Ms Heidi Sumich
Co-Director of Mindcare Centre
BSc(Psychol)(Hons) University of NSW
MPsychol(Merit) University of Sydney
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Clinical Endorsement)
Australian Clinical Psychology Association
Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
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Something about Heidi
Ms Heidi Sumich completed her Honours Degree in Psychology at the University of New South Wales in 1992 before undertaking research at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorders at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. During this time she co-authored a mental health text book funded by the World Health Organisation called “The Management of Mental Disorders”. This international textbook is now in its fourth edition. Heidi then returned to university full time for another two years to complete her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney. After completing her studies in 1996 she worked at Peakhurst / Hurstville Community Mental Health Centres where she predominantly treated people who had schizophrenia and severe mood and anxiety disorders. Since 1998 Heidi has worked solely in private practice, combining her time between clinical work, practice management, and motherhood.
Heidi sees adults and older adolescents. She has particular expertise in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults, body dysmorphic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. She is experienced in the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and also utilises Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy approaches.
Heidi believes that good clinical care involves the combination of high level education and practical experience, along with a warm, respectful and nurturing interpersonal style. A good dose of shared humour where appropriate also goes a long way towards normalising difficult life experiences and providing a new sense of hope and perspective.