We have 2 guinea pigs at Eltham now working with Rena. They will be excited to meet you all soon for cuddles.
Raina Walker brings a global perspective and a deep understanding of diverse cultures to her role as a Registered Provisional Psychologist. Born in Australia and having spent four transformative years in India during her youth, Raina is well-acquainted with the challenges and rich learning experiences that come with adjusting to new environments.
This early exposure has informed her empathetic approach to clients navigating cultural transitions, especially at a young age. Raina is currently completing placement for her combined degree of a Masters and PhD. Her PhD research focuses on Perinatal Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (pOCD) in parents which showcases her dedication to parental mental health, an area where she has already made her mark with published research. Her ongoing studies and desire to publish further enhance her expertise, particularly regarding the perinatal period - a critical time encompassing pregnancy and the first year post-childbirth.
During her earlier placements, Raina has worked with clients ranging from 18 to 60 years of age, guiding them through a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, and trauma. Her therapeutic approach is person-centered, grounded in evidence based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - including Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) - and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). While she has limited experience with children and adolescents, she is open to clients aged 12 and above. Raina also has experience with conducting cognitive and personality assessments.
Outside of the clinic, Raina's love for animals reflect her holistic view of wellness, recognizing the therapeutic value of animal companionship. While her beloved dog, Bailey, is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement, Raina appreciates the role that animals can play in healing and recovery.