Unami Magwenzi

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Every now and then you come across a psychologist who is smart, dedicated, warm and engaging!

Unami is a Clinical Psychologist with over 14 years experience working with young people, coaching, leadership, anxiety, eating disorders, PTSD, OCD, parenting, relationship counselling and family therapy. Unami is passionate about helping young people, adults and families.

Unami is a passionate and dedicated therapist that looks forward to working with you to address issues related to depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, trauma, and other mental health concerns. Should you be struggling with relationship, individual or family matters Unami can support you to address these concerns or challenges with compassion and care.

Unami has worked with various organisations across different states around Australia. Unami has worked in the private practice setting, Relationships Australia and also hospitals. She has worked in both youth and adult mental health, corrective services, medical centres and in community services. Prior to moving to private practice in Applecross, Unami has spent the last 8 years working in Regional WA in the Pilbara region.

Leadership Coaching and Mentoring

Unami is a clinical psychologist with over 14 years of experience helping people grow. With training in real leadership for women masterclass program Unami has developed a special passion for leadership coaching and mentoring. In particular, she enjoys working with women who are at a crossroads and in need of some extra help to move their life forward in positive and constructive ways.

 When you do coaching with Unami, expect to meet a friendly, welcoming, and professional individual. Unami believes every person is a leader of their own life and possesses unique gifts and talents that are often untapped and lay dormant and buried under life stresses that overwhelm and confuse their attention and focus. She encourages her clients to work from a place of authenticity in recognising and developing their gifts in both their personal and professional lives. She is  passionate about giving people hope, holding them in a dignified manner and keeping them connected to the things that matter to them most in life.

 As a coach, Unami possesses a number of skills that make her someone to want to engage with.  She is an active listener with strong verbal communication skills. She values problem-solving and is solution-focused in her approach. Her overall focus is helping you develop effective decision-making skills for key problem areas. Expect to be challenged, encouraged and to be held accountable to your goals.  Unami will help you to work towards experiencing a sense of accomplishment and alignment between your words, your actions and your values. Her goal is to communicate skills and strategies to help improve your choices and overall wellbeing. Unami will assess your needs, identify your vision and goals and work with you to build an effective implementation plan and coping strategies for managing barriers to progress. She will help you identify and challenge long-standing negative thinking patterns and set practical steps to follow while holding you accountable to honour your commitment to self. She will encourage you to track and evaluate progress.

Board Approved Supervisor

Not only is Unami a Clinical Psychologist, but she is a Board-approved Supervisor for psychologists/clinical psychologists and shares an interest in helping other psychologists develop their clinical skills, private practice work or make decisions about their career. On a more personal note, Unami brings all of who she is in how she works with her clients and this brings a richness to her work and the experience for those who meet with her.  Unami is a writer, a poet, a singer songwriter, a Pastor and a homemaker with a husband and four children. She understands challenges around managing various relationships, weight management, financial difficulties, and dealing with physical health challenges. If you are wondering if she will understand you, Unami knows about fear, anxiety, discouragement, helplessness, hopelessness, rejection, grief and loss. She also knows about love, hope, faith in leading your own life. Take the time to engage with her and see the mental shifts that can happen for you.

Therapeutic approach

Unami believes that in the midst of confusion, hope lives and this is at the core of how she approaches her work with clients; there is never a hopeless situation. Unami has a unique way of working with people based on their identified needs. She believes in taking the time to build a good rapport with the client, identifying their issues of concern and then she tailors her therapy to the goals agreed upon with the client. Unami believes people have the internal resources to work through their own issues and that she mainly facilitates that process alongside the client.  Therefore, working collaboratively with clients allows Unami the opportunity to monitor closely the shift and transitions made from the beginning of counselling to the end.  Clients take ownership of their issues of concern and are encouraged to give feedback throughout the counselling process in order to identify gaps in the process to allow a more effective therapeutic journey.

Unami values structure in her counselling sessions as this allows both the client and her self to know where they are going and why. A typical first session with Unami will involve the initial getting to know you, assessing what your main issues of concern are and then discussing your goals. Once the goals have been established, Unami will usually talk about next steps such as providing information about your issue or working with a strategy. Unami enjoys sharing tools and techniques. Among her favourite tools is sharing a therapy plan (or case formulation) with clients once an initial assessment has been completed. This involves helping the client identify the underlying factors from the past, current triggers of symptoms causing distress and any factors that may be maintaining unwanted experiences such as thoughts and behaviours. Unami has found working this way helpful for clients who may feel stuck and need to think differently about their experiences.

Some clients do not require resources or strategies in the traditional sense and may be in need of counselling around issues where they feel stuck. Unami is able to identify such cases and tailor her therapy to suit such situations. Unami uses a range of techniques in her work. Depending on the presenting issues, there might be some written work such as journaling, they might be some role-play or at times the therapy might involve less activity and more reflective listening from the counsellor. When working with clients, Unami typically uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which focuses on the link between our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. If however, this therapy does not work for you, Unami will adjust her therapeutic intervention to what works. Other therapies she will use are Acceptance and Commitment therapy, which provides the opportunity to explore and commit to accepting where one is at before thinking of changing.

Key Training Highlights

  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Masters of Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology Area of Practice Endorsement (Psychology Board of Australia)
  • Real leadership for Women Masterclass Program

Types of clients that Unami has worked with include

  • Teenagers
  • Women
  • Defacto and Married couples
  • Fly In Fly Out Workers
  • People from Culturally and Linguistically diverse populations
  • Victims of Crime

Unami is able to address the following issues that clients may present with;

  • Leadership coaching and mentoring
  • Board Approved Supervision
  • Behavioural issues in children
  • Childhood trauma
  • Fears in early childhood
  • Relationship issues
  • Separation/divorce
  • Blended families
  • Parenting
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety
  • Anxiety including panic disorders
  • OCD
  • Trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide ideation
  • Self-esteem/self-worth
  • Phobias
  • Domestic violence
  • Attachment issues
  • Bullying
  • Grief and loss.

A word from Unami about how she works with various presentations

Relationships

Unami has significant experience in relationship, parenting and family counselling gained in her private pracitce work and Relationships Australia.

Anxiety, PTSD and OCD

Unami has experience with many forms of anxiety including PTSD and OCD.

Parenting

Unami loves working with families and parents. Unami is a registered psychologist with significant experience and training in family, parenting and relationship therapy.

Children (ages 13 and above)

When working with children I often use various techniques following an assessment of the individual needs, personality and style of learning of the child. I use puppetry, drawings, role-play and other psychological tools to interact in an age-appropriate manner with the child. Unless otherwise indicated, I will often encourage parents to be part of the therapy as a way of strengthening relationships and cementing skills to be practiced outside of the therapy room.

 Do you need a referral to see Unami?

No referral is needed to see Unami However if you are eligible and obtain a referral from your GP (mental health care plan), you can claim a Medicare rebate of $127.50 per session. To be eligible for a Mental Health Care plan you need to have been assessed as having a mental health concern, your GP will conduct an assessment of your eligibility for a Mental Health Care Plan.

If you choose not to use a plan you may be able to use your private health.  To determine if you are eligible for a private health rebate, please contact your private health provider, as this is varies depending on your level of cover.

When is Unami available for sessions?

Unami is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am to 4 pm.