I believe that anyone who wants to improve their mental health needs to be given the opportunity and tools to be able to do so. Positive change is not usually easy, but it is definitely worth it in the long run!
Dr Damon Ashworth is a Clinical Psychologist who completed a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Monash University, a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences, and a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours at La Trobe University.
Dr Ashworth has just completed volunteering as a Mental Health Specialist with the Vanuatu Ministry of Health in Port Vila, Vanuatu. He also assisted the Mind Care Unit at the Port Vila Central Hospital and was volunteering under the Australian Volunteer Program, sponsored by the Australian Government.
Damon is considered an expert in the field of sleep and treatments for insomnia. His Doctoral research was a randomised clinical trial that significantly reduced insomnia and depression severity of participants across only four sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).
These promising findings were published in the Journal of Counselling Psychology and were the first to show that CBT-I can significantly improve mood and sleep in individuals who have previously failed to progress through antidepressant treatment.
Damon has also recently completed his first non-fiction book for the general public, titled Deliberately Better Sleep. This will be available for sale, both as an e-book, and as a physical book, in 2023.
Dr Ashworth applies all the knowledge he has learnt throughout his research, studies, clinical placements and personal experiences to help clients who seek a greater understanding of their difficulties and strategies to improve their psychological health and well-being.
Damon has a specific interest in Health Psychology and has worked with Caulfield Rehabilitation Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in helping people adjust and cope with severe and chronic physical conditions.
He is also interested in trauma-focused Psychology and has experience treating trauma-based symptoms in war veterans and other individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Dr Ashworth takes a client-centred approach to treatment and aims to reduce distress and improve clients’ well-being while helping them achieve their goals.
He practices primarily from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy framework. However, he also utilises Existential, Psychodynamic, Schema, Interpersonal, Dialectical, Humanistic, and Positive Psychology principles where clients will benefit from such approaches.
Damon is passionate about the field of Psychology and always aims to apply the latest empirical findings to best help individuals meet their psychological and emotional needs.