Dr Stuart Edser
Phd MAPS FCCOUNP MIAAN (Cert) MASCH
Dr Stuart Edser is a Counselling Psychologist and author in Private Practice in Newcastle. He is the owner and Principal Psychologist of Newcastle Psychology & Health located in Lambton. Stuart has a generalist practice, but also has a particular interest in anxiety, sexual issues and assisting the LGBTQ community.
Areas of Practice
Dr Edser’s counselling practice brings an extremely varied clientele. He predominantly sees adults, but also sees adolescents and children from Year 7, and both individuals and couples. For over ten years, he lectured on the topic of gay sexuality and taught counselling skills for sexual issues to third year students in the Bachelor of Medicine program at the University of Newcastle. He also supervises a number of local and regional psychologists.
Common areas of concern that he deals with on a daily basis are:
Anxiety including panic attacks, GAD, OCD, phobias, ASD, PTSD
Depression – unipolar and bipolar
Sexual orientation issues
Counselling the LGBTQ community
Substance abuse and addiction
Work related issues
Further to this, due to his interest in Health Psychology, he regularly sees people with various health issues, including chronic and serious illness such as cancer, and he also offers palliative psychological care to those with terminal illness. A strong component of these endeavours includes deep relaxation techniques and pain management using clinical hypnosis.
Dr Stuart Edser does not believe that a one-size-fits-all method of working with people is the best way to go. As a result, he has undertaken extensive training in using several key therapeutic styles and uses them individually and in combination according to best fit with each client.
These modalities consist of:
Cognitive–Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Schema Focused Therapy (SFT)
Doctor of Philosophy PhD
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(Psychology) BA (Hons)(Psych)
Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies Grad Dip Psych Stud
Master of Educational Studies M Ed Stud
Bachelor of Arts BA
Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy Dip Clin Hypnotherapy
Diploma in Education Dip Ed
Graduate Certificate in Language Education Grad Cert Lang Ed
Associate Trinity College London (Teacher-Piano) ATCL
Registration and Professional Associations
Registration – Psychology Board of Australia (PSY0001219327)
Health Insurance Commission – for clients under Medicare
Member Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
Fellow APS College of Counselling Psychologists (FCCOUNP)
Certified Member International Association of Applied Neuroscience – (MIAAN Cert)
Member Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists (MASCH)
Accredited Counsellor Attorney-General Victims Services NSW
Accredited Psychologist WorkCover Authority of NSW
Member Australian Professional Association for Trans Health (AusPATH)
Continuing Professional Development
As part of his registration requirements with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Dr Stuart Edser participates in 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) every year. Ten of these 30 hours must be peer supervision. CPD inlcudes going to conferences, training workshops, talks, lectures, reading, doing courses and peer supervision.
Dr Stuart Edser is a published author and researcher in the Psychology literature, including both clinical and research papers. His PhD thesis was in the area of Psycho-Oncology examining self-help strategies as they pertained to longevity in those with a cancer diagnosis. He has also published a book called Being Gay Being Christian, 2012, Exisle Publishing.
Edser, S. J. (2002). Hypnotically-facilitated counter-conditioning of anticipatory nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy: A case study. The Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis, 23, 1, 18-30.
Edser, S. J., & Shea, J. D. (2002). An exploratory investigation of bisexual men in monogamous, heterosexual marriages. Journal of Bisexuality, 2, 4, 5-43.
Edser, S. J. (2004). Hypnosis and the art of motorcycle mastery – counteracting limiting beliefs through hypnotically enhanced self-efficacy: A case study. The Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis, 25, 1, 21-30.
Edser, S. J., & May, C. G. (2007). Spiritual life after cancer: Connectedness and the will to meaning as an expression of self-help. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 25, 1, 67-85.
Edser, S. J. (2017). His health, my health: Perspectives from Clinical Neuropsychotherapy on working with health anxiety. Neuropsychotherapy, 45, 8-12.
Life Outside Psychology
Outside of psychology, Dr Stuart Edser is an avid lover of music. He is a classically trained pianist and is a frequent concert-goer. He loves learning, continues to read widely, and enjoys writing immensely, including a monthly column in a local newspaper. He also writes about politics, faith, LGBTQ issues and cinema and literature. He is enthusiastic about exercise and keeping fit and he is also a keen movie watcher. He is still a proud sci-fi buff and still watches Dr Who (after all this time). Travelers (2016), Sense8 (2015-2018), and Picard (2020) are sci fi highlights. Dans La Brume (Just A Breath Away) (2018) and La Dernière Vague (The Last Wave) (2019) were French standouts. Outside of sci-fi, while he will always have a soft spot for the West Wing (1999-2006), more recent television interest has been sparked by The Good Fight (2017- 2020), Medici – Masters of Florence (2016-2020) and another French hit, this time the spy genre, Le Bureau des Légendes (2015-2020).