Maggie Orum


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About us

Maggie Orum is a qualified and experienced counselling and clinical psychologist in Melville, Perth, Western Australia. She offers confidential individual and couples therapy for men and women, aged 18 and over. Maggie established her full-time private psychology practice in 2006, with a previous 5 years’ experience as an individual and couple counsellor for a large, not-for-profit Australian relationship counselling agency.

Maggie works with people from a diverse range of social and cultural backgrounds experiencing a range of problems and stages of life. She’ll work closely with you to devise a customised solution based on your situation.


  • Member, Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member, APS College of Counselling Psychologists
  • Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia, with endorsement in Counselling Psychology and Clinical Psychology.
  • Member, APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
  • Masters of psychology degree from Curtin University, 2005.
  • Honors degree in psychology from Murdoch University, 2001.

Maggie practices a range of
evidence-based therapeutic approaches including

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)helps you learn to be present in the moment, to become aware of and to step back from unhelpful thoughts, images and memories, to accept your emotional experience, to be guided by a deep sense of what is truly important to you (your values) and to commit to action in the service of those values. The idea is to become more psychologically flexible, so that rather than being dictated to by your psychological symptoms you can create space for a richer, more fulfilling and meaningful life.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) recognises that unhelpful thoughts and actions can cause distressing feelings and can play a big part in maintaining anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia and many other life problems. Through CBT a person can learn to identify and shift unhelpful thought and behaviour patterns. For example, a person believes there is no point in ever attending social events because they will only be judged and rejected. Or a person lies awake worrying that it would be a disaster if they can’t get to sleep, or worries about all the things that could go wrong in a situation or that life will never change for the better.
Emotion-Focused Therapy
For individuals or couples helps you to understand how the experience of strong emotions creates patterns and cycles of interactions in our intimate relationships. The relationship can become stuck in a repeated cycle of stress and conflict, or shutdown and withdrawal. A person can lose trust in their partner, experiencing their partner as unresponsive or uncaring or else as “too emotional” or “too demanding” and as a result feel lonely, hurt, anxious, frustrated or stressed. Emotion-Focused Therapy helps to create positive change in a relationship by helping people understand their own and their partner’s emotional needs and behavioural responses and to change their interactional styles to create a closer bond.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment for post-traumatic stress which involves moving the eyes while experiencing imagery or physical sensations associated with a traumatic event. Memories of traumatic events can be overwhelming and EMDR aims to reduce the emotional intensity of these memories so that you can cope better in your day to day life.
Mindfulness brings your attention to the present moment in order to create a sense of calm. Through practicing Mindfulness you can become more self-aware and learn to focus your attention away from distressing or unhelpful thinking processes and to experience life’s pain and challenges with a greater sense of calm and compassion. Mindfulness can help in the management of anxiety, stress, depression and chronic pain.
Schema Therapy
Schema Therapy understands that negative belief patterns develop from early life experience and form our emotional and behavioural reactions in adulthood. Schema Therapy provides models for challenging and modifying negative thoughts and behaviours in ways that allow you to meet your needs in healthy and constructive ways. For example, if you often felt rejected and humiliated as a child, then as an adult you may often easily feel rejected and humiliated, even if others aren’t intending to hurt you, and you may have difficulty creating contact and establishing healthy, close relationships or you may act aggressively to prevent further humiliation.

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Maggie is focused on forming more helpful patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating.
She uses a range of methods and techniques to help relieve psychological distress, promote wellbeing, and experience a more meaningful and satisfying life.
Maggie offers confidential, safe, supportive and professional assistance for a range of conditions and issues.
Here are just a few of them:

Mental Health Issues

  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Panic, fear & worry
  • Grief & loss
  • Confidence & Self-Esteem
  • Trauma

Mental health issues can be tough to live with, especially since they’re not visible to outside observers. Feelings of depression, anxiety or inadequacy can really affect your day-to-day life, and might put a strain on both your work and personal life and stop you making progress. Equally, while grieving is natural, if you’re struggling to come to terms with issues such as bereavement, or even breakdown of personal relationships, then it could be very helpful to work through this with a professional.

Most of us will, at some time or another, feel down or upset. If this is a sustained issue that takes over your thoughts the majority of the time, though, then you might benefit from seeing a professional psychologist. Maggie can work with you to understand your reasoning behind these feelings, and aim to overcome negative thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviour.


Relationship Issues

  • Gaining & maintaining relationships
  • Relationship distress
  • Social anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Separation
  • Living single happily

Experiences with family, friends or partners can provide some of the most rewarding experiences, yet they can also lead to some of the most difficult and painful situations. Relationships aren’t easy, but there’s a difference between normal arguments and resolutions, and harmful feelings and habits that can sabotage these relationships. Feelings of anger and insecurity can put relationships at risk, or prevent you from making meaningful connections.

Maggie can use a range of approaches with individuals and couples, that can yield significant results, and help you come out of difficult situations stronger and more at peace than before. Whether you’re working through issues with a partner, or coming to terms with being alone and living single happily, Maggie will seek to understand where your issues stem from, and arrive at the most effective solution.

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  • Stress Management
  • Work & study stress (bullying, work overload)
  • Coping with illness or pain
  • Insomnia

Stress is something that can’t be avoided - everyone will experience it to some degree during their life. Stress becomes a problem, though, when you’re constantly feeling stressed and on-edge without being able to relax, or your responses to stress are excessive. Whether this stress comes in your personal life, at work or university, or wherever else, it can have a significant effect on your mental and even physical health. Chronic illness and pain can also impact your daily life, and drastically affect mood and quality of life.

Whether it’s learning coping mechanisms, or changing thought patterns and behaviour, Maggie can help you minimise and overcome chronic or excessive stress or pain/illness and complications such as insomnia that prevent you from relaxing and feeling rested.


Life Counselling

  • Motivation for personal, professional and educational goals
  • Life transitions
  • Forming family
  • Caring for loved one
  • Retirement transition

We all go through trials and tribulations in life, as well as happy and joyful moments, but sometimes it can be a struggle to cope with significant changes, or get out of a rut in your personal/professional life. From deciding to start a family, to coping with retirement, speaking to a professional psychologist can help you come to terms with your situation and minimise stress and unhappiness. Maggie’s life counselling services can help change your approach and attitude to life, and empower you to accept or make changes depending on your personal situation.