Shelah draws on her training and expertise working across different age groups, cultures and settings to help others to heal from past negative experiences and trauma, become more aware of current ineffective patterns of behaviour and thinking, empowering them to develop new ways of thinking and coping with current and future difficulties.
Her compassionate, mindfulness based approach incorporates the use of research based strategies including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Emotion Focussed Therapy for anxiety, depression and with couples/ relationships, Meditation and Mindfulness, group training and facilitation, and behavioural coping strategies such as Assertiveness training.
Shelah’s areas of interest include help to overcome Anxiety and Depression using Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Interpersonal Relationships working particularly with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and supporting the elderly, sick and injured to adjust to changing circumstances.
Clinical Experience & Background
Shelah commenced her work as a Psychologist working in Schools in the WA Education Department and spent many years providing support to effect the best outcomes for students, their families and the school as an organisation. This service was provided in a multi systemic way and included individual and group assessment and intervention. One area of interest was training and coaching staff in the provision of classroom meditation and mindfulness programs.
As a Senior School Psychologist Shelah provided training and supervision to other School Psychologists as well as developing and coordinating a School Psychology service to rural WA.
After gaining her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Murdoch University, Shelah commenced work as a Clinical Psychologist with the Department for child protection, family and children services. Shelah worked there for 8 years with traumatised children, adolescents and families in such areas as domestic violence, abuse, substance abuse and parenting skills.
Shelah then worked in Private practice for many years, receiving referrals from GP’s to support those with anxiety, depression, trauma, injury and illness and adjustment disorder, PTSD, workers compensation and relationship difficulties.
More recently Shelah has worked overseas including supporting the mental health of people held in offshore detention centres and working with Medicine Sans Frontiers as a Mental Health Activity Manager helping children adolescents and adults in the factory and workshops of Bangladesh.
Shelah has over 30 years experience working with a broad range of individuals, couples, families and groups across a variety of settings and believes that the foundation for helping others is compassion and that everyone has the potential to achieve peace of mind no matter what their circumstances.