About Dane Easden
Dane is an experienced, dedicated and compassionate practitioner, with a calm, gentle manner. He aims to share a vulnerable space with clients in which they feel heard, understood and validated. Dane finds meaning and fulfilment in supporting and encouraging clients to cultivate the insight and ability to motivate, comfort, nurture and empower themselves. This is achieved through understanding and addressing psychological and emotional needs, using evidence-based research and practice.
Dane works with adults and adolescents from various backgrounds who are experiencing a broad range of concerns and life challenges. These include stress, anxiety, depression, mania, obsessions and compulsions, trauma, bullying, grief, relationship difficulties, life transitions, autism-related difficulties, social skills, intimacy, shame and low self-worth, existential concerns, as well as personality, psychotic, and dissociative conditions.
Dane is dedicated to providing a respectful, safe and collaborative therapeutic environment, with interventions tailored to each individual. He focuses on helping clients discover, learn and effectively practice adaptive ways of thinking and behaving that have an enduring positive impact on their wellbeing.
Dane has been trained across a range of therapeutic approaches, primarily utilising cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and self-compassion mindfulness techniques, and is also informed by motivational interviewing, interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), schema therapy, metacognitive therapy (MCT), existential approaches, and the unified protocol (UP).
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Dane is registered as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). He is also registered with Medicare, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
After developing a deep curiosity regarding peoples’ perceptions of themselves, others, and their environments, Dane completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (1st Class Honours). He later completed his Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the Australian National University, and is continuing his doctoral studies in psychology as a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.
Dane has experience working with adults and adolescents in a range of contexts, including private practice, mental health units, and outreach in home and community settings. Dane’s current research is within the areas of stress, reasoning and delusional belief formation, and he is interested in exploring the interplay between major existential concerns (such as one’s experiences of mortality, meaning, identity, connection and freedom), the ways in which individuals cope with these concerns, and influences on mental health. He has presented his research at various international conferences, and has received numerous awards and scholarships.
Dane is available both in-person and via telehealth. He is also interested in providing therapy in both natural surrounds (e.g., gardens, bushwalking) and virtual surrounds (using virtual, augmented and mixed reality applications). He feels drawn to holistic approaches which also incorporate understanding and working with individuals’ experiences, beliefs and ways of being in spiritual and transpersonal contexts, and in future hopes to train in providing evidence-based existential and psychedelic-assisted therapies.
Dane enjoys living in the Mt Dandenong community. He is a father with considerable life experience, and some of his interests outside of psychology include reading, singing, piano, outdoor recreation and exploration, travel and cultural experiences, philosophy, phenomenology, XR development, animal liberation and effective altruism.
Dane does not generally treat couples, children under 12, or individuals experiencing severe substance use or eating disorders, and can provide appropriate referrals for these services.
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