Lucy Michalewska is an experienced registered and health psychologist with a special interest in the treatment of Child, Adolescent and Young Adult psychological problems. She is a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society, Fellow of the College of Health Psychologists, and International Affiliate of the American Psychological Association.
Lucy had an outstanding clinical academic career as a Lecturer in Behavioural Sciences at the University of Sydney for 10 years and a Head of Discipline of Behavioural Sciences and Professional Practice providing leadership in the program of training students (from undergraduate to doctoral level) as well as professional and personal development programs to practising experienced health practitioners (generalists and specialists) in the area of behavioural medicine.
Lucy’s treatment approach is integrative and developmental taking into account individual lifespan development, developmental psychopathology and family lifecycle. Psychological solutions may combine multiple perspectives and frameworks ranging from providing consultancy to manage challenging situations and behaviours, psychoeducation on stress and coping, life skills training, emotional coaching, conscious relaxation techniques, mindfulness skills, counselling in lifecycle transitions that invoke grief responses, cognitive restructuring, re-storying dominant narratives, to psychodynamic interventions, as appropriate.
Lucy earned all her psychology degrees from Macquarie University in Sydney. In her undergraduate program she majored in Psychology and Philosophy and later moved on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and a Counselling Psychology masters program. She conducted research into the factors associated with violent behaviours in men as part of her study, and also investigated the aspects of entrainment and empathy and its association with peak experiences in music. A later strand of her psychology training centred on behavioural medicine and health behaviour change factors. She received her clinical training and experience through internships in public and private psychology and psychiatric settings across Sydney.
Lucy is passionate about helping individuals, couple and families and never ceases to be impressed by the extraordinary resilience and resourcefulness that can be found in people who come to seek help from a psychologist. Lucy has been in private psychology practice since 2007 and she works with children, teens, and adults.
Additionally, between 2008 and 2017 she had a successful clinical academic teaching career. She was appointed Lecturer in Behavioural Sciences at The University of Sydney in 2009, and later was promoted to the Head of Discipline (Behavioural Sciences) at the University of Sydney. She developed an innovative teaching curriculum and supervised and mentored tutors in delivering clinical workshops utilising SIM patients. Additionally, she served as a member of the Academic Board of The University of Sydney, and of the Selection Panel for interviews of candidates applying for postgraduate admission into the program of Medicine and Dentistry, over a period of 10 years.
Being a psychologist, Lucy is a behavioural expert, and unlike medical practitioners, she does not prescribe medication. Instead, the interventions and treatments offered are evidence-based psychologically focused strategies, and the mode of delivery is predominantly “talk” therapy, that many patients (including some very young ones) find quite agreeable as a form of active treatment. Wherever research evidence is lacking, best practice based on available clinical literature and experience is offered. Lucy undertakes to bring a warm attitude and compassionate understanding to the sessions and aims to provide the highest level of care to her patients.
Lucy enjoys collaborating with teams of medical practitioners to help deliver the best possible treatment outcomes to all patients.
Qualifications: BA(Psych), PostGradDipPsych, MPsych(Couns) (Macq), MAPS, FCHP, IAAPA, Diploma In Counselling (Relationships Australia), Narrative Therapy training (M. White)
Special Interests: Fear and Anxiety Problems Across Lifespan; Treatment Resistant Mood Problems; Relationship and Marital Discord; Emotional Health-Physical Health Connection
Treatments: Individual psychological therapy; Family-systems therapy; Couples therapy and mediation; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; Motivational Interviewing; Narrative Therapy; Self-psychology; Mindfulness; Family of Origin Therapy
Rebate Available: Medicare rebate available when referred under a Mental health Care Plan from your GP
Referral Required: General Practitioner (12 months of indefinite), Psychiatrist or Paediatrician – referrals provide access to treatment within the Medicare Better Access Scheme
Availability: Accepting patients now – please call for availability – occasional after school appointments available
Psychologist registered with APHRA, Specialist Endorsement in Health Psychology
Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society
Fellow of the College of Health Psychologists
International Affiliate of American Psychological Association
Member of various interest groups over the years with the APS: Narrative; Organisational; Buddhism.
Past Memberships and Appointments:
Academic Board Nominee (Selection Panel for Academic Appointments), the University of Sydney
Member of the Faculty Board
Member of the Dean’s Advisory Group
Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
Expert Knowledge Consultant for Multi-mini-interview process and content
On occasions, providing expert commentary to newspaper and TV media
Inclusion on Register of Academic Supervisors
Presenter at conferences on topics of Health Psychology, Health Promotion, Emotional Intelligence, Behavioural Medicine (2011-2017)