debilitating symptoms. I also have extensive experience in workplace training and education, and in high level consultations with companies to educate personnel in healthy management behaviours and coping techniques.

Many of the treatment modalities used in my psychological treatment practises relate to issues including anxiety and depression, bipolar / borderline personality disorders, grief and loss, relationship issues, self-esteem and confidence building, low resilience, stress and trauma, among others. She has experience within a range of cultural backgrounds, gender and sexism issues, disabilities, and cohorts ranging from teenagers to the elderly.

A great deal is drawn from a range of evidence-based modalities, including ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), SFBT (Solution Focused Brief Therapy), MI (Motivational Interviewing), Schema Therapy, Couple Therapy and Mindfulness-based approaches.

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