BSocSc (Psych)(Hons), BA(Psych)(Phil)
NB. RACHEL IS NOT CURRENTLY TAKING ON NEW CLIENTS AS SHE IS GOING ON MATERNITY LEAVE FROM OCTOBER 2017. DR ANGELA CRETTENDEN IS AVAILABLE FOR NEW REFERRALS FOR CHILDREN.
With 11 years experience working in the field of psychology and therapy Rachel is passionate about assisting young people with their emotional, behavioural and social development. Rachel does this through teaching skills young people can readily employ and helping them to work through issues that adversely affect their well-being. In her experience Rachel has found that such skills and preventative strategies are the foundation for young people to develop into emotionally and socially well adjusted adults.
She is dedicated to assisting young people with their concerns in order to improve their self-belief and functionality. Rachel is experienced in working with individuals, including adolescents and children with a range of issues including, but not limited to behavioural issues, anger issues, social difficulties, depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, bullying, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), low self-esteem and confidence, complex mental health issues and drug and alcohol issues.
She has worked with children, adolescents, families and adults in schools, general practice and private context roles. More recently, she has been working in schools providing counselling and psychological interventions to children and adolescents and has enjoyed the focus on child, adolescent and family work.
Areas of experience
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Social anxiety
- Separation Anxiety
- Behavioural management
- Anger management
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Social skills
- Improving self esteem and self confidence
- Mood regulation
- Effective communication and problem solving skills
- Assertiveness training
- Goal setting and Action plans
- Parenting skills, support and education
Qualifications and Professional Membership
- Honours Degree in Psychology, The University of Adelaide, 2003
- Degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences, Psychology and Philosophy Majors The University of Adelaide, 2002
- Registered Psychologist, Psychology Board of Australia, 2010
- Registered Psychologist, SA Psychological Board, 2007
- Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society
- Psychology Provider with Medicare
Rachel is warm, empathetic, respectful and professional. She works with you and your child to develop an intervention plan and goals for therapy. She understands the impact of children in your family and the joy, as well as the challenges, they can provide at home and school. She works with the child and their needs in order for them to develop healthy behaviours, feelings, thoughts and relationships. Rachel also works with the parents and families to ensure the best therapeutic outcomes for your child and your family.
Rachel’s therapeutic approach
Rachel works within a Cognitive Behavioural framework. She also passionate about effective relaxation techniques. Rachel is very attuned to children’s needs in therapy and works with them at their cognitive level to provide the most effective therapy. Rachel will often create booklets and social stories with your child, regarding their thoughts, feelings, behaviour or relationships which they may choose to share with you and refer to as needed. Children generally respond well to this technique and are proud of their work.