I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency with more than 10 years experience. I have a First Class Honours degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. During my studies I was recognised for my clinical and academic excellence by winning several awards including the Shirley Barrett Prize and the Australian Psychological Society Clinical College Student Prize.
My areas of interest are focused on attachment and trauma, including: perinatal (pre and postnatal) mental health, complex trauma and health psychology. My work is underpinned by interpersonal neurobiological and evolutionary psychology. My preferred approaches are Compassion Focussed therapy and EMDR, however, I have completed professional development using a range of other therapies and will incorporate these as indicated.
My Honours research focused on Internet use and psychological well-being in adolescents, including compulsive Internet use. My Masters research examined whether Facebook use could improve psychological well-being for people with Autistic traits. Needless to say, I have a good understanding about the influence of technology and mental health.
In addition to working as a private practitioner, I have worked with the Australian Centre for Arson Research and Treatment (ACART) at Bond University as a researcher and clinician. In the perinatal area, I have worked for Tresillian Family Care Centre and Gidget House. I am currently a perinatal psychologist consultant with Sustaining NSW Families.
I am also completing a PhD focussed on understanding factors influencing birth experiences as well as the impact of birth experiences on women and the mother-infant relationship.
A recent publication:
As you can see, I have many interests! A testament to the passion I have in the area of mental health and well-being.
I am a member of the following:
World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)
Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI)
Australasian Marcè Society
EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA)
Centre for Perinatal Psychology