Gavin Tierney

A photo of Gavin Tierney, psychologist based in Lennox Head for Therapy Pro

Psychologist (provisional)

Ballina/Lennox Head

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Works with adults
  • Works with children

Twenty years ago, Gavin headed up the coast to Lennox Head to study at University and never left.

As a psychologist (provisional) and a strong believer in the power of the mind on the health of all aspects of a person, Gavin builds confidence in children and adults to help them live the life they want.

“When you get people genuinely believing in themselves, it helps the mind to be resilient to life’s challenges; it’s the biggest influence on how you feel.”

Gavin works to reduce challenging behaviour or thoughts, and can provide training and support to people and their families, who might be working through one of life’s transitions or developmental milestones, like starting school or moving house.

Gavin can provide counselling, coping and stress management strategies and social skills development for people with disabilities and their families.

Supporting people with depression and anxiety, Gavin helps to empower people to have genuine control over their therapy and what they want to achieve. Gavin is calm in his approach and actively listens, providing the space for people to talk in their chosen environment–home, school, a park or a café–where they feel safe and comfortable.

With an extensive background in exercise physiology, studying psychology was a natural progression as Gavin observed how negative psychology affects people’s ability to recover from injuries and setbacks and how the power of positive psychology was so important in the recovery process.

“Often clients with severe pain, injury, stroke, heart disease and obesity need the psychological support first, and that is what helps with the physical challenges or goals. The mind and body are so connected, they go hand in hand, and as a therapist I see my role as helping them shift their thoughts around to improve their ability to progress.”

Gavin’s client-centred approach supports working in a flexible and adaptive way, and values using a mix of telehealth and face to face therapy for some clients, depending on how they feel and what will allow them to get the most out of each session.

As a published author and designer of adaptable exercise equipment, Gavin can often be found surfing or on the golf course, doing his best to hit the small white ball in the small round hole; a task he says, provides his mind with the right amount of rest for his own mental health and wellbeing.

Gavin is an honors graduate from Southern Cross University.

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