Senior Clinical Psychologist

Mary Roberts

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), BA (hons.), 2016; Masters in Applied Psychology: Clinical Psychology. Research at Murdoch in Sleep and Pain.
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Mary Roberts is a dedicated Clinical Psychologist specializing in sleep and pain, with over a decade of experience in multidisciplinary practice and pain science research. She is passionate about supporting people with chronic pain, helping them overcome sleeping difficulties and trauma-related symptoms.

My Background

Inspired by the life-changing impact of a pain management program on a friend, Mary sought out pain management clinics for her Masters degree placements. With more than ten years of experience in pain care, she has worked in private practices and government-funded pain clinics, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to provide her patients with a wide range of therapeutic options.

My Approach

Mary's approach to pain care involves a mixture of general psychology and chronic pain management, focusing on the power of quality sleep and overcoming trauma symptoms or post-traumatic stress disorder. She believes that addressing these aspects is vital for enhancing the overall quality of a person's life and helping them regain independence.

My Favourite Therapies

  • "Therapeutic" Pain Education: Mary is dedicated to helping clients understand the interconnectedness of mind and body in pain experiences. She delves into the nuances, helping clients make sense of their symptoms and adopt a proactive role in their pain journey.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Using CBT, Mary works with clients to challenge and reframe negative thought patterns, leading to healthier behaviors and a better emotional state, especially when dealing with pain.
  • Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Understanding the depth of trauma, Mary employs EMDR to support clients in processing and navigating through their traumatic experiences, promoting healing and reducing pain-related distress.
  • Trauma Therapy: Given the strong link between chronic pain and trauma, Mary offers specialized trauma-focused interventions to address and resolve the underlying causes, assisting in alleviating pain severity.
  • Sleep Therapy and Management: Recognizing the healing power of sleep, Mary provides targeted strategies and techniques to improve sleep quality, ensuring clients can recover and rejuvenate adequately.
  • Relaxation Techniques: Mary teaches relaxation strategies to her clients, allowing them to alleviate stress and tension that can exacerbate pain.
  • Self-Pain-Care Support: Empowering her clients, Mary provides tailored self-care techniques, ensuring they feel confident in managing their pain outside of therapy sessions.
  • Stress Management Techniques: Mary emphasizes the importance of managing stress, offering actionable tools to prevent it from aggravating pain symptoms.
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Harnessing the benefits of mindfulness, Mary guides clients in developing present-moment awareness, helping in pain modulation and improving emotional regulation.
  • Psychoeducation for Patients and Families: Understanding the value of an informed support system, Mary offers comprehensive psychoeducation sessions for both patients and their families, ensuring they are equipped to navigate the complexities of chronic pain together.

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Available in person or via telemedicine, anywhere in Australia.