Dr Katie Stirling

Clinical Psychologist
GradDipPsychSt BSc(Hons) DPsych(Clin)

Availability: This psychologist is currently accepting new clients, for appointments on Tuesdays.

Qualifications & Training

Katie is a fully registered Doctor of Clinical Psychology.  Her level of expertise has lead to her receiving clinical endorsement through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA).  In addition, Katie has also completed specialist training in couple therapy, using the Gottman framework.

Experience/ Area of Expertise

Katie currently works exclusively with couples wishing to improve their relationship. Katie has worked with individuals, couples, and families in both the public and private sector and has treated a range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, antenatal and postnatal depression, and eating disorders.

Katie’s compassionate, caring, judgement-free approach allows her clients to feel relaxed and comfortable within the therapeutic environment. Katie has completed training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and is passionate about supporting couples to improve communication and enjoy a fulfilling relationship.

Therapeutic Approach

Katie uses the Gottman approach when providing relationship therapy to couples. Gottman Method Couples Therapy draws on the knowledge of 40 years of research and clinical practice to help couples break through barriers, and improve the level of connection, intimacy and understanding within their relationships. The therapy is structured, scientifically-based, and goal-oriented. The interventions used in the therapy were developed as a result of research data, from a study conducted by Dr Gottman on more than 3000 couples. Gottman Method Couples Therapy is designed to help partners:

  • Increase closeness, respect and affection
  • Increase understanding between partners
  • Break through and resolve conflict, when partners feel stuck
  • Keep calm when discussing conflict.

Booking an appointment with Katie

This can be done through our online booking system. However, before doing so, please read our about the Gottman approach to couple therapy (by clicking here). This contains more information about the assessment process and how the first four appointments should be scheduled.

Session Costs

A first appointment with Katie costs $250. Subsequent sessions will cost $180 before 4pm, and $200 from 4pm onwards. Please see details about Medicare rebates below. If you have extras with your private health insurance, you may be able to claim through it (without a GP referral) – please contact your private health insurance provider, if you are eligible to claim through your policy.

Medicare Rebate

As a Clinical Psychologist, Katie can provide rebates of $124.50 per session through Medicare. N.B. You need to obtain a Mental Health Plan from your GP to be eligible for this rebate.