What is the catalyst that drove the creation of Virtual Psychologist?
It’s simple really, Dervla says. When working as a senior psychologist for the government, I attended a young man’s home who was in need of support. Upon arriving, we sadly discovered that he had committed suicide earlier that day. What really caught my eye in this deeply saddening experience was his mobile phone lying beside him. I then thought ‘if only he had reached out to someone with a text message’.
Sometimes, picking up the phone and talking is hard for someone going through such challenges, but even though most people won’t talk, almost everyone will, at the very least, communicate over text. I went home that very day and quit my job and started Virtual Psychologist. It wasn’t rocket science. Something had to be done to prevent this from happening to others.
Since then Dervla has grown Virtual Psychologist to cover people across Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines with her sights globally focused. Virtual Psychologist now has many psychologists, counsellors, and support staff all working to ensure we limit the burden of mental ill-health for people across the world, and hopefully, save lives.
Who is Virtual Psychologist’s founder?
Virtual Psychologist’s founder and CEO Dervla is the power behind the company, winning various awards and partnering with some of Australia’s biggest corporate companies. Dervla is also a sought after keynote speaker, and thriving entrepreneur with a unique set of professional qualifications and skills in Mental Health.
Dervla is a registered psychologist with a background in IT. Having been a Lotus notes developer, and certifications in internet marketing, Dervla is familiar with technology and its application in the field of psychology. She holds degrees in Industrial Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Sport & Exercise psychology, and has worked for the government and international organisations as a senior psychologist for over 20 years.
2017 – Optus Future Makers Award
Q1 2019 – Singtel Regional Future Maker Award
Q4 2019 – Advanced Queensland Spark Innovative Impact Finalist Award
2020 – SheEO Female Entrepreneur Semi Finalist
2020- Impact Growth Grant recipient
2020- Trade Investment Queensland Go Global Export Grant recipient
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