Poorni Selvaraja

Psychologist Registrar

BA(Psych); Hons (Psych); MPsych (Clinical)

Poorni is a registered general psychologist with a Master of Clinical Psychology.

She works with a wide range of psychological, cultural and emotional challenges in children, adolescents and adults. Her warm and humorous style of engaging with clients allows for an easy and collaborative individualized goal setting approach to alleviating challenges faced by individuals.

Poorni has experience working with clients in the context of anxiety, depression, mood and personality disorders, relationship difficulties, trauma, complex trauma (gender-based violence, migrant, asylum seeker and refugee contexts), life stressors and cultural adjustment related challenges. Poorni is trained in several therapeutic approaches including CBT, Schema Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy. Through her attentive and supportive approach to dealing with psychological difficulties, she aims to compassionately confront maladaptive behaviours and thought patterns that prevent clients from fully and positively engaging with their lives.

Poorni completed her undergraduate studies in the United States, and graduate degree in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to pursuing her Masters, she worked in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings across South America, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, facilitating her exposure to adversities within different societies and communities. This has given her the opportunity to recognise the importance of drawing on cultural and community-based value systems when considering the psychological or emotional challenges that we face. She seeks to provide each individual client with a deeper understanding of themselves that resonates with their unique systemic values, enabling holistic healing so clients may fully connect with themselves, and others.

Poorni greatly values the therapeutic alliance between client and therapist, thus she works hard to foster an environment where this positive alliance can be nurtured and strengthened to benefit the client in other aspects of their lives. You can expect that Poorni will create and uphold a space that is safe, validating, respectful, and most importantly, free of judgement, so your story can be told.

Poorni can also speak Malay (Bahasa Malaysia) and can conduct sessions with a mixture of Malay and English.

Poorni is registered with Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) and the Australian Psychology Society (APS).

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For further assistance, please email Poorni anytime.

Poorni’s articles of interest

Easing Depression: 5 Creative Things You Can Do

Easing Depression: 5 Creative Things You Can Do

Each of us is going to go through difficult moments in life. Whether it’s the death of a loved one or an ugly breakup, the hardships that we sometimes face can have a significant impact on our overall sense of well-being. But even though most of us are resilient...

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Mood Swings: What is Normal and What is Not?

Mood Swings: What is Normal and What is Not?

Mood swings are a relatively common phenomenon. On an average day, humans go through a wide array of emotions that can influence their overall sense of well-being. In fact, there are hundreds of biological, psychological, and environmental factors that can impact your...

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Loving Someone in the Grip of Addiction

Loving Someone in the Grip of Addiction

Loving someone in the grip of addiction isn’t easy. It’s hard to make a relationship work when your partner is emotionally unavailable and behaviourally unstable. On top of that, seeing your partner ruin his/her personal, social, and material well-being on an almost...

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