Grad. Dip. (Psych), Grad. Dip. Advanced (Psych)
Melanie is a registered psychologist and qualified counsellor. She obtained her psychology qualifications from Monash University. Prior to working in psychology, she completed a medical degree at the University of NSW and worked for several years in acute and community psychiatry. Melanie has over 15 years of practitioner experience. She has experience helping clients with mood and anxiety symptoms, attachment, self-esteem, trauma, adjustment disorder, grief and loss, and life transitions. For many years she worked with new parents helping with the transition to parenthood through delivering psychoeducation at Cabrini hospital and individual support. Melanie wrote a book called Mother Love which is a support guide to help with the emotional ups and downs of becoming a new parent. Melanie has worked in a primary school, helping children and families with a broad range of issues.
At Brighton Health Clinic for Kids Melanie’s main goal is to help families where a diagnosis of autism spectrum has been made or is being considered. She understands autism as a developmental difference which should be celebrated. Incorporating animal assisted therapy helps children and families reframe difference as a positive and can help with some of the challenges of living in a neurotypical world. A focus on the parent-child bond is at the heart of much of her work.
Melanie focuses on developing individualized treatment plans for each client and sees therapy as an honest and open professional connection which over time and with much effort can lead to great change. She is patient and gentle and believes that insight, knowledge, and education can empower. Melanie feels strongly about providing her clients with a safe and compassionate space in order for them to attain personal goals. She works alongside her two dogs Gibson and Teaspoon.
Gibson is a one-year-old black Cavoodle who is full of energy and loves to be around everyone. Teaspoon is a 10-year-old Australian Silky Terrier cross who is very sweet and a bit cautious.