Leonie HehirConsultant Psychologist
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East Melbourne
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Hello, my name is Leonie Hehir

I have specialist expertise in the management of gastrointestinal disorders (IBS, and IBD) and work with the team at The Alfred Gut Clinic in a holistic approach to the management of conditions which impact gut function and eating. I also work with children (5+), adolescent, and adults experiencing other medical conditions often related to anxiety and people suffering chronic illness and pain.

My other areas of interest include management of trauma, eating disorders, self esteem, sexual and body perception concerns. I also provide guidance and support for musical and theatre performance difficulties. I have consulted to schools, assisting students, teachers and families at a personal and curriculum level, and I have assessed hundreds of students for learning and intellectual difficulties, as well as giftedness.

I have an interest in the area of memory and learning, particularly gifted students with dyslexia, and I have written and published a resource book on spelling and provide seminars on topics such as dyslexia.

I take a very practical and compassionate approach to my work. I draw upon emotion focused and psychodynamic therapies, along with cognitive behavioural thought strategies to help my clients develop immediate management plans, whilst also helping them gain deeper insights into the nature and origin of their current circumstances and beliefs. I am a supportive counsellor who can help you explore spiritual or emotional factors which give your life meaning.

I use a variety of techniques including talking therapies and psycho-education (learning how the brain works and what is happening inside our body), as well as biofeedback, visualisation and medical hypnosis to help assist in understanding what is causing discomfort, impeding our independence or ability to be who we really want to be.

I believe everyone is different in how they have learned to manage their experiences, and the forms of assistance, I think, therefore need to be tailored and flexible to suit the individual.

Issues I can help with

ADHDMy Children, My Self
Academic Performance & GiftednessMy Self, My Children
Anxiety My Self, My Children
Assertiveness Training
Body Dysmorphia
Critical Incident Debriefing
Depression & MoodMy Children, My Self
Disordered Eating
Dyslexia My Self
Gender & Sexual Identity My Self
Grief & Bereavement My Self, My Children
Gut-Brain Health My Self, My Children
Health & Lifestyle My Self
Learning DifficultiesMy Children, My Self
OCDMy Self, My Children
Pain Management
Relationship CounsellingMy Self
Self Esteem & Self DevelopmentMy Self
Sexual ConcernsMy Self
Sleep DifficultiesMy Self, My Children
Smoking Cessation
Stress Management & Relaxation My Self
Trauma & PTSDMy Self, My Children
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PO Box 142,

East Melbourne 8002

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