Rachael Elliott

Clinical Psychologist

BA (Hons) Psych, Grad Dip Psych Practice, M Applied Psych Clinical

With 17 years experience as a clinical psychologist working in both the public health sector and private practice settings in Perth, Sydney and Adelaide Rachael has developed an ability to engage with people from a wide range of backgrounds, ethnicities and age groups. She is experienced and passionate about working with adolescents, adults and families with a broad range of issues.

Areas of Experience

  • Adjustment to significant changes in life circumstances
  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship breakdown and conflict
  • Trauma and the impacts of abuse and neglect
  • Binge eating and self image problems
  • Anger management and mood regulation
  • Self harm
  • Issues of identity and adjustment after brain injury
  • Counselling for carers dealing with extreme stress
  • Patterns of addiction and treatment for substance abuse
  • The impact of early attachment on relationships
  • Workplace conflict and bullying
  • Working with issues facing adolescents at home or in school settings
  • Depression and anxiety in older clients
  • Building healthy couple relationships

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical) Murdoch University, WA, 1999
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice, University of South Australia, SA, 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts Hons Psychology, Adelaide University, SA, 1991
  • Registered psychologist since 2000
  • Clinical speciality endorsement, Psychology Board of Auatralia, APHRA
  • Specialist Clinical Psychologist Provider with Medicare
  • Member of the Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (AACBT)
  • Participation in ongoing professional development and training in various specialist areas

Further Background

Rachael approaches her work with clients in a flexible and collaborative manner working towards identifying the areas of greatest concern early in her interactions to ensure a focus on the nature of what is most impacting their lives. She is respectful of her clients’ readiness for change and paces her sessions to build greater confidence for them to take risks and experiment with alternative ways of approaching challenging circumstances and engage in active problem solving.

Rachael approaches her work with clients in a non-judgemental and accepting manner that expresses a genuine interest and concern for their well-being and ability to reach their full potential.

Rachael’s Therapeutic Approach

Rachael has been trained to apply a range of models of intervention and attended workshops to develop skills using various therapeutic approaches. Her practice integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Mindfulness-based techniques, CBT, Schema Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention strategies, Compassion Focussed Therapy and trauma-based treatment including Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing techniques.