James Champion

Dr James Champion, Clinical Psychologist at Mermaid Beach
Dr James Champion
| Director & Clinical Psychologist

BSocSc (Hons), MPsych (Clin.), PhD, MAPS, FCCLP

James is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Fellow of the Australian College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLP). He holds a PhD and Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, complemented with over 12 years’ experience delivering focused psychological interventions in both hospital and private practice settings. James works with adults and adolescents (14+ years) to achieve greater self-understanding and relief from psychological distress. His main area of specialisation is the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. James also assists clients to adjust to life changes (e.g., loss and bereavement, chronic illness, and unemployment), overcome addictive behaviours and substance abuse problems, and resolve issues concerning interpersonal relationships.

Areas of specialisation

James specialises in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, including:

  • Depression
  • Generalised anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress & complex trauma
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anger
  • Sleep difficulties

Therapeutic approaches

As a client-centered practitioner, James draws from a suite of evidence-based approaches according to each client’s individual needs, preferences, and strengths, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy 
  • Emotion-focused therapy
  • Acceptance & commitment therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Solution-focussed counselling

Background Information

A passionate advocate for the discipline of psychology,  James is committed to improving outcomes for people accessing psychological services. As a researcher, James has supervised numerous studies that have investigated psychological vulnerabilities to anxiety and mood disorders. His research publications have featured in the Journal of Anxiety, Stress, & Coping and Australian Psychologist, and he has regularly presented at conferences hosted by internationally-recognised research bodies, including the Australasian Human Development Association.  James currently holds academic appointments at Griffith and Bond University, where he lectures in applied psychology and teaches clinical skills to psychology and medical students. James is also an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and provides supervision and training to Clinical Psychology Registrars and Provisional Psychologists.