We understand that it can be quite nerve wracking and confronting to see a psychologist for the first time. It may feel a little awkward or uncomfortable at first, but Louise's number one priority is to make you feel as safe and as comfortable as possible.
Questions we ask may be about your life, your childhood, your current work situation, your family, relationships and your hobbies help Louise get to know you. We ask these questions to get a clearer picture of how you came to be you and what your therapy goals are.
Louise Ryan is a consultant generalist psychologist and founder of Sage Consulting Group. In the mid-late 1990s, after working in law firms, a few years travelling overseas, and completing her undergraduate studies in psychology and sociology, Louise found herself increasingly fascinated by the resilient ways people found to make sense of and lead their lives in the face of personal hardships. Whilst completing graduate training in psychology, she worked as a clinical social worker at the Mercy Hospital for Women. Across the wards and specifically in the neonatal intensive care, Louise supported families through some of the most difficult times of their lives.
As the new century dawned, and following her development as a training psychologist, Louise moved on to spending 18 months conducting intellectual and functional assessments for adults who were struggling before moving to developing and directing large scale community early intervention programs in perinatal mental health and chronic disease management across Victoria. Yearning to be back working directly with individuals as they navigated their lives, Louise started to see patients through their workplace psychology programs (EAP) and in 2006 commenced full time private practice at Sage Consulting working with adults.
With more than 25 years’ experience in counselling and mental health treatment, Louise offers a personal and dynamic style of counselling and psychotherapy for adults on a broad range of relational, occupational, and mental health difficulties.
If you or somebody you know is in immediate risk of harm, call 000. We do not offer emergency support, so if you need help either contact your GP or any of the following organisations for assistance:
24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian.1800 737 732
For 24/7 immediate support. Lifeline provides compassionate support for people in crisis.13 11 14
Focused on supporting people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide, 24/7 free confidential phone service.1300 22 4636
A Victorian LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing support service with a focus on relationships, families, parenting and young people.(03) 9663 6733
Provides anonymous and free LGBTIQA+ peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.https://qlife.org.au