Dr. Laura Hedayati

Dr. Laura Hedayati

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Laura Hedayati

Sometimes we hit a speed bump in life and we find ourselves facing problems and challenges we feel unable to deal with on our own. Clinical psychologists are experts in helping people to address problems they may be struggling with such as: depression, anxiety, stress, grief or relationship difficulties; and, assist people to develop the tools and strategies they need to resolve issues.

Dr Hedayati has over 20 years experience specialising in child, adolescent, family and adult mental health.  She believes psychological therapy should assist and empower clients to problem solve challenges, achieve goals, enhance coping strategies, develop potential and transform quality of life.  Dr Hedayati is committed to a collaborative, solution focused, strength based practice that is evidence based.

Professional Skills & Experience

Dr Hedayati has extensive experience in the provision of psychological assessments and therapies for child, adolescent and family mental health, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, pervasive developmental disorders and behavioural management difficulties.  She has run stress management groups for girls who self harm, and groups for parents of challenging children (ADHD and ODD).  Dr Hedayati has also delivered talks to medical doctors, teachers, mental health professionals and parents on depression, anxiety and self harm. 

Dr Hedayati also has extensive experience in the provision of psychological therapy for a wide range of adult mental health issues such as relationship difficulties, grief, mood disorders (e.g., depressive disorders, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (including panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias), eating disorders, and personality disorders. 

Dr Hedayati specialises in children, adolescents and adults experiencing problems with:

  • Depression and mood            
  • Relationship issues                 
  • Child behavioural problems
  • Anxiety, stress, worries and fears
  • Eating and weight issues
  • Grief and loss


Professional Qualifications

Dr Hedayati has a double degree in Psychology and Education from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She went on to complete her Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology and her Doctorate.  Her doctoral thesis was on emotional and behavioural disturbance in preschoolers. Dr Hedayati has had her work published in international journals and has written a book chapter on child mental health.  Since 1994 Dr Hedayati has worked in public hospitals and private clinics in a variety of settings across New Zealand and Australia.  She is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and has specialist registration under Medicare.  She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and is a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.


What Is Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the people, the mind and behaviour.  Psychologists are experts in human behaviour and seek to understand and explain everything about the human experience, how people think, feel, how they act, how they interact with their environment and react with each other.


Different Types Of Psychologists

There are different areas of psychology where it is possible to practice and gain the title of a registered psychologist. To legally provide psychological services to the public, practitioners must have demonstrated to the Psychology Board of Australia  that they have the skills and academic qualifications to provide expert psychological services of the highest standard.  Psychologists are also encouraged to be members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), a body which serves to promote excellence and ethical practice in the science, education and practical application of psychology. APS psychologists follow guidelines about professional conduct, responsibilities and confidentiality that are set and monitored by the Society in the APS Code of Ethics.


The Difference Between Psychologists & Clinical Psychologists

To use the title of ‘Psychologist’ practitioners must have met the eligibility requirements in education and training to gain General registration from the Psychology Board of Australia. To hold the registered title of ‘Clinical Psychologist’ practitioners must have demonstrated that they have additional qualifications and advanced specialist skills above the requirements for general registration.

Psychologist and Clinical Psychologists differ in:

(a) The type of professional experience/qualification;

(b) The services they are eligible to offer; and

(c) The level of rebate offered by Medicare.

Psychologists complete 6 years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) training comprised of 4 years of a full-time university degree plus two years of post-graduate supervised practice in the field. 

Clients referred by a General Practitioner under a Mental Health Care Plan or referred by a specialist or paediatrician, are eligible for a Medicare rebate for up to ten Mental Health sessions in a calendar year. 

Clinical Psychologists typically complete all the basic training as a Psychologist, but in addition, complete at least an additional two years or more of full-time (or equivalent part-time) post-graduate university training at a Master’s degree level or above in Clinical Psychology.  The specialist training and internships in clinical settings focuses on the prevention, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mild to severe and complex mental health conditions across the life span. 


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