Dr Lucy Braude

Dr Lucy Braude
Clinical Psychologist
B Psych (Hons); D Clin Psych/MSc MAPS

Clinical Psychologist, Dr Lucy Braude is motivated and passionate about working with her clients to maximise each individual’s emotional and physical health and well-being. Lucy will work with you to identify your goals so that intervention strategies can be designed with you to achieve your optimal well-being in a way that will most suit you and your life circumstances.  Interventions may target symptoms of anxiety and low mood, which are common for many of us at different times in our lives and can be very distressing. Other distressing responses may include poor sleep, worry, panic attacks, obsession compulsive symptoms (eg. OCD) and the use of drugs and alcohol. Lucy can also help you to manage these and other life stresses, for example, dealing with work place stress, study stress, decision-making, managing difficulties in our relationships and living with grief/loss.

Lucy provides her services with the team at Headway Health team as she has a long standing interest in health. She enjoys working with those adjusting to an array of challenges and changes that may arise in the context of chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and pain. Lucy works with those undergoing health care challenges or cancer treatments, those seeking to enhance their adjustment and recovery, as well as providing the evidence-based ConquerFear program (Butow et al., University of Sydney research study) for those finding it hard to live with fears of disease recurrence or progression. Lucy also has an interest in working with those living with a risk of developing cancer associated with a familiar cancer risk, and her research has explored concerns for women undergoing mastectomies when faced with breast cancer or for those at a high risk of developing breast cancer.

Lucy completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology/Masters of Science at the University of Sydney and the evidence-based interventions and strategies she offers are based upon the latest up-to-date knowledge and training. These include techniques derived from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness training.  Lucy is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the College of Clinical Psychologists, and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).

Lucy’s skills and experience have been developed through her work with individuals and treatment groups within a variety of hospital and community settings. Her considerable experience with strategies to manage anxiety and depression has resulted from her work delivering and supervising the delivery of psychological intervention through a national online and telephone service which is offered across all states of Australia and supports Indigenous Australians. Lucy has been a regular content writer for ReachOut (www.reachout.com.au), a mental health service for Australian youth, with approximately 15 online published articles.

Lucy has a strong research background and has presented her research at the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia in 2016 and 2017, as well as the University of Sydney Postgraduate Cancer Research Symposium and the Sydney Cancer Conference. She has published a number of several research papers in peer-reviewed journals:

Braude, L., Kirsten, L., Gilchrist, J. & Juraskova, I. (2018). The development of a template for psychological assessment of women considering risk-reducing or contralateral prophylactic mastectomy: A national Delphi consensus study. Psycho-Oncology. doi: 10.1002/pon.4830 (available online).

Braude, L., Kirsten, L., Gilchrist, J. & Juraskova, I. (2017). A systematic review of women’s satisfaction and regret following risk-reducing mastectomy. Patient Education and Counselling, 100, 2182-2189. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2017.06.032

Braude, L., Kirsten, L., Gilchrist, J. & Juraskova, I. (2017). Response to the letter “Possible external factors in Australia when referring patients who consider risk-reducing mastectomies (RRM) and contralateral prophylactic mastectomies (CPM) to psychologists in oncology care” by Bahcivan & Altundag. The Breast, 35, 222-223. 10.1016/j.breast.2017.05.010.

Braude, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Gilchrist, J., Kirsten, L. & Juraskova, I. (2017). An exploration of Australian psychologists’ role in assessing women considering risk-reducing or contralateral prophylactic mastectomy. The Breast, 32, 105-111. Doi: 10.1016/j.breast.2017.01.011

Braude, L. & Stevenson, R. J. (2014). Watching television while eating increases energy intake:  Examining the mechanisms in female participants. Appetite, 76, 9-16.

Therapeutic approach: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy,  Mindfulness and Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT)