North Star Family Psychology was established by Dr Sharifa Syed. She has over twenty years experience as a Psychologist helping clients with difficulties that they are facing in a non-judgmental and encouraging environment.
Sharifa is a qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (registration #PSY0001161528). Her academic qualifications include a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters of Science from the University of Sydney in addition to a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Honours) from the University of Western Australia.
Sharifa works from a compassionate, strength based approach and has specialised training in a range of therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy and mindfulness.
While only evidence-based therapeutic techniques are employed at North Star, the treatment method employed is one that best suits your personal and family needs. Your views are valued and there is a joint approach to developing the best possible treatment plan for each individual.
The North Star (some people call it Polaris) is the brightest star in the “little dipper”. It is found over the North Pole and is one of the only stable stars in the night sky. Because of this unique characteristic it is famous for providing wayward mariners a way to navigate their way home when lost.
What is the difference between a “Clinical” Psychologist and a Psychologist?
A Psychologist has a minimum of an undergraduate degree and two years of supervised clinical experience. Most “Clinical” Psychologists have 4 years of postgraduate University based-training that is done only after completing their undergraduate degree in Psychology. Often a large component of the coarse is intensive clinical work with supervision. The government recognises this difference and offers higher Medicare rebates to patients attending those with “Clinical” accreditation.