David Belasic is a Registered Psychologist with over 12 years’ experience helping adults and adolescents who have experienced psychological distress. David works with people who identify as transgender and cisgender. His affirmative and inclusive practice includes working with queer identifying (LGBTQA+) clients. David experience includes working with queer youth.
David assists clients to develop strategies to assist them to achieve psychological well-being. He has supported clients to recover from the impacts of stress, anxiety, depression and psychological trauma. His works has included working with clients managing substance misuse including chemsex. His practice includes supporting people to adapt to grief and loss and address interpersonal difficulties.
As a gay man David values an affirmative approach to psychotherapy with LGBTQA+ clients. In his affirmative practice, David recognises the centrality of an individual’s experiences to their identity and uses a strengths-based approach to working with clients. In working with individuals, he supports the individual to be empowered. David has been trained in a range of cognitive therapy (CT), behavioural therapy (BT) including cognitive-behavioural therapy CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), narrative therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He works from a solution-focused framework and also draws on mindfulness and motivational interviewing techniques to support his clients. David is a Medicare-registered practitioner and uses psychologically-focused approaches informed by evidence-based practices.
David tailors therapy to the needs of his clients. David received his Masters of Applied Psychology from Victoria University, investigating the ways in which people cope with heterosexism. As a Registered Psychologist David has worked as a therapeutic specialist and mental health educator. He was the Manager of Queerspace, a LGBTQ mental health service, the first of its kind in Victoria.