Azaan Vhora

Psychologist

Azaan Vhora

Azaan Vhora

Psychologist

BIO

“Within our sessions, I strongly believe in upskilling you as the expert so that you have the confidence, knowledge and skills to negotiate the vicissitudes of life in healthy and adaptive ways.” – Azaan Vhora

Azaan aims to create a safe, respectful and encouraging space where individuals can create meaningful change in their lives. He enjoys connecting with people of all ages and from all walks of life, hearing their stories and working together to solve problems, overcome difficulties and build resilience. Azaan’s focus on self-discovery and relapse prevention techniques, helps clients maintain the benefits of therapy and continue on the journey to recovery even after sessions have concluded.

Azaan has a strong skill set working in both early intervention and in working with clients with complex longstanding difficulties, who may feel that they have tried everything with no improvement or success. In addition to his work as a psychologist, he was instrumental in the establishment and growth of youth mental health services within the NSW New England region and has supervised a team of psychologists in evidence based interventions and stepped care practice. 

Azaan has a special interest in working with adolescents and young adults. He understands that for many young people, adolescence is a period of significant change, vulnerability and opportunity. Between high school, family and friendships, young people are asked to navigate through many challenges that can sometimes seem overwhelming. Azaan adopts a youth friendly approach when working with young people, he is creative, enthusiastic and uses technology, anecdotes and current pop-culture references to build resilience and work collaboratively towards treatment goals.

Azaan is also passionate about working with individuals suffering from substance and behavioural addictions. He is aware of the difficult experiences faced by individuals and the impact addiction can have on their work, family, relationships and personal goals. He understands that despite the intent and motivation to recover, episodes of relapse can be distressing and demoralising for the individual, their families and friend. Azaan adopts a non judgemental and empathic approach to therapy, helping patients understand their behaviours, take ownership and collaboratively work towards regaining control.

 

Bachelor of Arts

University of Western Sydney

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Australian Institute of Psychology

Master of Brain and Mind Sciences

University of Sydney

Masters of Clinical Psychology (Candidate)

University of New England

Special interests

Azaan has a special interest in the following areas:

  • Substance and Behavioural Addictions including gaming
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders e.g., Depression, Bipolar
  • OCD
  • Complex Trauma
  • Eating Disorders and Body Image Concerns
  • School Related Stressors e.g., time management, academic performance
  • Anger Management
  • ASD
  • Workplace Stressors and Rehabilitation
  • Sport Psychology and Optimal Performance
  • Early Intervention and Prevention
  • Chronic, Severe and Treatment Resistant Conditions
  • Child, Young Person and Family Health
Therapy approaches

Azaan is trained and experienced in a range of treatment interventions, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Family Therapy and Family Based Interventions
  • The Gottman Method – Couple’s Therapy
REGISTRATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
  • Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0002027695)
  • Australian Psychological Society
Research & Publications

Azaan is committed to maintaining high standards of evidence based practice. He engages in frequent professional development opportunities throughout the year to ensure his clients receive the latest in psychological treatment.

Azaan is passionate about several areas of research including internet gaming addiction, self-control and willpower, Islam and psychology and the biomarkers of mental health disorders.