Melissa is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of experience in counselling across the lifespan. She has worked in a range of settings, starting at Kids Help Line and expanding to disability services, community mental health, private practice, and university counselling services (at UTS and QUT). Her most recent role was Clinic Coordinator at the QUT Psychology and Counselling Clinic. She is a board-approved supervisor and enjoys supporting early career psychologists.
Melissa enjoys making a positive difference in people’s lives by supporting and empowering them to improve their mental, emotional and physical health and wellbeing. Having worked for many years with university students, she is well versed in the needs of students as well as university systems. She has significant experience in treating stress, procrastination and perfectionism, sleep disturbance, self esteem issues, mood disorders (such as depression and bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (including excessive worry, OCD, panic attacks, phobias, trauma and psychological injury). She has supported people with eating issues such as bulimia and binge eating disorder.
She also enjoys supporting people through grief and bereavement, including miscarriage and pregnancy loss.
Melissa has a good understanding of issues relating to military life and the impact of deployments. She also enjoys supporting people in adjusting to unexpected life events and medical conditions. She understands the demands and challenges of parenthood and can offer assistance with relationship, parenting and family difficulties.
Melissa uses evidence-based treatments that are tailored to the individual. She draws from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and compassion focused therapy. Her special interests include mindfulness techniques and the intersection between nutrition and mental health.
In her life outside of work, Melissa is a busy partner and mother of two. She tries (sometimes successfully!) to make space to get to the gym, practice yoga and meditate. She loves to travel and be in nature and has trekked the Kokoda Track in PNG and the Overland Track in Tasmania. Melissa has a warm, understanding and calm personality. Her friendly disposition, humour and non-judgemental approach will quickly make you feel at ease.