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 and a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences and a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours at La Trobe University.
Dr Ashworth has just completed 18 months volunteering as a Mental Health Specialist with the Vanuatu Ministry of Health in Port Vila, Vanuatu. He was assisting the Mind Care Unit at the Port Vila Central Hospital, and was volunteering under the Australian Volunteer Program, which is sponsored by the Australian Government.
Dr Ashworth is returning to private practice work as a Clinical Psychologist from Monday the 6th of April 2020, and will be practicing Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If you are suffering from sleep difficulties, depressed mood, anxiety, trauma, addiction or relationship issues and would like some help with your concerns, please email him at email@example.com or via the contact page on this website and he will happily set up an initial appointment time for you.
Dr Ashworth will be taking on clients for therapy via telehealth only (using video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Skype). This means that no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have an internet connection that is fast enough to allow video chat, he is happy to help. Again, just send him a message and feel free to ask any questions that you have before booking in for a session with him.
If you are living in Australia and are suffering from mental health difficulties, you may be eligible for your sessions to be bulk billed under medicare. If you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, you are now entitled to up to 10 sessions of psychological therapy per calendar year, including sessions that are done via telehealth (over the phone or internet) at no cost to you. You will need to have this plan, including a referral letter to Dr Ashworth before your session with him for it to be bulk billed. If you do have one, please make sure that you email it through to firstname.lastname@example.org also. Otherwise his rate during the COVID-19 pandemic is $125 AUD per session, including for international clients.
Dr Ashworth 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 in the world to show that CBT-I can significantly improve both mood and sleep in individuals who have previously failed to progress through antidepressant treatment.
Dr Ashworth applies all of the knowledge that he has learnt throughout his research, studies, clinical placements and personal experiences to help clients who seek a greater understanding of their difficulties as well as strategies to improve their psychological health and well-being.
Dr Ashworth has a specific interest in Health Psychology and has worked with Caulfield Rehabilitation Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in helping people adjust to and cope with severe and chronic physical conditions.
He is also interested in trauma-focused Psychology and has experience in 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 well-being in clients while helping them to achieve their goals.
He practices mostly from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy framework, but also utilise Existential, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Humanistic, and Positive Psychology principles where clients will benefit from such approaches.
Dr Ashworth 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.