Overview

Clinical Psychologist Melissa first registered as a psychologist in 2006. She has since completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Melissa works with a broad range of mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders, and draws on a range of treatment approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Trauma Focussed therapies (TF-CBT & EMDR). With a solid background in psychological assessment, Melissa consults in relation to various medico-legal matters (Workers’ Compensation, Victims of Crime, Parenting Capacity). Melissa has amassed extensive experience in the private sector conducting various forms of assessment including psychological functioning, educational and intellectual functioning, pre-liability stress assessment, risk of recidivism, vocational assessment, fitness for work, and drug and alcohol treatment needs. Melissa has previously worked in child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, corrections, vocational rehabilitation, general and private practice. Having worked as an Assessing and Consultant Psychologist to local Pain Management Programs, Melissa is conversant with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions for individuals with persisting pain difficulties. She is an AHPRA registered supervisor, and is currently engaged in an extensive program of supervised training to attain accreditation as a Schema Therapist. Melissa is a registered Medicare provider (eligible for Clinical Psychology rebates) and is also eligible for rebates under most private health care funds.

Area of Focus

  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Intellectual Assessments
  • Medico-Legal services
  • Panic Disorders
  • Personality Assessments
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychopathology assessment
  • Work Related Issues
  • Academic Performance
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Expert Witness services
  • Mediation
  • Victim of Crime
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Workplace Issues
  • Workshops
  • Depression
  • Schema Therapy
  • Trauma

Modalities

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy

Education

  • Certificate in Professional Management
  • Bachelor Behavioural Science (BBSc)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours)
  • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology

Accreditations

  • LEADR trained mediator
  • Currently undertaking Advanced Level Certification in Schema Therapy (ISST)

Certifications

  • Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)
  • Member of the Institute of Clinical Psychologists (ICP)
  • Member of the International Society of Schema Therapists