Dr Grigota Monasterio

Clinical Psychologist

Briefly about my clinical psychology practice

My interest and passion for health care began in my early adolescence as a volunteer at a school for children with special needs. In the years that followed I worked with people on the spectrum with high behavioural needs and also in group homes for people with chronic and severe mental illness. I then trained as a Clinical Psychologist and continued to deepen my experience and passion in the 20+ years I have worked with NSW Health in a number of different of roles.
 

I now work with people across a broad range of issues which are listed in the following section.


My therapeutic approach includes a combination of acceptance/mindfulness-based approaches with existential/meaning based themes. I use these approaches both in the therapy I provide and daily in my own life.

Fee

  • $200 per 50-minute telehealth video session (I do not offer in-person sessions).

  • $200 per 60-minute Board-approved supervision telehealth video session (includes registrar program principal supervision for practice of clinical psychology), please contact us.

  • NDIS plan-managed, DVA, WorkSafe or TAC funded telehealth video sessions, please contact us.

  • Report production fee is based on APS Schedule of Recommended Fees. Please contact us.

Areas in which I help best

  • Anxiety disorders (Generalised Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Agoraphobia, Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

  • Mood disorders (Unipolar Major Depression, Dysthymia, Bi-Polar I, Bi-Polar II)

  • Personality Disorders (Borderline Personality, Avoidant Personality)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex trauma

  • ADHD

  • Addictions (alcohol, illicit substances, gambling and prescribed addictive substances)

  • Bereavement and grief

  • Adjustment disorders (health, disability)

  • Stress management

  • Coping skills and emotion regulation

  • Chronic pain

  • Anger

  • Self-esteem

  • Mental health and other issues affecting older adults (change of role, loss of independence, significant life changes, dementia, transition to living in aged an aged care facility)

  • Assistance with “performance” (athletic, musical)

Therapeutic approach

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  • Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy

My goal, style and approach in session

In addition to my clinical experience, I have a diverse range of interests in my life (see Special Interests…) which I bring to the work I do. I have a flexible and fluid style of therapy combined with a client-centred respectful approach. I adapt and modify our work to suit you and to achieve what you are seeking out of our sessions.

Higher education

  • Master of Science and Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Sydney, NSW, 2004.

  • Master of Arts (Psychology) with distinction, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2001.

  • Bachelor of Arts (first class Honours, psychology major), University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1994.

Additional training

  • DBT skills training, Centre for Psychotherapy, Hunter New England Health District, 2016.

  • Capacity assessment master class, Professor Carmelle Peisah, President of Capacity Australia, 2019.

  • CBT for clients with personality disorders with Professor Brin Grenyer, Project air, 2019.

  • Introductory Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training, 2021.

  • Introductory ACT workshop, Dr. Robing Walser, 2004.

  • Advanced ACT workshops, Dr. Robing Walser, 2004 & 2006.

  • Advanced ACT workshop (Mindfulness for Two), Dr Kelly Wilson, 2008.

  • Introductory compassion focused therapy, Dr. Paul Gilbert, 2018.

  • Advanced compassion focused therapy, Dr. Paul Gilbert, 2018.

  • Advanced functional analytic psychotherapy, Mavis Tsai and Robert Kohlenberg, 2016.

  • 2-day Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, 2017.

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, 2009.

  • Clinical supervision, Universities of Wollongong and Western Sydney, and also by the NBMLHD, 2009 & 2011.

  • Psychology Board-approved Supervisor Training, 2016 & 2020.

Client focus

  • Age:

    • Adults

    • Older adults

  • Modality:

    • Individuals​

  • All genders, ethnicities, religions, relationship types and sexualities are welcome.

Other spoken languages

  • Spanish

Special interests, endeavours, publications and about me

  • Provided training and developed treatment programmes for NSW Health staff (see Relevant experience).

  • I have a strong belief in the importance of cultivating meaning, purpose and vitality in life. In my own life I endeavour to do this with a range of activities such as running, cycling, rock and mountain climbing, playing music and occasionally performing music. I have a passion in working to not only perform at my best as a musician, athlete, and clinician, but also in learning how best to enjoy and find meaning in these activities. I bring these sensibilities to the work I do and I believe they help me relate on multiple levels to the people with whom I work.

Professional membership and ABN

  • Member Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

  • Endorsed in Clinical Psychology by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

  • Board-approved supervisor.

  • Registrar program principal supervisor for practice of clinical psychology.

  • ABN: 98 988 086 185.

Relevant experience

  • Clinical psychologist, Older persons community mental health, Katoomba/Penrith, NSW, Jan 2019—March 2022.

    • Managing a full caseload of clients with a broad range of psychological and age-related concerns.

    • Participating in regular clinical reviews and multidisciplinary team meetings.

    • Developed and administered a clinical training programme for staff.

    • Providing clinical supervision.

  • Clinical psychologist, Nepean Hospital Consult Liaison Psychiatry, Kingswood, NSW, Apr 2018—present.​

    • Independently managing a full caseload of clients with a broad range of medical and psychological concerns. This included clients in critical care, cardiorespiratory, neurology, neurosurgical and aged care wards.

    • Psychology-specific referrals.

    • Interworking relationships with other mental health treatment teams, ward staff and medical teams.

    • Participating in joint clinical assessments, case conferences, family meetings, discharge planning meetings, and daily clinical handover.

  • Clinical psychologist, Nepean Drug and Alcohol/Gateway Clinic, Kingswood, NSW, 2011—2018.

    • Worked across the inpatient detox unit, the opiate substitution programme and the outpatient psychology team.

    • Managed a diverse range of clients presenting to the above programmes, often with complex bio-psycho-social issues and also typically presenting with dual diagnosis concerns including schizophrenia, Bi-Polar disorders, trauma, and personality disorders, in addition to D&A.

    • Practice always informed by evidence based cognitive behavioural approaches with a strong emphasis on modern developments in the field such as DBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and compassion focused therapies.

    • Designed and implemented an ACT based, dual diagnosis group which ran successfully for 5 years. Wrote client and clinician manuals for this programme and also provided training for staff to facilitate the group.

    • Founded and successfully ran a well-attended ACT interest group in both Cumberland drug and alcohol, and Nepean drug and alcohol.

    • Co-founder of our DBT informed group and wrote an innovative module for it focusing on values and compassion. This group has been running successfully for 3 years.

    • Involved in running our relapse prevention programme largely singlehandedly for 3 years, and co-facilitating the SMART group.

    • Actively involved in supervision of clinical interns and also providing many lectures and in-services for colleagues.

    • Sought out by students and colleagues for specialist supervision.

  • Clinical psychologist, Sutherland Community Mental Health, Caringbah, NSW, 2006—2011.

    • Worked in the Access to Allied Psychological Services Project (ATAPS), which is a part of the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Project. Saw people with a diverse range of psychological presentations (predominantly anxiety and depression) for short-term (up to 18 sessions) evidence-based individual and group psychotherapy.

    • Worked in the broader community mental health team at Sutherland and managed caseload of clients with additional complex needs, e.g., underlying Axis II, AOD, familial/marital and/or housing concerns.

    • Developed and ran a broad range of groups including CBT based groups for panic disorder with agoraphobia, MBCBT, and also an Acceptance and Commitment therapy-based group for anxiety and depression.

    • Provided individual supervision to clinical interns and colleagues.

  • Clinical psychologist, Northside Clinic, St Leonards, NSW, 2004—2006.

    • Worked in the mood disorders and acute units, providing individual and group psychotherapy for a wide range of psychiatric presentations.

    • Ran and developed the unit’s group programme, which was based predominantly on CBT.

    • Introduced Mindfulness meditation groups and also ACT based modules.

  • Community Support Worker, Independent Community Living Association (ICLA), Dulwich Hill, NSW, Aug 2017—present.

    • Part-time Community Support Worker (2-3 days per week) for the Independent Community Living Association (ICLA), a local organization providing rehabilitative residential care for people with chronic psychiatric disorders.

    • My employment with the ICLA broadened my experience of mental health through work with people with chronic psychiatric disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar-I disorder).

    • Participated in the development and implementation of rehabilitative programmes that promote independent living skills.

    • Gained hands-on experience in the management of acute psychotic episodes.

  • Community Support Worker, IHC Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1996—2001.

    • Worked in a residential support home for clients of the IHC (organisation providing care for people with an intellectual disability).

    • Managed clients presenting with a range of problems including “challenging behaviour”, anxiety and mood disorders and psychiatric disturbances.

    • Attended training modules in effective teaching, autism, epilepsy, behaviour management, and safe restraint.

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