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MProfPsych, BScPsych(Hons), BSocSc
Please note Jessica is a Provisional Psychologist and sessions with her do not attract Medicare or Private Health Fund rebates.
Jessica has a varied background of cultural studies and has been privileged to work with a diverse range of people across her professional and personal life, creating a natural curiosity and understanding of how each individual can share experiences, but perceive them in different ways.
With a background in cultural anthropology, forensic archaeology and indigenous studies, Jessica has been able to observe how culture and our surroundings impact our mental health and understanding of our experiences. Jessica’s passion for psychology grows from the understanding that our culture and surroundings can influence and change our perspectives but does not define them. After living in the UK and Europe, and studying Indigenous Australian culture, Jessica developed a deeper, crucial understanding and appreciation for the role of nature and connection to nature in the journey of recovery and mental wellness. Jessica has worked closely with clients with mental health concerns to help them facilitate their personal recovery goals and walked with them on their journey to recovery. Her experiences in these recovery journeys have helped Jessica to understand the uniqueness of each persons’ experience of mental illness. This has developed Jessica’s passion for holistic care and the influential factors of mental health.
Jessica works with adolescents and adults of all ages, cultures and backgrounds, and her interests lay in supporting those with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, grief and loss, managing life transitions and other stressful events and trauma, particularly that of emergency services and defence personnel. Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual and focuses on providing a safe, supported space to explore experiences and reactions, values and meaning to not just survive, but to flourish and thrive in a life you truly enjoy.
Jessica works primarily with a Cognitive Behavioural and Acceptance and Commitment approaches, and draws on Environmental Psychology, Nature Therapy, Mindfulness and other evidence-based therapies where it may be more beneficial for the individual. Regardless of the approach, Jessica believes that acceptance, empathy and building a safe therapeutic space are crucial to creating progress.