Theodora Binasis

Psychologist

Theodora Binasis

Theodora Binasis

Psychologist

BIO

“Seeing a psychologist is all about being empowered. In our sessions together, you can expect there to be times where we will focus on you, your journey and where you want to be. Other times, we will focus on learning skills and strategies to empower you to make changes that will positively impact your mental health and the way you lead your life. My goal is to support children and their families in becoming confident and skilled in dealing with life’s challenges independently.” – Theodora Binasis

Theodora is a warm and empathic psychologist dedicated to providing evidence-based treatment in a collaborative manner. She aims to create a safe place where children, adults, and families feel comfortable sharing their concerns and difficulties. She works together with her clients to help them understand their current situation and how they can make positive changes to achieve their goals.

 Theodora has experience working in community services supporting children and their families and in hospital services working with adults with complex mental health conditions.

Theodora has a keen interest in working with children and their families; and in supporting parents in their important journey of raising resilient children. She has a strong focus on early intervention and believes that working together with families starting in early childhood can have a positive impact for a child’s future including being better skilled at managing emotions and relationships, improved academic performance, and better career prospects. Her therapeutic approach is tailored to each individual or family’s needs with the aim to build families’ and individuals’ resilience and supporting them to lead hopeful and enriching lives.

Theodora has also worked with adults with complex mental health conditions both individually and in group settings. She understands that each person has a unique history and works with individuals to find their strengths and heal from past traumas so that they can engage fully with life in the present. She strives to provide a variety of skills and strategies so that each person she works with can choose the approach that best suits them.

 

Bachelor of Psychology (1st Class Honours & University Medal)

Western Sydney University

Masters of Clinical Psychology

Western Sydney University

Special interests

Theodora has a special interest in the following areas:

  • Anxiety Disorders including Selective Mutism
  • Behavioural Difficulties
  • Mood Disorders (e.g., Depression, Bipolar)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Emotion Dysregulation
  • Tic Disorders & Trichotillomania
  • Eating Disorders & Body Image Concerns
  • Child & Family Presentations
  • Parenting
  • Alcohol & Substance Use Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Anger Management
Awards & Recognition

Theodora has received a number of awards and recognition throughout her tertiary education. She has been a consecutive recipient of the Dean’s Merit List Award from 2015 to 2018. She was also the recipient of the University Medal in 2019 for Outstanding Scholarship in the Bachelor of Psychology degree.

Therapy approaches

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

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
  • Emotion Coaching
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Problem Solving Therapy (PST)
  • Family Systems Therapy
REGISTRATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
  • Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0002264707)
  • Australian Psychological Society
RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

As a scientist-practitioner, Theodora has a keen interest in research and considers research to be the backbone to her clinical practice. Across the course of her training, Theodora has contributed to the body of research on child development, perception, and school readiness. Her research has investigated different practices and beliefs on school readiness with the aim to collaborate with Western Sydney Councils to support parents in getting their child school ready. This research has supported a strong understanding that each child exists within a system which includes parents, carers, schools, councils, and organisations. Involving all parties in the therapeutic journey is an integral part of her clinical work.

Theodora has also contributed to the literature on best practice models in clinical practice within Psychology. She has recently completed a thesis on the validation of particular tools used in Psychology to measure social anxiety. The manuscript is currently being prepared for publication.