Hello, I am a registered Clinical Psychologist in private practice offering therapy, peer consultation, presentations and training.

I enjoy working across the range of life’s experience, from stress and distress through to wellbeing and flourishing.

For enquiries and bookings please call me on 0421 775 909

or email me at info@drcarldreher.com.au


Approach and Experience

With a warm, empathic approach, I enjoy helping people connect with what matters most to them in life.

I have extensive experience:

  • working with children, adolescents, parents, adults, and older adults,
  • in rural and metropolitan contexts,
  • in private practice and the public sector,
  • with public service work in child protection, community mental health (across the child & adolescent, youth, adult, & older adult streams), inpatient mental health (both youth & adult), and community drug and alcohol services.

My qualifications and professional affiliations are:

  • BSc(Psych) Hons(1st class) GradCert(ResearchCommercialisation) MPsych(Clin) PhD MAPS EMDRAA

In addition to having worked across the metropolitan and Wheatbelt regions, I grew up in the Perth hills and have a strong affinity for the bush. I have travelled widely, and love WA’s natural beauty and wildlife.


Doctoral research:

  • In my PhD I examined the efficacy and effectiveness of Kabat-Zinn’s mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program in promoting mental health and wellbeing in a sample of adults from the community who did not have mental health diagnoses.
  • My doctoral research also evaluated the psychometric properties of two recently developed mindfulness measures using factor analysis, comparing those with and without mindfulness meditation experience.
  • Dreher, C. (2009). The Efficacy of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction in Promoting Mindfulness, Psychological Health and Well-being. Bentley, WA: Curtin University of Technology School of Psychology.

I have contributed to the following National Eating Disorders Collaboration publication:

  • Watson, H. J., Elphick, R., Dreher, C., Steele, A., & Wilksch, S. (2010). Eating disorders prevention and management: An evidence review. Crows Nest, NSW: National Eating Disorders Collaboration.

Presentations and Supervision

I have given numerous presentations on various topics in psychology to community and professional groups.

I am a board-approved supervisor and have experience since 2014 providing supervision to provisional and registered psychologists.


Client Groups and Location

  • I work with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults,
  • by consulting with individuals, parents, and families.
  • Currently my work with children and adolescents focuses on cases where EMDR therapy is indicated.
  • I consult from the Kalamunda Therapy Centre, suite 5, 4 Canning Rd, Kalamunda, near the roundabout, next to the vet.
  • There is free parking at the centre.

Therapies and Areas of Interest

Therapies I use include:

  • cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
  • EMDR therapy
  • schema therapy
  • mindfulness-based therapies
  • self-compassion therapies
  • circle of security, and
  • dyadic developmental psychotherapy.

My areas of interest in private practice include:

  • chronic health issues (e.g., chronic pain, diabetes, asthma, heart disease)
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • bereavement, grief & loss
  • anxiety & depression
  • adjustment issues & life transitions
  • trauma & PTSD
  • insomnia
  • stress & burnout
  • self-esteem issues
  • relationship difficulties
  • body image issues
  • eating disorders
  • attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • parenting & attachment issues
  • sensory-processing sensitivity, highly sensitive & highly empathic people
  • mindfulness & self-compassion
  • positive psychology, wellbeing, & flourishing.

Sessions and Rebates


  • Appointments are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting from 10:00am.
  • Some out-of-hours appointments are also available.
  • Standard consults are approximately 50 minutes in each hour.

For enquiries and bookings please call me on 0421 775 909

or email me at info@drcarldreher.com.au

  • This is a private billing practice. All fees are due in full at the end of the appointment. Funding rules mean I cannot accept payment of the Medicare gap only.
  • The Australian Psychological Society (APS) recommended consultation fee is $254 for 46-60 minutes, $312 for 61-75 minutes, and $368 for 76-90 minutes.
  • For standard consultations my rate is $205 for 46-60 minutes, $230 for 61-75 minutes, and $255 for 76-90 minutes.
  • If you have a Mental Health Treatment Plan, a 50-60 minute consultation will cost you $78.50 once Medicare has refunded your rebate to you.
  • An out-of-hours fee of $10 applies to appointments from 4:30pm onwards.


  • Many private health insurance funds provide rebates for psychology. Please clarify your entitlements with your provider.
  • Medicare rebates are available by referral from your doctor with a Mental Health Treatment Plan or a Chronic Disease Management Plan.
  • Clients with a Mental Health Treatment Plan currently receive a rebate of $126.50 for a 50-minute consultation with a Clinical Psychologist.
  • For your convenience, I can process your Medicare rebates for you using HealthKit online payments (which uses Braintree, a global payments system owned by PayPal), and EFTPOS HICAPS is available for processing many private health fund rebates.


For enquiries and bookings please call me on 0421 775 909

or email me at info@drcarldreher.com.au

I look forward to hearing from you and welcome any questions you may have.