Carlo Jacobs-Bloom

Carlo Jacobs-Bloom

Clinical Psychologist

B.Psych (Hons I), M.Psych (Clin), BSW, MPH, MAPS

Biography

Carlo is a Clinical Psychologist at Sunnyside Clinic. He also works part time for Sydney Child Assessment and Testing Service doing educational and neuropsychological testing. Carlo’s passion for mental health first sparked in 2002 whilst working as a Social Worker (University of Sydney) in community mental health and justice health. He has also enjoyed working in public mental health settings and has a Master of Public Health (UNSW). Carlo later requalified as a Clinical Psychologist (Macquarie University). He has gained over 10 years clinical experience with children, adolescents and adults across diverse settings including community mental health, university counselling (Macquarie University/UTS/UNSW), correctional facilities (Legal Aid), controlled research trials (Centre for Emotional Health, Black Dog Institute), hospital inpatient and outpatient services (St John of God, Northside West, Hills Clinic), medical centres, and private practice.

Carlo works primarily from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach, whilst incorporating aspects of Schema Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, depending on the clients presenting issues. Carlo has a particular interest and experience in trauma and trauma-related conditions. Trauma can present in varied ways and this might include assisting clients with difficulties related to grief/adjustment, anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, health related issues (e.g., chronic pain), eating, substance misuse, and other addictive behaviours (e.g., gambling, online gaming). His therapeutic approach is based on a relationship of collaboration, trust, humour, and draws on individual strengths.

ACT is an evidence-based approach; an innovative form of behavioural and cognitive therapy. ACT has moved away from the traditional CBT emphasis on changing or correcting one’s thoughts in order to alleviate suffering. Instead, ACT utilises creative ways to relate differently to challenging experiences, so they no longer entangle us. ACT incorporates acceptance strategies, mindfulness techniques, and a wide range of behavioral approaches. ACT gets its name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control and commit to action that improves and enriches your life.

Specialties

  • Trauma and trauma-related conditions (e.g., Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Addictions, Eating Disorders, Anger/Violence, Interpersonal Difficulties, Health Related Issues, Personality disorders, Low Self Esteem, Grief and Loss, and Adjustment issues).
  • Other services include: Cognitive/behavioural strategies for ADHD, psychological support for Academic Difficulties; Educational and Neuropsychological Testing (child/adolescent).

Services not provided:

  • Carlo does not see clients for compensation matters or provide medico-legal / forensic reports.

Client Types

  • Children (cognitive & academic testing only)
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Older Adult