#36 – Using ACT in Neuropsychology Settings with Dr Brooke Davis

Dr Brooke Davis is a senior clinical neuropsychologist at St Vincent’s Hospital and The Mind Room. She is particularly interested in how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be used with clients in neuropsychology settings.  Specifically to enhance wellbeing and promote positive change regardless of the challenges they face.

Brooke completed her PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology at Victoria University in 2009 and began her career working at Ballarat Health Services.   Since 2012 Brooke has been a Committee Member and Treasurer of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (Victoria Section).

In her role at St Vincent’s Hospital Brooke provides neuropsychological assessments, psychological assessments, and therapeutic interventions for inpatients and outpatients of the hospital who are concerned about their memory or thinking.  She is involved in various research activities within the neurosciences unit and provides clinical supervision for postgraduate neuropsychology trainees.

At the Mind Room, a private practice based in Collingwood, Melbourne, Brooke offers neuropsychological and psychological assessments, return to work/school planning, 1-1 thinking skills sessions, and individual counselling based on principles of neuropsychology, ACT, motivational interviewing, CBT and positive psychology interventions.

As a supervisor of students and early career psychologists Brooke provides us with many pearls of wisdom about how we can utilise ACT principles in our own work and personal lives, to manage challenges, increase our skills sets, and have long and sustainable careers.

Suggested Resources

Brooke’s Best Self-care Tip

Keep doing what’s important to you.

Brooke says that early on in our careers we often think “I have to get all of this stuff done.”  As a result we often end up not playing our sport for a year or socialising as much as we’d like to with family and friends, because we feel we have too much to do. Brooke says this can be a slippery slope that leads us in the wrong direction.

She suggests reframing this by saying “I have all of these competing priorities, and my self-care is just as important as it enables me to do my job.”  She says this is the right way to go around it. Whatever  is important to us in our lives outside of our work should be part of our self-care plan!

What’s important to us should be part of our self-care plan.

Your Comments

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Sponsored Episode

This episode was sponsored by the ANZ ACBS 2016 Conference.  If you’re interested in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion and Mindfulness check out there website for further details!

Amy Felman

Amy Felman

Amy has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Deakin University and is a working psychologist. She also has a Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) where she majored in radio. Amy is the host of the "We All Wear It Differently" podcast, where she hopes to entertain and inspire her fellow psychologists.
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