Brenden Wardle

Psychologist (Clinical Psychology Registrar)
BA (Psych & Children and Family Studies), BAPsych (Honours), MPsych (Clinical) MAPS

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

Adjusting to parenthood, whether the first time or many times over. We understand that challenges may arise during pregnancy and postpartum for parents. This may include perinatal anxiety and depression, difficulties in adjustment to parenthood, birth trauma, parent-infant bonding, difficulties in the relationship, and much more. We have experience working with mothers and fathers throughout pregnancy and beyond.

Areas of Focus

 With experience working with individuals across the lifespan, we have experience supporting individuals experiencing:

 

  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Depression,
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD),
  • Difficulties in adjustment,
  • Guilt and shame
  • Self-esteem and identity

Who do we see?

  • Children up to 12 years of age
  • Individuals 17 years and older 

Goal Setting

At Peak Horizons, we understand the importance of goal setting, both in challenging times, and when looking towards development of self and your current growth either physically, psychologically, socially, spiritually, and professionally. We will spend time with you to develop your therapeutic goals during sessions together as well as goals to keep you moving when sessions come to an end. We are all about evidence based practice at Peak Horizons and will ensure we work alongside you to find your potential.

Parent Coaching

We offer parenting support and coaching for parents of children from birth and beyond. Support with feeding and introduction of solids, sleep and settling, routines and daily patterns, and bonding through play. 

Stress Management

Learning about stress and the mechanisms behind this are important. We all live busy lives and at times can be taken over by the stressors of life. We can support you to learn about the body’s responses to stress to find new ways of coping.

Neurodiversity

We are here to support you. Neurodiversity means that we are all different and despite challenges that may arise due to these differences we can focus on individual strengths to manage and excel.

We have experience supporting individuals who may or may not have a diagnosis in the following areas:

Anxiety, ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s, Autism Spectrum Disorder,  Developmental Disabilities

 

About Peak Horizons Psychology

We are a psychology practice based in Mornington, conveniently located at 3 Archer Drive, Mornington. 

About Me- Brenden Wardle

I take a person centred and strength based approach to therapy and enjoy supporting clients to identify their own unique strengths.

Clients and colleagues have said that my warm nature allows clients to develop a sense of comfort in the therapeutic space, to explore and work through current or past difficulties.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts- Double Major- Psychology & Children and Family Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts Psychology (Honours)
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Registered with AHPRA
  • Member of Australian Psychological Society
  • Member of APS College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Member of APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group

I utilise a number of evidence based treatment modalities including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy,
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,
  • Motivational Interviewing,
  • Mindfulness based approaches,
  • Compassionate Focussed Therapy,
  • Attachment theory, and
  • I am currently learning Schema Therapy.

I continue to develop my skills through regular professional development seminars and reading. 

My work as a psychologist has included working with children, adolescents, and  adults who are looking for support across a range of situations and reasons including: adjustment to parenthood, anxiety, depression, OCD, panic, social anxiety, stress, self-esteem, social skills, self-development and goal planning.

I have worked with neurodiverse individuals and people of diverse cultures and backgrounds and enjoy learning alongside my clients.

Prior to becoming a psychologist I worked in a variety of areas, including retail management and as a support worker. I have 4 years experience working in early parenting support, working with families with children from birth to four years to address issues with sleep and settling, feeding, bonding, behavioural challenges, and supporting the development of play.

While working as an Early Parenting Practitioner, I facilitated a one-session group for fathers to come together and share experiences of becoming a dad and the challenges they experienced in this transition. This was a great opportunity for them to bond and normalise the challenges experienced in the transition to parenthood.

My focus is on the importance of taking a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to therapy and focussing on early intervention by ensuring that the appropriate team is formed for each client and family.

Find Your Balance. Set Your Goals. Take A Challenge. Reward Yourself.

Therapy Process & Cost

Individual Therapy

The cost for a 50 minute session is $220.

The initial session will be a 60 minutes session at $245. This is to ensure we have enough time to get to know you and formulate an appropriate plan for you.

Our fees are competitive and lower than the Australian Psychological Societies recommendations.

You may receive a Medicare rebate of $93.35 if you have a valid referral letter from your GP. We do not provide bulk billing service due to the clinic’s limited capacity.

You can book an appointment yourself without a referral. However, if you wish to claim rebates through Medicare, you must make an appointment with your general practitioner, psychiatrist, or paediatrician for a valid Mental Health Care Plan to see a psychologist.

Cancellation Policy
We acknowledge that unexpected life events may interfere with your ability to attend your appointment.

Your psychologist will reserve the whole hour for you when booked. Unfortunately last minute cancellations or non-attendance result in another client missing an opportunity for timely treatment. Therefore, we have developed a cancellation policy with this in mind.

If you are unable to attend your individual counselling session please contact us as soon as possible so we can endeavour to fill your appointment. We appreciate your help and understanding.

Non-attendance or cancellation at short notice (less than 48 hours) will incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the consultation fee.

The Full Fee will be charged for an appointment that has been missed with less than two hours notice (non-attendance). 

Unfortunately cancellation fees are not eligible for Medicare rebate.

Cancellations made more than 48 hours in advance will not incur any fee.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)- We are able to see individuals who are on a Plan or Self-managed NDIS plan with ‘Capacity Building’  funding in their plan. Unfortunately we cannot see individuals who are on an NDIA managed plan as we are not an NDIS registered provider. NDIS appointment cancellations of less than 48 hours will result in a full service fee (don’t worry, the session will still be used for your care planning).   

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