Dr Maxine Hawkins

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Dr Maxine Hawkins

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Dr Maxine Hawkins is the Principal Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director of Clear Health Psychology. Maxine is a highly experienced Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with adults and adolescents in the areas of depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, stress management, chronic illness, self-esteem, and trauma (including road accidents and WorkCover). She also has expert knowledge with patients considering bariatric surgery.

She uses her extensive clinical experience to assist in understanding complex presentations. Her strengths are in her formulation skills to determine effective and individualised plans to meet client's treatment goals. Maxine combines components from the modalities of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and psychodynamic approaches with clients.

Clinical experience and background

Dr Hawkins has 15 years experience working in Clinical Psychology. She has worked as a senior Clinical Psychologist across a number of hospitals in Melbourne and Perth in the areas of psycho-oncology, palliative care, cystic fibrosis, lung transplant, sleep disorders and chronic illness. She completed her doctorate at The University of Melbourne and moved to Perth in 2011. Dr Hawkins was the Clinical Director of Edith Cowan University Psychological Services Centre and Senior Lecturer. She lectured in the post-graduate clinical stream and provided clinical supervision in the clinical masters/doctoral programs. She has also worked as a Professional Officer for Psychology for the Australian Regulatory Health Agency assessing provisional psychologists and specialist title endorsements in WA.

Sue Aspin

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Sue Aspin

Psychologist

Sue Aspin is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Sue is experienced in providing treatment for adults across the areas of anxiety disorders, depression, grief and loss, adjustment (disability, life transitions, health issues), pain management, anger, antenatal and post-natal depression, trauma, parenting issues, workplace stress/bullying, assertiveness training  stress management and family of origin issues.

She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques and her therapeutic approaches commonly utilised include CBT, interpersonal psychotherapy,  solution focused brief therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and motivational interviewing. Sue is passionate about mental well-being and healthy relationships and is heavily involved in community education around these topics.  

Clinical Experience and Background

Sue originally completed her six year training as a Registered Psychologist (Generalist) in the South West and moved back to Perth in 2012.  Her work as a country psychologist provided significant opportunity for broad clinical experience.

Sue's experience includes several years of assessing and counselling adults with complex co-morbid mental and physical health conditions, many of whom had also had serious psycho-social problems such as criminality and long term unemployment.  Trauma was not uncommon in this cohort. In contrast to this client group Sue has also provided psychological counselling to a wide range of professionals including those in senior management, academics and peers.  She has experience in mediation, critical incident, vocational rehabilitation and EAP.

Sue is an experienced group facilitator and has additional qualifications in this area. She has facilitated learning within corporate, school, university and community settings in the areas of stress management, grief and loss, managing depression and anxiety, suicide prevention, workplace bullying/harassment, conflict resolution, parenting skills and many other topics.

Felicity Miller

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Felicity Miller

Clinical Psychologist

Felicity is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor with AHPRA.

Felicity is experienced in working alongside adults and adolescents who are experiencing distress in everyday life. She helps clients to develop a better understanding of the origins of problem behaviours so that they are able to make changes that go beyond symptom relief. Felicity’s areas of interest include eating disorders, interpersonal difficulties, personality issues, substance use issues, mood and anxiety disorders, domestic violence behaviours and relationship issues.

Felicity combines components from therapeutic approaches including Contextual Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Interpersonal Process Therapy, and attachment- based interventions.

Clinical experience and background

Felicity obtained her Masters qualification in Clinical Psychology at Curtin University of Technology and has over 10 years experience working in Clinical and Forensic Psychology. She has worked as a senior Clinical Psychologist in various forensic settings and is very experienced in working with clients who present with significant resistance to engaging in treatment. Her long history with forensic clients has allowed her to develop strong interpersonal skills that focus on building a safe and warm therapeutic space for clients. Felicity believes that therapy is a time for self-reflection and gentle persuasion to confront those issues that hurt us and prevent us from moving forward in life.

Sunila Peterson

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Sunila Peterson

Psychologist 

Sunila Peterson is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and is a member of the Association of Counselling Psychologists (ACP).

Su is experienced in working with adults in the areas of anxiety and depression, grief and loss, self-esteem and confidence, pregnancy and parenting challenges (including pregnancy support counselling), workplace stress and challenges, life change and transitional challenges, cross cultural challenges, disabilities and health related challenges. Su enjoys working in partnership with clients using a person-centred, holistic, strengths based, and non-judgemental approach.

She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Relaxation and Mindfulness practices; Solutions Focused Therapy (SFBT); Brief Psychodynamic Therapy; Mentalizing Based Therapy (MBT); and Existential Therapy.

Clinical experience and background

Su obtained her Masters of Psychology (Counselling) qualification through Curtin University of Technology and has accumulated diverse skills, knowledge, and capability from studying and working in the public and private sectors as a team leader, workforce development consultant, psychologist, and research associate and sessional academic. Su is an experienced researcher and has published in peer-reviewed journals in areas including: person-centred and self-directed care and recovery in mental health consumers; primary carers’ occupational adaptation and engagement; and the enablers and barriers of social inclusion for young adults with intellectual disability.

Poonam Morar

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Poonam Morar

Psychologist

Poonam Morar is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Poonam is experienced in working with adults and couples in the areas of anxiety, depression, complex trauma, post-natal depression, parenting issues, grief and loss, couples counselling, PTSD, sexual abuse, substance and/or alcohol abuse, stress management and anger management. Poonam believes in providing a holistic approach to a client’s well-being. She provides her clients the necessary skills and support until they become self-sufficient.

She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Gottman’s Therapy (for couples), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (for anxiety, trauma, PTSD, grief), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Act Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and many more.

Clinical experience and background

Poonam obtained her Psychology qualification through Curtin University of Technology and has worked over several years in government organisations and private practice using an evidenced based, client centred approach. She has worked with corrective services as a Registered Psychologist running group programs, assessment and counselling services. Poonam believes every client is different and tailors her approach to that which best suits the client’s needs. She believes in providing a safe therapeutic environment where clients are able to express their concerns without fear of judgement. Poonam helps clients understand their triggers, create self-awareness and provide them with skills to improve their wellbeing. Poonam is fluent in both English and Gujarati.

Karina Annear

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Karina Annear

Clinical Psychologist

Karina is a registered Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Clinical Psychologists Association (ACPA).

Karina is experienced with treating adolescents and adults of all ages, including older adults. Karina’s therapeutic style is client-led, holistic and compassionate.  She believes in treating the whole person; understanding and appreciating the complexity of humans, their relationships, personality structure, and the impact of life events.  

Karina uses an evidence-based, integrated approach to therapy.  She has completed training in psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT).  Karina believes in the role of the ‘therapeutic alliance’ in healing, and works with clients to relieve present symptoms of distress as well as helping clients gain insight into patterns of behaviour and how these develop.

Clinical Experience and Background

Karina completed her Honours and Masters Degree in Applied Clinical Psychology at Murdoch University.  She has over 13 years experience in the Health and Education sectors, most recently in Clinical Psychology. Karina has worked in both in- and outpatient public health settings, as well as private practice and has developed strong clinical diagnostic skills. Karina has worked in research and education, contributing towards research in ‘positive psychology’, including the benefits of extracurricular activity participation to wellbeing for adolescents in Perth.

Karina offers therapy for a broad range of psychological and emotional issues, with a special interest in life-stage and identity issues.  Karina has experience treating depression, anxiety, panic, worry and stress, adjustment, coping with chronic illness, pain management, emotional regulation, trauma, and interpersonal problems. Karina is warm and empathetic and would love to help you develop mental wellbeing and foster your self-discovery.

Janet Gallagher

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Janet Gallagher

Clinical Psychologist

Janet Gallagher is a Clinical Psychologist registered with AHPRA.

Janet works from a strength-based perspective, working alongside individuals, couples and families to achieve their goals and work towards wellbeing. Janet is experienced in working with children and adolescents, the areas of anxiety, depression, challenging behaviours, self-esteem, bonding and attachment difficulty, trauma and abuse, post-traumatic stress, parental separation and divorce. With adults, in working with depression and anxiety, personality disorders, parenting support (PPP, Circle of security, attachment parenting), trauma and abuse and adjusting to life change.

She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma Focused CBT, Schema Therapy and many other Psychotherapy models.

Clinical experience and background

Janet obtained her Honours in Psychology with Human Resource Management at Middlesex University in the UK and Masters in Clinical Psychology at Edith Cowan University. Janet has a number of years’ experience working in private practice and in children and family services. Whilst most of Janet’s experience has been working with at risk children and families, focusing on childhood trauma and abuse, Janet also has experience working in many other fields of psychology across the lifespan. Janet continues to be involved in research that is involved with Children in Out of Home Care, specifically kinship care.

Carmel Bob

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Carmel Bob

Psychologist

Carmel Bob is a registered psychologist who is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Carmel is experienced in working with young adults, adults and couples in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, personality disorders, adjustment issues, blended family difficulties, relationship challenges, FIFO relationships, cross cultural issues and grief and loss.

Carmel has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Re-Processing (EMDR), as well as several of the psychodynamic therapies. She has completed advanced Emotion Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) and has additional training in family and couples therapy. Carmel’s work is informed by attachment theory. She is comfortable seeing clients for short, medium and longer term work.

Clinical experience and background

Carmel graduated from Murdoch University and has completed the training and placement components of the Clinical Masters Programme at ECU. Carmel’s previous workplace environments and placements have included; private practice, Employee Assistance Providers (EAP), not for profit agencies and the private hospital sector. Carmel was involved in research into FIFO couples and has a particular interest in attachment theory and its relationship to couple therapy and relationship issues. She has worked in private practice for several years.

Carmel seeks to create a warm and welcoming therapeutic space in which a client may feel safe and validated. She sees this as the first step in the therapeutic process. Carmel hopes that psychological therapy will become more widely used as a form of prevention and life enhancement.

Rose Stevens (Woods)

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Rose Stevens (Woods) 

Clinical Psychologist

Rose Stevens is a Clinical Psychologist who is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists.

Rose is experienced in working with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, self-harm, phobias, health anxiety, adjustment issues, blended family difficulties, relationship challenges, pre and post-natal difficulties, sleep disorders, gender identity issues, school transitions and school avoidance.

She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Play Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Re-Processing (EMDR).

Clinical experience and background

Rose obtained her Masters qualifications in Clinical Psychology at Edith Cowan University and has over 25 years’ experience in the Health Industry - with qualifications obtained as both a Registered Nurse in her early career, and currently as a Clinical Psychologist. Her Thesis on ‘The factors that impact Adolescents in their Transition to High School’ has been published in The Journal of Child and Adolescent Health.

Andrew Meyer

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Andrew Meyer

Psychologist

Andrew Meyer is a Registered Psychologist who is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Andrew is experienced in working with adolescents and adults in the areas of depression, anxiety, and stress related issues, addictions (substances, gambling and alcohol), grief and loss, self-esteem, confidence building, sexuality and relationship difficulties.

He has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Narrative Therapy. Andrew works with a strengths-based approach and helps consolidate clients build upon and improve areas such as communication, conflict resolution, anger management and relationship issues. Andrew believes that creating positive client relationships, rapport and trust are the key to a safe and effective therapeutic journey for his clients.

Clinical experience and background

Andrew obtained his Psychology qualification through Curtin University of Technology. He has experience working in private practice and a background as a Registered Psychologist with corrective services running offender focused rehabilitation programs both within the prison context and within the community, to co-facilitate in psycho-educational, emotion-focused and therapeutic and rehabilitation-based programs.

His approach to therapy is to create curiosity, openness and motivation with his clients. Andrew believes these components are highly effective in reaching treatment goals and helping people to return to their desired self. Andrew’s aim is to treat everyone he works with, with respect, dignity and in a non-judgmental way. He has a wide range of experience working primarily with adult and adolescent clients with a broad range of presenting issues.

Lina Cala

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Lina Cala

Clinical Psychologist

Lina is a registered Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Clinical Psychologists Association.

Lina is experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Lina’s therapeutic style is client centred, holistic and compassionate and works collaboratively with clients to reach therapy goals using evidence-based approaches such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, imagery rescripting and reprocessing, EMDR and psychodynamic principles. She has a special interest in compassion-focused therapy, and has conducted research on enhancing mindfulness with self-compassion.

Clinical Experience and Background

Lina has completed her Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Psychology and has over 20 years’ experience in the Health industry, most recently in inpatient and outpatient public health services and private practice, with qualifications obtained as both a Registered Nurse in her early career, and currently as a Clinical Psychologist.

Lina offers therapy for a broad range of psychological, emotional and life change issues, including all forms of depression, anxiety, worry and stress, difficulties with emotion regulation, trauma, and interpersonal problems. Using a non-judgmental approach, Lina works with clients to diminish distressing symptoms, shift unhelpful life patterns, and find meaning in their experience.

Jeff Howe

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Jeff Howe

Psychologist

Jeff is experienced in working with adolescents and adults around issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief and loss, adjustment and trauma reactions, interpersonal / relationship conflicts and addiction.

Accessing support can be daunting and as such, Jeff’s warm and engaging style aims to create a safe and relaxed space to work through challenges. Jeff’s therapeutic approach is client-centered and collaborative, utilizing evidence-based techniques from CBT, DBT, ACT, Schema, Motivational Interviewing and Interpersonal Psychotherapy modalities.

Jeff obtained his Psychology qualifications through Murdoch University. He started his career at the Education department working with difficult to engage young people. Jeff has also worked in the criminal justice system and more recently in youth mental health, drug and alcohol services and private practice.

Mary Collura-Oldham

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Mary Collura-Oldham

Psychologist

Mary is a Registered Psychologist with over 16 years’ experience in psychological practice.  She works with individuals, couples and families.  In her earlier career she worked within the public sector in a range of roles including human resources, industrial relations and policy development. After completing her Masters she worked for Relationships Australia before moving into private practice.  She now divides her time between her psychological counselling practice and contract assessment work within the public sector.

Mary adopts a range of treatment interventions depending on the client’s needs – including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Relaxation techniques and other psychotherapeutic approaches. 

She fosters a respectful and compassionate therapeutic space for clients to explore and develop deeper insight and awareness of their own process.  Through this practice of deeper reflection and self-examination, clients are afforded simple opportunities to cultivate and foster more authentic and meaningful lives and relationships for themselves.  Clients often find, that this approach in turn helps engender a greater sense of peace, well-being and acceptance both of self and others. 

Emily Loh

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Emily Loh

Psychologist

Emily is a registered psychologist with AHPRA. 

She has been working as a psychologist for the last 16 years, providing support and assistance to people experiencing mental health issues across a range of fields. Emily navigates treatment with sincerity and compassion which helps put people at ease. She works collaboratively with clients to reach therapy goals using evidence-based approaches such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and solution focused therapy.  

Clinical Experience and Background

Emily started her career as a sport psychologist at the NSW Institute of Sport, providing elite athletes with mental skills training to assist them to achieve their peak performance. She has also worked within the fields of occupational rehabilitation (mainly with NSW Police Force and NSW Department of Education), corporate psychology, mediation and HR consulting, however her true passion lies with counselling and helping individuals in a clinical setting.

Emily can assist adults with a full range of mental health issues including depression and anxiety, stress, grief and loss, chronic pain, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, parenting challenges and mental skills training for both elite and non-elite athletes.

Angela Neuhof

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Angela Neuhof

Psychologist

Angela is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Angela has extensive experience counselling adults, children and adolescents in the not-for-profit and education sectors, and working with parents to achieve best possible outcomes for all. She is also a highly experienced training facilitator, conducting mental health workshops in high schools and for community groups. She is passionate about client-centred therapy and takes a holistic approach, assisting clients to not only alleviate their distress, but understand the cause and move towards creating a life that has purpose and meaning for them.

Angela is trained in a number of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution Focused Therapy. Angela believes that there is no ‘one size fits all’ method to therapy. Approaches are always adapted to meet the specific needs of the client.

Clinical experience and background

Angela completed her undergraduate degree with honours at the University of Western Australia, before completing a Graduate Diploma of Education (specialising in School Psychology) at the same university. She has worked in a community based, not-for-profit organisation, specialising in depression and anxiety. Angela has also worked with young people in regional, remote and metro schools and has found the issues that adolescents face to be similar, despite geographical location – leading to an extensive understanding of the difficulties and challenges associated with this period of life.

Kathy Kirwan

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Kathy Kirwan

Psychologist

Kathy Kirwan is a Counselling Psychologist who is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Counselling Psychologists.  She is also a member of the Association of Counselling Psychologists (ACP). She is experienced in working with adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples.

Kathy starts her work from a stance that the client is the expert in their life and the counselling provides a space for that knowledge to combine with her experience and expertise as we work towards the client’s goals in a safe emotional space. 

Kathy has completed training in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Emotionally Focused Therapy (for couples, Gottman’s Therapy (for couples), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (for anxiety, trauma, PTSD, grief), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and others.

Clinical experience and background

Kathy graduated from Curtin University in the Master of Psychology (Counselling) program.  Kathy’s early work in counselling was focused on relationship difficulties, sexuality and sexual health issues.  She has extensive experience working in Employee Assistance Programs providing counselling for workplace and personal issues that included anxiety, depression and stress, work/life balance, trauma, PTSD, relationship difficulties, sexuality and sexual health issues.  She has worked as a senior manager which can be invaluable for understanding workplace complexities.  Her more recent experience has involved working in Private Practice.

Amanda Maynard

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Amanda Maynard

Psychologist

Amanda is a registered Counselling Psychologist with AHPRA. She is experienced in working with adolescents and adults facing challenges with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief and loss, relationship issues and life transitions such as first-time motherhood/parenthood. 

Amanda focuses on creating a safe space where the client feels able to explore and make sense of their internal world and with new understanding create change in their life. She views therapeutic work as a partnership with the client, each working together to facilitate the client realising their goals.

Amanda has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Mode Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT); Existential Therapy; Brain Based Therapy and Relaxation and Mindfulness practices.

Clinical Experience and Background

Amanda obtained her Masters of Psychology (Counselling) through Curtin University of Technology.  Amanda has worked in private practice for a number of years and prior that worked in community organisations for over ten years.

Over the course of her working history Amanda written and co-facilitated group programs for young people navigating their way through grief and loss, and for young people and their primary carers experiencing attachment disruption. She has provided therapy to individuals and couples primarily coming from an attachment framework.  Amanda has worked with a diverse client population in a variety of settings and recognises how unique each client is, her priority is getting to know the client, meeting them where they are at and drawing on models that are an appropriate therapeutic fit for each client. 

Janet Deveney-Salmon

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Janet Deveney - Salmon

Psychologist

Janet is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Janet is experienced in working with adolescents and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, work related and personal stress issues, trauma, grief and loss, FIFO relationships, couples counselling, parenting, anger management, work/life balance, health and lifestyle changes. She enjoys working with clients, providing a safe and non-judgmental environment, and helping them to acquire and improve their knowledge and skills in managing their emotions to enable a happier and more fulfilled lifestyle.

She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Mindfulness and Relaxation techniques; Motivational interviewing and Narrative therapy.

Clinical Experience and Background

Janet obtained a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at Curtin University; and Bachelor of Psychology and Master of Applied Psychology at Murdoch University. As a nationally accredited Mediator she has experience in dealing with conflict in the workplace. She has worked as a Registered Psychologist in private practice; with the ADF; with asylum seekers in Detention centres using interpreters to provide psychological services to torture and trauma survivors. She is also experienced in the provision of EAP services in a wide variety of areas including the provision of both face to face interventions, and telephone counselling; assisting managers with organisational issues; attending traumas and critical incidents; and providing mental health training in a variety of remote environments.

Janet focuses on providing a safe and non-judgemental environment in which clients can feel comfortable in expressing their concerns, and tailoring her approach to best suit the individual client needs to facilitate their overall well being.

Elisa Porter

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Elisa Porter

Psychologist

Elisa is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. Elisa is passionate about working with a range of mental health issues experienced by children, adolescents and adults. These include anxiety, depression, phobias, relationship challenges, adjustment issues, challenges with family dynamics, post-natal difficulties, parenting issues, distress associated with chronic pain conditions, work related stress, and communication issues. 

She has experience working with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, work related stress, auditory hallucinations and schizophrenia, challenges with daily living skills associated with intellectual disability, adjustment issues, relationship difficulties, attachment issues and trauma associated with neglect.

Elisa uses an integrative approach to meet clients' needs. She has training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), brief solution focused therapy, and behaviourist therapy models. She also has interests in schema therapy and psychodynamic models. Elisa seeks to create a therapeutic space which is warm, engaging, respectful, trusting and collaborative. She seeks to help and inspire clients to reflect on their experiences and to make changes which will improve their overall well being, relationships with others, and meaningful engagement in life.

Clinical experience and background

Elisa completed her Masters of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) in 2018 at Murdoch University, obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology in 2010 and Diploma of Education (School Psychology) in 2011 from The University of Western Australia. She has previously worked as a school psychologist, in youth counselling and in adult mental health. While most of her work has focused on individual sessions and inter-agency liaison work, she has also hosted workshops for parents using the Triple P parenting framework, workshops for staff, and has co-facilitated dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) group sessions for adults with borderline personality disorder.

Elisa's research interests include childhood obesity, perinatal depression and parent-child attachment. Most recently, her research has focused on factors contributing to maternal perinatal depression and anxiety and how this affects young children's social and emotional development. 

Kelly Murphy

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Kelly Murphy

Psychologist

Kelly is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Kelly has worked in the field of childhood development, mental healthcare, counselling, education, developmental psychology, research and therapy for 17 years. Kelly is experienced in working with children, teens, adults and couples struggling with stresses that impact developing and maintaining healthy and meaningful relationships at home, in the community and the workplace. She also specialises in working with parents and other family members to assist children with attachment issues learning difficulties and challenging behaviours.

Kelly has extensive knowledge and experience in cognitive and neurodevelopment assessment and offers evidence-based interventions. Kelly tailors psychological therapy to meet the needs of clients who are experiencing stressful life transitions, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief and loss. She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Relaxation and Mindfulness practices; Solutions Focused Therapy (SFBT); Family Systems therapy and Triple P Parenting Stepping Stones program.

Clinical experience and background

Kelly completed her undergraduate psychology degree at Edith Cowan University and received an Honours degree in Psychology from James Cook University in Queensland. Kelly then completed a Master of Applied Psychology in Educational and Developmental Psychology with a Graduate Diploma in Education (coursework and practicums) at the University of Western Australia.

Kelly is a passionate advocate for the strength and resilience of the human brain, that throughout our lives our brains continue to rewire and change when we apply ourselves to learning and practicing new functional ways of seeing and experiencing the world. Kelly’s approach to therapy is person centred, and she works alongside clients to promote a shared responsibility for trust in the therapeutic process empowering them to create meaningful, lasting change for themselves. Kelly assists her clients to feel safe and nurtured, trusting in the confidential nature of what they share, respecting and admiring their strong act of courage and humility displayed by clients taking steps towards change.