claudette ogilvie

Psychologist / BPsychSc(Hons); MPsych(Clin); MAPS

What’s one thing you are personally passionate about?

One thing that’s really important to me is encouraging others not to be judgmental of people whose situations and circumstances are different to their own. We are all dealt a different hand in life and those who are privileged can easily look down on those who are struggling without considering that they may not have had the same opportunities. Where I can, I like to be able to raise awareness of social justice issues through everyday conversations and advocating on behalf of vulnerable people both locally and globally.


What's one thing you are professionally passionate about?

It gives me joy to connect with clients and see them striving towards their goals and even being able to exceed their own expectations. I love seeing a smile on someone’s face when they realise the progress they’ve made and that they are able to live a fulfilling and valued life without mental health difficulties getting in their way.

You give advice, but what's one of the best pieces of advice you've been given?

‘Don’t be afraid to change. You may lose something good, but you may gain something better’.   


How do you like to relax when you’re not at work?

My favourite place to be is the outdoors; bushwalking, camping, 4wding or taking my dog for a walk along the beach.


What's one major challenge you've overcome in your life?

Being personally affected by a family member’s battle with addictions during one of my toughest years as a student.


What's one of your favourite psychology 'reads’? 

 “Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life” by Steven Hayes and Spencer Smith. It is a self-help book and steps you through the evidence-based principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in an easy to read format.