Caroline Anderson is the founder and director of Performance Edge Psychology a psychology clinic in North Balwyn, Melbourne offering individual counselling as well as delivering high quality, evidence based programs and workshops to athletes, sporting organisations and corporate trainings on high performance and wellbeing.
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Performance Edge Psychology works with people presenting with a range of issues including athletes (from local to Olympic/international level), people in high performance roles and high pressure, stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma.
Caroline is a registered Melbourne based psychologist with over 15 years experience who has worked in a variety of contexts. She has worked at a leading hospital in Mental Health for 10 years, working with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a wide range of complex difficulties. Along side her hospital work, Caroline sees clients in her own successful private practice. Prior to that she worked in the UK specialising in early intervention in mental health. Caroline has also completed post graduate studies in mental health science child and adolescent therapy, and family/couple therapy. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and an Affiliate Member of the College of Sports and Exercise Psychologists.
Caroline is a former Olympian (2004) in the sport of Taekwondo and represented Australia at World Cups and World Championships. She utilises her psychology skills as well as her experience of being an Olympic athlete to help motivate and assist people within individual therapy and when delivering training/seminars.
Caroline’s enthusiasm for educating and inspiring people has always been present in her career as an athlete and psychologist. She is committed to providing engaging, cutting edge and thought provoking workplace training, organisational and professional development, workshops and motivational speaking.
Caroline is passionate about mindfulness and acceptance techniques and is committed to supporting people to learn the skills and benefits which can be life changing. Caroline is inspired to engage with people by emphasizing the connection, relationship and authenticity between herself and her clients/audience.
Caroline’s specific areas of interest in therapy includes high performance/elite mindsets, the assessment and treatment of depression and anxiety in both young people and adults. She also works with relationship issues, sleep difficulties, anger management, self esteem, behavioural problems, parent work, self harm and complex mental health issues including low prevalence mental health disorder and personality disorders. Along side her clinical work, Caroline has an interest in working individually with athletes, business people and students wishing to improve their performance in high pressure settings. Caroline has worked with a number of high profile clients including athletes, media personalities and clients involved in court cases with high media interest.
Caroline has been trained in and uses cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness as her main therapeutic approaches but also incorporates other therapies such as psychodynamic techniques, interpersonal and narrative therapy.
Caroline’s approach to working with people, regardless of why they have sought help, it that of compassion, understanding and being fully present. Although the experience and therapeutic orientation of a psychologist is important, Caroline believes that ultimately it is the connection and relationship between therapist and the client that can make the biggest difference. Caroline strives to nurture that relationship in helping people overcome difficulties and making changes in their lives.