Meet The Team – Benjamin Petrovic

Benjamin is a registered psychologist who is passionate about working with young people, adults and families who present with a diverse range of mental health issues. Benjamin joined the Clinical Psychology Centre team in January 2020, after obtaining his Master of Clinical Psychology degree from Macquarie University. Throughout his training, he delivered interventions for a broad range of presentations across all age ranges, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia in private and public health settings. He has also facilitated a social skills group program for children, modelled on the Australian social skills program ‘STOP THINK DO’. 

Benjamin has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders across the age-span, and has conducted research within his Master of Clinical Psychology degree, which focused on Social Anxiety Disorder and the quality of interpersonal relationships. 

We recently sat down with Benjamin to ask him more about his life, both in and out of work. 

Benjamin’s therapy style 

Overall, I’d consider my style as highly collaborative, warm, compassionate, and at times (when appropriate) infused with humour. That being said, I also like to consider myself to be quite flexible depending on my clients’ needs and preferences, which I think is really important! 

What is important to Benjamin throughout the therapeutic process 

Definitely the relationship. I can’t imagine therapy being helpful at all without developing a strong, therapeutic relationship with clients, and a safe environment in which they feel heard, validated, and understood. Other than that, I think it’s really important to have a clear direction and evidence base supporting the therapy plan, to make sure clients really get the most out of each session. 

Outside the therapy room 

I really enjoy reading, playing guitar and writing music, watching shows/movies, finding new artists to listen to, and going to gigs. I also really love animals, particularly cats! 

The last book I read was “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne, which has become my all-time favourite book (okay, maybe tied favourite with “A Little Life” by Hanya Yahangihara). I’m just about to start reading “Ship of Magic” by Robin Hobb. 

I’m also watching Better Call Saul. I started it ages ago and finally decided to finish it! 

One piece of advice that Benjamin has for someone who is looking to start therapy

Think about what it is you want from life, not just what you think you should want. We receive so many messages from society about what it is that we should want and be doing with our lives.  Because of this, I think that in order to get the most out of therapy, it’s so important to first work out what it is that truly matters to you, and what brings you the most joy and fulfillment in life. If you’re unsure about what it is that matters to you, don’t worry. That’s perfectly normal. That’s why I like to spend time with each of my clients to help them establish what it is they want to achieve or stand for in life, and what kind of life they want to live. 

Benjamin has worked with many populations, but is predominantly working with adults at this time. He uses a range of therapeutic approaches depending on his clients’ preferences and needs, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. His working days at the Clinical Psychology Centre are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. For more information, or to book an appointment, visit www.clinpsychcentre.com.au, email reception at reception@clinpsychcentre.com.au or call us on 9906 5199.