In 2019 Michelle completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours, I) at Griffith University and is now a Provisional Psychologist at The Kooky Clinic and Associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Michelle holds a special interest in perinatal and infant mental health, recognising the long term importance of this period in building strong attachment bonds between children and parents/caregivers. As a mother of three rapidly growing children, she knows first-hand the many competing demands of growing a healthy family and providing “good enough” parenting appropriate for each child developmental stage.
Beginning a career in 2020 meant that Michelle has had to quickly adapt to a changing therapeutic landscape and has developed her skills in:
- Therapies which are attachment focused, trauma informed, strength-based, client focused and individualised
- The use of Telehealth modality
- The creative application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Narrative Therapy
- Interpersonal Therapy
Michelle can assist with:
- Working with a range of age groups from early childhood to adulthood
- Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- ASD, ADHD, Intellectual Disability
- Cognitive Assessments
- Parent-child relationships
- Parenting support
Michelle also participates in several professional networks and is a member of the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Reference Group. This group brings together professionals from throughout Queensland, keeping them informed of developments and improvements in available community services. While studying, she volunteered with the White Cloud Foundation, implementing a perinatal mental health support program in South East Queensland and Hobart, Tasmania. This client-centred program allowed her to assist new mothers in seeking support within the community, thereby empowering their adjustment following the birth of a baby, and closing the gap within existing services. You can find more information on The White Cloud Foundation at www.whitecloudfoundation.org.
“As long as we feel safely held in the hearts and minds of the people who love us, we will climb mountains and cross deserts and stay up all night to finish projects.”
Bessel A. van der Kolk