Jon Finch is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience as a psychologist. Jon specialises in treating people using evidenced based therapies. He is experienced treating complex trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Jon also has extensive experience working people with a range of psychological problems including depression, anxiety and adjustment disorders, and those suffering from substance use difficulties. Jon works collaboratively, and aims to help people build skills and knowledge to resolve problems. Jon focuses on using evidence based therapies that have demonstrated effectiveness.

What is an evidenced based therapy?

Trauma counselling

Jon initially worked with soldiers, war veterans/peace keepers at Veteran and Veterans Families Counselling Service, working in the role of counsellor and deputy director. He then worked for Davidson Trahaire Corpsych as the Victorian Trauma Services Manager. He moved on to work with police members at Victoria Police as the Senior Psychologist. He has also worked as a Senior Psychologist with Melbourne University Counselling Service, treating young people and staff at the university. He has worked in private practice and has specialised in treating people with complex trauma histories and specifically Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the past five years. He has worked with people exposed to a wide range of traumatic events, victims of assault, sexual assault, childhood sexual assault and domestic violence, those involved in motor vehicle accidents, soldiers, war veterans/peace keepers, police members, and emergency services workers. He has used Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD for the past 10 years. In 2014 he completed training in the USA with the Authors of the CPT manual to deliver training to other clinicians.

Jon focuses on the use of the evidenced based therapy, CPT for PTSD, as well as prolonged exposure (PE) or imaginal exposure therapy for PTSD, when treating trauma. These therapies have a research base that has demonstrated that they work.

Depression Counselling

Jon uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for the treatment of depression. CBT for depression has been researched extensively and is an evidence based therapy for depression that has strong support1.

CBT is one of the most effective treatments available for depression.


Anxiety Counselling

Jon uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of the full range of anxiety disorders from Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Specific phobias, Social phobia to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
CBT has been assessed in a large number of high quality studies. It has been applied to many types of anxiety and has been found to be effective in both the short term (immediately after treatment) and the long term (many years after treatment). A statistical pooling of data from a range of studies showed that CBT is one of the best treatments available for anxiety3,4,5,6.

Adjustment Difficulties

When assisting people with adjustment to life stressors Jon draws upon the evidence that is most appropriate to the presenting problem. He aims to help people build their skills to resolve problems and move forward in life.
Adjustment difficulties occur when we have specific stressors in our lives. Some of the causes of adjustment difficulties include

  • Death of family member or friend
  • Relationship issues or divorce
  • Major life changes
  • Illness or health issue (in you or someone you’re close with)
  • Moving to a new house, city, country or state
  • Moving in with new people
  • Sudden disasters
  • Money troubles or fears
  • Leaving a domestic violence situation

Other problems

Jon has assisted people with anger management difficulties, substance use difficulties, life stressors, relationship issues and long term problems.

Jon has received training in a range of different therapy models. Including:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Schema therapy
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4. Olatunji BO. Efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders: a review of meta-analytic findings. Psychiatric Clinics of North America 2010; 33:557- 577.
5. Stewart RE, Chambless DL. Cognitive–behavioral therapy for adult anxiety disorders in clinical practice: A meta-analysis of effectiveness studies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 2009: 77:595-606.
6. Norton PJ, Price EC. A meta-analytic review of adult cognitive–behavioral treatment outcome across the anxiety disorders. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2007: 195:521–531.