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Dr Ester Senderey

Psychological Sciences


A practising clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in Adult Mental Health, Ester has worked in private and public out and inpatient psychiatric facilities. She joined ACAP in 1996 as an educator and supervisor. In 2012 she joined the ACAP School of Psychological Sciences in her current position of Psychology Clinic Manager. She provides individual and group supervision to provisionally registered psychologists as well as clinical psychologists registrars.

Research Interests

  • Borderline personality disorder and applications of dialectical behaviour therapy
  • Attachment theory and attachment based therapy
  • Complicated and traumatic bereavement
  • Perfectionism as a transdiagnostic process
  • Students’ wellbeing and psychological burnout
  • Clinical applications of mindfulness practice
  • Clinical use of attachment theory to address personality dysfunction and to improve mental health
  • The prevention of disorders of self (borderline and narcissistic pathologies)

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Topics include:

  • Psychology, Health and Wellbeing
  • Psychological Assessment for Professional Psychology
  • Psychology Practice 1: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues
  • Psychology Practice 2: Working with Clients

Journal Articles

  • Senderey, E. (2017). Mindfulness and group cognitive behavioural therapy to address problematic perfectionism. Athens Journal of Social Sciences,4, 1,  49- 66.
  • German, E. (2003). Hypnosis and cognitive behaviour therapy with a student suffering mixed depression and anxiety. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 31, 2, 71-85.
  • German, E. (2004). Hypnotic preparation of a mother-to-be (2004). Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 32, 2, 157-169.

Conference Presentations

  • Poster presentation with Anita Nikolovska- 10th Annual Conference on the Treatment of Personality Disorders, 4-5 November 2016, University of Wollongong: Change and Recovery in Borderline Personality Disorder: Improvement in emotional and cognitive dysregulation following dialectical behaviour therapy.
  • Individual Oral presentation-Transdiagnostic Positive Psychology and Well-being. 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Melbourne Convention Center, 22-25 June 2016: A study of perfectionistic cognitions, generalised worry and procrastination in a sample of Psychology first year students.
  • Paper presentation- Athens Institute for Education and Research 9th Annual International Conference on Psychology 25-28 May 2015, Athens Greece: Psychoeducation, mindfulness and exposure therapy to address problematic aspects of perfectionism.
  • Paper presentation with Ann Rowe- 20th International Conference Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults and Children APPAC 18-22 May 2015: Generalised Anxiety Disorder: The role of worry, intolerance of uncertainty in a sample of tertiary education students: Clinical implications.
  • Paper presentation-Division 6- Clinical and Community Psychology 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology “from Crisis to Sustainable Well-Being” Paris, 9th to 13th July 2014: An innovative psycho-educational group treatment addressing maladaptive aspects of perfectionism.
  • ACAP Annual Conference, Melbourne October 2012.
  • ACAP School of Psychological Sciences, Colloquium Series November 2012 and March 2013.

Professional Accreditation

  • Registered Psychologist, Clinical Endorsement Unconditional, 1993-present.
  • Member of The Australian Psychological Society, 1994-present.
  • Fellow Member of APS College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLP), 2000-present.
  • Member of the APS Division of Independently Practising Psychology, 2003-2010
  • Member of the Australian Society of Hypnosis, 2004-2010
  • Psychology Board Approved Supervisor, 2006-present.

Professional Affiliations

  • Psychology Board Accredited Supervisor High Ed and Registrars
  • Fellow Member of College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLP)
  • Treasurer NSW APS College Clinical Psychologists
  • Lecturer Psychology Practice I: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues
  • Coordinator Psychology Practice II: Working with Clients
  • Psychologist with General Registration and Area of Practice Endorsement

Student research supervision

  • Fernandez-Baca, Helen (2017). Perfectionism and rumination as predictors of psychological distress.
  • Herring, Kristy (2017). A systematic review of indigenous and traditional healing as a treatment intervention for mental illness.
  • Emma Pratt (2016) Building resilience in young people: A school based psychoeducational group program for older adolescents.
  • Psychological wellbeing, perfectionism and procrastination in first year psychology students (research in progress)
  • Anita Nikolovska (2015) “Effect of dialectical behaviour therapy on emotions and cognitions in borderline personality disorder”
  • Anna Schwarz (2014)“Women’s experiences of first time motherhood over the age of 35 years”
  • Ann Rowe (2013)“Correlates of generalised anxiety disorder: the relationship between worry intolerance of uncertainty and adult attachment style patterns”