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Lidija Jovanovic

Provisional Psychologist

PhD in Molecular Pathology, Master of Counselling, Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honors).

Availability: Mondays (West End/Kenmore fortnightly)

Languages: English, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian 

Lidija completed Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Monash University, Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) Degree at University of the Sunshine Coast, and Masters in Counselling from The University of Queensland.

Since graduating in 2017, the majority of Lidija’s clinical work has involved helping individuals to recover from trauma. She worked with clients who experienced domestic and family violence, sexual violence, developmental trauma, interpersonal violence, and torture.

Lidija describes her approach as client-centred, with a goal to develop a relationship with each client that is based on honesty, openness and trust. She is committed to support clients identify their strengths, and gain skills, courage, and resilience when dealing with life challenges. She has a warm, practical, and non-judgemental style, and tailors her approach to client’s individual and unique needs.

Lidija’s work draws on evidence-based and insight-oriented therapeutic approaches that have been empirically validated to improve emotional well-being and resilience. She’s been trained in Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Interpersonal (IPT), Dialectical Behavioural (DBT) and Narrative Therapies, and draws on variety of models such as attachment, brain-body connections, and mindfulness.

Before pursuing a career in psychology and counselling, Lidija had a career in biomedical research. She obtained a PhD in Molecular Pathology at the University of Otago, in New Zealand. Her area of expertise was in cancer research, and she worked as a scientist at the University of Otago and QUT. Her knowledge of the genetic, physiological and evolutionary mechanisms underlying human emotions and behaviours informs her clinical practice, and gives her unique perspective for understanding of mental health difficulties.

Lidija Jovanovic
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