Psychologist

Darren West

BSc (Psych), Post Grad Dip (Psych)                                       

Psychologist

Email: darren@generalpsychologyservices.com.au

Born and bred in country WA, Darren has been using his psychological background in various roles for over 20 years.

Darren’s special areas of focus include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parenting skills
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Guilt and shame
  • Anger Management
  • Drug and Alcohol
  • Phobias

Commencing in the government sector as a Graduate Welfare Officer in Geraldton in 1996, he has since worked in the public, private and NGO sectors. Much of his early years were focused on families and young people. Initially starting off working with families ‘at risk’, he progressed to working with young people experiencing difficulties transitioning from primary to high school. This was followed by work within the Regional Prison, supporting prisoners and their families during their incarceration.

From there, he was a drug and alcohol counsellor for 4 years, working with clients affected by drugs and alcohol, after which time he moved to Perth with his family. For the past 7 years, Darren has been a torture and trauma specialist counsellor and Coordinator at ASeTTS.

Although varied, these roles have allowed Darren to build extensive knowledge, skills and practice in working with individuals and families who are experiencing difficulties. With his recent experience working at an agency that deals exclusively with non-English speaking refugees, asylum seekers and newly arrived entrants who have experienced torture and trauma, it has developed Darren’s ability to adapt traditional Western therapies into more culturally appropriate interventions. Not only has he found working with this cliental more interesting and diverse, but it has also made him more appreciative of his life in the tranquil surroundings of Perth.

Darren’s range of therapeutic modalities includes; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, Sensorimotor intervention, Narrative Therapy, EFT, ACT and EMDR.