Vanessa Kugathasan

Vanessa Kugathasan2020-04-19T10:19:11+10:00

Vanessa is a clinical psychologist who works with adolescents and adults. She has a particular interest in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of women and men during pregnancy, postpartum and in the early years of parenting.

Vanessa completed her clinical psychology training at the University of Melbourne. She has experience working in public mental health services, including youth and adult community mental health as well as hospital settings. Vanessa has also worked in private practice supporting new and expectant mothers with adjustment and mental health concerns. She has assisted clients with a range of issues including depression, anxiety and worry, trauma, substance use, emotion dysregulation, coping with chronic and acute illness and psychotic disorders.

Vanessa has a particular interest in assisting parents to navigate the often challenging journey of early parenting and to find joy in this life transition. She is interested in supporting and enhancing parent-child relationships. Vanessa also supports women through infertility and following pregnancy loss and traumatic birth.

Vanessa draws on a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, these include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She values tailoring therapy to the unique circumstances and strengths of the individual and strives to practice non-judgementally and with warmth, empathy and compassion. Vanessa has completed training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and is currently working towards further accreditation as a CPT provider.

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioners Registration Board (AHPRA) with area of practice endorsement in Clinical Psychology