Dr S. Giac Giacomantonio, PhD
Ph.D., M.C.C.P., M.A.P.S.
Lecturer, University of Queensland
Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology
Lecturer, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Dr Giac Giacomantonio is a Clinical Psychologist in
Queensland. He has a special interest in Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic Psychology of the Self.
Psychoanalysis is a form of psychotherapy that helps people by developing an understanding of their unique experiences of themselves, others, and the world. People who see a psychologist for psychoanalytic therapy typically value personal growth and self-development, and want to understand themselves better in addition to feeling better. It can be helpful with many different problems, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, low motivation, dissatisfaction with achievements, relationship problems, and understanding how the past repeats itself in the present.
Giac has been a lecturer on psychoanalysis and clinical psychology, and a supervisor in the psychology and psychiatry training programmes at the University of Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He has taught on the subjects of Meta-psychology, Clinical Theory and Technique in Psychoanalysis, and Professional Ethics. He completed doctoral research at the University of Queensland on Therapeutic Change, to examine the adequacy of explanatory models in psychotherapy research.
Giac maintains a private practice in Brisbane for individual psychotherapy, collegial consultation, and supervision for registrars.
E-mail Dr Giac to make an appointment.
Dr Giac Giacomantonio is a registered supervisor for the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists, and the Psychology Board of Australia’s Registrar Programme for endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.
Giac has over a decade of experience providing clinical supervision to professional psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychology students. Professionals and students interested in learning more about psychoanalytic psychotherapy have sought supervision with Giac.
For supervision as professional development i.e., not leading either to clinical endorsement or to membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists, no special application forms are necessary. You can e-mail Giac to discuss the option of psychoanalytic supervision.
For supervision leading to clinical endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia, you must have general registration as a psychologist and be in suitable clinical practice. You can e-mail Giac to discuss the option of designing a programme of supervised practice to submit to the Board for approval. Endorsement requires between 1540 and 3080 hours of clinical practice (depending on your qualifications as DPsych/PsyD, MPsych/PhD, or MPsych) and between 40 and 80 hours of supervision accordingly.
For supervision leading to membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society, you must be a member of the Society and be in suitable clinical practice. The requirements are largely commensurate with those of the Psychology Board's programme for clinical endorsement. You can e-mail Giac to discuss the option of designing a programme of supervised practice to submit to the APS for approval. The Clinical College requires between one and two years of full-time equivalent supervised practice for membership, which is equivalent to the number of hours listed above for clinical endorsement via the registrar programme of the Psychology Board.
▶ Download Forms from the AHPRA Website for supervision under the registrar programme for clinical endorsement by the Psychology Board of Australia.
▶ Download Forms from the APS Website for supervision to attain membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
Giac is contracted to Oxford University Press to write a psychology textbook, (publication date 2017).
Music Preferences and Empathy: towards predicting prosocial
Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, & Brain, 23(2), 177-186.
On the role of theory and models of change in psychotherapy research,
Psychotherapy in Australia, 19(2), 18-27.
Three problems with the theory of cognitive therapy,
American Journal of Psychotherapy, 66(4), 375-390.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy: The evidence is in,
InPsych, The Bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society, (April, 2010).
Disavowal in cognitive therapy: the view from self psychology,
Psychotherapy in Australia, 15(2), 14-19.
Understanding and explaining therapeutic behaviour: Why do we do what we do?,
Self Psychology Newsletter, 1(5), International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.
Psychoanalytic perspectives on substance use and antisocial personality disorder,
Australian Psychologist, 40(2), 137-145.
Restoring balance to psychology curricula,
InPsych, The Bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society, (February, 2003).
Morality, Masochism, and the Market Place
Psychoanalysis: Quaint antique or modern alternative?
Recent Paper Presentations
-Inequality, Narcissism, and Nature: Rousseau's Amour-propre and Kohut's narcissism.
-Oral Sadism: A classic revisited.
-The Function of the Orgasm: Reich, Ravel, and Velazquez.
University of Queensland
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Lecturer in Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique
(Psychiatrist Registrar Programme)
Psychology Board of Australia
Registered Supervisor Clinical
Registered Supervisor Higher Education
Australian Psychological Society
Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists
Past National Convenor POPIG
Australian Catholic University
⚚ Clinic Director
⚚ Clinical Supervisor
⚚ Accredited Higher Education Research Supervisor
⚚ Coordinator of Master of Psychology Programme
Queensland University of Technology
⚚ Clinical Supervisor
Brisbane Psychoanalytic Self Psychology Group
⚚ Founder and Coordinator
Australian Psychological Society's Psychoanalytic Interest Group
⚚ National Convenor
⚚ Chair, Inaugural International Psychoanalysis Conference