Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller Psychologist BrisbaneSarah Miller, B Sc Hons (Psych), M Sc, (Forensic Psych), CPsychol (Chartered Psych, UK).

Sarah Miller is a registered psychologist with fourteen years of practice experience in both general and forensic psychology.

With a special interest in trauma therapy, Sarah is currently completing a PhD, part-time, at Bond University, examining gender differences in trauma and harmful behaviours. Sarah has always found that academic work (teaching and research) ensures that she provides the best possible psychological assessment and treatment options to her clients.

As well as trauma therapy (using EMDR – Eye Movement, Densensitisation and Reprocessing), Sarah is trained in various therapies which all have strong scientific support. Researchers have found that these therapies can lead to acceptance of self, healthier relationships, a new approach to life and release from difficult thoughts, feelings, behaviours and memories.

Sarah completed most of her training in Europe but has brushed up on mindfulness, EMDR and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) since arriving in Australia, three years ago.

Sarah’s areas of special interest are:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);
  • Complex trauma;
  • Dissociation;
  • Adjustment Disorder;
  • Emotional difficulties (as a result of mood problems and/or personality difficulties);
  • Harmful behaviours (to others and self). This includes violence to others, self-injury, substance misuse and other addictive behaviours.

In treatment, Sarah draws on the following therapies:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – particularly good for helping with anxiety, depression and psychosis. The idea behind the therapy is that we need to restructure faulty cognitions (thoughts) so that feelings and actions change for the better.
  • Eye Movement Densensitisation and Movement (EMDR) – a therapy for trauma (PTSD and childhood trauma). EMDR resolves difficult memories by releasing distressing physical sensations, thoughts and feelings. EMDR is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as highly effective in the treatment of trauma. Researchers have also found that EMDR is also effective for phobias, anxiety, grief and addictions.
  • Dialetical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) – an effective therapy for people whose emotions are difficult to manage often because of their personality structure. It builds core skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance (acceptance), as well as skills to improve relationships and manage emotions.
  • Ego State Therapy – this is particularly useful for people who have internal conflicts – “one part of me says … another part of me says something different”. It can be helpful to understand and map out the important roles that our “parts” have played over time so that internal communication is smoother.
  • Mindfulness techniques & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – originating from CBT, mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment, rather than contemplating the past or trying to forecast the future. ACT prioritises exploration of people’s values and identifies ways of committing to values in the here and now.

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