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Rachel Cleary

"The concept of Anam Cara, from the Celtic tradition of my own ancestry resonates with my experience as a therapist. Anam Cara loosely translates as “soul friend” and describes a relationship, founded in connection, authenticity, acceptance, trust and respect ~ a relationship within which one’s inner-most self and purpose are recognised and supported."

Availabilities: Saturday 7:00-12:00pm 


I have enjoyed working as a therapist for almost 20 years in both university settings and in private practice.  I continue to feel both privileged and inspired working with people through life transitions and for their growth. 


I have an integrative therapeutic approach, having been trained in a number of therapeutic modalities ~ each modality offering different strengths and points of focus for therapeutic work and together they combine to offer a powerful, holistic approach to a client’s issue or life transition.


I am an ardent lifelong learner and have a strong commitment to continuing professional development in diverse therapeutic modalities and in treating diverse life issues. My professional practice as a psychologist has been enhanced by previous studies in the humanities, in the areas of culture, language, history, religion and literature. I believe that there is much to learn about the art and science of human happiness and mental and emotional wellbeing from diverse cultural and spiritual/wisdom traditions. I am excited by more recent neuroscientific, evidence-based validation for such ancient practices of mental health and wellbeing as mindfulness, meditation, breathwork and yoga, for the “medicine” or healing potential of storytelling and narrative and for therapeutic work with sand, play and symbol as in Expressive therapies.

I am working towards a PhD in the area of Transcultural Psychology. Within Australia’s multicultural context, we live in a time of exciting and challenging integration of peoples, knowledges and cultures.  This has an impact on the provision of mental health services, and I am passionate about the provision of culturally responsive therapy and mental healthcare for culturally and linguistically diverse clients. I believe that the psych-sciences (both in knowledge and practice) are evolving beyond their roots in western civilisation to more fully honour, encompass and integrate the healing knowledges, wisdoms, practises, arts and sciences of many peoples globally.

Areas of Interest:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression 

  • Stress

  • Life transitions and Adjustments

  • Career Development/Transitions/ Burnout

  • Relationship issues

  • Couples Counselling

  • Identity/ Self-Exploration

  • Emotional Regulation/ Anger Management

  • Generalised Anxiety and Social Anxiety

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Grief and loss

  • Trauma- informed ~ Complex Trauma and PTSD

  • Parenting Issues

  • Sleep health


Bachelor of Psychological Science.

First Class Honours. ​

University of Southern Queensland

Doctor of Philosophy 

(currently completing)

Queensland University of Technology

Bachelor of Arts Major in Language, Religion and History.

University of Queensland

BArts (History, Languages and Studies in Religion)


Member of the Australian Psychological Society

(17 years).

Therapies I Practice:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • Solution-focused Therapy

  • Couples Therapy (Gottman)

  • Schema Therapy

  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

  • Mindfulness (From a number of frameworks including MSCR & DBT)

  • Trauma-informed Therapy (Somatic Experiencing)

  • First Nations SEWB (Social, Emotional Well-being) Holistic Health Frameworks.

  • Transcultural Mental Health competencies

  • Depth Psychotherapy

  • Sand play and Expressive Therapies

  • Narrative Therapy

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