Laura Scherman

Clinical Psychologist, BPsychSc(Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS

What's one thing you are personally passionate about? 

Connecting people! Not only do I enjoy personally spending time with people, I also love seeing them feeling well connected, supported and valued. You’ll often find me organizing gatherings and dinners to give people an opportunity to meet each other and develop meaningful friendships. 

What's one thing you are professionally passionate about? 

I LOVE helping people overcome the fears that have held them back their whole lives. One of my most favourite moments is watching someone achieve a goal that they never thought was possible – you should see the smile on their face (and mine!).

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

Be yourself. A psychology professor once said that above all else, this was the most important thing he could teach me. I don’t get stuck in rigid, clinical approaches but love to be real and have a laugh.

Why did you decide to become a Psychologist?

I have always loved being a sounding board for people and hearing how they are really going behind the automatic “I’m good, thanks”. However, I wanted to do more to help and so became a psychologist to learn specific tools that could help others overcome the challenges that they are facing in their lives. This passion was further ignited whilst working in a women’s refuge home and hearing their stories. 

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

I love chatting and laughing with friends over many, many cups of tea.

What are three things on your bucket list?

Explore Scandinavia, watch a movie at The Opera House backed by a live orchestra, and try stand-up paddle boarding.