Principal Psychologist & Director
Hello, my name is Kelly. I am a board approved psychologist practicing as a clinical psychology registrar in my practice in Ballarat.
I offer therapeutic, evidence-based interventions to young people and adults struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.
I have a gentle, compassionate and non-judgemental approach and work alongside individuals to help facilitate their personal growth and empowerment.
I have a special interest in using creative therapies as an adjunct to talk-therapies.
I have worked in the past in the child/adolescent and adult mental health services, within the justice system and the department of education and in trauma informed private practice.
I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship between therapist and client is fundamental to achieving
positive psychological change.
I use a creative, flexible and person-centred approach and treatment is holistic (e.g., involves body and mind), individualised, and directed by your interests, values and goals.
I aim to create a calm, open, honest and safe space which assists you to be open and honest with yourself and ultimately to feel supported taking risks and making change.
I returned to post-graduate psychology study seven years after completing my undergraduate degree following a life-changing and inspiring therapeutic experience with my own psychologist.
I am an advocate for kindness and I feel my life purpose is helping people live their best life and break previous cycles of abuse.
Pre-COVID, I travelled extensively and have gained a deep understanding of different cultures, particularly Chinese, Japanese, South Indian and Tanzanian.
I practice an eclectic range of self-care strategies including drawing, Vipassana meditation, dancing, researching new ideas, and I love challenging jigsaw puzzles!
I have written three research projects which I hope to publish soon:
A systematic review of creative art therapies in the treatment of borderline personality disorder (2020).
How emotional responses towards public affection vary according to homonegativity (2018).
The impossibility of meaningless pain on a meaningful path: A philosophical exploration of how different cultures treat, translate and transform suffering (2011).