Hello. My name is Allisha. As a registered Psychologist I enjoy working in partnership with individuals and families as they navigate challenging times and find their unique strengths and resilience.
Since commencing in 2011, I’ve worked within child and youth mental health, trauma therapy services, Indigenous community health services and also provided supervision and consultation for those working in therapy services. My focus has been to find creative and hopeful ways of supporting children, adolescents and parents/caregivers who have been impacted by trauma, stress, mental health challenges, developmental and behavioural difficulties.
Seeing the change made possible when children and young people experience strong and positive connections has made me truly value the involvement of family members and significant others in children and young people’s success.
Some of the issues I provide support for include:
- Supporting the parenting/caregiving team
- Parent-child relationships
- Social and emotional support for children with developmental differences (including ASD, ADHD, Intellectual Disability, speech and language difficulties)
- Grief, loss and transitions
- Mood and anxiety disorders
- Self harm and trauma related difficulties
- Learning protective behaviours
- Problem sexual behaviours in children under 12 years
- Providing culturally sensitive therapy space
When words are not enough to support a person to make sense of their experience, I will often offer modes of therapy that rely less on talking. This is particularly important for children who learn and naturally express themselves through creativity, arts and play. Some of the approaches I use include:
- Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy/ Play-based CBT (for children and adolescents)
- Narrative Therapy
- Attachment-focused parenting
- Motivational Interviewing
- Art Therapy
- Sandplay Therapy and Expressive Therapies
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
LGBTIQ and Rainbow families are welcomed.
I acknowledge and respect the land, culture and traditions of Indigenous peoples and their knowledges of healing.