Hi, I'm Melissa
I am excited to be part of your journey of self-development and positive change. I believe that any worry we have is important, and that we should be able to feel valid and “okay” about wanting to make changes. Remember that if nothing changes, things stay the same – so its our job to decide on the steps we need to take to achieve your goals.
Change can feel hard, which is why its important that you feel comfortable in us working together. I’m looking forward to getting to know you.
I believe that therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems and reductions in feelings of distress.
Melissa's ready to help you improve your mental health.
Melissa completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and English, as well an Honours degree in Psychology, at the University of South Africa. She then completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at Rhodes University, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Whilst working in public healthcare she completed her PhD in Psychology with a focus on trauma and life-threatening illness.
She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Melissa is trained several approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychoanalytic Therapy, and uses an eclectic approach.
Melissa has extensive experience in working with a variety of psychiatric difficulties, but has a particular interest in:
- Adolescents (age 12 and above), working with teen conflicts including peer conflicts, relationships, exam stress and fitting in.
- PTSD and trauma, including illness, poor health, covid-related adjustment and loss, HIV and cancer
- LBGTQ conflicts including coming out
- Depression, bereavement and self-confidence issues Melissa has spent a year in a psychiatric hospital, 6 years in a public health hospital, and has over 10 years experience in private practice.
Areas of experience
Learn more about the various mental health challenges that Melissa can help you with.