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Dr Ea Stewart

Dr Ea Stewart is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of MDC. Ea found her passion and drive for working with individuals who struggle with difficult mood issues (particularly those following complex posttraumatic stress disorder) after working in Kenya with highly traumatised individuals, and those facing some of the worst circumstances imaginable. Her desire to work with other mood disorders, including bipolar disorder, was enhanced by the number of cases she has seen with misdiagnosis and under diagnosis of this significantly impacting disorder. In addition, Ea has a personal drive to help improve the lives of those suffering from depression, a disorder which impacts so many lives.

With her Doctorate thesis focusing on developing a clinical tool used to help identify the early signs of depression, in those with brain injury, Ea also gained a passion for working with people who suffer from the effects of brain injury and other illnesses. Working as the research coordinator on the World's first study to trial a psychotherapy intervention for those with brain tumour, her interest was piqued regarding understanding and treating the various mood issues that can result from changes occurring to the brain.

Ea is a published author with a therapist manual and articles focusing on brain injury and brain tumour, and has been a speaker on ABC radio. She is a fully registered psychologist with specialised endorsement as a clinical psychologist; she is a member of the Psychology Board of Australia and is accredited as a board approved STAP supervisor (Clinical Psychology). Ea is practising Monday and Wednesday through Friday, and is available to treat adolescents and adults.

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Dr Vanessa Bruce

Dr Vanessa Bruce is a Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience working with clients adjusting to illness and other major life challenges.

Vanessa’s interest in working with mood disorders grew from more than 10 years experience working with people with cancer at all stages, from diagnosis, through to treatment and survivorship, as well as end of life and bereavement.

In addition to working with individuals, couples and families, Vanessa is trained in the delivery of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and has been facilitating MBCT groups since 2007.

Vanessa holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Griffith University and has a Clinical Endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). Vanessa has also co-authored publications in the area of relationship outcomes for couples in stepfamilies.

Vanessa has experience working with clients of all ages, from children to older adults, and is available Wednesdays.

Please click the link to learn more about what Vanessa has to say about depression in individuals with cancer.

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