Dr Claire Ahern
Clinical Psychologist / Director
Claire loves working with people. She believes that everyone has a story to tell, and enjoys providing the environment where clients can feel comfortable to share their experiences. Claire believes that knowledge is power, and is passionate about providing clients with the tools necessary to help themselves.
Claire has a variety of experience as a clinician and a researcher. She has 10-years experience treating children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in private practice, public/private hospitals and the community. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2012 and is registered as a supervisor for Clinical Psychology.
Claire enjoys working with:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders, including Hoarding Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling) and Excoriation (skin-picking) Disorder.
- Parents with young children including pre- and post-natal depression/anxiety, mother-baby attachment and adjustment to parenthood.
- Issues relating to “the self” including identity, self-concept and self-esteem with respect to roles, sexuality, gender, life transitions.
- Anxiety disorders including panic attacks, generalised anxiety, social anxiety and phobias (fear of flying, public speaking).
- Perfectionism, responsibility, morality and procrastination.
Other Professional Interests
- Claire facilitates group therapy programs for Perfectionism and for Hoarding Disorder at Swinburne University Psychology Clinic.
- She completed her Honours and PhD theses on The Self in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Claire works as a post-doctorate researcher with Swinburne University where she continues to examine the Self in psychopathology.
- Claire is a member of the Support Group Subcommittee for the Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (ADAVic).
- She is passionate about accessibility to effective mental health treatment, and is involved in treatment and research on eTherapy (Online Mental Health) with Swinburne University and Australian National University
- Provides guest lectures for postgraduate psychology students, and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and chapters in academic books.
- PhD (Clinical Psychology) – Swinburne University
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Swinburne University
- Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) - Swinburne University