Dr Carrie Hayward

B.App.Sci (Psych) (Hons)

D.Psych (Health) (Clinical)

I am a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). 

After completing my Doctorate in Psychology (Deakin University) in 2007, I have been a practicing Clinical Psychologist for the past 11 years. Over these years, I have worked with both adolescents and adults in many different health settings with a variety of psychological issues and physical health issues. I have found that even though individuals may present with very different issues and from a range of different histories and contexts, most people tend to share one very central issue – a pervasive struggle with all the things they cannot control in their lives and a resulting unhappiness with themselves and their lives. 

My practice as a psychologist became most enriching and influential when I found and became trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a framework that explains our common struggles and dissatisfaction and how to get the most meaning and vitality out of ourselves and our lives. More than a therapy, ACT provides individuals with a framework to achieve a workable and meaningful a way of living and can be applied to many of the psychological crises that people find themselves in.

More recently in my career, I co-founded a Mindfulness and Meditation Centre in Melbourne called Madam Heap: The school of mindful living. Madam Heap provides classes and workshops in mindfulness, meditation and ACT. Madam Heap has evolved significantly over the last three years into a successful mindfulness studio, with a growing student base. The studio also school also attracts a number of mindfulness practitioners who use the space to deliver their own programs. 

Through Madam Heap, we further co-founded a community fundraising event called the Mindful Walk. The event brings the community together for a morning of mindfulness in the outdoors, which raises money for mental illness awareness and suicide prevention. 

I think the Human Mind fascinates many of us. And I feel that working with people to explore the shared nature of the human condition and the own intricacies, habits and happenings is a very honouring and meaningful way to spend my day.