Our practice has been serving the Ryde and surrounding districts since 2010. Director, Dr Margo Orum, has more than 20 years experience as a psychologist. Her first 10 years were spent in private practice as a sole practitioner in Balmain/Rozelle, then in 2010 she started a multi-practitioner private psychology practice in Ryde.
The practice currently has 7 psychologists, and one psychotherapist specialising in relationship counselling. Two of our practitioners are fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. See more details on the Our Team page.
As the practice has grown in the years since 2010, it has been prompted to move location twice – each time by development and construction activities in the area. The first location was in Victoria Road, Gladesville, on the corner of Frank Street. Due to plans for the new Bunnings warehouse (which now occupies that site), the practice moved in November 2012 to a small business centre in Jordan Street, Gladesville, where it operated from 2012 to 2015.
The second move became necessary when construction of a multi-story building in close proximity to these rooms posed a potential noise problem. As often happens, what seemed at the time like an obstacle became an opportunity to change, expand and grow. This “obstacle” prompted a leap of faith to move, expand the practice, take on more staff, and relocate to our much more spacious home base now, in the Putney Village Medical Centre in Ryde, in December of 2015.
We are delighted that we now feel very much an integral part of the pleasant downtown Putney Village, a growing healing hub in the Ryde district, with plenty of surrounding cafes and coffee shops and easy parking. In November of 2019 we took a marquee in the inaugural Putney Village Street Fair, and enjoyed meeting some of the local people on the street, as they walked by, tasting the delicious food from our nearby cafes.
Our own growth as a practice has mirrored the kind of growth that a person sometimes goes through across their life span. What initially seems like a bad thing turns out to be just the impetus we need to examine our current way of doing things and to embrace change. Our brains actually love novelty and change. It is just the comfort zones of our habits that don’t! Change stimulates us to reach for and enjoy a higher, richer level of functioning that previously appeared impossible, when we were stuck in our old ways of thinking.
The people we see at our practice come from Ryde and many of the surrounding suburbs. They are dealing with problems that represent a wide range of the plethora of human condition issues that at some time in our lives, many of us will face. And these conditions make us ripe for change for the better, if we are willing.
Relationship problems happen to us all, from time to time. Most often, they overlap with concerns like anxiety, depression, trauma / PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and personality disorders. We see people with challenges due to drinking or drugs, and more general life direction concerns such as parenting, work stress and work/life balance challenges. Being human is a complex journey, and we all need a bit of help at some time along the way.
We want to be there at that time, to support, guide, and assist each person who visits the practice in a way that will enhance their quality of life, and hopefully, help them seize more opportunities to connect with their inner values. When we do this, we fortify our resilience and capabilities to embrace change, and to accept life’s challenges as part of our journey.
Click here for more details of all the various issues we treat.
You will find our rooms at:
Suite 9, Level 1, Medical Centre, 227 Morrison Road, Ryde NSW 2112