Stephanie Zylstra

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

Stephanie feels fortunate to have gained a variety of experience across rural, regional and metropolitan settings, and to have worked with adolescents and adults from different walks of life with a range of presenting issues. Having experience within community mental health, workplace rehabilitation, youth mental health, and community-based organisations, Stephanie holds a genuine respect and positive regard for clients and their individual circumstances. Stephanie understands the significance of providing a safe and non-judgmental space for people to share their experiences and feels incredibly privileged to be invited into people’s lives.

Stephanie strongly believes in a client-centred approach, being aware that the client is the expert in their own life. She is passionate about identifying and developing clients’ strengths, working collaboratively to guide, encourage positive change, and ensure client goals are the forefront of therapy.

Stephanie is currently available for appointments at our Glenelg practice.

Contact Us 08 8361 7008

Areas of Experience

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Social anxiety
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Stress management
  • Health anxiety/illness
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjustment to change in life
  • Self-esteem and self confidence
  • 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

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 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.

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.

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