Simon Turmanis - Experienced Clinical Psychologist

Experience

Simon has over 14 years experience working with adults, adolescents, and children with various psychological problems/issues. Within this, Simon has 12 years’ private practice experience working with adults of all ages, couples, adolescents, children and families on a broad range of issues (see Client Issues). He also gained four years’ experience working with inpatients and outpatients across two inpatient units and 3 outpatient programs in individual, relationship and group therapy at the Northside Clinic (a 94 bed private psychiatric hospital). During 2002 he utilised several therapy models to help people return to work after a psychological injury or stressor. Simon has also worked within the public health system to help children, adolescents and their families at the Royal North Shore Hospital’s Unit of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and in the Queenscliff Mental Health Centre’s Northern Beaches Adolescent Service. He has an ongoing passion with and commitment to, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT). It involves teaching skills of mindfulness, compassion and acceptance around thoughts, feelings, values and behaviours, whilst strengthening the non judgemental compassionate observer to aid with connection to the present moment, a greater sense of experience, increased flexibility in situations, and, increased committed action in line with values.

Training and Professional Development

Simon Turmanis is a qualified and experienced Clinical Psychologist who completed his Masters of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University in 2004, after a year working as a psychologist in occupational rehabilitation. Simon also gained Honours in psychology and membership to the Australian Psychological Society (APS) (2001). Simon has obtained specific clinical experience, supervision and continuing professional development (post his masters qualification) to gain membership to the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). He is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor, and, is a member of the Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS). Simon has continued professional development in CBT, Schema Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Motivational Interviewing and, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) since completion of his Masters.

Supervision

Simon Turmanis is registered as a supervisor with the Australian Clinical Psychologists Association (ACPA) – www.acpa.org.au. Simon is qualified to provide supervision for interns wishing to become registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) AND/OR Clinical Psychologists wishing to become members of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Simon has been working with the ACT and CFT models for 12 years and is passionate about supervising clinicians wishing to work within these models.

Educating Adolescents, GPs, Psychiatrists, Psychologists + other Mental Health Professionals

Simon and his colleagues at Simon Turmanis & Associates regularly meet with GPs and other health professionals on the Northern beaches and North Sydney for brief educational trainings on mental health topics such as  Suicide Risk + Management, Drug and Alcohol Addiction + Abuse, Psychosis, Schizophrenia + Schizoaffective disorder, Eating Disorders, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Medicare + Mental Health Care Plans and more.

Simon has worked with groups of adolescents in schools across the northern beaches and lower north shore to help them better deal with mental health related issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, bullying, social issues, drugs and alcohol, suicide prevention, improving mental health and satisfaction with life. Simon also conducts presentations and workshops to educate GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals on the effective assessment and treatment of mental health issues/diagnoses.

In October 2017,  during Mental Health Week, Simon and his colleague Dr Mitchell Dowling visited St Paul’s Catholic College, Manly to provide an educational presentation to students and staff on mental health and wellbeing.

In April 2012, he presented to 1500 students and 20 staff of Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga, to help them better manage difficult thoughts and feelings, whilst taking action towards getting more of what they wanted and being more of who they wanted to be.

In 2011 and 2012, Simon worked for the Manly Warringah Division of General Practice, in the ‘Mental Wellness Programme’. Working with groups (8-15 adolescents) of high school students in years 11 and 12, Simon conducted group therapy sessions, helping adolescents better understand and manage anxiety, stress, depression, social issues, bullying, drugs & alcohol, improve their satisfaction with life, mental health and prevent suicide. Simon worked with students at:

  • Killarney Heights High School (April 2012)
  • The Forest High School (November 2011)
  • Narrabeen Sports High School (October 2011)
  • Manly Selective High School (September 2011)
  • Mater Maria (March 2011)
  • Mackellar Girls High School (February 2011)

In March 2012, Simon conducted a workshop at South Pacific Private Hospital for hospital staff, local psychologists, counsellors and other mental health professionals, on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in treating drug & alcohol use, abuse and addiction. Simon presented to 20 Manly Warringah Division GPs in 2010 on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Well received, this presentation helped inform the doctors on effective treatment, management and referral of their patients regarding ADHD. It also served as a professional development activity for the GPs. Simon conducted a similar workshop for GPs, psychologists and counsellors in February 2011 at the area Mental Health Professional Network meeting in Neutral Bay.