Leona is a Registered Psychologist who completed the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Queensland University of Technology and Bachelor of Psychological Science at University of Queensland. Her strong interest in adolescent mental health also motivated her to complete her doctoral research on the links between school belonging, family connectedness, cultural adaptation and depressive symptoms among Anglo-Australian and Asian Australian youths. To further enhance her clinical skills and knowledge, Leona is currently undergoing an advanced training program to work towards obtaining specialist endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.
Leona is experienced in working with individuals and families across the lifespan, and of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has worked in the public and private health sectors, including mental health, medical, hospital, aged care and residential settings. Coupled with her extensive experience working as a Lifeline Crisis Supporter and Supervisor, Leona is skilled in the assessment, treatment and management of a range of mental health concerns, including suicide and self-harm. She is most passionate about helping young people and families, and deeply appreciates the unique qualities of every individual. Combined with evidence-based practice, Leona’s therapeutic approach draws on the key values of client-centred and strengths-based approaches. She also adopts an outcome-informed therapy approach where she regularly assesses the effectiveness of her techniques to ensure that treatment addresses her client’s individual needs and goals. Leona is a bilingual clinician who can conduct therapy in English and Cantonese (Chinese).
Leona is skilled in the following therapies:
- Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Play therapy
- Family Therapy
- Integrative Psychotherapy
Areas in which Leona can assist with:
- Children (aged 10+), adolescents, adults and families
- Depression, anxiety and mood-related problems
- Suicide and self-harm
- Relationship issues
- Cross-cultural issues (eg. Cultural adjustment and migration difficulties)
- Behavioural problems in children and adolescents
- Body image
- Adjustment to medical and physical health problems
- Older adult mental health
Outside of work, Leona enjoys playing badminton, exercising, cycling, travelling, being a “foodie”, and has a little Maltese Shih Tzu named Ron. She is an animal lover, enjoys learning about new cultures and listening to hip hop, RnB and pop music. Leona loves to stay active and previously worked as a high school Badminton coach for five years.
Professional Qualifications and Memberships:
- Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- Member of the Australian Psychological Society
- Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association