Clinical Psychologist

Michelle is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her BSc (Hons) at the University of Western Australia before achieving her Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Curtin University. In the early stages of her career Michelle worked in education, assisting children with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attentional disorders.  She has gained experience in a variety of settings including Fun Track Learning Centre, the Curtin University Child Psychology Clinic, Fremantle Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Fiona Stanley Hospital Mental Health Liaison and In-School Psychology Child and Adolescent Services.

Michelle draws on a range of evidence-based therapeutic models (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play and Attachment based therapy) and offers an integrative approach, adapting the way she works according to the strengths and struggles of her clients.  As well as providing therapeutic interventions for individuals, Michelle has extensive experience in working collaboratively with schools, families and other support services.

Her interest areas include:

Anxiety and low mood
Emotion regulation
Social and coping skills
Learning and school difficulties
Stress and adjustment difficulties
Trauma and attachment
Grief and loss
Self-esteem and confidence
Study skills and test anxiety

 

Michelle has considerable experience in working with children, adolescents and young adults and enjoys actively engaging these clients in therapy with creative activities targeted to their needs and interests.  She draws on her previous experience to gain a more complete understanding of client difficulties and collaborates with other professionals (e.g. teachers, principals, paediatricians, psychiatrists) to support best possible outcomes.

Michelle is also interested in working with older adults and is skilled in understanding their needs and working with the system around them (e.g. partners, family members, other significant relationships) that lead to meaningful changes for those who consult with her.

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