BPsyc(Hons), MPsyc(Clinical), MAPS
Phone: 0478 896 971
Fiona approaches her work in a warm and empathic manner, and is committed to helping her clients achieve their goals and improve wellbeing. She completed a 4-year Bachelor degree in Psychology with Honours and a 2-year Master of Clinical Psychology with distinction at the University of Wollongong, where she is currently completing a PhD in psychology.
She has practised psychology in both inpatient and outpatient settings and her clinical experience includes co-developing and delivering groups for depression, anxiety and psychosis at St John of God Healthcare as well as a DBT program for mental health problems; treatment of individuals with chronic pain at the Pain Management Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; therapy for individuals with personality disorders at Northfields Clinic; and providing therapy to clients with a variety of clinical presentations in several private practice locations.
Fiona’s areas of special interest include:
- Mood problems (including depression)
- General anxiety and stress
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Panic disorder
- Chronic pain
- Working with people with dementia and their families
- Working with people with Borderline Personality Disorder
Fiona has completed advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy, in which she has a special interest (see below paragraph for more information about Schema Therapy).
Fiona is also passionate about teaching and academia. She lectures and tutors at the University of Wollongong where she is currently completing a PhD in psychology, researching the ways that we can improve the training of student psychologists. Fiona also acts as a Contributing Editor of the Australian Journal of Dementia Care, a regular publication of news, research, training and practice developments for professionals working with people with dementia.
Memberships & Registrations:
- Registration to provide psychology services with Medicare
- Full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (PSY0001704199)
- Membership of the Australian Psychological Society
- Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association
- Membership of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
Call Fiona on 0478 896 971 to enquire further or to make an appointment. Please leave a message and she will call back within 24 business hours. If you are in crisis, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit your nearest emergency department”
Schema Therapy: further information
Schema Therapy is an evidence-based therapy which is commonly used with people with personality disorders or chronic anxiety and depression. Schema Therapy is an evidence-based treatment that aims to help clients cope with difficult feelings, change unhelpful thinking patterns and try out new, more functional behaviours and skills with the support of their therapist. It explores both current problems clients are experiencing, as well as the historical sources of these problems. Within Schema Therapy, there is a strong focus on the relationship between the client and therapist. The therapist and client work together to build a supportive and trusting therapeutic relationship in order to create a safe environment for therapy to take place.