Monica Lay

Monica Lay (B.A (Psych), PG Dip Psych, M.Psych (Couns), MAPS) is a
Registered Psychologist & Psychotherapist with a humanist and interpersonal approach to her therapeutic work with individuals.

She is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Monica’s strong humanistic perspective to inquiry and assessment recognises that emotional injuries are embedded in the interpersonal. Combining insights from the neuroscience of attachment and psychophysiology of trauma, together with her warm, sociable personality and highly skilled empathetic attunement, Monica works collaboratively with each of her clients to build a positive therapeutic alliance as a mechanism for emotional, cognitive and behavioural change. Monica adopts a twofold approach: she is passionate about supporting her clients on their journey of self-discovery, healing and empowerment by helping them process (past and present) lived experiences, and also (re)discover a more self-compassionate narrative to sustain wellbeing. In this regard, Monica understands that this process can take time and prefers medium- to longer-term psychotherapy to address underlying core issues. She respects and appreciates her client’s capacity, readiness and willingness to engage in the therapeutic process.

Monica is experienced in evidence-based practice therapies and utilises the following modalities in an integrative approach, tailored to the specific needs of each client:
▸ Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
▸ Psychodynamic Therapy
▸ Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
▸ Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
▸ Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
▸ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Monica a professional interest in the psychology of relationships and describes herself as a LGBTIQA+ affirmative clinician. She works with adult clients experiencing family & relationship difficulties, life adjustment issues (e.g., journey/transition to parenthood), stress management, trauma, self- esteem issues, loss & grief, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders.

“We are born in relationship, we are wounded in relationship, and we can be healed in relationship” – Harville Hendrix

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