Fresh Start psychologists offer a more specialised approach to dealing with problems of addiction. Our psychologists have a comprehensive understanding of behavioural and mental processes and offer a range of techniques to address client issues. Please note that sessions with our psychologists are limited in number, however our counsellors and mental health nurses are able to provide longer term support to individuals and families.
Dr Keith Bender attends each Friday to conduct psychiatric assessment and consultations. Dr Bender can be seen following a referral from one of our general practitioners.
Dr Dawson Cooke is a Clinical Psychologist and available to see clients at FreshStart on Thursdays and Fridays. He is deeply committed to his role in helping others gain insight, find relief from distress and develop life-giving skills. Dawson draws on a range of evidence based interventions and ways to support adjustment or manage mental/emotional difficulties. Most importantly, he has a genuinely open/curious approach and provides a safe place to explore difficult issues. He works closely with the medical, counselling and support staff at FreshStart. He provides therapeutic interventions for a range of difficulties such as:
- anxiety and depression
- grief and loss
- personality disorder
- relationship difficulties