Dunja is an overseas trained psychologist who has completed her master’s degree in Healthcare Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. She is a bilingual psychologist, both fluent in English and Dutch, who will be working at Mullum Road as a counsellor, while she awaits her registration with AHPRA.
She works with adolescents, young adults and adults. As a person who loves traveling and exploring new cultures, she has the ability to connect with people from different cultural backgrounds, and is therefore also open to seeing expats or clients who grew up in bicultural families.
She has experience in working with a wide range of psychological presentations, such as anxiety disorders, burn-out, AD(H)D, autism, relationship difficulties, and personality disorders. Rather than focusing on symptom reduction, she focuses on the processes that maintain these symptoms, aiming to work towards structural change and growth. Sometimes growth simply means acceptance, and learning to love oneself the way they are.
In therapy she uses an integrative approach in which she uses a combination of Affect Phobia Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and elements from mindfulness. A session might also include a walk outside, or visiting some of the animals at Mullum Road.
Dunja has always loved being around animals, and she chose to join the Mullum Road team to learn and incorporate Animal Assisted Therapy in her practice. In her free time, she loves spending time in nature, reading books, exploring the city for nice coffee and lunch spots, listening to music, watching arthouse movies, and learning about spirituality and meditation.