dr claire mcaulay

Claire has been at the Redleaf Practice since March 2020 working with a range of clients. Claire also works at the Black Dog Institute as a clinician and researcher. She has 2.5 years experience working as a School Psychologist with both children and adolescents. She previously consulted with Batyr, a youth mental health organisation dedicated to reducing stigma in young people. Claire has familiarity working with clients across both the private and public sectors, having completed placements in NSW Health and Wesley Hospital.

Client ages
Claire typically works with adults and adolescents (aged above 12) in both individual and family settings. She particularly enjoys working with older adolescents and young adults.

Primary areas of expertise
Eating disorders
Mood disorders
Anxiety disorders
Personality disorders
Trauma
Particular interest in bipolar disorder

Therapy style and influences

Claire is committed to forming a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients. She seeks to foster a supportive therapeutic space where they can feel valued, while holding goals firmly in mind. As a humanist, Claire employs a person-centred approach in always considering her clients’ strengths, support networks, and socio-cultural context, and never their diagnosis alone.

Claire has been trained in Family Based Treatment (FBT) for Anorexia Nervosa, as well as CBT for eating disorders in adolescents and adults. She is a member of ANZAED, ACPA and the APS. She employs a range of other evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including DBT, Schema Therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. She is also planning further professional development in psychodynamic therapy.

Publications/research

Claire also has a strong research background, having worked for a number of years for the University of Sydney as a research officer. Claire’s PhD research at the University of Sydney investigated the interplay between bipolar disorder and eating disorders, and the roles of trauma and emotion regulation difficulties. She continues to be involved in projects in applied clinical research, physical and mental health, and developmental psychology, and has been published in scientific journals. If you would like a list of Claire’s publications, please contact us.

Hobbies

Claire enjoys escape rooms, travel and finding the best coffee wherever she goes, social justice, rock climbing, netball and reading.

Professional memberships

  • Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Australian Clinical Psychology Association
  • Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Anxiety Practitioner’s Network

Days at Redleaf

Monday & Tuesday

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