Rony believes the most important part of psychological work is forming a strong and authentic connection with people.
She prioritises providing a warm and relaxed environment in which her clients can be themselves and speak freely about their lives, and she works hard at maintaining this connection throughout the course of therapy.
Rony is passionate about the lasting impact that psychological work can have for individuals and feels that it is a genuine privilege to share such personal insights with people.
Rony trained as a psychologist in a range of settings, including large public hospitals, student clinics, and services specifically targeted towards children and adolescents. She aims to be transparent in her therapeutic approach and to speak clearly and openly about her process and methods. In sharing what she is thinking and why, she hopes to empower clients to find strategies they can continue to use in the rest of their lives, long after therapy has ended.
Rony works with a variety of issues:
Anxiety and panic
Major life transitions (career, relationships)
Grief and Loss
Perfectionism and body image difficulties
Health-related concerns (new diagnoses, illness, addiction)
Identity and self-esteem difficulties, particularly during adolescence and early adulthood
Existential crises and the desire for a more meaningful life
Rony is committed to evidence-based therapeutic approaches. She uses cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based strategies, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and emotion-focused strategies. To ensure her knowledge remains current, Rony undertakes supervision and a range of professional development activities.
Other Professional Interests
Rony lectures in counselling skills at the University of Melbourne
Rony also has a keen interest in ethics, adolescent health and genetics, having worked as an academic in these fields for several years prior to becoming a psychologist. Some of Rony’s most recent research focused on ethical issues in psychology, such as the limits to confidentiality with adolescent clients.
Dr Rony Duncan (ABN 38 371 360 118) is an independent psychologist practicing from the MPC consulting rooms.