Leanne Winter is a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists (CCLIN) and a Clinical Psychologist Medicare Provider. Leanne Winter is also a qualiifed Supervisor for the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and is recognised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
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 works with neurodiverse individuals, including those identifying with Autism Spectrum Differences (young adults and adults), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and living with a disability. Leanne also offers a unique approach involving Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Leanne is also certified in Sand Tray Therapy (an experiential type of therapy). Leanne continues to attend up to date training, conferences, and workshops.
Empowering Girls and Women on the Autism Spectrum – offering a Neurodiverse Affirming approach.
Leanne has a particular interest in working with adolescent 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 and have been frequently misdiagnosed. The incorrect diagnosis has the potential to lead to the incorrect psychological intervention and poor understanding of the challenges individuals may face.
Mullum Road Psychologists aim to work with women and girls on the autism spectrum to assist them to have a positive outlook on their future. Recognition of the strengths and abilities of women on the Autism Spectrum can assist individuals to celebrate the diagnosis. Also, as many individuals on the autism spectrum 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.
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. This role involved providing counselling and psychological assessments to men whilst they were held at the Assessment Prison. Leanne then worked briefly in secondary schools as an educational psychologist, prior to moving into private practice.
Personal experience (having family members on the Autism Spectrum) contributes to Leanne's understanding of the Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as professional education and training.
- Starting January 2022, Leanne will be offering Neurodiverse Affirming Assessments from the Panton Hill location on Fridays. The MIGDAS-2 (Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing the Autism Spectrum – Second Edition) will be utilised as part of the assessment process.
- The MIGDAS is a sensory based approach of gathering information needed to diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorders in children, adolescents and adults. It involves several questionnaires and a diagnostic interview.
Animal and Equine Assisted Therapy
Animals 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, pet rats and alpacas. Leanne supports an experiential approach towards therapy, which may involve incorporating various animals into the therapy session. Sand Tray Therapy can 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 only 20 minutes from the Eltham and Ringwood Clinics.
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
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