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Michael Philp
Principal Clinical Psychologist

I've been working in the field of mental health for 20 years now and over that time I have developed a passion for working with people who have experienced difficulties in their lives that have stopped them achieving the life they want to live. The people who have experienced trauma in their upbringing, and despite their best efforts, are still experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, and are having difficulties in their relationships. I founded Grove Psychology because I wanted to focus my work more in this area. 

I like to understand the function of our behaviours when we are coping with distress. As I often tell my clients, this behaviour made sense, it just isn't working in the same way in which it used to or it's no longer a helpful strategy moving forward. Whether it be self-harm, difficulty forming long-lasting relationships, drugs or alcohol use, these coping behaviours made sense and worked for a time, but they are no longer helpful. As part of my training, I completed research into perfectionism, and I often look at how perfectionism and avoidance is used as a coping mechanism.  

I use a combination of therapeutic approaches that best suit the issue that we are working with, including Schema Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and EMDR.  

I have worked in a variety of areas in both Western Australia and Victoria, including public mental health services, mental health rehabilitation services, employee assistance programs, and private practice. I studied at Curtin University and I graduated with a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology. 

Outside of psychology, I am passionate about coaching football (soccer). Holding a 'B' Diploma in coaching from Football Australia, I have mentored players who have successfully represented WA in national tournaments. Presently coaching in the Women's National Premier League, I possess a comprehensive understanding of the challenges athletes face.

Recognizing the significant impact of anxiety and confidence on optimal performance, I leverage my extensive background in clinical psychology to apply a Mental Toughness framework. This framework assists individuals in overcoming setbacks, addressing psychological barriers that hinder athletes and teams from realizing their full potential. 

I'm available for appointments from Monday to Thursday.    

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