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Mr Mickey Skidmore, AMHSW, ACSW, MACSWAccredited Mental Health Social Worker, Accredited Clinical Social Worker
Member Australian College of Social Workers (Clinical Division)
I am a male Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of post masters experience in the field of mental health. In my psychotherapy practice, I work with people of all ages across the lifespan, in individual, couples and family settings.
Why choose me
Embarking on a treatment process with me is an experience unlike any that you may have had with a previous therapist.
- I relish the idea of deliberately and intentionally looking at the world from different perspectives; offering unique vantage points. As a result, creating fresh and new perspectives result that can enable clients to consider change in ways they haven’t before.
- As a Clinical Social Worker, my approach to therapy is underscored by your family system. I seek to understand every individual with a broader social context and environment in which they live and function. Such an orientation creates an observation of the world through a different lens.
- I was educated and trained in the United States, where I practiced for more than 25 years before coming to Australia. I incorporate the above knowledge and experience together with my Australian training, accreditation and experience into a unique therapy approach.
- Along with my significant experience, I believe I am qualified to identify, understand and address a wide variety of complex mental health afflictions and issues.
Therapy approaches/modalities used in my work
My approach to therapy is based on Ericksonian Approaches to hypnosis and psychotherapy. This method emphasises the blending and utilisation of clinical hypnosis with the incorporation of multiple focused psychological approaches in a strategic fashion. I am also strongly influenced by developmental and system’s theory, allowing for the inclusion of a wide range of therapeutic approaches in most treatment interventions. I hold the view that establishing a client centred alliance is imperative before any approach or method can be initiated or established. I strive to place great emphasis on respect, flexibility, appreciation and careful recognition of each person’s uniqueness over any preconceived approach or method of therapy.
I completed my Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) with concentration areas of Individual & Group Work at East Carolina University in 1984. I completed my Master of Social Work (MSW) with concentration areas of Health/Mental Health in 1986, also at East Carolina University. In 2017, I completed a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution from the Mediator Training Academy & ICES.
I obtained my Accredited Mental Health Social Worker credential with the Australian Association of Social Workers in 2013. Membership to the Clinical Division of the Australian College of Social Workers was extended to me by the AASW in 2016. I earned the Accredited Clinical Social Worker credential from the AASW in 2019. I have been a casual academic at the University of Western Sydney since 2018.
I am a provider with Medicare and with the The Teacher’s private health as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMSHW).
Areas of my specific interests
My primary clinical focus is on grief & loss, and associated issues of depression and anxiety — for individuals, couples and families. I have a strong passion for providing therapeutic services to other mental health providers, physicians and professionals. I also have a long-standing interest in providing clinical supervision to mental health professionals.
My therapy philosophy is one of goal-direction, health discovery, self-empowerment, and concentrates on factors of the entire eco-system. Moreover, this approach is generally future-oriented, dealing with current, situational, and developmental problems (while recognising that it is sometime useful to hold other frames of reference). My approach to therapy emphasises choosing to notice certain (behavioural or structural) patterns rather than being able to label pathology, and then purposefully punctuating their ongoing experience. Ultimately, I believe therapeutic change results from helping clients to re-organise and/or re-associate their natural abilities and experiences so that these resources become available in new ways.
I provide services authorised under Medicare (with corresponding rebates) in addition to couples and family counselling/therapy (which Medicare currently does not rebate). I also provide private (self-pay) consultations and (clinical) supervision.
Our friendly admin team at Exclusive Wellbeing will be able to answer most of your questions. However, if you wish to contact me prior to booking your appointment, please feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note that I aim to respond to emails within 24-48 hours. Our admin team may be able to provide you with answers more quickly if you contact them first at (02) 8677 4062.