Dr Justine McGill

Clinical Psychologist Registrar


  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) – University of Melbourne

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology – University of Melbourne

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology – University of Melbourne

  • PhD in philosophy – University of Sydney

  • Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies – University of Paris X

About Justine

Open-minded and kind-hearted attention to whatever is going on is fundamental to Justine’s approach to therapy. She cultivates space for new insight and meaningful change to emerge, guided by the goals and needs of each client. Justine enjoys helping people to value, explore and share their own stories, assisting them to recognise and harness the power of their own embodied mental and emotional processes. Skilful use of the heart/mind can enhance both mental and physical health, and transform relationships.

Mindfulness is key to Justine’s therapeutic approach, supported by a 20-year long personal practice of meditation. She has trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Compassion Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She takes care to adapt strategies from these therapies so they make sense and work for the individual.

Therapeutic Interests

Justine enjoys helping people with:

  • Anxiety and depression (which can be interlinked)

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Problems relating to self-esteem, self-criticism and shame

  • Somatic disorders – when traumatic experiences lead to physical health problems]

  • Adjustment to chronic or severe health conditions, and pain management

  • Obsessive-Compulsive and related disorders (OCD, trichotillomania and skin picking)

  • Adult autism

Other Professional Interests

Philosophy: As a philosophy academic, Justine taught at the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. Her teaching included courses in contemporary political philosophy, philosophy and literature, and philosophical hermeneutics. Her research focused on the modern concept of personal responsibility, and issues of power and powerlessness. This informs her sensitivity to the social and political dimensions of mental health issues.

Body work and meditation: Justine has practiced yoga and meditation since her 20s. In more recent years she has taken up Qi Gong, and teaches a weekly class at Kundalini House, a yoga studio in North Fitzroy.

Justine McGill  (ABN 49 632 189 789) is an independent psychologist practicing from the MPC consulting rooms.

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