For referring doctors
I welcome the opportunity to discuss your referral needs and treatment approaches for your patients with you personally. I encourage friendly and open communications with my referrers, believing that a collaborative relationship offers the best support for your patients.
As a Clinical Psychologist, I mainly use CBT and mindfulness-based approaches to assist individuals with a range of psychological conditions.
Please note: I am not able to provide crisis support, and will usually refer individuals where risk is a significant concern to an alternative service. I am always happy to discuss new referrals, and can be contacted on 0405484770.
My therapeutic approach with patients involves:
- an initial clinical assessment (including key presenting problems, comorbidities, protective factors, and patient goals)
- a flexible treatment plan that allows for barriers to recovery
- active methods and strategies that aim at symptom reduction
- promoting autonomy, resourcefulness, and resilience in the longer term
My approach combines clinical experience with an understanding of the approaches that resonate with clients. It is also informed by my research and postgraduate clinical training (PhD (psychology) examining the neuropsychological, brain-structural and neurochemical changes accompanying age-related cognitive decline, and Masters clinical program). My commitment to education and learning is ongoing, and supports my use of current treatment interventions that are empirically-based.
I have a strong focus on health and well-being, as a result of my 20-year career as a community pharmacist. This enables me to consider psychological difficulties and their treatment from a broader health perspective. My understanding of drug treatments helps me to promote compliance and support the medical treatment of individuals referred to my practice.
I am a full member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society, and eligible to obtain the specialist (clinical) psychology rebate through Medicare for your patients. I am also a registered pharmacist and member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
I endeavour to provide prompt and thorough feedback and reports to my referring doctors, and remain available to discuss any queries. Please feel free to contact me to discuss any new referrals or current patient matters.