Groundwork Psychology Hawthorn


Groundwork Psychology Hawthorn

Practitioners at this location

Brittany Hill

Psychologist

Brittany is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), who enjoys empowering people to reach their full potential in life. Brittany’s warm and relaxed manner will assist you to feel comfortable in sharing your experience, to ultimately facilitate personal growth. She provides a non-judgmental and empathetic understanding, enabling the safe exploration of presenting concerns. Brittany has a keen interest in working with young people (adolescence) and adults. She enjoys the opportunity to foster healthy coping across the lifespan, understanding the many challenges that people can face in their social, family, study and work lives. She brings with her experience from working in community mental health, family and employment service settings. This has exposed her to working with diverse populations and groups. Brittany will work with you collaboratively to gain insight into maladaptive patterns presenting, which can often contribute to symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, anger, sleep disturbance or difficulty communicating. She utilises evidence-based interventions to help you discover the best version of yourself, including tailoring Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing (MI) practises to your needs whilst remaining trauma informed. A little bit more about Brittany… She enjoys cheering on the red and blue at the MCG, and seeking unique finds at markets or vintage stores. Brittany loves the thrill of giving something new life, and often uses her purchases to work on creative projects of her own. She can be found busting a move at zumba to keep fit whilst having fun, and is always up for a good laugh!

Donna Reilly

Psychologist

Donna enjoys working with both adolescents and adults to help people manage some of life’s challenges. She is passionate about helping people to see themselves as they truly are, understand what makes them unique, uncover unconscious conditioned patterns and explore new ways of being. She offers a warm, compassionate, trauma informed and person-centred approach to therapy and her friendly nature helps clients feel at ease. She knows that engaging in therapy can be daunting, and therefore works to create a safe space of acceptance and trust. Therapy also doesn’t have to be serious all the time and Donna takes a relaxed approach to her sessions, sometimes using humour to share in the lighter side of life. Donna supports her clients to understand and set therapy goals, provide psycho-education, psychological strategies and insights as well as evaluating progress. Donna practices cognitive therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solutions Focused Therapy, as well as weaving in an Interpersonal Therapy focus to utilise the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for reflection and change. Donna has experience working with adolescents and adults impacted by mental ill health in a community mental health setting supporting individuals and their families on their recovery journeys. She also has experience working with victims of crime, survivors of family violence and abuse, and the return to work space, assisting clients to re-enter the workforce The other things you need to know about Donna! She is a tea enthusiast! Sitting down with a cup of tea and a good book or listening to music whilst cooking a new recipe are some ways, she enjoys spending her time. She also enjoys being outdoors, running and is currently learning yoga. All of which are mindful and great for stress relief. Donna also enjoys creative pursuits, dreams of designing her own house one day and loves watching renovation and design shows (Grand Designs a clear favourite!).

Samantha De Vere

Psychologist

Based in our new Hawthorn clinic, Sam is an empathetic psychologist who strives to create a comfortable and judgement free environment for her clients. She enjoys working with adolescents, young adults and adults, and strongly believes in a collaborative approach. Sam offers a calm, supportive and sometimes humorous environment as she understands the importance of feeling comfortable and safe when sharing what sometimes can be very vulnerable moments. Sam has experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and understands that therapy is a deeply personal experience. She aims to help people better understand their relationships with others and themselves so to allow for the facilitation of empowerment, healthy coping strategies and positive self-regard. Sam takes a client-centered approach and adapts the therapeutic space to that of the client’s needs. She practices evidence-based interventions such as Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Included in these practices, Sam values a strength-based underpinning within therapy. Sam has experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds. She is passionate about working with those who are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress (personal, work, school), adjustment problems and mood disorders. Sam has also previously worked with those experiencing emotional abuse and domestic violence. The other things you need to know about Sam! Sam is a plant fanatic and is always perusing the bargain bin for plants that she can rehabilitate and then send to a new home which often, funnily enough, ends up being her own. Sam also enjoys listening to true crime podcasts whilst cooking. When she is not on the hunt for new plants Sam can be found planning her next trip and has a passion for all things Roman history related.