BPsych (Hons), MAPS (Educational & Developmental)
Holly graduated from a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology through Monash University in 2020. Holly predominantly works with children; however, she has experience and enjoys working with clients from across the lifespan. Holly specialises in assessments, including cognitive and learning assessments, and assessments for neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). Holly aims to help clients achieve their goals and improve their wellbeing through evidence-based practice. Holly uses indirect mediums with clients that are inspired by their own interests (such as art and video games) to assist them in exploring their emotions and life story. Holly spends a lot of time fostering connections with her clients so that they feel safe and supported throughout the therapeutic process.
With all clients, Holly approaches their assessment and treatment from a strengths-based, humanistic perspective. Holly is particularly passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and autistic females. Being autistic herself provides Holly with personal insight and understanding about navigating the neurotypical world as a neurodivergent individual.
Holly has two beloved (and adorable) co-therapists who assist her in practice, Cashew (Therapy Dog) and Minnie (Therapy Cat). She has always been an animal lover and animal rights advocate. Holly can also consult with clients who are involved in animal rights advocacy.
Cashew is a five-year-old rescue dog who is a Staffy blend. Staffies are described as affectionate, loyal, and reliable, which perfectly describes Cashew! Cashew completed his Therapy Dog Certification in November 2020.
Cashew’s favourite activities include:
Snuggling! Cashew constantly seeks affection... clients become very used to Cashew pushing their hands with his nose so they continue patting him!
Going to the dog park
Giving me puppy dog eyes when I’m eating ice cream!
Sleeping and snoring very loudly
The best thing about Cashew is his beautiful nature. He has this face that just makes me want to tell him all my problems! He is super cuddly and quiet, and such a gentleman toward my three cats.
Cashew is great at helping distressed clients to feel grounded. He also gets up to some hilarious antics during sessions, and brings joy and smiles to clients’ lives. We look forward to seeing you in session 🙂
Minnie is a 12-month old special needs rescue kitten, who works alongside Holly (Psychologist) and Cashew (Therapy Dog) at Mullum Road Clinic Eltham. Minnie was born with a congenital eye defect called ‘Bilateral Microphthalmia’ (abnormally small eyes), along with cataracts in both eyes. Minnie was also born with a condition causing neurological seizures, for which she takes medication twice daily.
Despite her conditions, Minnie has an excellent quality of life and gets up to lots of mischief! She is very confident meeting new people, and absolutely loves coming to work with her big brother Cashew. Minnie cannot wait to meet you and to receive lots of pats!