Overview

Clinical Psychologist Registrar Elissa has experience with young adults and older adults with mild to moderate mental health disorders, and is currently working extensively with younger children and adolescents, particularly in the area of Educational Assessment. She has experience working with individuals and groups with various therapeutic techniques including CBT, IPT, ACT and metacognitive therapy, and has worked in various contexts including generalist counselling, and drug and alcohol treatment. Elissa is particularly interested in the application of mindfulness-based approaches to a variety of issues. Elissa has a broad educational basis (covering the areas of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychology), as well as specialised knowledge and expertise in the area of Neuropsychology. Elissa completed her PhD on the subject of cognitive aging using a combined approach including neurophysiological testing and functional neuroimaging (fMRI). Other research projects she has conducted in the field of Neuropsychology made use of techniques such as EEG’s and pharmacological intervention. Elissa has a strong interest in the assessment and treatment of neuropsychological disorders across the lifespan.

Area of Focus

  • Academic Performance
  • Adolescents
  • Affective disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Brain injuries
  • Career and Vocational Planning
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Conduct disorders
  • Dementia
  • Developmental disorders
  • Geriatrics
  • Intellectual Assessments
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Medico-Legal services
  • Neuropsychology
  • Schema Therapy
  • Alcohol and other drugs addictions (AOD)

Modalities

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoeducation
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Interpersonal
  • Metacognitive Therapy (MCT)

Patient Focus

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Older adults
  • People with disabilities

Education

  • BSc (Neuroscience)
  • BSc (Psych)(Hons)
  • ResM (Neuropsychology)
  • PhD
  • MPsych(Clin)

Accreditations

  • MAPS