Sarah McDonald

Sarah McDonald

Clinical Psychologist

BA, GDS (Psych),
D Clin Psych, PhD





Anxiety, Bereavement, Bipolar Disorder , Clinical Psychology, Compulsive Behaviour Disorders, Coping with a Serious Illness, Depression, Early Parenting Issues, Grief / Loss and Bereavement, Interpersonal Difficulties, Marital / Family and Relationship Issues, Obsessions and Compulsive Behaviour Disorders, Pain Management / Chronic Pain, Parenting Issues, Personality Disorders, Postnatal Distress and Compulsive Behaviour Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress , Pregnancy Issues, Psychotic Illness / Schizophrenia, Recovery from Childhood Trauma / Abuse, Relationship Issues

Sarah holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney. She is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT).

Sarah is a warm and compassionate therapist who provides a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore personal challenges, while also developing insight into personal strengths, needs and life values. She works collaboratively with clients to develop a treatment plan, which targets challenges and empowers the client to draw on personal resources, while also fostering personal health and wellbeing. Sarah uses an integrative approach in treatment, drawing on a variety of therapeutic models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy (PST), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Family Therapy Models.

Sarah has extensive experience working with adults, older adults, children, and families across hospital, out-patient and community settings. In these settings she has worked with individuals and families to provide assessments and interventions for a range of difficulties including; depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, sleep problems, trauma, adjustment to illness, behavioural difficulties, parent training, relationship and attachment problems, interpersonal and emotion regulation difficulties.

Sarah has strong clinical and research interests in clinical health psychology, and has extensive experience in assisting individuals in the process of integrating mind and body experience. Her PhD thesis focused on body image disturbance in the context of diabetes and amputation, and she has extensive clinical and research experience in the area of late-life depression in the context of chronic illness. She has also published research in these areas. Sarah has also worked on clinical trials at the University of Sydney and is currently also working on clinical trials in the eCentre Clinic at Macquarie University.

Anxiety Bipolar Disorder Coping with a Serious Illness Depression Grief Loss & Bereavement Interpersonal Difficulties Marital Family & Relationship Issues Obsessions & Compulsive Behaviour Disorders Pain Management / Chronic Pain Parenting Issues Personality Disorders Postnatal Distress & Early Parenting Issues Post-traumatic Stress Pregnancy Issues Psychotic Illness / Schizophrenia Recovery from Childhood Trauma / Abuse