Dr Serena Smith PhD

Psychoanalyst Melbourne
Registered Analyst (ACP), Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW)

My Profile

My experience in private practice spans almost 30 years. In that time I have worked with adults, adolescents, and children, suffering from a range of problems and pathologies. In addition to my direct therapy work, I provide supervision to analyst-candidates of the ACP, and social workers counselors/psychotherapists interested in practising from a psychoanalytic orientation.

I have extensive experience teaching in psychoanalytic programs of study at post-graduate and undergraduate levels. I have regularly taught and presented at professional development seminars run by the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis. I have been an active participant in the ACP's seminar programs since 1991. I ran the clinical seminar program of the ACP between 2008–2014 and between 2014 - 2020 I co-ordinated the four year program clinical and theoretical studies run by the ACP.

I am a registered practising psychoanalyst with the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis (ACP). As such I have undertaken the tripartite training required to become a psychoanalyst; personal  analysis, supervision of psychoanalytic cases over several years, and a course of clinical and theoretical studies run by the ACP’s Institute for Training.

In 2005 I completed my PhD within the Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University.  My research investigated Lacan's invention of objet a and its antecedents; exploring how this invention transforms Freud’s theory of the drive.

Mental Health Social Work
I completed my training in social work with a specialization in mental health. I have a Masters of Social Work from the University of Melbourne. I am an accredited mental health social worker, as such, I participate in regular professional development and training in mental health-related practice. I have been a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers since 1994. I have a Medicare provider number as a mental health social worker and, as such, can receive referrals under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Scheme funded through Medicare.