DR DANIELLE EINSTEIN
Dr Danielle Einstein has 24 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist. Dr Einstein conducts research in collaboration with both Macquarie University and the University of Sydney, focusing on developing novel interventions to prevent anxiety and depression.
BSc (Psychol) (Hons) MPsychol (Clinical) PhD MAPS MACPA MAACBT
Dr Danielle Einstein is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the treatment and prevention of anxiety, depression and OCD. Danielle was Head of the Anxiety Clinic at Westmead Hospital from 1996 to 2002, and has run her own private practice since 2003. She has edited a text book on CBT, taught ACT to masters students at Macquarie University, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow.
Danielle works with schools to develop programs to enhance emotional health, manage smart technology use and prevent anxiety and depression. She has collaborated on the development of five school based programs (Keep Composed, Chilled@School, The Insights program, Emotional Intelligence In Schools, EMI Smart), two internet programs (Chilled Plus, Climate Social Anxiety program), and a therapist led treatment for atypical obsessive compulsive disorder.
Danielle is passionate about altering community responses to uncertainty and envy. This is pertinent in an age where people are taken advantage of at every turn. Her life experiences have involved significant uncertainty. She has ongoing collaborations with Bell Shakespeare, Medapps and academics across Australia. Her work is acknowledged to be at the forefront of psychological thinking in this area.
IN THE MEDIA
Dr Danielle Einstein's research commenced with a theory which explored how humans can respond in healthy ways to uncertainty. She examined how some responses created psychological difficulties and detailed ways in which these can be addressed in treatment. Based on two papers, her academic work continues to explore ways in which anxiety and depression can be prevented. Factors studied include social media use, perfectionism, fear of social threat, the tendency to compare, and fear of uncertainty. Behaviours which create problems are targeted through interactive activities that build understanding to promote resilience.
Chief Investigator | Controlled Trial of The Insights Program
Research Aim: To empower and build resilience in young people.
Exploring ways to alter discomfort with uncertainty within the school system.
Reducing catastrophic thinking in adolescence.
Online treatment using Chilled Plus
Chilled Plus is an online program that provides treatment for adolescents suffering from comorbid anxiety and depression. Chilled Plus is currently being delivered to secondary school students attending over 80 schools across Australia. These include schools from the following sectors: public, private, distance education, Catholic and Independent. The program has been funded by Australian Rotary Health and is currently the subject of a research trial. Work commenced on this program in 2008 in collaboration with Dr Carolyn Schniering (lead author) and Professor Ron Rapee.
Research Question: How can schools prevent anxiety and depression?
Promoting satisfaction with body image and behaviours which engender self respect in teenagers.
Changing comparisons with each other and responses to pressure.
Developing self compassion throughout adolescence.
Dr Einstein collaborates with a range of researchers from Macquarie University, University of Sydney, Curtin University, Australian Catholic University; and internationally with researchers from the University of Manchester and the University of Regina. Danielle has led research and/or clinical teams to deliver universal prevention programs with staff at the following secondary schools: Riverside Girls High School, Pymble Ladies College, Presbyterian Ladies College, Queenwood, Radford College, Santa Sabina, St Aloysius College, Wenona.
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Dr Danielle Einstein is currently working with NSW schools to deliver wellbeing programs to enhance emotional intelligence, teach balanced screen use and prevent anxiety and depression.
18 Lesson School-Based Program
The EMI program is a secondary school program for students in Years 7 to 9 designed to enhance emotional resilience and prevent anxiety and depression.
8 Lesson School-Based Program and Seminar
The Dip@School is a secondary school program designed to help students develop healthy boundaries around smart technology use. Some schools prefer a seminar for staff professional development and/or for parents. For a brochure detailing options please email
18 Lesson School-Based Program
The Insights Program was developed in a partnership between Macquarie University and Pymble Ladies College. It is currently the subject of a controlled trial .
Since 2003, Dr Einstein has provided a wide range of psychological services within her private practice. Distinct Psychology offers specialised treatment grounded in clinical expertise and current academic thinking, and aims to create a warm and productive space to collaborate with clients. Clients are able to explore ongoing challenges in an environment of support and respect.
Dr Einstein offers a wide range psychological services at Distinct Psychology, including treatment for anxiety; insomnia; depression/mood disorders; eating disorders; panic attacks and panic disorder; specific phobias; health anxiety; generalised anxiety disorder/worry; post-traumatic stress disorder; obsessive compulsive disorder; trauma; low confidence and self-esteem; workplace bullying; stress management; grief and loss.
NATURE OF TREATMENT
Dr Einstein's primary orientation is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy. The initial focus is on developing a complete picture of difficulties and the background in which these occur. In the first one to two sessions, an assessment is conducted. After this a working model is used to guide treatment. We will work with a range of techniques to resolve current difficulties.
A standard appointment is 55 minutes. The first appointment is an initial consultation and will take 1 ¼ hours. Fees are payable at the time of consultation by cash, credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or Eftpos. Rebates are available through many private health funds. If you do not claim a rebate through a private health fund, you may be entitled to a rebate through Medicare. If you are eligible your GP will make a referral using the GP Mental Health Care Plan (Item 2710). You are then entitled to a rebate from medicare of $126.50 for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. If you are a parent or partner and are coming to an appointment without the referred client being present, the appointment will not be rebatable through medicare.
CONTACT & CANCELLATION
Although limited after hours appointments are offered, telephone contact hours are 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday. In between appointments emails are preferred.