New Directions Psychology

Darius Leo

Darius Leo

Clinical Psychology Registrar
BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clinical)

Jindalee & Ipswich Practices

Darius is passionate about helping people to find relief from their suffering and cultivate hope for the future. He has a special interest in aiding people with grief and loss. These losses can come in many forms. We may experience personal traumas and lose our sense of personal safety and identity. Or we may lose loved parents and children; employment; career aspirations; physical health; important relationships; or losses associated with being an older adult. At times, we may find it difficult to cope with these because of severe distress, having had a difficult relationship with a deceased loved one, not being able to grieve at the time of a loss, having multiple losses occurring at the same time, or co-occurring mental health concerns. Some people will experience depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, or other mental health challenges. It is quite normal to feel overwhelmed by losing what is most important to us and asking for support.

Darius’ approach to helping people suffering from grief and loss is one of patience, compassion, and personal connection. He creates a safe and welcoming space where you can openly discuss your challenges, personal sorrows, or heartbreak without fear of becoming overwhelmed or criticised. He encourages you to move at your own pace and supports you with helpful psychological strategies. He uses psychological strategies to help you to draw on the strengths that you already have, develop new ones, and discover a brighter hope for the future. Many people find that approaches that focus on mindfulness and values based techniques—such as ACT therapy—are helpful. And others find that approaches that help with challenging thoughts, emotions, and actions—such as CBT—are what they need. He has also received training in relationship and couples therapy, and often uses Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) in these circumstances. Darius tailors his approach to suit your personal needs.

When he is not conducting therapy, Darius spends time working a doctoral research proposal on the use of hope in promoting psychological recovery. His earlier research includes studying the adult personalities of people who had imaginary companions as children, and the effects of trauma on a person’s religious beliefs (now under peer review).".

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