Hello and welcome to Heart Matters Psychology. I’m Dr. Jacques Rizk, a clinical psychologist, clinical supervisor, trainer and consultant based in Melbourne’s CBD.
In my work with thousands of clients over the years, I have noticed that people usually feel healthiest and most energetic, they think clearest, and they’re at their best, when they live as their truest self.
It has long been my vision to offer a therapeutic service that uses the science and principles of clinical psychology to compassionately guide individuals, couples and families towards a meaningful life well-lived as themselves.
My private practice – Heart Matters Psychology – is that vision realised.
I am trained as a clinical psychologist, and have over 20 years’ education and experience in counselling, psychology and mental health. My broad clinical interests and experiences have seen me over the years helping children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families from very diverse backgrounds with a large range of issues. However, much of my professional life has been dedicated to advancing my knowledge and practice in two specific areas: therapy and advocacy for people of diverse sexualities and genders and their loved ones; and understanding the psychology of overweight problems and eating behaviours.
My passion for helping people as a clinician is only equal to my love of supporting professionals, organisations, and communities as a supervisor and trainer. As a Board-approved supervisor, I offer clinical supervision to clinical registrars, psychologists, counsellors, externship students, and other health professionals. And as a trainer and consultant, I enjoy running larger-scale workshops for clinicians here and interstate, presenting research at conferences, and working closely with local schools, workplaces, and churches.
I think that my mix of advanced formal training, substantial and broad professional experiences, and dedication to keeping the ‘heart’ present in my psychological practice makes Heart Matters Psychology the quality professional service that it is. For those interested in knowing more about the influences on my practice and therapeutic style, I’ve included more information here.
I’ve carefully curated the information, resources and stories on this website to try and give you the clearest sense of what Heart Matters Psychology is about. So, please take a look around the website and see what you think. I hope you enjoy, and take care until perhaps we meet.