Mary Roberts

Pain psychologist completing a combine Masters and PhD in Sleep and Pain.

Even before completing her studies, Mary was drawn to the world of pain care. She’d witnessed firsthand the profound impact clinical psychology could have in the life of someone with chronic pain and wanted to support people in the same way.

She now works with people living with a wide range of pain conditions and is completing a combined Masters in Clinical Psychology with a PhD in sleep and persistent pain.

MY APPROACH

Making science simple.

"I like the challenge of putting complex scientific concepts into understandable terms, both with my clients and when training other health professionals to work in pain management."

My areas of expertise

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"Therapeutic" pain education

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Cognitive behavioural therapy

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Sleep disorders and interventions

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Post-traumatic stress

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Active self-management strategies

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Nervous system relaxation techniques

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And more...

Experience

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10+ years pain care experience

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10+ years in multidisciplinary practice

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10+ years in pain research

My Story

Just prior to doing my masters, I had a friend with a back injury who attended a pain management program run by a psychologist and physiotherapist. I got to see firsthand how much the program changed his life. This immediately sparked my interest. So when I began looking for placements to complete my masters degree, a pain management clinic was my first choice.

Seeing people recover and regain their independence is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. It has kept me excited about working in this area ever since.

Over the past eight years, I have worked both in private practices and government-funded pain clinics. I enjoy working with other health care professionals in multidisciplinary teams. Partly because it provides me with endless opportunities to learn, but mostly because my patients find such benefit in having access to a wide range of therapeutic options.

My Approach

I have a mixture of general psychology clients as well as patients with chronic pain. One of my passions is supporting people in pain to overcome sleeping difficulties. I find it extraordinary to watch the impact that quality sleep can have on a person's pain levels.

Another professional interest of mine is helping people in pain to manage trauma symptoms or post-traumatic stress disorder. I find that overcoming trauma is often equally important, to overcoming pain, when it comes to the overall quality of a person's life.

Qualifications

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Bachelor of Arts, (Psychology), BA (hons.), 2016

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Combined Masters in Applied Psychology: Clinical Psychology / PhD at Murdoch, Present

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