Michael Magee

PSYCHOLOGIST

“Identify your mind’s favourite stories… Once you’ve acknowledged a story, that’s it—just let it be…Simply let it come and go as it pleases, while you channel your energy into doing something you value.”

– RUSS HARRIS

Michael takes a practical and creative approach to therapy, with a focus on developing a shared understanding of his clients’ goals, motivations, and personal history. Warm and engaging, Michael encourages reflection and exploration of how personal concerns may come to dominate our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

He has worked extensively with clients experiencing alcohol and drug misuse. For many clients, these issues are related to unresolved past issues, or as a way to deal with stress, anxiety, self-esteem and relationship issues. Michael believes that each of us has the capacity to build insight into our own motivations and behaviours, and to develop new and more adaptive ways to manage issues in our lives.

With a passion for martial arts, Michael has travelled the world representing Australia in Taekwondo. This saw him supporting Olympic and Paralympic athletes to balance world-class performances with holistic person development. He enjoys integrating his knowledge of psychology to help high performance athletes train and perform under pressure.

A career highlight involved supporting newly retired athletes with transition and transformation in their life after retiring from sport. Michael believes that all individuals hold the strength to support themselves in achieving mastery in new life directions.

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Anxiety & Stress

Sport & High Performance

Depression

Career Counselling & Transition

Chronic Pain

Alcohol & Substance Issues

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Michael’s Quick Stress Tip

When we’re trying to achieve an important goal, we can often get nervous and find our stress peaking the closer we get. How do we manage this?

Name the experience: Name familiar feelings and thoughts to recognise unhelpful patterns. 
Normalise: Remind yourself these unpleasant experiences are normal. 
Mindfulness: Your thoughts are not necessarily the truth. Practise mindfulness. Observe your experiences coming and going. 
Commit to valued action: Ensure your actions are moving you towards what is most important to you even if it is temporarily distressing.
Focus on the controllable: Mindfully attend to the things you need to do and can do to control the situation – not those you can’t. Do not push unpleasant experiences away, but try to accept these whilst bringing your attention back to doing what matters.

Outside the therapy room

When not in the therapy room you will find Michael enjoying snorkelling around Clovelly and Sydney’s other beaches or find him practising martial arts. He also enjoys playing the guitar and cooking.

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What I’m Reading…

THE EDIBLE BALCONY INDIRA NAIDOO

Michael enjoys gardening, though lacks the green thumb at times to make his garden flourish. Currently he is reading “The Edible Balcony” By Indira Naidoo which describes how to turn an inner-city apartment balcony into a green oasis and make seasonal recipes from the garden. Michael describes his garden as a “work in progress”.

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$145.20 with Medicare Rebate
$230 without Medicare Rebate

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