Floreat Practice

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Jacqueline Spencer

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Jacqueline Spencer

Clinical Psychologist (Registrar)

Jacqueline Spencer is a qualified and trained Clinical Psychologist (Registrar). She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA).

Jacquie works with adults, couples and adolescents in the areas of relationship issues, complex PTSD, borderline personality disorder, adjustment issues, depression, trauma, grief and loss, addiction and other issues.

Using a warm and non-judgemental approach, Jacquie assists clients to gain insight into their present-day problems by identifying their unhelpful life patterns. Using psychodynamic principles and other modalities, she then helps clients to work on healing these experiences and to create meaningful change.

Clinical experience and background

Jacquie completed an Honours degree in psychology in Sydney before moving to Perth to complete her postgraduate training at Murdoch University. She is soon to submit her doctoral research project (PhD) that examines whether individuals with alexithymia (a poor ability to identify their emotions) can read the facial expressions of others.

Jacquie has many years’ experience in running group therapy programs in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. She has also worked with clients with a range of presenting problems in private practice.

She has experience with Psychodynamic therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Imagery Rescripting, Schema therapy and Compassion-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Jacquie has tutored psychology and statistics at university level and taught martial arts to adults and children.

She helps her clients to cultivate a gentler and more accepting approach to experience that reduces stress and prevents the spiral of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours.