Vanessa Poliness


Vanessa Poliness is a well-rounded psychologist working with children, adolescents, families, individual adults and couples. She specialises in psychodynamic and narrative therapy approaches providing counselling for a wide range of issues including anger, violence, and substance dependence.



I prefer to work from a psychodynamic perspective whereby clients have an opportunity to explore their childhood experiences and their interpretation of those experiences. This is done in a safe environment and allows clients to understand how they came to be the person they are today; why they do the things they do; how their past experiences have impacted on them and play- out today. Having greater insight may provide clients with a more emotionally connected self that will hopefully transfer into other more connected and meaningful relationships. Additionally, with a greater understanding of themselves, clients may make healthier, adaptive decisions about their behaviour and their future.

Clients I work with:
  • Individual Adults
  • Couples
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Organizations (Critical Incident Debriefing)
Therapeutic Approaches I use:
  • Psychodynamic
  • CBT
  • Mindfulness
  • Schema Focused Therapy
Issues I work with:
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Forensic / criminal issues
  • Legal issues
  • Trauma
  • Relationships
  • Substance dependence
  • Sexuality
  • Anger
  • Violence
  • Treatment for problematic pornography use
  • All types of addiction
  • $195 for Business Hours
  • $215 for After Hours
  • Wednesdays
  • Available for Skype sessions