About Umeed

Exceeding Expectations One Client at a Time

Anushka is a General Psychologist (currently completing her registrar's program in Educational & Developmental Psychology)  located in Melbourne, with a strong passion for cultural psychology. Her most recent research project involved exploring the impact of Culture-specific family conflict on the mental health of Asian Australians.

As a New Zealand born Fiji Indian, Anushka understands the struggles of growing up between cultures. As well as the impact of managing the demands between your culture of origin (i.e. Indian) and host culture (i.e. Australian). Biculturalism is a beautiful phenomenon, however, living up to the expectations of two different values systems can be stressful and have detrimental effects on mental health and wellbeing. 

At Umeed Psychology, we aim to support clients with a range of issues including intergenerational family conflict and trauma and stressors related to being a Third Culture Kid (Adult) among other common cultural issues. 

Anushka also has a strong passion for youth mental health, having worked and volunteered in a variety of youth mental health settings.

Anushka has worked on issues that involve significant life changes including: changing schools/areas, bereavement/loss, breakdown of relationships, anxiety, panic, stress, low mood, depression, self-harm, trauma, building resilience and preparing for significant changes. Sessions can be held as regularly as necessary to support the changes you want to make.

Anushka aims to work through your issues with you collaboratively and to support you in a non-judgmental and empathetic way.

 
Therapist and Patient

"I truly care for all of my clients and work diligently to help find them the answers they seek. I have worked with a variety of patients dealing with circumstances that are unique to their lives."

 
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Anushka Phal

BPsych, PGDPP, MEDP (MAPS)

Areas of Interest

South Asian topics (work with families, couples, individuals)
Trauma
Culture-specific family conflict
Anxiety
Depression
Mood Disorders
Marital and Premarital
Anger Management
Self-Esteem/Self-Confidence
Stress/Burnout
Identity (Third Culture Kid)
Self-Care
CALD
Immigration
Career/Personal Growth
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Psychoeducational Assessments and Reports (ASD, SLD, ADHD, Socio-emotional, Behavioural)

Types of Clients

Children
Young People
Adults
Older Adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations

Languages

Hindi
English
Fiji Hindi


Qualifications & Practice Details

Member:

Australian Psychological Society, Mental Health Practitioners Network, International Association of Cross-cultural Psychology, Youth Affairs Council Victoria


Training:

Bachelor of Psychological Science (La Trobe University)

Post-graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology (Monash University)

Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology (Monash University)