DONNA SOBANSKI, cLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Donna is a Clinical Psychologist who earned her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of New South Wales. She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association. Donna works with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of concerns, including anxiety (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, social anxiety, separation anxiety, specific phobias, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, hoarding), depression, insomnia, trichotillomania (and other repetitive body focused behaviours, such as skin picking) and tic disorder.  Donna works with clients in a warm, empathetic and collaborative way towards helping them learn to deal with their difficulties more effectively and achieve enhanced wellbeing. She works primarily from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) frameworks, individualising evidence-based approaches to suit client needs.

In addition to her private practice, Donna has worked professionally at Macquarie University’s Emotional Health Clinic with anxious children/adolescents and their parents. During her time at the Emotional Health Clinic, Donna facilitated the Cool Kids and Chilled Adolescent Anxiety Groups. She also worked on research trials which included investigating the use of medication to enhance treatment outcomes in anxious children, and a pilot universal intervention for anxiety/depression in adolescent girls in a classroom setting. Donna often presents to groups of parents and teachers on helping anxious children.