Lisa Irving has worked in the profession of psychology for over 20 years. She began her first decade of professional work in psychology, working with people with injuries, disabilities and stress conditions. Through her second decade of working in a private practice, she specialised in working with people with anxiety, depression, trauma related conditions, as well as people with physical injuries, illnesses and chronic pain. She has also worked with people with eating disorders, hoarding behaviours and relationship, sexual or gender identity issues.
In 2004 she launched Healthfocus Clinical Psychology Services, a private practice in the Armadale-Kelmscott area and managed the practice until 2015, when she handed the management over to a well-respected colleague. From this experience, Lisa has developed effective working relationships with treating psychiatrists at Perth Clinic and the Marian centre as well as many GP Practices close to the Armadale-Kelmscott area who continue to send referrals to the East Perth practice.
Lisa has trained in a range of therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, gestalt therapy and hypnotherapy. Over recent years she has further developed her use of “positive psychology” strategies including hypnosis, mindful meditation and acceptance and commitment therapy. She attended the Happiness Conference in 2013 (achieving a personal happiness goal of being in presence of the Dalai Lama – along with a number of “happiness” speakers), and over the past two years has attended intensive training with Dr Michael Yapko, a clinical psychologist internationally known for his therapeutic skills in hypnosis. She uses EMDR in clinical practice and has recently completed additional training with internationally accredited trainer Graham Taylor.