Dr James J Guinan - background and practice
I am a Nationally Registered Clinical Psychologist (11337231) and a member (011517) of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society. Medicare Provider Number 4122325W. Workcover Provider 10181
I worked for a number of years in biological research before gaining qualifications and experience in psychological therapy. Since 1991 I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist in a number of mental health settings including Correctional Health and Community and Hospital-based Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol treatment services and in private practice.
I also have an additional activity being an active author on AustraliaWeightLoss.com portal, engaged in publishing expert articles.
I specialise in adult and adolescent psychological problems. You can contact me on my mobile 0407 329 066 or by email
If you have a referral from your GP I will "bulk bill" under the Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Program.
I am able to provide treatment for a wide range of psychological problems including:
Causes of Psychological Problems
Some people appear to be more prone to psychological problems than others. This may be related to their genetic make up and/or their early life experiences or current stressors.
Psychological problems can be understood by examining the way people think, feel, and behave in relation to certain situations.
Some events in a person's childhood, adolescence or even in adult life may be so traumatic that despite their best efforts they continue to suffer negative emotional, physiological and behavioural consequences of the experience which result in distressing consequences for themselves and others.
Formal and informal ways of helping others overcome their "troubles" have most likely existed since the dawn of evolution of modern man. However, in the last 100 years or so these approaches have been formally described and practiced by therapists who have been guided by principles of psychology and psychiatry.
Psychologists' training focuses on understanding what influences our thinking, feeling, and behaviour. Clinical Psychologists have post graduate training in abnormal and therapeutic psychology.
In general, psychological treatment approaches involve a therapist working closely with a client to define and understand their problems and strengths, to agree on goals of treatment, and, to develop and carry out a plan to achieve these goals.