Dr. Collard has worked in mental health for over 10 years, with experience in both the private and public sectors, including hospitals and community health settings. He is a registered psychologist with endorsement in the area of clinical psychology. Currently he also works in private practice, working with children and adults. He is a member of The Australian Psychological Society (APS) and its Clinical College. Dr Collard received his doctorate from Deakin University in 2010 with a thesis examining the role of positive irrational beliefs in mental health and wellbeing. Dr Collard has also been involved in research with Deakin University and Australian Unity studying the wellbeing of Australians, and in research into the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy within private practice. Dr Collard has expertise in clinical and health psychology. He has undergone advanced training in cognitive behavioural therapy, including the traditional models of Cognitive Therapy (CT) and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and the more recent “third wave” models.