Keryn is a clinical psychologist registrar, a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Clinical Psychology Association. She is a member of the APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology and Psychoanalytic Oriented Psychology interest groups. Keryn has worked primarily in private practice with adults across the lifespan presenting with a variety of mental health concerns. She has experience working with clients in different stages of life, from young adults to older adults.
Keryn places emphasis on building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients, establishing a calm, warm, safe and containing space that is free of judgement. Keryn adopts a trauma informed approach and is open and curious to help clients make sense of themselves. She works collaboratively to help clients gain insight into their experiences, where they feel comfortable to freely express and process the emotions that accompany their difficulties and challenges. Depending on her client’s needs and preferences, Keryn adopts a variety of evidence-based approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, attachment theory, strengths and compassion based approaches, and solution focused therapy.
Throughout her psychology studies she volunteered at The Royal Children’s Hospital as a Family Support Worker in the emergency department where she developed an interest in supporting parents and families. This led to an interest in working with parents in the perinatal period (pregnancy to 4 years post-partum) and supporting them in adjusting to life with their infant and the challenges of parenting, with a particular focus on early life experiences of parents, their attachment styles and the impact on their own parenting journey.
Keryn also offers Medicare rebated (three sessions) Perinatal Non-Directive Counselling for clients with a current or recent pregnancy who may have concerns about decisions related to a pregnancy, future adjustments or general issues related to the pregnancy.
You may also meet therapy dog in training, Billie – a miniature schnauzer, who may accompany Keryn during session time with a view to formal animal assisted therapy training in the near future.