David Ahmed

David Ahmed is now consulting at Westbourne Park Psychology. He is a registered psychologist who believes that building rapport is one of the most fundamental parts of any therapeutic relationship. Explaining and ensuring the clients understand their issues and why they are experiencing symptoms via psycho-education is a key factor in his therapy. His strength in treating anxiety is that he explains the physiological basis of the panic attack or stress response. He is capable of motivating the client to regularly relax and exercise.

Dedicated to providing high quality work, his therapeutic technique encompasses an eclectic approach from treatment modalities like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He places an emphasis on his client centred skills. David works across the range of age groups from adolescence to late adulthood.

David has worked in a multitude of roles including rehabilitation of traumatic and acquired brain injury, post-surgery rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy. He completed the majority of his training at a gold-standard rehabilitation hospital- the Repatriation General Hospital. He has completed qualifications in health sciences, clinical rehabilitation and psychology in Adelaide and Western Australia. David attempts to incorporate all his training, clinical knowledge and experience into his therapeutic practice. He also teaches in the school of medicine at Flinders University. David has an interest in neurology and has majored in this field across all his studies.

Interests

  • Adjustment to chronic illness and physical rehabilitation
  • Stress management (including work related stress)
  • Mild Depression
  • Anxiety disorders (including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Adjustment Disorder)
  • Interpersonal issues
  • Sleep hygiene

Coming from a clinical rehabilitation background, he is also well versed in the complexities people may experience with chronic illness, mostly with chronic respiratory issues, and has published some of his work.

In his spare time David enjoys time with his diverse friendship group. He is keen on staying fit and emphasises a ‘health body, healthy mind’ approach. He not only enjoys learning about the human body, but also encompasses this knowledge into his practice. He enjoys travelling to faraway places and equally sharing his experiences.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Flinders University, 2007)
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Flinders University, 2010)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Murdoch University, 2011)
  • Master of Clinical Rehabilitation (Flinders University, 2009)
  • Registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia