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Garry Thomson

Senior psychologist
B. Arts (Hons), M. Arts (Clin Psych)

My goal is to help guide you to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Feeling weighed down by anxiety, depression and stress has increasingly become the norm, but there are ways to overcome these hurdles related to mental health, with the support of a professional.

As a psychologist that specialises in short-term Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I help people just like you overcome anxiety, reduce stress, and develop resilience in a timely manner.

Although the majority of my clients seek my services when in crisis, the reasons that lead to them contacting me can vary.

Below are a few key areas I tend to address in my work:

Having worked with members of society from all walks of life, I have seen many similarities among people regardless of their socioeconomic situation or cultural background. The most prevalent one being that not accessing mental health support when necessary, leads to varying levels of damaging effects in areas such as: family life, work, mental health and physical health.

Your health matters, through working with a professional Psychologist with extensive experience you will be able to better understand yourself, heal the root causes of your disturbances and set yourself up to live a life free of the burden you’ve been carrying.

Contact me today to begin your healing process.

Begin your healing process in three easy steps

Step 1

Book an appointment online or over the phone.

Step 2

Speak with a qualified psychologist or counsellor.

Step 3

Work with me to rediscover the real you!

Areas of specialty

Anxiety (GAD and Complex cases) and Stress in everyday living is one of the most frequent causes of emotional pain and psychological disturbance. My experience and approach allow me to work empathetically with people from all backgrounds creating an individual, practical plan to manage short and long term anxiety, stress and burnout.

  • Overcoming complicated and entrenched anxieties, fears, and phobias (anxiety disorders).
  • Controlling and managing high levels of everyday anxiety.
  • Managing longstanding difficulties sleeping and sleep conditions.
  • Learning to relax and switch off persistent worries or troubling thoughts.
  • Recovering from emotional exhaustion and burnout.
  • Managing mood issues associated with constant levels of anxiety.
  • Developing strategies for living with the anxiety that comes from constant uncertainty and change.

Trauma and its impact on our wellbeing is experienced by many and is often unrecognised and goes untreated. Understanding how we usually respond to a traumatic event and enabling a safe place to start the healing process creates the pathway to recovery and peace. Ensuring a respectful, safe and supportive therapeutic space gives people the power to distance their trauma and rebuild a sense of peace and control over their lives. Together, we develop and consolidate their road to recovery ensuring an optimistic and more attractive future. 

  • Managing current or historic trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Overcoming chronic abuse and bullying at work or in relationships
  • Dealing effectively with conflict, occurring now or in your past
  • Managing repeated exposure to trauma or confronting situations

Resilience is a necessary skill to survive and thrive in this ever-changing world. Working together to build resilience in the face of grief, adversity or unwelcome change enables those who see me develop stronger and more effective coping skills and take effective control of their lives.

  • Recovering from emotional exhaustion and burnout
  • Managing an unbalanced lifestyle.
  • Living through significant or unexpected loss – career, relationships, illness, etc.
  • Adapting to change.

Habits shape who we are and how we live with others. Ending destructive habits requires making the conscious decision to live a happier and healthier life. However, sticking to the plan and learning better ways of living can sometimes be more challenging. Using CBT and other techniques I work with people to create a better environment that replaces unhelpful longstanding habits and allows new and healthier habits stick.

  • Managing obsessive thinking and behaviour commonly referred as obsessive-compulsive disorders, (OCD).
  • Understanding and managing triggers that lead to and reinforce addictive and self-defeating behaviour. 
  • Living without a longstanding destructive habit.

Employee mental health for corporates

I have worked extensively with employees and businesses to support and assist valued employees facing challenges with their mental health and wellbeing. In many cases these are new issues experienced by employees; at other times they are longstanding problems impacting the business and wellbeing of colleagues. I have extensive experience working in the following areas:

  • Assisting employees (and their families) manage mental health conditions or events that impact their wellbeing and work performance, including their return to the workplace following an illness or traumatic event.
  • Returning to work – how to prepare for, manage and monitor your return.
  • Supporting an employee (and their family) in their return to the workplace.
  • Safeguarding and protecting your mental health in the workplace.
  • Strategies for living and working with a chronic mental health condition.

Supporting Managers and Team Leaders with responsibility in the workplace for safeguarding the mental health of all employees. These leaders often require professional guidance and support when dealing with a mental health condition in a work group: they benefit greatly from having the necessary guidance, tools and  knowledge to support the impacted employee (and their colleagues) while also managing their own wellbeing.

  • Supporting an employee with a mental health condition
  • Creating a framework for the employee and the workgroup
  • Communication and monitoring their return – troubleshooting tips.

Designing and Advising businesses developing wellbeing programs and initiatives to be most effective in improving health and mental-health outcomes for their employees. Often these programs are individually tailored to the needs of the business and can entail improving an existing wellbeing program or developing one from first principles. 

  • Defining the intent and objectives of the Wellbeing program
  • Managing the effectiveness of this program and its relationship with other initiatives.
  • Identifying further steps and future initiatives.

 have extensive experience working closely with new Managers, facing the challenge of leading employee groups for the first time, as well as employee clinicians with responsibility for managing the in-house psychological services. 

  • Mentoring and supporting new managers and those starting new roles.

Reviewing the effectiveness of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) is a particular interest of mine. I assist businesses review existing programs for their effectiveness and ROI and/or develop and review tender material to ensure that submissions propose best-practice clinical service delivery.

  • Reviewing the effectiveness and ROI with existing programs
  • Developing and reviewing tender material.
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903 – 530 Little Collins St Melbourne CBD, VIC 3000

Business Hours:

Mon to Fri: 10am – 8pm Weekend: Sat: 10am – 2pm

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Shop 4, 860 Collins St Docklands, VIC 3081

Business Hours: Thursday only: 8am – 7pm

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Eligibility Criteria for Reduced Online Counselling Fees:

  1. a person who does do not hold a concession card but has suffered from a reduction in pay
  2. a person who is a sole trader or own their own business
  3. a person who is employed but has been instructed to work from home and has suffered from a reduction in pay
  4. a person who is under the age of 70
  5. a person who is under the age of 50 and is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  6. a person who is not pregnant
  7. If you are a parent, you must still pay a gap if your child is over 12 months.
  8. if you are a parent, you must still pay a gap if your child does not require treatment for chronic health conditions/ compromised immune system.