Melissa Greben Psychology

About therapy with me
I will meet you with warmth, curiosity and acceptance. I come from the perspective that as humans we all have things we struggle with and I believe through experience that it can help to have support with these difficulties.

I offer psychodynamic therapy integrated with mindfulness and somatic (body-based) practices. This kind of therapy is particularly helpful for people who want to understand themselves better as well as experience more choice in how they live their lives.

In your first therapy sessions I’ll guide you in thinking about what’s brought you to therapy and your hopes for the therapy process. As I get to know you and you start to get a sense of me and how I work we can come to an initial shared understanding of what’s going on for you and how therapy might be able to help.

Understanding yourself can help with knowing where and how to make changes in your life. There are also times when you might know logically what’s wrong or what you need to do but it doesn’t change how you feel. A body based approach that helps you get more in touch with how it feels to be in your body can help with this. Often people learn new information from their bodies that wasn’t available to the logical brain. This can point to new pathways for shifting stuck patterns to allow you to experience the rest and deeper connections you’ve been longing for.

My training & background
I’m a registered Clinical Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. I studied a Masters of Clinical Psychology and Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) with Honours at Queensland University of Technology. I’m currently completing a 3 year training in Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy, a somatic and mindfulness based therapy. I practice meditation and attend regular retreats in the Buddhist tradition. Before psychology, I began my studies with a Science/Arts degree with Honours at University of Queensland majoring in Russian, English, and Zoology.