Dr Rian Dob
Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr Rian Dob is a clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist. As a psychologist she is interested in the emotions, behaviours, and cognitive skills that affect her clients’ ability to get along with others and work towards their goals. She works together with clients to identify their goals and move towards them.
Clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology services can assist in clarifying everyday difficulties in the areas of emotions, relationships, problem solving, or goal-directed activities; and can assist in management of these difficulties.
Dr Rian Dob completed her undergraduate psychology studies in The Netherlands (‘Holland’), where she grew up. She has lived, worked, and studied in Australia since 2001, and completed a postgraduate psychology qualification in 2011. She speaks English and Dutch fluently.
Currently, Dr Dob works part-time in the public sector and also offers psychological services in private practice. She has worked with individuals of different ages with a range of presenting difficulties, including functional neurological disorder, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, difficulties in relationships, and parenting.
Dr Dob also has a particular interest in clinical work with clients with cognitive difficulties. She applies an integrative approach considering mental health factors as well as cognitive strengths and weaknesses in her practice with clients with difficulties resulting from developmental factors or acquired brain injuries.
Dr Rian Dob is a clinical neuropsychologist and clinical psychologist with more than 10 years of experience. Clinically, she has worked in Child and Youth Mental Health services, and as a neuropsychologist in tertiary hospitals, across child and adult settings. She has completed a research study on psychological and cognitive effects of traumatic brain injury in children, and she is a clinical supervisor to postgraduate clinical psychology and neuropsychology students.
Continuing professional development to further skills and remain up-to-date with current practice
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), in the field of Clinical Neuropsychology – University of Queensland, Australia
Masters equivalent degree in psychology – University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Memberships and registration
Member, Australian Psychological Society
Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Anderson, V., Le Brocque, R., Iselin, G., Eren, S., Davern, T., Dob, R., McKinlay, L., & Kenardy, J. (2012). Adaptive ability, behaviour, and quality of life pre- and post-traumatic brain injury in childhood. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(9), 1639-1647.
Anderson, V., Eren, S., Dob, R., Le Brocque, R., Iselin, G., Davern, T.J., McKinlay, L, & Kenardy, J. (2012). Early attention impairment and recovery profiles after childhood traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 27(3), 199-209.
Harnett, P, Whittingham, K., Puhakka, E., Hodges, J., Spry, C., & Dob, R. (2010). The short-term impact of a brief group-based mindfulness therapy program on depression and life satisfaction. Mindfulness, 1(3), 183-188.
Kenardy, J., Smith, A., Spence, S.H., Lilley, P.R., Newcombe, P., Dob, R., Robinson, S. (2006). Dissociation in children’s trauma narratives: An exploratory investigation. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 21(3), 456-466.
Kenardy, J., Robinson, S., & Dob, R. (2005). Cognitive behaviour therapy for panic disorder: Long-term follow-up. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 34(2), 75-78.
Clinical psychology services include assessment and diagnosis of mental health conditions, psychological problems, and treatment of these. Clinical psychology sessions are ‘talking sessions’ that most typically involve a series of 1-hour appointments over a period of time.
Clinical neuropsychology services include the assessment of cognitive skills like general reasoning and problem solving skills, memory, and attention skills. This mostly involves a series of paper-and-pencil tasks, conducted over 1 or more hours. Afterwards, Dr Rian Dob prepares a report and will discuss the findings with the referred client where appropriate.
Dr Rian Dob has worked with children of all ages, and adjusts her approach depending on the presenting concerns and developmental stage of the child or young person. She involves parents to support treatment where appropriate.
Clinical Psychology Services
Clinical Psychology services for children, adolescents, and adults include:
- Assessment and diagnostic clarification of psychological difficulties
- Individual therapy for adults applying cognitive approaches such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy)
- Individual therapy for children, applying cognitive approaches such as CBT
- Individual therapy for adolescents
- Behaviour management
- Parenting skills
- Parent-child relationship
Clinical Neuropsychology Services
Clinical Neuropsychology services for children, adolescents, and adults to clarify cognitive strengths and weaknesses (and coping techniques), for example in the context of:
- Learning difficulties
- Developmental delays
- Acquired brain injury (for example, after a motor-vehicle accident)
- Neurological conditions
- Changes in cognition or emotions after neurosurgery
Dr Dob offers a range of other services including supervision of psychologists in training or registered psychologists.
The standard fee for Clinical Psychology services is $200 per 1-hour session. Medicare rebates for 6 - 10 sessions per calendar year apply with a referral from a GP or psychiatrist. Private Health cover may apply – contact your health fund to discuss.
Discounted fees apply for students and pension card holders. Pleaseto discuss.
Clinical Neuropsychology fees depend on the extent and purpose of the assessment and report required. For example:
- Assessment of general cognitive abilities (IQ assessment) Starting from $400
- Comprehensive assessment of cognitive abilities, memory, attention, executive functioning Starting from $1500
Dr Dob is a DVA provider for both clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology services. Supervision –to discuss
Australian Psychological Society – information and resources
Functional and dissociative neurological symptoms: A patients guide
Centre for Clinical Interventions – free cognitive behaviour therapy resources for consumers with a range of psychological conditions
Psychology Tools – free resources, including worksheets for a range of psychological treatment models
Lifeline – 24-hour crisis support – 13 11 14
Headspace – a service for young people between 12–25 years offering support with general health, mental health, education/ employment, and alcohol/ drug services
Please contact to make an appointment or discuss your requirements.