Hi I’m Duska and I am a Clinical Psychologist from Australia. I lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for two years but returned to Australia during the COVID-19 crisis. I continue to meet with people from Malaysia via online video conferencing systems such as Zoom. My passion is to empower people to live their best lives by providing education and skills which have been proven to be effective at improving our emotional well-being. I work from an evidence-based perspective, meaning I stay up to date with the latest research on the techniques which are shown to be most effective at alleviating a number of common difficulties, including mood, anxiety, parenting and relationship issues.
I have conducted and published my research in peer-reviewed journals and presented at several national and International conferences.
I completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of Newcastle, Australia. I then went on to complete a Masters of Clinical Psychology and then a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University, Sydney Australia.
I have also completed extensive training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Schema Therapy amongst other approaches. I consider the individual needs and experiences of each person I meet and then use the most helpful tools from each of these approaches.
Most of my experience is in private practice in Australia, working with individuals, families and couples. I have experience working with children and adults. I have also worked in hospitals, universities and community settings. These roles have been clinical, research as well as teaching roles.
As well as working one-on-one with individuals I have also run many group therapy programs, including the world-renowned gold standard program for child anxiety, The Cool Kids Program. This program teaches children and their parents how to manage and overcome many common childhood worries and fears. I have also taught distress-tolerance and mindfulness groups, as well as taught in classrooms at schools in Sydney to teach teenage girls emotional resilience skills.
I have experience in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, phobias, self-esteem, substance abuse, stress management and relationship difficulties to name a few.
I am registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
I am a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP).
How I work
It is my aim to empower individuals to feel in control of their own emotional health and well-being. I use a client-centered approach, meaning I tailor my approach based on the individual’s needs. We are all different and have our own unique story and journey. Following a clinical assessment, I apply the evidence-based techniques as appropriate for each individual. It is a privilege to have people share their often very painful stories and experiences with me, and thus I do my very best to help each person learn more about themselves and learn ways to manage their emotional health so they can live happy and fulfilling lives.
If you are interested in hearing Dr. Duska speak you can check out the podcasts she has been involved with. Click here to listen to Duska talk about OCD or click here to her tips on improving your mental-well being.
Arrange a Consultation
For more information about my fees, the times I work and where I work you can see my ‘Arrange a Consultation Page‘. If you would like to arrange a consultation with me you can contact Vivian. You can call or send a WhatsApp message to 012 5089910. You can also email Vivian at email@example.com.