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Clayton McDonald

Clinical Psychologist

Areas Of Interest

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • LGBTQI+ mental health
  • Trans & Gender Diverse Health
  • Personality (BPD specifically)
  • Trauma
  • Cognitive, Intellectual/Learning and Neurodiverse assessments (ADHD/ASD)

About Clayton McDonald

BPsych Sci (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), MAPS

Clayton is a Clinical psychologist. Clayton grew up in the country before moving to Melbourne where he completed his Bachelor of Psychological Science degree, he later moved to Gold Coast where he completed his Master of Clinical Psychology. Clayton believes in the importance of understanding and embracing the diversity of each person’s experiences, and takes a neuro affirming, client-centred approach to therapy, ensuring a secure, supportive, and non-judgemental environment that is tailored to each individual’s needs.

Clayton has experience working with people across the lifespan and has worked within school, private practice, and outpatient hospital settings. He has a keen interest in cognitive assessment and diagnosis, with a focus on neurodiversity assessment. He uses evidence-based interventions from a range of therapeutic models including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectic behavioural therapy (DBT), and Schema Therapy; with experience in autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, borderline personality disorder, attachment and trauma, OCD, and more.

Clayton also has specialised experience and interest in LGBTQIA+ mental health and support and currently holds registration with the Australian Professional Association for Trans Health (AusPATH).

Outside of the office Clayton has a passion for video games, horror movies, and language learning. His current linguistic pursuits include attempting to learn Brazilian Portuguese.

Please Note. Clayton does not currently write any court reports.

Works With

Adolescents 13-15yrs
Older Adolescents 16-18yrs
Young Adults 19-24yrs
Adults 25-60yrs
Older Adults 60+

Referral Type

DVA
Medicare Better Access Program
NDIS
Private Health Fund
Private Billing
Workcover QLD

Therapy Style

Trauma-informed Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT/MiCBT)
Schema Therapy

Helps with

Gender Support
ADD / ADHD
Anxiety
Asperger's Syndrome
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Cognitive Assessment
Coping with Change
Depression
Drug & Alcohol Misuse
Gender Issues
Grief & Loss
Health Related Issues
Learning Difficulties
Mens Health Issues
Mens Issues
Mindfulness
NDIS Therapeutic Support
Panic Attacks
Psychological Testing
Psychosis
Self Harm
Stress Management
Trauma

Phone

07 5599 2201

Email

livingwell@psychologygoldcoast.com.au

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Appointments Offered

Robina (Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri) Accepting New Clients

Provider for

Medicare, NDIS, Private Health Funds, Healthy Minds, ATAPS, CTP Insurance, DVA, EAP, Workcover QLD,

Fees

50min Consultations – $240 (Medicare Rebate = $137.05)

1hr Psychological Assessment Consultations – $300 (APS Recommended Fee)

All fees are payable at the time of appointment and subject to change.