New Directions Psychology

El Raj


Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Applied Psych), Post Grad Dip Prof Psych and Master of Psychology (Clinical).

Ipswich Practice

El is committed to deliver the best quality evidence-based assessment and treatment. El has over a decade of experience in the field of Psychology. She attends to quality conferences every year within Australia as well as overseas and has even been trained by the world-renowned Dr Michael D. Yapko in Clinical Hypnosis. She uses a variety of approaches that she believes will be most effective based on both the issue she is working with and the experience she has in understanding what will best suit the person she is assisting.

El uses Clinical Hypnosis, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psycho-education, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Training and Values identification, Structured Problem Solving, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focussed Therapy, Positive Psychology, Goal Setting, Emotion Focused Therapy and Schema Focused Therapy in a unique way to make sure your issues are properly resolved. El believes that much of our deeper present day  struggles are linked to past experiences and perhaps the unresolved or non-addressed understandings or emotions associated with them. El also believes that often the issues presented in counselling are rather the symptoms of the underlining issue and hence it is often ‘deeper’ therapy as opposed to ‘band aid’ therapy that provides positive and sustainable change.

El’s areas of interest include the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Stress and adjustment difficulties, Mood and motivation issues, Pain management, Sleep difficulties, Emotional Management, Self Esteem and Self Confidence issues, Grief and Loss, PTSD, Weight Control and Eating Disorders, Smoking Cessation, Relationship issues/Couples therapy. El believes that the ideal recipe for effective therapy is self-honesty, commitment and an authentic relationship between the therapist and client. El’s approach towards her clients would best be described as direct, challenging but also authentic and nurturing.

If you are in crisis or have a mental health emergency and require immediate assistance:

Phone the Ambulance Service - 000
Visit your local hospital emergency department
Call or visit your local mental health service
Contact your local GP