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The following information is provided for provisionally registered psychologists, counsellors, and registered psychologists who are considering clinical supervision with Jacques.

Supervision Qualifications

I am approved by the Psychologists Board of Australia to act as either the primary or secondary supervisor to provisionally registered psychologists. As I have a Clinical Psychology area of practice endorsement, I am also able to act as primary or secondary supervisor for clinical psychology registrars.

Supervision Experience

My first taste of supervising was in 2007, when I took on a relief supervising position at a community counselling organisation servicing young people (who were often in crisis, at high risk of harm, or presenting with complex mental health problems). I found that supervising was a great fit with my own style – a mix of teaching, listening, skill demonstration, and supporting. I loved it, and have been supervising since.

I have experience supervising a variety of supervisees and in a range of contexts. My experience includes:

  • Currently employed part-time by a community counselling service, as a primary supervisor to clinical psychology students on placement
  • Employed sessionally by Universities, to provide external supervision to 5+1 students on placement at LGBTIQ community services
  • Private clinical supervisor to experienced psychologists seeking specific supervision for LGBTIQ clients or bariatric patients
  • Private clinical supervisor to psychologists seeking supervision as part of their AHPRA undertakings
  • Private clinical supervisor to counsellors seeking specific supervision for working with young people and families
  • Involved in ongoing peer supervision with psychologists and psychiatrists working with gender-diverse children, adolescents and adults
  • Involved in ongoing peer supervision with psychologists who see clients with eating disorder presentations

Supervision Style and Framework

Almost a decade of supervising such a diverse mix of counsellors, trainees and psychologists has taught me the value of being able to tailor my style to meet the individual needs of each individual supervisee. When I supervise, I consider your:

  • Level or stage of professional development
  • Current and specific learning needs and goals
  • Previous supervisory experiences – what’s worked and what you’ve found unhelpful
  • Formal supervision requirements, such as those set out by your University, organisation or by the Psychologists Board of Australia, and
  • The context in which you’re practicing or learning

Irrespective of the above factors, you can count on me to start our working relationship with a clear, collaborative conversation about each of our roles and responsibilities, what we’re aiming to achieve through supervision, and how we can keep track of how it’s going along the way.  Most sessions will begin with setting an agenda, and where possible, I’m happy to share resources with you that are relevant to your professional development.

My own practice framework consists mostly of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Person-Centred Therapy.  I include process-oriented and experiential approaches in my supervision, and above all I would describe myself as respectful and collaborative.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can answer any specific questions you may have about supervision, but please first have a read of our very important

Hello. My name is Dr. Jacques Rizk, and welcome to Heart Matters Psychology.  In my work with thousands of clients over the years, I have noticed that people are the healthiest and feel most alive when they are living truest to their values.  It has long been my vision to offer individuals, couples and families a service that helps them make contact with what matters most to them, and Heart Matters Psychology is that vision realised.

As a clinical psychologist who has been training and practicing in the field since 1999, Dr. Jacques Rizk has had much experience in dealing with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Jacques has particular experience, interest and advanced training in two clinical areas: working with people struggling with their weight and eating; and working with people who identify as LGBTQI. You can read about his work in these areas in the ‘Clinical Interests & Experience’ section below.

On a more personal note, Jacques was born in Melbourne and grew up exposed to a rich mixture of Australian, Arabic, and African cultural influences. He became interested in psychology early in life, and has particularly been drawn to elements within psychology that resonate personally, such as compassion and authenticity. Jacques adds to his suite of scientifically-supported therapeutic strategies a heartfelt dedication to helping individuals make lasting and meaningful changes towards psychological health.

Informed by this rich combination of the highest level of formal training in the field and over 15 years of professional practice, and coloured by a personal history that has imbued him with depth and authenticity, Jacques is well placed to offer quality therapeutic services to a range of people.

Clinical Interests & Experience

Jacques has two particular clinical focus areas:

These days, about half of Jacques’ referrals are for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people of all ages (you can read about his work in this area here).

Another area of intense focus for Jacques is in the area of his PhD, which investigated the psychology of eating and weight problems. Jacques has presented this research at a number of national and international conferences. These days, he uses his extensive knowledge in this area to help people struggling with binge and emotional eating, as well as people considering surgery for weight management (read more about his work in this area here).

In addition to his clinical and academic expertise in these two areas, Jacques also has a clinical interest and over a decade’s experience assisting people with a range of other issues. He works with children, young people, couples, families, and groups, and his greatest areas of experience are:

– Depression (and other mood disorders such as Bipolar)
– Anxiety (including panic attacks, generalised anxiety, phobias
– Problems with managing emotions (including anger)
– Recovery from trauma (including PSTD and childhood/past trauma)
– Managing chronic pain
– Workplace and school bullying
– Cultural identity issues
– Recovery from addiction
– Self-harm and suicide prevention
– Assertiveness Training
– Relationship problems (including polyamorous and non-traditional relationships), and
– Uncertainty with life goals and direction.

Jacques also enjoys supervising psychologists, and regularly running group therapy sessions, workshops, and trainings. He has presented on a range of topics at schools, businesses, professional network meetings, conferences, and universities in Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney.

Therapy Approaches

In assisting people who seek therapy for these concerns, Jacques adheres to the APS code of ethics, the APS charter for clients of psychologists, and the Medicare provider guidelines.

Jacques is committed to only using evidence-based psychological strategies that are considered by the profession to be best practice and the highest level of care. Jacques is a Humanist at heart, and resting on these principles of empathy, authenticity, empowerment and client-centeredness is a highly developed and defined clinical framework that augments pioneering third-wave behavioural therapy strategies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with more traditional and established strategies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. When working with couples, Jacques uses his advanced training in Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples. Jacques’ clinical practice has also been heavily influenced by his PhD research, which emphasised that psychological treatment is most effective when it is tailored to meet each individual’s unique set of needs.

If you are wondering whether a clinical psychologist can help you with your problem, please have a read of our confidentiality policy first and then contact us.

Clinical Supervision

Jacques has made a commitment to give back to the community through the provision of quality training and supervision to more junior psychologists. If you would like to find out more about Jacques’ supervision, please click here).