Ms Olga Rouss

Clinical Psychologist

Briefly about my clinical psychology practice

I have 19 years’ experience as a clinical psychologist working with clients across a broad range of issues in hospitals, community settings, private practice and primary care. I also like running group sessions and developing therapeutic programs to sustain positive outcomes.

My aim is that while working together you feel supported to achieve long-lasting positive change becoming more confident at understanding yourself and other people, managing your emotions and making thought-out well-balanced choices. We’ll use your strengths and a therapeutic approach that works best for you. I take great satisfaction in helping people with their issues and I look forward to working with you!

Fee

Areas in which I help best

  • Anxiety (including generalised and health anxiety, social and learning/performance evaluation anxiety)

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Chronic Illness

  • Chronic Pain

  • Cognitive Impairment and memory issues

  • Cultural factors, migration and acculturation

  • Depression

  • Divorce

  • Family Issues (including adult children and their parents)

  • Guilt and shame

  • Grief and Loss

  • Low Self Esteem

  • Major life changes, stress and coping skills

  • Memory training and brain health

  • Older persons mental health (retirement, cognitive changes, coping with losses and changes in health, loneliness, family issues, adjustment to residential living)

  • Relationship Issues (individual therapy)

  • Relapse management (mental health, physical health)

  • Spirituality and Christian psychology

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Women's Issues

Therapeutic approach

  • EMDR

  • Schema Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Family Therapy (the Bower Place Method)

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

My goal, style and approach in session

In a gentle and caring way, we look into issues that prompted seeking psychological help and develop understanding of the current situation.

 

With compassion and clinical insights, we’ll aim to set goals to build your strengths, confidence and move towards coping and change.  We might work with memories, thoughts, feelings and behaviours that feed the negative cycle affecting your life.

 

We’ll work together to find the therapy that helps you most in order to achieve on-going changes and a more fulfilling, peaceful and enjoyable life.

Higher education

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical), Adelaide University, SA, 2002.

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours), Flinders University, SA, 2001.

  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Flinders University, SA, 2000.

  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling, Australian College of Applied Psychology, NSW, 1999.

Additional training

  • EMDR Advanced Practicum Training, Therapist Training, 2021.

  • EMDR, Therapist Training 2020.

  • Schema Therapy Level I, Schema Therapy Level II, Psychology Training Australia, 2021.

  • Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy, The Bower Place, SA, 2020.

  • Psychology Board-approved Supervisor Training, Clinical Supervision Services, 2019.

Client focus

  • Age:

    • From young adults to older adults

  • Modality:

    • Individuals​

    • Groups

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

Other spoken languages

  • Russian

Special interests, endeavours, publications and about me

  • At present I have a special interest in brain health and memory, and building a resilience program in staying mentally well and navigating major life challenges.

  • I love Australian nature and bushwalking, enjoy art exhibitions, classical and jazz concerts and church music.

  • I study cynology and enjoy training sessions with my dog.

Professional membership and ABN

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

  • Board-approved supervisor.

  • Registrar program principal supervisor for practice of clinical psychology.

  • Member Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

  • ABN: 27 490 548 339.

Relevant experience

  • Senior clinical psychologist, Older Persons Mental Health Services (OPMHS), Lyell McEwin Hospital, Adelaide, SA, May 2011—present.

    • Providing cognitive/psychological and mental capacity assessments to older adults admitted to the Acute Unit.

    • Writing reports and advising the parties/stakeholders involved on the outcomes of the assessment and cognitive and behavioural management strategies.

    • Developing and conducting groups clinical psychoeducation, memory training and clinical psychology sessions including using digital resources.

    • Conducting clinical psychology interventions for patients and their partners/families using focused psychological strategies and applying EMDR, ST, CBT and other evidence-based therapies.

    • Participating in multi-disciplinary discharge planning and follow-up services arrangement.

    • Developing and coordinating multidisciplinary quality improvement group projects.

    • Delivering Learning and Development sessions for OPMHS, wider organisation and Cognitive Assessments Psychology Group SA Health.

    • Supporting Service Manager and other senior staff and developing multidisciplinary programs, quality assurance procedures and psychological training programs to improve clinical service delivery.

    • Participation/implementation of recruitment for psychology staff.

    • Participating in and contributing to staff meetings and peer supervision.

  • Clinical psychologist, Private practice, Various locations, SA, 2012—2021.​

    • Firle Medical Centre, Jul 2015—Dec 2021.

    • PsychMed, Jun 2017—Jun 2018.

    • All Psych Services, Jul 2014—Feb 2016.

    • Adelaide Psychological Services, Apr 2012—Jun 2015.

    • Clinical psychology treatment to individuals (adolescents/students to adults and older adults) and couples from diverse backgrounds with a range of mental health and personal issues using focused psychological strategies in face to face and online format.

    • Liaising and writing reports to GPs, Psychiatrists and other relevant stakeholders including the Federal and State Government agencies.

  • Clinical psychologist, Older Persons Mental Health Services Southern Community Team, Adelaide, SA, Jun 2009—Jun 2011.

    • Conducting groups psychoeducation and clinical sessions to clients and families to aid in progress maintenance and community integration.

    • Conducting clinical psychology professional development sessions for the multi-disciplinary team.

    • Participating in organisational safety and quality improvement procedures and practices.

  • Clinical psychologist, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, Adelaide, SA, Apr 2008—Jan 2009.

    • Assessment, treatment and evaluation of psychological procedures to individuals and their families within hospital units in the context of rehabilitation.

    • Coordinating therapy strategies with clients, the interdisciplinary team, family and significant others.

    • Contributing to team discharge/exit planning with the client and family, and liaising with external agencies as required.

  • Clinical psychologist, North West Adult Mental Health Services for Older People, Adelaide, SA, 2003—2009.

    • Tandem Neuropsychological Assessments of Russian-speaking elderly (casual on as needs basis).

  • Clinical psychologist, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, Adelaide, SA, Dec 2002—Dec 2003.

    • Providing relevant clinical psychological assessment of behaviours of concern and interpersonal functioning of clients with acquired brain injury.

    • Providing appropriate interventions including behavioural management, skills training and counselling to clients, their families and significant others.

    • Coordinating therapy strategies with clients, the interdisciplinary team, families and significant others with the focus on rehabilitation and community integration.

    • Contributing to team discharge/exit planning with clients and families, and liaising with external agencies as required.

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Ms Olga Rouss