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, Recovery from Childhood Trauma / Abuse, Relationship Issues

Sarah is an experienced therapist with over 10 years experience across public and private health settings. 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. She works collaboratively with clients to develop a treatment plan, which incorporates building insight and learning evidence-based strategies, while also empowering clients to draw on their personal resources to meet goals. 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), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Family Systems Therapy

Sarah has experience working with adults, older adults, and families, in hospital, out-patient and community settings. She has extensive experience working with individuals with symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, as well as stress related presentations associated with adjusting to illness, living with chronic health conditions, relationship difficulties, pregnancy and parenting

Sarah has strong clinical and research interests in clinical health psychology and e-mental health. Her PhD thesis focused on body image disturbance in the context of diabetes and amputation. She has also held several postdoctoral positions and published in the areas of treatment for late-life depression, chronic health problems and internet delivered interventions for disorders of emotional wellbeing, chronic pain and chronic illness.






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 Recov