Dr Fiona J Denton
I’d like to welcome you to Denton Clinical Psychology and give you some background about my work and the practice in general.
I embarked on my psychology training in 1996, having known since mid-high school that I wanted to pursue it as my career. The further I progressed into my 8 years of university, the more fascinated and committed I became to this essential field of study and its application to helping all of us. Clinical psychology continues to be my great professional passion.
The focus of my research for my clinical doctorate was the way in which illness schemas (or core beliefs) in self-identity affect the symptoms and disease experience of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. I then co-developed a cognitive behavioural group program for these patients, which was shown to improve mood and reduce disease symptoms of patients compared with a non-directive counselling group program. The interaction of psychology and chronic illness continues to be an area of interest for me in clinical work.
I started my own private practice fairly soon into my career in 2005. Primarily through word of mouth, the practice has now grown to be one of the largest clinical practices in Sydney, with nine clinical psychologists dedicated to providing high quality and compassionate therapy. We are well supported by our practice manager and two additional administrative staff. It is of the utmost importance to me that Denton Clinical Psychology is professional, yet warm and safe and accepting of all who walk through our door. I believe that we have achieved this, from our psychologists to our reception staff to the atmosphere in our rooms.
My therapeutic approach is first and foremost empathic, collaborative, warm and respectful of every client. Crucially, it is also rooted in evidence-based practice. There is an ongoing accumulation of research to identify which therapies are most effective for particular psychological disorders, and every client deserves access to the therapy that is likely to be most effective for them. Clinical psychology is different to generic counselling, and it is so rewarding to be able to make a real difference to people’s quality of life via targeted and effective therapy.
The therapy I offer is also integrative, in that it draws from numerous of the evidence-based therapies according to the individual needs of each person. Having had the privilege of helping hundreds of clients over a period of 18 years, my experience allows me to develop and implement treatment plans that match the uniqueness of each person’s life story. I primarily use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Therapy including self-compassion, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I offer individual therapy for anyone over the age of 18. The range of difficulties might include mood disorders, anxiety, adult trauma, relationship difficulties, healing from childhood abuse or neglect, chronic illness/pain, or low self-esteem.
I continue to be inspired by my work, and I never want to take for granted the privilege that it is to hear people’s personal stories and help them.
Qualifications & Memberships
- Bachelor of Psychology (1st Class Honours), University of Sydney
- Master of Science (Psychology), University of Sydney
- Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Sydney
- AHPRA Registered Psychologist (PSY0001066837) with endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist
- Board-approved Supervisor with Psychology Board of Australia
- Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)
- Associate Member of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing International Association