*Please note: Melissa is not taking new clients for the next 2-3 months, except by special arrangement. To discuss booking with Melissa, please call Director Rachel Hannam on 0478 789 321.
Melissa is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of experience in counselling teenagers, adults, couples and families. She has years of experience treating stress, procrastination and perfectionism, anxiety disorders (including excessive worry, OCD, panic attacks, phobias, trauma and psychological injury), sleep disturbance, self esteem issues, and mood disorders (such as depression and bipolar disorder). She has also supported people with eating issues, such as bulimia and binge eating disorder.
Melissa also works with people experiencing grief and bereavement, including miscarriage and pregnancy loss. She 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 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 also well versed in the needs of students, as well as university systems.
Melissa uses evidence-based treatments tailored to each individual. She draws from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and compassion focused therapy. She has also trained in the Gottman method of couples counselling. 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.