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I’m a registered psychologist who works with clients of all ages to help them achieve goal-focused changes or acceptance. My private practice is Zenith Psychology and sessions can be at my clinic, off-site or online.
I provide support that helps people cope with their present circumstances and if needed, move closer to living in accordance with their values. Generally, we learn emotional and other life skills through instruction, modelling, and experience but sometimes life throws curve balls that are outside our range. It’s in those times that people sometimes need solace or guidance.
I help men, women and children experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions and role-related difficulties. I work with those who wish to improve their lives in many domains: anger regulation and expression, parenting, behaviour management, emotional regulation, workplace wellbeing, and stress management.
I have a special interest in emotions in the workplace; my doctorate examined the interactions between emotional demands, emotional labour strategies and psychosocial health outcomes in Australian school principals and I received outstanding commendations from my examiners. You can read my thesis here.
I counsel individuals who are experiencing workplace difficulties – bullying, ongoing work overload and chronic stress.
I see elderly clients who are experiencing psychological distress. Guiding people to use the skills they’ve built throughout their lifetimes can help smooth difficult transitions. Some physical or mental issues are permanent. Finding pathways to healthy coping strategies helps people come to terms with their situation and find a measure of peace and acceptance. I will happily see clients outside of the clinic where necessary (at home or in care facilities) and can bulk-bill some of these sessions.
I’m experienced in the diagnostic assessment of developmental disabilities and behavioural management of both neurotypical and neurodiverse people. I interned at Monash Children’s Hospital in the Developmental Pediatrics Clinic with a wonderful multidisciplinary team including Cathie Hughes, Dr. Oliver Hopkins, Dr. Helen Chau, and Dr. Philip Graves. During this time, I learnt invaluable lessons and saw a wide range of clients with developmental disabilities for assessment and diagnosis. By conducting educational, cognitive, social and behavioural assessments I can identify strengths and weaknesses and work with schools and parents to ensure well-rounded care.
I use combinations of different strategies and styles individually tailored for each person. I draw upon cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, psycho-education, active listening, motivational interviewing, mind mapping for solutions, play therapy, coping strategies, assertiveness assistance, and behaviour analysis among other things.
I am available for individual or group professional development sessions regarding management of emotions in the workplace at all organisational levels, older adults mental health, and emotional regulation.
Session fees are supported by Medicare if you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician. You may be eligible for 10 individual sessions and 10 group sessions in a calendar year. Your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first 6 individual sessions. Your private health insurance may also pay costs, please contact your provider to find out what you are covered for.
I graduated from Monash University with a PhD/Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology (2017), after achieving first-class Honours (Psychology) in a Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience (2010). I am a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Association of Workplace Bullying and Trauma and a registered WorkSafe psychologist.
I see people in various modes and a referral is not required to see me (unless a Medicare rebate is applicable). I have rooms in North-East Melbourne and I also provide telehealth or remote psychology – telephone and online video-conferencing psychology services. Contact me to see if we’re a good fit for each other.
Call/text me on 0456 033 200
Email me firstname.lastname@example.org