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Mx Mark Baxter

Director & Principal Psychologist,
The Psychology Spot

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The Psychology Spot

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I’ve been practicing as a psychologist for 16 years and find a lot of meaning through work. I really enjoy listening to people and seeking to understand their experience and perspective. Seeing people transform and find freedom is very rewarding.

I engage with people in a collaborative, accepting, compassionate and non-judging spirit. This is combined with my ongoing training in cognitive, behavioural, acceptance, somatic and mindfulness based approaches. These include:

·      Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

·      Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)

·      Internal Family Systems (IFS)

·      Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

·      Motivational Interviewing (MI)

·      Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

·      Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

I specialise in teaching mindfulness skills to help people understand their own mind, transform stress and suffering, increase self-awareness and improve relationships. Mindfulness meditation is an important habit that can strengthen and support every other area of life. Personalised coaching can help people overcome barriers to practice, or to find new and helpful ways to engage in mindful living. 

As a psychologist, my clinical interest areas are depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and trauma recovery, psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar, addictions, grief, loss and experiences of existential dilemma, anguish or distress. Alongside helping people with mental health difficulties, I am equally interested in the areas that contribute to human flourishing. This includes cultivating relationships, activities and habits that promote growth, belonging and contentment. And also experiences that facilitate self-transcendent positive emotions, known to have powerful effects on our wellbeing and connectedness.

With the wave of new clinical research studies about psychedelic-assisted therapy for mental health, personal and spiritual growth; it’s important that people can be supported to ensure their experiences are safe and valuable. I provide a safe space to talk through psychedelic experiences, to integrate important insights, or to think carefully about preparation, suitability and harm minimisation.

I’m committed to ongoing learning about the therapeutic use of psychedelics to improve health and wellbeing. I’ve been accepted into Australia’s first professional Certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Therapies (CPAT) training facilitated by Mind Medicine Australia and commencing January 2020. This training will deepen my knowledge in Psilocybin-assisted therapy for Depression and MDMA-assisted therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; therapies that are still in the research and development stage but will likely be available in Australia over the coming years.

I’m an AHPRA board approved Clinical Supervisor and supporting other psychologists on their journey is one of the best parts of my work. I have experience providing supervision to 5+1 interns, mid career psychologists and experienced practitioners. I also have experience in coaching clinical team leaders, operations managers and other allied health professionals.

As the Director of The Psychology Spot, I’m dedicated to ensuring we live up to our Vision and our Mission.

Our Vision

To create space for healing and growth; a spot to rest and reflect with a skilled and compassionate psychologist who works with you as change happens.

Our Mission

To provide life changing therapeutic experiences for all people. We welcome people from diverse backgrounds and seek to provide services that feel safe and supportive for everyone. Our team of psychologists work in partnership with you, in open-minded and creative ways to discover what works for your life. We are dedicated to continuous learning and professional development, and we take our ethical responsibilities seriously.

The Psychology Spot is a group private practice in Wollongong, NSW

Phone: (02) 4058 4486
Address: Wollongong Mall, 23/157 Crown St
Email: connect@thepsychologyspot.com.au
Fax: (02) 4204 1662
Web: www.thepsychologyspot.com.au
Post: PO Box 5048 Wollongong NSW 2520