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QUALIFICATIONS
B.E (Psych) Grad. Dip. (Psych), Masters of Counselling
Climate Aware Practitioner (CAP)

Rachael is a Psychotherapist/Counsellor with a Masters in Counselling, a Grad Dip in Psychology, a Bachelor of Education (Psych), and a qualified Climate Aware Practitioner (CAPs) member of Psychology for a Safe Climate (PSC). She has also completed courses in Wilderness Therapy & Psychological First Aid with Neo Psychology as well as training in Forest Therapy with Forest Therapy Victoria.

Central to her practice is helping people reconnect with nature to help explore issues and improve overall wellbeing. Rachael is experienced with a wide range of clients facing varied challenges including anxiety, depression, OCD, substance abuse and neurodivergence. Her approach is client centred and multimodal, and she specialises in evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution- Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotion- Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) and Play Therapy. Rachael is also experienced in educational settings and has a special interest in Motivational, Educational and Sports Psychology, with a keen interest in identifying learning styles and goal orientation. Rachael has also worked extensively with young people experiencing challenges associated with family, school, social settings and behaviour as well as helping gifted individuals and is passionate about helping individuals achieve their best.

Prior Workplace and Experience

Rachael worked as a teacher, counsellor and sports and swimming coach in her early work life, specialising in alternative programs for students struggling with school and traditional sports including elite athlete programs. She was involved in several successful business start ups whilst returning to her studies in Psychology. During this time, she was also an emergency volunteer for children and families in need with Mackillop Family Services, and was a member of the advisory board for Out of Home Care (OOHC), completing multiple trauma informed care PDs. More recently Rachael has been working in school settings, combining her skill set in Education and Psychology with a passion for building culture and community to help cultivate healthy thriving environments.

Rachael has also been actively involved in the Climate Change Action space for over 10 years, helping set up Climate 4 change, as well as being involved with several other groups, mentoring fellowships and program development. In her spare time, Rachael loves to climb mountains, hike, ocean swim, plant trees and spend time with family and their animals (5 chickens and a cat). PANDA a border collie pup has just joined the family and will be accompanying Rachael in the therapy room.

Client Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Children
  • Athletes
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Adults
  • LGBTIAQ+ community
  • Corporate Leadership
  • Anxiety (generalised, social, specific phobias, separation)
  • Assessment (cognitive, academic, behavioural, social-emotional)
  • Attachment issues
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Depression
  • General well-being, emotional regulation & coping skills
  • Grief and loss
  • Learning disorders and giftedness
  • School refusal
  • Stress
  • Trauma (PTSD, C-PTSD)
Therapy Specialties
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Nature / Forest Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Motivational Therapy
  • Leadership Development
Service Specialties
  • Anxiety (generalised, social, specific phobias)
  • Assessment
  • Attachment issues
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Emotional regulation & coping skills
  • Grief and loss
  • Learning disorders and giftedness
  • School refusal
  • Stress
  • Trauma