Stephanie Zylstra

Clinical Psychologist BBehavSc(Psych) BA(Hons) MPsych(Clinical)

Stephanie believes nobody knows you better than yourself. This is why from your very first session together, your insights will be listened to and respected.

Working together, Stephanie will collaborate with you to help identify and develop your strengths, as she guides you to achieve positive change in line with the goals that are important to you.

Stephanie combines evidence-based therapy with clinical experience drawn from her time working with people across Australia, from rural communities to metropolitan settings. This means you benefit from insights she’s gained working with adolescents and adults dealing with many various issues ranging from youth mental health to workplace rehabilitation.

Stephanie holds a genuine respect and positive regard for clients and their individual circumstances, so she will provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to share your experiences. In fact, she always feels incredibly privileged to be invited into people’s lives.

Stephanie is currently available for appointments at both our Glenelg and North Adelaide practice.

Contact Us 08 8361 7008

Areas of Experience

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Sexual assault
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Animal assisted therapy
  • Workplace issues
  • Work/life balance
  • Workplace or school bullying/harassment
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Circadian rhythm disorders
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Social anxiety
  • Specific phobias
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Relaxation and mindfulness skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Stress management
  • Health anxiety/illness
  • Social and relationship issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjustment to change in life
  • Peer pressure or stressors
  • Self-esteem and self confidence
  • Perfectionism
  • Mental health maintenance/relapse prevention
  • Goal setting and motivation
  • IQ and educational assessments (children and adults)

Qualifications and Professional Membership

  • Master of Clinical Psychology, Central Queensland University, QLD
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours), Central Queensland University, QLD
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences (Psychology), Flinders University. SA
  • Clinical Psychologist, Psychology Board of Australia
  • Clinical endorsement with Psychology Board of Australia
  • Registered Provider with Medicare
  • Certified Therapy Dog handler with K9 Support

Further background

Stephanie’s therapeutic approach is based on values of compassion, respect, humour, and positive regard. This approach reflects the values that Stephanie strives to live by in her own life, and this ensures a genuine and warm style that helps to build meaningful and positive therapeutic relationships. She is flexible and respects that all clients will present with their unique, individual experiences, therefore adjusting her therapeutic approach to suit each client.

Stephanie will ensure that a detailed history and description of presenting concerns and goals for therapy is taken, and ensure clients feel heard and understood. Working alongside the client, Stephanie is passionate about supporting people through life’s challenges or times of distress, which often involves identifying client’s strengths and skills and working from a strengths-focused approach. Stephanie encourages values-based action and movement through these challenges and will work with clients to develop strategies to handle current stressors and work towards a more meaningful life.

 

Stephanie’s Therapeutic Approach

Stephanie draws on therapeutic techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, mindfulness strategies, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills for crisis management, and strengths-focused positive psychology strategies.

She has vast experience working with clients who are suicidal or previously exhibited suicide-related behaviours and can work with clients (and their family/supports if suitable) to increase safety and collaboratively develop a risk management and safety plan as well as ensuring ongoing risk assessment.

Stephanie also utilises Bright Light Therapy for sleep/circadian rhythm issues and Seasonal Affective Disorder, and Animal-Assisted Therapy for individuals who would benefit from the addition of a therapy dog to evidence-based interventions.

Stephanie enjoys working alongside adolescents, and utilizes apps, games and their personal interests to increase engagement and build rapport. She can help with school, family or peer stressors, provide a safe place for adolescents to talk and express emotions and concerns, and she can provide strategies and support in a non-judgmental space. Stephanie also may involve Dexter the Therapy Dog in sessions, which can increase engagement and reduce anxiety or stress in session.

Dexter is a certified Therapy Dog, who loves being present in the therapy environment. Studies have shown that the presence of a dog in therapy can lower blood pressure, release oxytocin and lower perceived pain levels. The act of patting a dog produces an automatic relaxation response, and Dexter certainly loves the pats! Dexter can be involved in sessions with both adolescents and adults. Meet Dexter.

In Stephanie’s spare time, she enjoys boxing, spending time with her family, and walking Dexter!