Clinical Psychologist BA (Hons), M Psych (Clinical)
Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist
Catherine has worked within the public health system for over 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist. She has extensive experience providing psychological interventions for Adults, Children and the Elderly facing the challenges of physical and psychological challenges, diseases and brain injuries. Her work as a psychologist has included the rehabilitation geriatrics and palliative care services at Modbury Hospital, Hampstead Rehabilitation Service, Royal Adelaide Hospital. She has extensive experience at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, including the Kingsley Fairbridge Child Development Unit and the Australian Craniofacial unit.
Areas of Experience
- Stress Management
- Grief and Loss
- Healthy ageing
- Healthy Relationships
- Learning Disorders
- Memory Loss
- Carers Stress and Coping
- Palliative Care
- Positive Body Image
Children & Adolescents
- Learning Disorders
- Social Skills and Social Confidence
- School Refusal
- Separation Anxiety
- Adjustment and Loss
- Frustration Tolerance and Tantrums
- Childhood Phobias
- Coping with Bullying
- Exam stress
Qualifications and Professional Membership
Registration the Psychology Board of Australia
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours Adelaide University
- Master of Psychology Clinical Flinders University
- Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists
- Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
Catherine has a passion for the decorative arts, design and antiques and building sustainable and nurturing home environments. She combines concepts such as hygge ( the Scandinavian concept of a conscious appreciation of the enjoyment of the present and using simple pleasures such as handicrafts to build a sense of home). This is not only a focus for adults. From her child and developmental psychology background she also applies theories of child development to consider children’s needs for safe, creative and grounded home environments that foster the development of children’s personalities and learning.
Catherine’s Therapeutic Approach
Catherine bases her therapeutic approach upon a belief that all individuals bring their own strengths and capabilities into stressful life experiences and that evidence based psychological techniques enables people of all ages to plan and implement their own solutions to work through challenges and meet personal goals.
Catherine’s therapy embraces wisdom from current scientific theory such as Seligman’s PERMA approach and also approaches and philosophies from many different cultures. However, she recognises it can seem overwhelming at first to implement these approaches let alone sustain healthy behaviour changes long term. Her therapy focuses upon helping clients of all ages find the strategies that fit their personal strengths, developmental stages and their personal goals to successfully to move from unhappiness and overwhelming stress or transition through periods of grief, loss and change.
Catherine combines cognitive behaviour therapy with mindfulness and elements of dialectical behaviour therapy. She also draws upon extensive experience in rehabilitation with traumatic injury, brain injury, stroke, cancer and dementia. Her paediatric work has focussed on assisting families and schools in identifying the nature of learning disorders and developmental delay and goal setting to enable children to reach their own particular potential based upon individual strengths.