Hi there, I’m Bernadette McCarthy

Writing about myself makes me feel quite vulnerable but I’ll push through the discomfort because I ask my clients to do the same with the things that are important. Psychologists are generally very private and cautious creatures, particularly introvert ones like me! Getting to know me a little will help you make a decision about whether you can trust the information you find on my website or consult me for therapy or coaching. That is important to me.

Please take some time to read through this page as I have tried to make it an authentic reflection of me so that you can make an informed decision about whether we might be a good fit before you get in contact.

Am I qualified to help you?

I have been working as a fully qualified Psychologist since 2005 and supporting people in the psychological field for over 25 years. I completed six years of study to become a Psychologist and my qualifications include BA (psych), Dip (psych), PGDip (psych). Check here if you want to do your due diligence on my registration status (practitioner PSY0001339750). As a Psychologist I engage in many hours of ongoing professional learning every year, and just to keep things fun and interesting I am also an Integrative Nutrition and Health coach and Life Coach. I have been running my own private practice in Sydney, Australia since 2010.

My Purpose and Passion

I couldn’t do the work I do without being clear about my WHY – my purpose and passion. I originally came to choose psychology as a career because one of my gifts is empathy and the other is analysis. Now, the former is, for the most part a great gift, the latter, well.. it’s a double edged sword! A tendency to over-analyse is not always a useful thing in my personal life but it is a definite asset in my client work. It enables me to quickly disentangle complex human thought patterns and behaviours to get to the root of a problem or a blockage. The other reason I do what I do is because I get a real buzz out of helping people grow and evolve. It is such a priviledge to watch someone go from distress, confusion or uncertainty to confidence, joy and flow! Often the clients I attract into my practice mirror some aspect of my own journey so it is not unusual for me to grow from the interaction too 🙂 

In recent years my thinking about my own life purpose has evolved and I find myself with an increasingly spiritual mindset. I was raised very secularly and I don’t subscribe to any religion, however, I now think it is very likely that we are not the insignificant product of random genetic mutations. Maybe we really are here for a reason… The jury is still out for me on exactly what that is but you will find I now talk about things like manifesting/Law of Attraction, ‘energies’ or vibes and the quantum field in the context of my work. I also talk about mindfulness, heart rate variability (HRV) and coherence, EFT or ‘tapping’, the power of gratitude and the benefits of meditation. I find these very useful frameworks and skills to help inspire and invigorate my clients into more successful and abundant mindsets and magical things happen for my clients when I do this

I’ve also come to believe that our current way of living is no longer working for us and some big changes need to occur so that we can transition into a more aligned, peaceful and loving way of occupying this planet. For me, one of these changes is in empowering women to step up, let go of their need to please and bring forth their unique feminine skills. Another is to harness my own gifts for sparking the light in others so that they can add their energy to the growing ripple effect of change flowing through us in these extraordinary times. 

Here are a few other things I believe:


  • I believe that chronic, poorly managed stress is at the core of many of our modern ailments. We completely under-estimate the damage that it is doing to our physical, emotional and mental health, and our ability to feel in control of our lives.
  • I believe everybody comes into the world with gifts to share, but not everybody discovers them without help.
  • I believe our life is a precious opportunity for growth, expansion and joy and that the events of our lives – good or challenging, are what bring us those opportunities.
  • I believe that our modern lifestyle, our current ways of thinking and our nutrition is creating havoc with our mental and emotional health, as well as causing many of the chronic diseases we are now so familiar with. 
  • I believe that those of us who can should be trying to leave the world a better place for us having been in it.

How I work

My style of working is what I consider to be warm, collaborative and practical. I take the stance that you know your own life the best, but I also appreciate that we often get waylaid by circumstances, fear, ways of thinking or limiting beliefs that hold us back. It is my observation that many of us need some form of support and encouragement to reach our full potential for love, success and contributing to the world. I will spend time learning about the areas of frustration you hold, I will help you to build skills in managing what ails you, I will assist you to discover what you truly want from your life (this might surprise you!) and we will create a pathway to achieving those goals. Look here for more information on the way I work as an holistic coach and here for how I work as a psychologist /therapist.

If you have read this far, I thank you and look forward to speaking with you if it sounds like we might be a good fit.

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