Lena Lee is a registered (general) psychologist who works in the South Melbourne practice.
Lena completed her psychology degree in Curtin University in Perth. Since then she has completed a Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute in Melbourne. Lena is also qualified in Business, Workplace and Personal Coaching.
Lena has worked with clients with a wide range of clinical presentations and has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders. She has worked in various mental health settings in both the public and private sectors. In addition to private practice, Lena has worked with clients in community health settings, employment services, occupational rehabilitation, the corporate sector, and in various government agencies. In addition to psychotherapy and counselling Lena has worked in management, training, recruitment, consulting, and coaching roles. Lena is also a mother and is in a committed long-term relationship. She understands the challenges – and importance – of balancing multiple life roles.
Lena is from a Malaysian Chinese background and came to Australia at the age of four. She has a special interest in working with clients from Asian and other minority ethnic cultures.
Areas of Expertise:
- Depressive disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Childhood trauma
- Low self-esteem
- Identity issues (e.g. sexual; cultural; existential)
- Grief and loss
- Interpersonal difficulties
- Relationship counselling
- Workplace stress and bullying
- WorkCover injuries
- Employee Assistance Program
- Crisis counselling and critical incident debriefing
- Career counselling and coaching
Treatment Modalities Used:
Lena is passionate about the healing and transformative power of psychotherapy.
Her therapeutic style is eclectic and tailored to the specific needs and characteristics of the client in front of her. Lena’s clients have reported that they find her warm, compassionate and insightful. When developing treatment plans, she considers whether a client will be seeing her for short-term counselling (one to six sessions) or whether they would like to engage in longer term therapy.
Lena uses a client-centred approach and draws on techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), positive psychology, mindfulness-based therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and existential/humanistic approaches. She has been inspired and influenced by the work of Irvin Yalom who views the therapeutic relationship as the best indicator of how the client functions in their other relationships. Like Yalom, Lena believes that if she can assist clients to be open, honest, and authentic in their relationship with her, they will better be able to do this in their other relationships.