“We all have our own stories and can at times find ourselves overwhelmed by the difficulties we face. My aim is to work collaboratively with you to provide guidance, skills, and self-confidence to make positive and meaningful changes to your life.” – Kara Choi
Kara is a warm, respectful, and approachable psychologist who is experienced working with children, adolescents, and their families. She has worked in a range of settings including primary and high schools, university clinics, and community and hospital settings.
Kara holds a concurrent role at Hornsby Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) and has previously worked at Coral Tree Family Service, supporting families to manage their children’s aggression, self-harm, absconding, and oppositionality; supporting parents to develop skills in emotion coaching and enhance their connection with their child.
Kara has a particular interest in working with children, young people, & families to achieve positive change in family relationships. Kara understands the impact mental health difficulties can have on individual family members as well as the entire family unit and offers support and guidance to reduce conflict and increase positive connections between family members. Kara aims to assist people to feel connected and supported in their relationships with important others, allowing them to thrive in their everyday lives.
Kara is also interested in working with children and young people who struggle with emotion regulation. Kara listens without judgment and offers parents guidance on how to best support their child or young person with big emotions in a calm and gentle manner. Kara works alongside parents to build confidence and increase moments of positive connection.
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
University of New South Wales
Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology
Masters of Clinical Psychology
Kara is a Christian and works with patients who wish to see a psychologist with a shared faith and world view.
Kara has a special interest in the following areas:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders e.g. Depression
- Child Behavioural Issues
- Parenting and Attachment
- Adolescent Mental Health
- Emotion Regulation
- Child and Family Presentations
Registrations & Memberships
- Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #PSY0001767266)
Kara has received extensive training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and incorporates elements of other scientifically proven therapeutic techniques into her treatment plans, including:
- Family Systems Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Treatments
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Kara is a trained facilitator of the following programs:
- Cool Kids Macquarie University anxiety program
RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS
Kara has an ongoing interest in attachment, parenting, and trauma, and how these interrelate. Her research on this topic was published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2020.
Choi, K. J., & Kangas, M. (2020). Impact of maternal betrayal trauma on parent and child well-being: attachment style and emotion regulation as moderators. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(2), 121–130. https://doi.org/10.