Dr Lucinda Clifford

Clinical Psychologist BPsych(Hons)MPsych(Clin)PhD

Lucinda consults at North Adelaide on Mondays, Wednesdays, alternate Thursdays, Fridays and alternate Saturdays. Lucinda offers both evening appointments on Mondays and Thursdays and Saturday appointments for your convenience.

Lucinda has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and parents/guardians from diverse backgrounds in school and government settings. Lucinda’s strengths include her ability to relate to clients and her non-judgmental, empathic approach, with a touch of humour, which provide the foundations for a strong and trusting therapeutic alliance, whereby clients can feel safe to express their innermost thoughts.

She has a genuine interest in her clients’ stories and consistently strives to gain a thorough understanding of her clients’ worlds, whilst acknowledging that she will also learn from her clients in the therapy process. Lucinda is client-focused and consistently tailors psychological therapy and counselling to the unique needs and goals of her clients.

Lucinda has a comprehensive understanding of attachment theory and the long-lasting impacts that different attachment styles can have on clients’ views of themselves, the world and relationships. She combines this knowledge of attachment theory with cognitive and behavioural therapies (ACT, CBT) and enjoys assisting clients to identify strengths, values and supports, that they may be able to draw on in different situations.

Lucinda also has an interest in the mind-body connection and will generally enquire about different routines that may contribute to mental health presentations early  in the therapy process.

Lucinda has completed a PhD in Psychology and has worked in a school setting, so has first-hand experience with managing significant study demands and enjoys assisting clients to develop organisation and study skills for improved performance and that may assist them to attain greater study/work-life balance. Lucinda has also had a lot of experience conducting psychological educational assessments and understands the impacts of learning difficulties on clients.

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Areas of Experience

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Emotional regulation including anger management
  • Study skills and organisation
  • Learning difficulties
  • Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Substance abuse
  • Social skills
  • School issues including school avoidance
  • Defiance
  • Issues with routines (sleeping/eating)
  • Vocational goal setting
  • Self-esteem and/or self-acceptance
  • Negatively biased thinking
  • Impact of divorce/separation
  • Parenting support
  • Impact of abuse/neglect/domestic violence

Qualifications and Professional Membership

Combined Master of Psychology (Clinical)/PhD –  University of Adelaide

Bachelor of Psychology awarded with First Class Honours – University of Adelaide

Registered Psychologist with Clinical endorsement – Psychology Board of Australia

Further background

Lucinda feels extremely privileged to be able to work collaboratively with children, adolescents and adults in the therapy context, and is energised when she notices her clients making progress or coming to new realisations.

Lucinda aims to create a space within with her clients can feel safe to talk openly which is facilitated by her non-judgemental, empathic, honest and warm approach.

Lucinda is client-focused and enjoys tailoring therapy to her client’s needs, as opposed to adopting a “one-fits-all” approach.

She has experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds with varied presentations, including symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, emotional regulation difficulties, substance abuse issues, attachment and relationship issues and clients questioning or coming to terms with their sexuality.

She takes care not to lose sight of the individual client, and their unique backgrounds, strengths, needs and circumstances, when working with them to address various issues.

Lucinda’s therapeutic approach involves undertaking a comprehensive assessment of the client/clients’ presenting concerns and a general history initially.  She establishes what the clients goals are early in the therapy process to ensure that the therapy is meeting the client’s needs and regularly reviews these goals during the therapy process.

Lucinda has strong general counselling skills and will draw on and utilise other evidence-based psychological theories and therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment therapy either conversationally or more formally in the therapy process, depending on the client’s needs and preferences, to which Lucinda is attuned.

When working with children, Lucinda incorporates play and other more creative forms of expression, to foster children’s engagement and their sense of safety in the therapy setting.

Lucinda will frequently involve younger children’s parents/guardians in therapeutic interventions for younger children.

Lucinda consistently adheres to ethical guidelines in relation to client consent and confidentiality and is transparent with clients about the limits of confidentiality from the outset of therapy.