Head to Heart Psychology
IMMOGEN O’CONNOR - Psychologist
With commitment and persistence a person can experience deep and effective change in their emotional experience of life, allowing for more satisfying relationships and a stronger, more contented sense of self.
Thank you for browsing my website. I believe that everyone has the capacity to live with a sense of safety, peace, joy and purpose. However, many people are blocked or hindered from experiencing the full spectrum of their emotions due to emotional difficulties and disorders. My passion is to help people get in touch with the complex emotional processes within themselves and help them to recover their innate emotional potential.
122 Toorak Road
South Yarra 3141 VIC
411 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy 3165 VIC
What I Do
As a psychologist in private practice, I work from a humanistic, client-centered and emotion-focused perspective to assist people in understanding and changing their emotional landscape. I facilitate a safe non-judgmental therapeutic space for people to share and explore their most sensitive and difficult issues.
I work with individuals to develop an understanding of their own unique psychology. I take a holistic perspective on mental health and see individuals as psychological, physical and spiritual beings. As such, I aim to help clients develop a sense of integration between mind, body and soul.
I have been working as a psychologist in private practice for the last 4 years. Before that I was working as a counsellor in the public sector. I completed my Bachelor in Psychological Sciences (with Honours) and Master of Counselling Psychology at La Trobe University in Melbourne. I was first introduced to Emotion Focused Therapy in 2014 and have been immersed in this approach ever since. My training as an Emotion Focused Therapist has come from the Australian Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy (AIEFT - http://www.aieft.org/).
Prior to discovering Emotion Focused Therapy I had been exposed to other therapeutic approaches, primarily those with a Cognitive-Behavioural focus. I found these approaches useful and of benefit to many of my clients. However, some client spoke about deep emotional pain, chronic anxiety and depression, or damaging behavioural patterns that they could not shift or resolve no matter how much they addressed their thoughts and behaviour. Often these clients had experienced months or years of counselling and were looking for something different. This feedback fuelled my search for a therapeutic approach that worked directly with the emotional system. If you are curious you can read more about emotions and Emotion Focused Therapy on the next page.
I work from the perspective that it is our emotions (rather than just our thoughts and behaviour) that determine the quality of our lives. Emotions provide the flavour to life and the energy by which we engage with the world. However, many people seem to be disconnected from their emotions. Without connection to the full-spectrum of our emotions, life can seem flat, dull, and meaningless. My mission is to assist people to reclaim their emotional potential so that they can live more satisfying and meaningful lives.
I work with adults and adolescents (15+) who struggle with:
anxiety or overwhelming emotions
grief and loss
trauma (including abuse in childhood)
intimacy and relationships
addictive and compulsive behaviour
direction and meaning in life
You can ask questions and book in appointments using the form adjacent or by contacting me via email or phone on the details at the top of the page.