Welcome to my Clinical Psychology and Mindfulness Website

I am clinical psychologist working in private practice in Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia. I am registered to provide services under Medicare and most private health insurance companies. My approach to therapy is informed by the latest clinical evidence and best practice guidelines. I aim to tailor my approach to the client’s needs. Areas I specialise in are mindfulness, metacognitive, schema and cognitive-behavioural approaches for adults experiencing problems with:

  • Stress and poor sleep.
  • Anxiety – social, panic, OCD, generalized, and health anxiety.
  • Excessive worry and difficulty relaxing.
  • Depression, rumination, and low self-esteem.
  • Adjustment to challenging life circumstances.
  • Relationship and related issues. 

For more detailed information about my services, skills and qualifications please click here and visit my individual therapy page.

Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing

Worldwide there is a growing interest in the benefits of mindfulness and mindfulness training. Mindfulness training and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is increasingly being used as an adjunct to a range of psychological and medical-based therapies to enhance mental well-being. Preventing depression relapse and managing negative mood and worry are areas where this approach has been found to be particularly beneficial. Mindfulness training may also have restorative and preventative health benefits. My PhD thesis focused on generalized anxiety and the benefits of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Mindfulness approaches are are increasingly being investigated for range of issues and populations. 

For example, mindfulness training has been used to assist with:

  • Anxiety and excessive worry
  • Chronic pain and stress involved with serious health problems
  • Depression and depression relapse prevention
  • Stress and stress-related conditions like Psoriasis
  • General psychological well-being
  • Building psychological resilience and self-care to prevent burnout

More generally, mindfulness training aims to:

  • Reduce suffering and increase happiness and acceptance
  • Increase emotional awareness, emotion regulation and clarity of mind
  • Mental skills to better manage distressing thoughts and feelings
  • Develop more effective coping with unpleasant experience

I have been facilitating the mindfulness-based cognitive therapy program at The Marian Centre in Subiaco since 2008. In 2016, with a colleague and fellow clinical psychologist, Paul Buttigieg, we established Perth Mindfulness Centre. The primary aim of this organisation is to provide mindfulness training programs for wellness and resilience to the broader community and workplace. Most recently, I have been working part-time as an adjunct research fellow at Curtin University investigating compassion fatigue and burnout in nurses, and evaluating a mindfulness-based intervention for resiliency that I regularly run at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Dr Mark Craigie

Clinical Psychologist
BSc(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), PhD
Member of Australian Psychological Society

 

“You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them building a nest there.”
Chinese proverb