B.A. (Psychology & Criminology), Grad.Dip.Psych., Grad.Cert.Res.Com., M.Psych. (Clin), PhD
Registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a registered services provider under Medicare, TAC, VOCAT, Workcover, and EAP.
Andrea enjoys working with individuals with a diverse range of needs and concerns. Over many years she has worked in a wide variety of professional settings both in Australia and overseas, with individuals experiencing a broad range of problems and challenging life circumstances.
Her prior experience and professional interests include trauma, refugee and asylum-seeker mental health and trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, OCD, addictive behaviours, eating problems, health psychology, relationship conflict, and sexuality and gender distress. Andrea has a special interest in assisting people to enhance their lives through proactive meaningful goal setting, practical solution-focussed approaches and positive lifestyle change. She welcomes diversity and is LGBTIQ friendly!
Background & professional interests
Andrea has a long career in mental health and has gained extensive exposure to, and experience in responding to, a wide and diverse range of human problems, mental health presentations and settings, both in Australia and in third world countries.
Major areas of interest and previous focus include:
• depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD;
• grief, complicated bereavement & loss;
• couple & relationship support;
• teenage distress;
• sexuality, sexual orientation & gender identity confusion/distress;
• health psychology (trauma & illness rehabilitation; chronic pain; obesity, eating disorders, diabetes, lifestyle, psycho-oncology, lymphoedema, smoking);
• drugs, alcohol, pathological gambling & other addictive behaviours;
• childhood & adulthood sexual abuse & other victimisation.
Additional to private practices, Andrea’s workplaces have included hospitals; prison; Department of Justice; Department of Human Services (including Child Protection); universities and schools; psychiatric facilities; drug and alcohol rehabilitation units; Melbourne Children’s Court Clinic; Sydney City Mission; and the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House).
For more than the past decade, Andrea has also worked in the design and delivery of professional training programs for medical and allied health, criminal justice and legal professionals, in areas such as depression, grief and loss; complex PTSD and anxiety in vulnerable populations; sexual abuse; rehabilitation approaches for incarcerated sexual and violent offenders with a cognitive impairment; refugee and asylum seeker torture and trauma; and optimal response approaches for victim/survivors.
Academic interests & background
Andrea has published as an invited author internationally and in Australia in professional textbooks in the areas of psychology, psychiatry and criminology; and in scientific journals in the fields of suicidality, abuse, crime victimisation and perpetration, sexual orientation, gender, and body image, amongst other topics.
Andrea has worked and conducted extensive research in the trauma field. Her nationwide doctoral research examined sexual trauma across the lifespan, gender, sexuality and suicidality. For many years, she has also worked in the field of refugee and asylum seeker torture and trauma, both in therapeutic roles and as a professional trainer to health and legal professionals. Andrea has delivered her doctoral research findings and other presentations at international and national conferences, and in public and academic forums and panels, speaking on topics such as violence, sexual trauma, suicidality, women’s and CALD issues, disenfranchised populations, sexual orientation, body image, and refugee and asylum seeker torture and trauma.
Andrea has also worked as a lecturer to students of psychology (undergraduate and postgraduate), nursing, criminal justice, chiropractic studies, Chinese medicine, osteopathy, human movement, applied science, intellectual disability studies and social work; and delivered professional training to psychologists and postgraduate clinical psychology students in the area of delivery of expert witness testimony and Court report writing.
Andrea currently divides her working time between private practice at Mullum Road Clinic and in country Victoria; working as a critical incident responder; and continuing her role as a freelance professional trainer in the refugee torture and trauma field.
Theoretical frameworks and approach
Andrea’s therapeutic approach is underpinned by a human rights framework and strong commitment to equal rights and equality. Andrea is passionate about helping people to problem solve, set and achieve their goals; enhance meaning; and find contentment and harmony in their lives and relationships with others. Andrea uses individualised person-centred, practical solution-focused and empowering approaches and cognitive behavioural and positive psychology frameworks to facilitate relaxation, personal growth, and positive change. Andrea encourages the use of mindfulness approaches to build self-awareness and optimise wellbeing and enjoys working together with individuals, couples, and families to find creative solutions and pathways. She has a gentle, caring, and patient approach, and enjoys helping individuals of all ages, sexual orientations and gender identities to create positive changes.
Andrea’s personal interests are many and varied. They include art and design in various forms, growing and creating many things (e.g., gardens, spaces, renovation, food), yoga and natural and sustainable living. She has an endless fascination with and interest in people. She has a great love of nature and old buildings and their furnishings, and finds beauty in some strange things.