After a number of years working as a qualified classroom teacher, Paula embarked upon studies in theology and counselling to gain a counselling qualification and has provided a counselling service since 2000. Having completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Adelaide in 2008 and in 2012 received AHPRA endorsement to practice as a Clinical Psychologist, Paula now provides specialised assessment and treatment. She has worked as a psychologist and counsellor in a variety of settings including schools, community agencies, government Health, Child Protection and Education. Additionally, Paula has been approved by the Psychology Board of Australia to provide supervision to both Provisional Psychologists and Registrars within an Endorsement program.
In her psycho-therapeutic work, Paula has a particular interest in working with adults as they discover their own dignity and personal empowerment. Additionally, as a registered Circle of Security Parenting Educator, Paula delights in working with parents as they seek to develop the capacities that have been found to support a secure child-parent attachment relationship. She also has experience working in areas such as:
- grief and loss
- anxiety disorders (and phobias)
- relationship counselling
- life crises and transitions
- Medicare approved and eligible to provide ‘non-directive pregnancy support counselling’. For further details please see the Medicare website outlining this Medicare supported service: www.medicareaustralia.gov.au
Paula uses a person-centred approach in working with individuals and employs techniques from a number of psychotherapeutic methodologies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Psycho-drama, Family Therapy and Neuro-biological approaches to working with relationships and trauma. Consequently, an integrated psychotherapeutic approach is adopted through drawing upon a wide range of theoretical frameworks including Systems and Attachment theory. Additionally, a diploma in clinical hypnosis was attained in 2014 and may be offered as an adjunctive psychotherapeutic technique where applicable.
Paula is registered with Medicare as a specialist provider of Clinical Psychological services, so eligible clients receive the highest level of Medicare rebates available. Electronic payment and Medicare Easyclaim facilities are available.