Leanne Winter is a Supervisor for the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Leanne is a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists (CCLIN), has an Autism Professional Membership and an Aspergers Professional Membership. Leanne is a registered Autism Medicare Provider, Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) Medicare Provider and a Clinical Psychologist Medicare Provider.
Leanne has been a registered Psychologist since 2005 and has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology, Master of Counselling Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Science - (Clinical Psychology).
Leanne specialises in Autism Spectrum Disorders (children through to adult), Childhood Behavioural Difficulties/Disorders and living with a disability. Leanne also specialises in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), Clinical Hypnosis and recently Equine Assisted Therapy. Leanne continues to attend up to date training, conferences, workshops and talks.
Empowering Girls and Women on the Autism Spectrum
Leanne has a particular interest in working with girls and women identifying as being on the Autism Spectrum. The new Mullum Road Clinic in Eltham aims to support and empower girls and women on the autism spectrum.
Historically girls and women on the autism spectrum have been missed and overlooked. Not only that, but traditionally have also been misdiagnosed. The incorrect diagnosis can lead to the incorrect treatment and poor understanding of the challenges individuals may face.
The psychologists at Mullum Road clinic in Eltham plan to work with our women and girls on the autism spectrum towards insuring they have a positive future, recognition of their strengths and abilities and are able to celebrate the diagnosis. As many individuals on the autism spectrum are drawn towards animals, we also offer bringing animals into the therapy room to support the therapeutic process.
Prior Workplaces and Experiences
Leanne started her early career as a teacher of the deaf, teaching in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Then she moved into Psychology and completed her qualifications with a Graduate Diploma in Science - (Clinical Psychology). Leanne's first psychologist position was at the Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) in Spencer St, Melbourne- a maximum security men’s prison. Providing counselling and psychological assessments to men when they were held at the assessment prison. Then Leanne worked briefly in secondary schools as an educational psychologist, prior to moving into private practice.
Leanne is also experienced in providing assessments for children, adolescents and adults for clinical psychology needs.
Personal experience (that is having a child on the Autism Spectrum) cannot be rated highly enough and Leanne's understanding of the Autism Spectrum Disorder comes from personal experiences, as well as professional.
- Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R)
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
Animal Assisted Therapy
With a love of the outdoors and nature, Leanne believes that animals may play a very therapeutic role in our lives. She is a passionate horse rider and in the past has broken in and trained her own horses using natural horsemanship techniques. Leanne’s first fully trained and certified AAT dog is Casper, a golden retriever and then Parti, a Parti Poodle breed.
Leanne has therapy dogs and pets, including a few cats and alpacas. Latte was a spoodle dog who reached thirteen years of age and survived on three legs for most of his life. He demonstrated a determination for life and that disability does not have to stop us making the most of life.
Two new therapy dogs joined the Mullum Road Clinic. Cookie (the black miniature poodle) and Fudge (the red toy poodle) joined Mullum Road Clinic in early 2017 and have settled in exceptionally well.
Sooty the groodle is the next certified therapy dog and he visited the ABC Radio Melbourne Studio with Leanne in 2019. Most recently is BeeBee a standard poodle puppy and the first girl puppy therapy dog! BeeBee will join Leanne at the Eltham Clinic.
Leanne has also expanded into Equine Assisted Therapy and has a large and small herd on her farm. This is primarily horses, ponies and mini donkeys. Additional farm animals are at the farm, that is 20 minutes from Eltham.
In 2017, Leanne completed extensive training with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute in Daylesford to qualify as an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions are currently available on two days, and are approximately a 20-minute drive from Mullum Road Clinic (out past Warrandyte). Leanne has completed several courses with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute including:
- The Initial Intensive Training Course in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
- The Advanced Intensive Working with Children and Adolescents Training course
- The Working with Addictions in equine Assisted Psychotherapy course.
- The Trauma and Attachment: Somatic and Holistic Practice course
Click the Instagram icon below, for Casper and Parti Therapy Dogs
Click the Instagram icon below, for Mullum Rd Equine Assisted Therapy