Home

Dr Carl Dreher
Consulting Clinical Psychologist

Wellbeing. Growth. Performance.

Consulting in person (Mount Hawthorn & Kalamunda),
and by video and phone (telehealth)
during the COVID-19 pandemic
with a sliding scale for those in need.

Providing telehealth for those in rural/remote areas,
and for those affected by the 2019-2020 bushfire crisis.

Medicare and Private Health rebates may apply.

I have a particular interest in working with
high-functioning and empathic people.

Adults individually. Corporate consulting and training.

For enquiries and bookings please contact me on
0421 775 909 or info@drcarldreher.com.au

Hello, I am a registered Clinical Psychologist in private practice offering counselling, coaching, and corporate consulting and training.

With a warm, empathic approach, I enjoy facilitating people getting in touch with what matters most to them in life.

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

I focus on working with people motivated to improve their wellbeing, engagement, growth, and performance in life, including:

  • empathic and highly sensitive people (HSP) – those with the sensory-processing sensitivity (SPS) trait; see hsperson.com/test,
  • professionals & corporate leaders (current and future executives and managers),
  • medical & health professionals,
  • business owners & community leaders,
  • academics & university students,
  • sports people & performing artists.

I have grown through my own experience of personal and organisational challenges. This informs my professional focus on facilitating health and wellbeing with individuals and organisations.

In brief, here is a sense of some things my practice focuses on:

  • A strengths-based approach, facilitating self-empowerment.
  • Getting in touch with what matters most to you (core values).
  • Wellbeing, engagement, and performance in life.
  • Flourishing into your life worth living.
  • Living life connected with more motivation, purpose, enthusiasm, and enjoyment.
  • A holistic approach: considering body, mind, spirit, relationships, organisations, and environment.

About

Approach and Experience

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

My experience as a psychologist includes:

  • working with children, adolescents, parents, adults, and older adults,
  • working across the metropolitan and wheatbelt regions,
  • 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 FCCLP MACPA EMDRAA

My varied interests in psychology include:

  • Clinical psychology, health psychology, organisational psychology, positive psychology, and transpersonal psychology.

Other Relevant Vocational and Life Experience

My current work is informed by my rich and varied life experiences – academic, vocational, and recreational.

I spent many years at university as a sessional academic and as a research associate, with experience spanning both information systems (including 3D virtual worlds) and psychology. I have a background in performing arts, including music, theatre, and musical theatre.

I am a long-term meditator and a former yoga teacher.

Over the years I have engaged in a wide variety of competitive and recreational sports, and continue to enjoy exercising for health and wellbeing.

I grew up in the Perth hills and have a strong affinity for WA’s natural beauty and wildlife. I have travelled widely, both across Australia and around the world.

Research

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.

Services

Client Groups and Locations

Client Groups:

  • I currently work primarily with adults, by consulting with individuals and organisations.
  • At present, my work with children, adolescents, and families focuses on cases where EMDR therapy is appropriate.

During the COVID-19 pandemic I am providing in-person, video and phone consults (telehealth), as described below.

Mount Hawthorn:

  • I consult from On Anzac, 58 Anzac Rd, Mount Hawthorn WA 6016.
  • Entry is at the rear of the building where there is also free parking.
  • When driving, please enter and leave from Oxford St via the laneway next to Aubrey Rose Bridal.

Kalamunda:

  • I consult from the Kalamunda Therapy Centre, suite 5, 4 Canning Rd, Kalamunda WA 6076.
  • It is near the roundabout, next to the vet.
  • There is free parking at the centre.

Telehealth:

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic I am providing the option of video and phone consults (telehealth).
  • I also offer telehealth support for those affected by the 2019-2020 bushfire crisis, and for those living in rural/remote areas.
  • I use a secure, privacy compliant telehealth platform, doxy.me. If we have a telehealth booking, reach me here.

Therapies and Areas of Interest

Approaches I use include:

  • cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
  • EMDR therapy
  • schema therapy
  • mindfulness-based therapies
  • compassion-focused therapies
  • positive psychology
  • interpersonal process

I am informed by:

  • interpersonal neurobiology
  • psychoneuroimmunology
  • attachment theory and attachment-based therapies
  • trauma theory and trauma-informed therapies
  • evidence-based practice: informed by research
  • practice-based evidence: refined by experience

My areas of interest include:

  • working with empathic and highly sensitive people (HSP) – those with the sensory-processing sensitivity (SPS) trait; see hsperson.com/test
  • working with people interested in wellbeing, engagement, growth, and/or performance in life, including:
    • professionals & corporate leaders (current and future executives and managers)
    • medical & health professionals
    • business owners & community leaders
    • academics & university students, and
    • sports people & performing artists
  • insomnia
  • eating disorders
  • body image issues
  • stress & burnout
  • adjustment issues & life transitions
  • self-esteem issues
  • relationship difficulties
  • chronic health issues (e.g., chronic pain, diabetes, asthma, heart disease)
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • bereavement, grief & loss
  • depression
  • anxiety, including general, health, social & performance anxiety, & phobias
  • trauma & PTSD

Sessions and Rebates

Sessions

  • Appointments are currently available on weekdays and Saturdays starting from mid-morning.
  • Out-of-hours appointments are available weekdays from 4:30pm and Saturdays.
  • Standard consults are approximately 50 minutes in each hour.

Fees

  • Fees are informed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) recommended consultation rates.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am offering a sliding scale for those in need.
  • This is a private billing practice. All fees are due in full at the end of the appointment.
  • Non-attendance and late cancellation fees may apply. Details are provided when booking.

Rebates

  • Most private health insurance funds provide telehealth rebates for psychology. Please clarify your plan’s coverage with your provider.
  • Medicare rebates for telehealth are available by referral from your Doctor with a Mental Health Treatment Plan or an Eating Disorder Plan. You can also consult your Doctor by video or phone.
  • Medicare rebates for those affected by the 2019-2020 bushfires are available by self-referral under the Bushfire Recovery Access Initiative.
  • Clients with a Mental Health Treatment Plan or an Eating Disorder 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 Halaxy online payments (which uses Braintree, a global payments system owned by PayPal).

Contact

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.

I use a secure, privacy compliant telehealth platform, doxy.me.

If we have a telehealth booking, reach me here.