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

Are you Doomed to be Unhappy?

Are you Doomed to be Unhappy?

Happiness is a state of wellness in which a person feels a sense of deep satisfaction and meaningfulness in their life. A happy person is one who experiences positive emotions such as joy and excitement more regularly than negative emotions like sadness, anxiety and...

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A Guide to Understanding and Beating Depression

A Guide to Understanding and Beating Depression

Source: pexels.com Given that there are nearly 322 million depression sufferers worldwide, it’s obvious that now, more than ever, we need to be mindful of our mental health. [1] But how can we prevent depression when we’re constantly under pressure to achieve more and...

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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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7 Effective Ways to Calm Your Mind

7 Effective Ways to Calm Your Mind

Have you ever felt like you couldn’t silence that constant ‘noise’ in your head? Do you tend to feel restless and ‘fidgety’ every time you try to relax? Perhaps you’re so overwhelmed by your daily to-do list that you barely find a moment to put your mind on hold. Or...

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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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7 Tips to Build Your Inner Strength

7 Tips to Build Your Inner Strength

We know for a fact that life is made up of ups and downs. One minute you enjoy a moment of peace and quiet and the next you find yourself facing a challenging situation that you were not quite ready for. That’s how life unfolds for many of us, and there’s little we...

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How to Deal with Workplace Performance Anxiety

How to Deal with Workplace Performance Anxiety

Have you ever experienced an unpleasant state of restlessness and panic right before a big interview or presentation? Do work meetings, product presentations, or performance reviews make you feel uneasy? Do you tend to make up all sorts of excuses just to avoid being...

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Understanding and Managing Social Anxiety: 5 tips

Understanding and Managing Social Anxiety: 5 tips

Almost everyone feels anxious at times, from situations as varied as their first bungee jump, first time standing in front of an audience to deliver a presentation, or starting a new job. However, people experiencing social anxiety (also referred to as social phobia),...

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5 Signs It’s Time to Seek Marriage Counselling

5 Signs It’s Time to Seek Marriage Counselling

Everybody can agree that relationships are tricky. When embarking on a lifelong journey alongside your significant other, there are no shortcuts, no quick tips, and no magical solutions that can guarantee smooth sailing. Building a robust union that will withstand the...

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3 Ways to Manage Depression Without Medication

3 Ways to Manage Depression Without Medication

Do you constantly feel so exhausted that you can’t even muster enough energy to take out the trash? Do negative thoughts torment you to the point where you can’t even get one hour of decent sleep? Has your appetite dropped significantly over the last several weeks? Do...

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9 Tips to Stop Feeling Anxious

9 Tips to Stop Feeling Anxious

It’s normal to get nervous about an important career, relationship or a life-changing event. What is not normal if you’re feeling anxious for long periods of time. Anxiety disorders can range from a generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), which is intensely worrying that...

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Is it Depression? Know the symptoms!

Is it Depression? Know the symptoms!

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder that can present with symptoms that can cause negative distress to the quality of life for an individual. On occasions, depression symptoms can also be linked to anxiety. Depression can be described as feeling down,...

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Exercise to ease depression

Exercise to ease depression

Exercise! It may be the last piece of advice you want to hear from others when you’re feeling low and unmotivated. It is indeed a real struggle for someone with depression to even get out of the bed in the morning, let alone going for a jog, walk or get oneself off to...

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5 Tips To Help Manage Emotional Conflict

5 Tips To Help Manage Emotional Conflict

Do you find that you blow up often? Do you keep regretting saying mean things to people that you love? Does having 24/7 access to the news cycle constantly make you feel outraged to the highly emotionally charged messages? Well, realistically we have all become...

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Don’t let loneliness harm your health

Don’t let loneliness harm your health

A person who is alone may not be lonely. However, a person who is lonely might feel alone even when they are in the physical presence of others. This means that loneliness is an emotional state where a person feels unsatisfied with the amount or quality of intimacy...

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Divorced parents – The do’s and don’ts

Divorced parents – The do’s and don’ts

Divorce is always a dreaded outcome for any married couple. However, things get tougher and messier when children are involved. When you’re a parent who has decided to part ways with your partner, it can be heart-wrenching to see confused children make sense of the...

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Does Anxiety Lead to Depression?

Does Anxiety Lead to Depression?

Many anxiety disorders are linked to depression. If you have suffered from an anxiety disorder such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic stress (PST) or social anxiety disorder, which if not diagnosed correctly and...

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Mind Games people play!

Mind Games people play!

  Many people, especially couples who are separated and have children, love playing psychological mind games. Why? People play these games on a social or psychological level over and over as these games are subconscious habitual patterns and unintentional methods...

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How to Help Your Spouse with Depression

How to Help Your Spouse with Depression

“When a spouse is depressed, a marriage can become depressed”… When a spouse suffers from depression, the associated emotions and feelings can be difficult to grasp and to comprehend from the other partner’s perspective, which can cause emotions to spiral out of...

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Are you Depressed & Distracted?

Are you Depressed & Distracted?

Do you find it hard to enjoy life? Are you easily irritable and have trouble concentrating? Do you often feel low on energy? Do you experience trouble remembering trivial information? Do you lack motivation or are plagued by a feeling of hopelessness? Do you often...

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Everyone should bond with others – here’s why?

Everyone should bond with others – here’s why?

Human beings are social beings. One of the general principles of co-habitation and community living is that humans cannot live in isolation. Over millions of years, humans have evolved as dependent creatures – every individual is dependent on another for procreation,...

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Night panic anxiety – What’s that?

Night panic anxiety – What’s that?

  Have you ever had a daytime anxiety or panic attack? If yes, then you already know how distressing the condition can be. Unfortunately, even people who haven’t ever experienced daytime panic attacks and do not have panic disorder can undergo the ordeal of a...

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Depression Relapse

Depression Relapse

Everyone feels sad or low at different points of time in their life. However, depression is not normal sadness. Depression is a mental health condition in which a person feels chronically sad, fatigued, worthless, socially withdrawn and unable to enjoy life. Sleeping...

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Can social media leave you socially isolated?

Can social media leave you socially isolated?

Using Social media sites for networking and connecting with friends and family has become an incessant part of people’s lives. Most people prefer this medium of interaction as it allows them instant connectivity with everyone in their network with just a few clicks....

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How Can Couple Counselling Help Us

How Can Couple Counselling Help Us

Couple Counselling Melbourne can help couples improve their relationship in many ways. For instance, counselling helps couples resolve conflict, improves two-way communication, can increase patience and tolerance levels allowing for a better understanding of each...

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Are you a Healthy Couple?

Are you a Healthy Couple?

Every couple has conflict. Couples who commonly clash, the conflict usually involves money, sex and kids. For instance, one spouse is a saver, while the other is a spender. One partner wants to have more sex, while the other doesn’t. One partner thinks their child...

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