Michelle has practised as a Psychologist for over 16 years. She completed her Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Melbourne in 2001. For over eight years, Michelle worked as part of a Primary Mental Health Team, providing therapy in GP clinics and Community Health Centres to clients with anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Michelle also provided secondary consultation and training to GPs and community health workers.
In these settings, Michelle frequently saw clients whose anxiety or depression began early in their lives or early in their parenting journeys. This inspired Michelle’s interest in working with families during pregnancy or in the early stages of parenting to promote good mental health for both parents and their infants and children.
Michelle worked for 5 years as a Clinical Psychologist at Tweddle Child and Family Health Service - an early parenting centre that provides assistance in the early stages of parenting. Her work included both short and longer term therapy for issues including ambivalence about pregnancy, grief and loss in pregnancy, postnatal depression and anxiety, parent-child attachment, and parenting.
Michelle has also worked intermittently in private practice since 2006.
Michelle supports women and men going through all phases of family planning and early parenting challenges including infertility; fertility treatment; mental health issues in pregnancy; recovery from birth trauma; pregnancy loss and neonatal loss; postnatal depression and anxiety; and adjustment to parenting. This includes working with mums, dads and same sex couples to enhance their parenting experiences. Michelle also helps women and men who have had earlier life experiences of anxiety, depression or eating disorders, which may have become active again under the changes and stressors of pregnancy or new parenthood.
Approach to Therapy
Having undertaken training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Schema Therapy and Compassion focused therapy (with links to a mindfulness based approach), Michelle draws on attachment theory and psychodynamic approaches to better understand couple and family relationships. Michelle works collaboratively with clients to identify goals for treatment and adapts her therapeutic approach to meet each client’s individual needs.
Registered with Psychology Board of Australia
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Member of APS College of Clinical Psychologists
Registered Circle of Security parent educator
Member APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group (PIPIG)
Member of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA)
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