Dr Peter Abraham
Registered Clinical Psychologist
D.Psych (Clinical) B.Ed. MAPS, Grad Dip. Student Welfare, Cert IV TAA
Current Associations/ Registrations/ Memberships
Registered with Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA-Psychology Board-approved area of practice clinical psychology).
Member of Australian Psychological Society (Eligibility for membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists).
Registered with Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).
Medicare registration, ATAPS, TAC, WorkCover
Areas of Professional Focus
Children/ Adolescents/ Adults/ Family
Alcohol & Binge drinking
Anxiety Disorders (including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Behaviour Disorder (and related difficulties)
Borderline Personality Disorder
Critical Incident Management
Cross cultural & religious issues
Drug & Alcohol
Dual Diagnosis Disorders
Family Dynamics (BFT and Psychodynamic approach)
Grief and Loss
Group Dynamics (Psychodynamic approach)
Suicidality – suicide prevention and postvention
Trauma (including focus on organisational response)
Therapeutic Approaches Available
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
BFT Therapy (Family Therapy training – delivered by Bouverie Clinic)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy approaches (DBT)
Interpersonal Therapy (depression)
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
Short Term Solution Focused Therapy
Lectures/ Seminars/ Critical incident Response
Critical Incident Response (see background information below)
Yes: Concession cardholders, full-time students
Investigating Culturally Competent Reflective Practice in Diabetes Healthcare [Unpublished manuscript: Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), Victoria University 2012].
Emotional Intelligence and Psychological Health: Workplace Implications [Unpublished manuscript: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Victoria University 2002].
Peter trained as a clinical psychologist to consolidate and expand on 25 years experience teaching and counselling ‘at risk’ adolescents residing throughout the Western suburbs of Melbourne. Peter was a school principal/staff welfare and student welfare co-ordinator whilst at Kensington Community High School. This school caters for disadvantaged adolescents (in collaboration with parents, care-givers and agencies) dealing with behavioural difficulties, suicidality, self-harm and trauma, and also other complex dynamics.
As a registrar, Peter had considerable success with adolescents at the Austin Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services-CAMHS (parent testimonial [no identifying information] sent directly to the CAMHS Director is available on request). Following a traumatic event in a secondary college (2012), Peter debriefed key personnel, supervised wellbeing staff, organised and participated in a Parent Forum focusing on Positive Mental Health, engaging a national mental health body and City Council to respond to community concerns focusing on self-harm, suicidality and social media issues (testimonial from college principal available on request). Peter has also recently provided professional development to college staff focusing on raising awareness of general mental health (staff and students), bullying, systemic organisational structures responding to difficult adolescent behaviour, emotional intelligence, and promotion of resilience in schools.
Overall, Peter aims to collaboratively help children, adolescents and adults develop resilience to regain and maintain control to manage in their lives … and to promote wellbeing and positive psychological health into the future.