Angela Petrolo

Clinical Psychologist

Stress & Trauma Centre, Wollongong

Angela is a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working with adults and adolescents, who have experienced a broad range of mental health difficulties, including alcohol and other drug addictions, interpersonal relationship problems, emotion/mood dysregulation, and anxiety difficulties. Angela has a particular interest in working with adults who have experienced stress and trauma in their lives and she consults out of MCP’s Stress and Trauma Centre in Wollongong as well as the Kids Clinic in Woonona.

Angela has a compassionate, emphatic and collaborative approach to helping people to overcome the struggles in their lives. She provides each person with an individualised treatment plan that incorporates skills and strategies that can be used in everyday life to help manage the challenges they face.

Angela takes an integrated approach to treatment, providing patients with a range of evidence-based therapy options to suit their individual needs, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Schema Therapy.

Angela can offer clients assistance to deal with:

Angela was asked about how she works with people that struggle with stress or anxiety and those that have suffered trauma in their lives. She said:

“When working with someone who has experienced a traumatic event or series of traumatic events, I believe that it is important to approach treatment from a compassionate, empathetic and calm space. A traumatised person deserves a great deal of respect, understanding and guidance to allow them to have a safe space in which to identify, understand and develop skills to manage the broad range of triggers that they deal with on a day to day basis.

I do not approach trauma or the pain that accompanies it, as something that we can eliminate from our life. The pain and the memories that led to that pain will always be there, it is out capacity to cope that changes. My goal is to work with an individual to develop strategies that allow them to better manage their experience.”

Education and Experience

Angela holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong, a Bachelor of Criminology from Griffith University, a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours from the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Clinical Psychology from Charles Sturt University. Angela has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings and has also worked extensively with people dealing with drug and alcohol issues, offering a non-judgemental and respectful treatment approach to assist clients to work through the issues that contribute to their problematic use of drugs and alcohol.