Balanced Living Psychology is the vision of Principal Psychologist, Christina Farrell who wants to help adults, couples and adolescents navigate the challenges they face in life.
Christina is a qualified and experienced Psychologist. She is kind and caring in her approach and loves helping clients achieve their goals and improve their life. Before she was a psychologist, she had many careers in the corporate world and understands the demands of balancing career, family and the pressures of life. Christina has an Economics degree, MBA, Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) degree with Honours in Psychology, and a Master of Professional Psychology. She is currently undertaking her Doctorate in Psychology focusing on teenage social media usage and its impacts.
Christina has experience working in private practice with adolescents and adults struggling with a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, personality issues, trauma, eating disorders, PTSD, drug and alcohol abuse, behavioural difficulties, and low self-worth.
Christina is fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and she is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Christina’s Doctoral studies is focused on how changing technologies are impacting upon adolescence in a dynamic and changing world. Christina's research explores adolescent social issues such as the use of Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook and the impacts constant social comparison has on mental health, in particular on body image and sense of self.
She practices several different therapies with her main therapeutic orientations being Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), mindfulness approaches and Schema Therapy.