Colleen is an empathic, person-centred psychologist who is focussed on developing supportive and respectful relationships. Colleen recognises that clients of all ages and abilities possess many unique, yet sometimes undiscovered strengths. She works collaboratively with clients to uncover and maximise those strengths, reduce the challenges that work to conceal them, and assist clients to become masters of their own lives.
Colleen also enjoys working with children, adolescents and parents to assist them to make the changes needed to address behavioural and psychological difficulties, and to build resilience in young people.
Colleen is influenced by strengths-focussed psychology and draws on numerous therapeutic approaches and techniques including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative and Play Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She pursues continuous education and research toward achieving positive outcomes for clients.
Colleen can assist adults, children and adolescents on their journey from:
- Low mood and depression
- Anxiety, panic, stress and worry
- OCD, phobias, trauma symptoms or post-traumatic stress
- Adjustment issues, including major life changes, chronic illness, or grief and loss
- Chronic Pain
- Body image difficulties
- Interpersonal issues
- Substance use difficulties
- Anger-control challenges
- Social skills difficulties
To move toward improved:
- Self-esteem and self-confidence
- Emotion regulation
- Stress management
- Personal control
- Life balance and achievement
- Psychological well-being
Education and Experience
Colleen is a registered psychologist who holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology 1st Class Honours) and a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Wollongong. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Colleen has substantial experience in many roles in psychology addressing individuals, groups and organisations with a wide range of differences and needs. She has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma or abuse to achieve positive outcomes. Colleen has also worked successfully in clinical settings with people with psychiatric illnesses including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Educational and vocational counselling have been an important part of Colleen’s work, and she has extensive experience in teaching psychology and coordinating and delivering professional training for people to become school counsellors in regional and metropolitan NSW.