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Prajakta Deshpande

Prajakta Deshpande is a registered psychologist providing individual counselling to adults and young people. 

Prajakta draws upon her natural empathic and compassionate nature, combined with her knowledge and skills in evidence-based practices, to help guide her clients through the empowering and healing process of therapy. She has a personal belief that despite our histories and circumstances we strive for purpose, fulfillment and growth. She strives to incorporate this belief in her work by creating an atmosphere of safety and mutual respect for people to overcome difficulties, achieve an increased sense of satisfaction and gain effective control over their lives. Her experience of working with people of different cultures, belief systems has helped her understand of how distress can present differently and be experienced differently. Prajakta views the cultural lens as important when trying to navigate distress, improving quality of life and reducing symptoms.

Prajakta works with a wide range of issues including (but not limited to); anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, grief and loss, anger issues, complex trauma, PTSD, work related issues, acculturative stress, emotional dysregulation. She works collaboratively using an eclectic approach according to the client’s specific needs and preferences which includes: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Rational Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focussed Therapy, Mindfulness, psychoeducation and relaxation strategies. More recently she has also undertaken level 1 training in EMDR for PTSD and trauma and is passionate about advancing her knowledge and practice in this area. 

Prajakta has a Master’s in Psychology with Clinical Psychology as her specialisation from India. She has experience of working as a psychologist in India and Australia. Prajakta worked as a Doctor of Alternative Medicine (Homoeopathy) for nearly 10years before she began her journey in the field of psychology. She also works in a private hospital as a psychologist, conducting group therapy.

Areas of Expertise

  • ​Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Anger Issues
  • Complex Trauma & PTSD
  • Work-Related Issues
  • Acculturative Stress
  • Emotional Dysregulation

Therapeutic Approaches

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • DBT informed practice
  • EMDR
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Mindfulness

Client focus

  • Adults (individual therapy)
  • Adolescents over age 16

Get in touch

P  03 9052 4365

03 8513 6204

Melbourne CBD

Suite 48, Level 4 12 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


44 Mt Pleasant Road
Belmont VIC 3216


16 Brantome Street,
Gisborne Vic 3437