QUALIFICATIONS
B.A. (Psych) Grad. Dip. (Psych) M.C. (Psych) Grad. Dip. Sc. (ClinPsych) MAPS

Leanne Winter – Clinical Psychologist

Owner and Director of Mullum Road Clinic

Leanne is a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists (CCLIN) and a Clinical Psychologist Medicare Provider. Leanne Winter is also a qualified Clinical Supervisor for the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Leanne has been a registered Clinical 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). In a previous career, Leanne worked as a teacher of the Deaf, having completed a Diploma in Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Special Education (Hearing Impairment) and a Master of Special Education.

Empowering Autistic Girls and Women – offering a Neuro Divergent Affirming approach.

Leanne enjoys working with Neuro Divergent individuals, including those identifying as Autistic (young adults and adults), as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and often living with an invisible disability. Historically, females have been misdiagnosed and overlooked. The incorrect diagnosis has the potential to lead to the incorrect psychological intervention and poor understanding of the challenges autistic individuals may face.

Leanne’s personal experience, such as identifying as Neuro Divergent and having many family members identifying as Autistic and having ADHD, contributes to Leanne's deep understanding of Neuro Divergence. Leanne is also very dedicated to ongoing professional education and training.

Assessments

  • Leanne offers Neuro-Affirming Assessments for female adults and young adults (from 17 years of age) at the Panton Hill location on Thursdays. The MIGDAS-2 (Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing the Autism Spectrum – Second Edition) is utilised as part of the assessment process.
  • The MIGDAS is a sensory based approach of gathering information needed to diagnose Autism Spectrum Differences in children, adolescents, and adults. It involves several questionnaires and a diagnostic interview.

Animal and Equine Assisted Therapy

As many Neuro Divergent individuals have a bond with animals, bringing animals into the therapy room to support the therapeutic process has been shown to have a very positive impact on therapy. Leanne also offers a unique approach involving Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Leanne is also certified in Sand Tray Therapy and is a qualified Gestalt Therapist. Leanne is currently studying with Somatic Experiencing Australia and has completed her second year of the training. Leanne continues to strive to attend up to date training, conferences, and workshops.

Animals, the environment and nature can play a very therapeutic role in people’s lives. Leanne has several qualified therapy dogs and many other pets, including horses, cats, miniature ponies, miniature goats, rats, and alpacas. Leanne supports an experiential approach towards therapy, which may involve incorporating various animals into the therapy session. Sand Tray Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Somatic Experiencing is also be utilised in sessions to provide clients with a more hands on approach to intervention.

Animal and Equine Assisted Therapies can take place at the Mullum Road Farm located in Panton Hill. Leanne works with therapy dogs Buffy, Heka, Fudge, Cookie, Parti, Sooty and Beebee. Leanne also offers Equine Assisted Therapy with a herd of larger horses and miniature horses, and donkeys on her farm. 

In 2017, Leanne completed extensive training with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute in Daylesford to qualify as an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist. She runs Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Panton Hill farm. 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
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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.

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Equine Therapy

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

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Client Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Couples
Therapy Specialties
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics Therapy (CBIT)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
  • Solution Focused/Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)
  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
Service Specialties
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)
  • Living with a Disability
  • Tourette Syndrome (TS)/Tic Disorder
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Anxiety & phobias
  • Childhood Behavioural Disorders (ADD) (ADHD)
  • Learning difficulties
  • Personality Disorders
  • Social Phobia/Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self - Harming Behaviours
  • Bullying
  • Trauma
  • Sexual abuse
  • Parenting Strategies
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Carer support
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDAS)
  • Assessment for Autism and ADHD
  • Neuro Divergent