I have a passion for working with people of all ages across the lifespan. Depending on the age of the person, my approach changes.
With children, my goal is to be playful and understand the function of their behaviour, unhelpful beliefs, past traumas, family system imbalances, understand any medical or psychological conditions, and work with all members of the family.
With adolescents, this age group can be tricky but highly rewarding. Whilst I will provide a safe place for the young person to engage in therapy, I will assess the family system around them and, with the young persons permission, aim to support their parents or carers through the difficult phase of parenting adolscents.
With older adolescents, adults, and older adults, we will understand your presenting difficulties and past traumas.
With all patients, my approach is to help people to firstly be in the best biological shape. We will work on breathing techniques, sleep, exercise, diet and understand any medical conditions. Once you start to improve biologically, we will explore your story further. We will understand your recent stress, triggers, traumas, and any childhood trauma. Understanding peoples past traumas or negative life experiences can be helpful to understand how you see yourself and make sense of the world around you.
My main therapeutic approaches are EMDR, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) to process your triggers, negative life experiences and/or past trauma. This approach will help integrate and process thinking patterns that are no longer helpful, and desensitise any somatic/physiological sensations that prevent you from being you. I am particularly passionate about treating people who have experienced trauma, particularly those who have experienced trauma during adulthood and childhood, including trauma that occurs within relationships.
Nathan’s Qualifications & Experience
Dr Nathan Beehag, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Director at the READ Clinic.
Nathan is passionate about treating people who have experienced trauma, particularly those who have experienced trauma during childhood, including trauma that occurs within relationships.
Nathan has over 15 years of experience in clinical settings using evidence based treatments with children, adolescents and adults experiencing mild to severe psychological difficulties. He predominately uses EMDR, TF-CBT, and Internal Family Systems Therapy, and has a passion for supervising early career psychologists. Nathan’s early career was in Out-of-Home Care and the disability sector where people had experienced complex trauma. During this time he established and managed a NSW state-wide clinical team in the disability and child welfare sector and implemented trauma-informed care practices across the service. Nathan has recently submitted his PhD and has presented his PhD findings on Trauma-Informed Care internationally and at the International Childhood Trauma Conference in Melbourne. Nathan also worked as a casual psychology lecturer at Avondale University since 2017 and often presents on different topics at conferences, schools and workplaces.
Registered practitioners at The READ Clinic are independent practitioners who engage The READ Clinic to provide administrative support. All decisions regarding client treatment and care are the responsibility of the individual practitioners.
Nathan will be available at both READ Clinic Erina and READ Clinic West Gosford from 26th February 2024. Please ensure you select the correct location when making an appointment online.