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Dr Carla Smyth
Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications & Experience


Carla completed a Bachelor of Arts and achieved first class honours in Psychology before going on to complete a Doctorate program in Clinical Psychology. Following further intensive training and supervision, Carla gained her area of practice endorsement as a clinical psychologist, and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA). Carla is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).


Carla’s professional experience spans community mental health, hospital, and private practice settings. She has experience helping adults with various mental health concerns in individual therapy and has developed and delivered numerous group therapy programs. Most recently, Carla delivered individual therapy to adults for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

Therapeutic Approach


Carla is a warm and compassionate psychologist who aims to help people build rich and meaningful lives.  As Carla believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is the foundation for positive change, she first focuses on ensuring that the partnership between therapist and client is the right fit. She aims to provide a collaborative and supportive space to help her clients safely explore, understand and gently challenge their belief systems and patterns of behaviour. This process can include developing an understanding of how earlier life experiences contribute to current difficulties. Carla works with her clients to foster insight and growth, and teaches helpful skills and strategies for wellbeing.


Carla is committed to ongoing professional development to ensure she uses evidence-based approaches that best fit the challenges experienced by each person. She is experienced in the application of therapy types including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and mindfulness-based approaches.


Areas of Expertise


Carla has a particular interest in providing individual therapy to adults experiencing:


  • Anxiety

  • Perfectionism

  • Challenges adjusting to life transitions or other change

  • Relationship problems (in individual therapy only)

  • Challenges and concerns associated with the environment and sustainability space

  • Low self-esteem

  • Grief and loss 

  • Depression and mood disorders

Appointment Costs & Rebates


Appointments with Carla can be booked through our online booking system.


Carla provides Medicare rebates of $136.35 per appointment. You need to obtain a referral from your GP to be eligible for this rebate. If you have a private health insurance with extras, you may be able to claim through it (without a GP referral).

Click here to view further details about appointment costs.

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