About

Hi! I'm Caitlin. Psychodynamic Therapist and Psychologist in Australia




Everyone can create a life of meaning and fulfillment - Caitlin Bell

Before I talk about myself, I want to talk about you. As you’re the reason, I am here.

You’re accomplished, creative, and a high achiever. On the outside, you have everything together. 

But inside you may feel lost, alone, and exhausted. You’re quick to blame or criticise yourself for not being good enough. To cope, you’ve learnt it’s safer to hide and dull down the real you.

There is more to your story.

You want change. You want a deeper understanding of yourself and the world. Confidence, clarity, and real connection are what you yearn for.

I see you. You are not alone. Together, we can weave a new narrative for your life.

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Hi, I'm Caitlin.

Psychologist, collector of books, and fellow human.

I support deep-thinking adults, like you, through approachable psychotherapy. So that you find meaning, ignite your spark for life, and create lasting change.

Why? So you live a life with no regrets.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes - Marcel Proust

MY STORY

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Stories are everywhere.

We all have a story.

My psychology story began in 2014 when I was sitting at a cafe in Montreal. I was deciding where to go next. Keep travelling, or take a risk and change careers.

After reflecting on my previous jobs, and thinking about what I valued in life. I was struck by a lightbulb moment.

The one thread connecting my various jobs was my curiosity about humans and human behaviour.

My heart led me to psychology.

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I returned to Australia to become a psychologist and completed a further five years of study.

Eager to find my place in the wide world of psychology, I gained experience in many psychology roles.

I went on a quest to find a therapy that fits my therapeutic style. This discovery would also benefit my patients.

I discovered psychodynamic therapy. A therapy that is longer term, non-directive, and allows space for patients to explore their unconscious life.

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Psychodynamic therapy suits my therapeutic style and is a therapy backed by science for a range of mental health difficulties.

So, in 2022, I tiptoed out as a solo psychologist in private practice. Offering my therapy skills via telehealth.

Today, my approach continues to be influenced by my early studies in existential philosophy (a philosophy that explores human existence). 

I am known for being myself in sessions, sprinkling humour, curiosity, and warmth.

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My style is active, yet non-directive/unstructured. 

This means my clients can let out a sigh of relief. Because I will meet them where they are at. 

Sessions are on their terms, and we are on this journey together.

Want to know a little secret?

My hope for my clients is that they lead meaningful and fulfilled lives.

Symptom reduction is a byproduct of gaining insights about themselves. 

I am passionate about psychology and the change it can spark. 

What’s your story?

Influential Ideas

People have an innate propensity to grow, like a plant or flower, “in the direction of the sun”, towards growth, pleasure, and satisfaction. However, not everyone has had the optimum conditions for growth.

If we have meaning or a sense of purpose in life, we can bear almost anything

People are complex – not merely diagnoses or pathologies.

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In Session You'll Find Me

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MY QUALIFICATIONS

I am a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPI). The development of my skills as a therapist and ongoing education and training are something I value. I engage in regular clinical supervision.

My Publications

Caitlin Bell, Leanne Francia & Prudence Millear (2022) A Child’s Hidden Struggles: Self-Efficacy and Painful Feelings in the Years following Parental Separation, Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 63:2, 150-165, DOI: 10.1080/10502556.2021.1993020

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