Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychophysiology Honours)
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Julie-Anne completed her Psychology studies over 6 years at Swinburne and Deakin universities. She has treated more than 4000 clients in her 14 years experience as a Psychologist - meeting people of all ages, genders and nationalities. Julie-Anne has heard the life stories of many people and has a broad range of conditions that she treats. These range from more common conditions like depression and anxiety, to more complex disorders where personality disorders, severe trauma, medical conditions, drug and alcohol dependencies, and intellectual disabilities can be present.
As well as her studies in Psychology, Julie-Anne also studied Psychophysiology for 4 years at Swinburne University. This has helped her gain an understanding of the biological basis and treatment of mental disorders. Julie-Anne's broad knowledge base ensures that a thorough assessment occurs to help her fully understand her clients' situation. This helps to guide diagnosis and create individualized treatment plans for her clients.
Julie-Anne's treatment approach is biopsychosocial in nature. She has a strong emphasis on unconditional self-acceptance and offers a warm, safe, non-judgemental environment for her clients. She works collaboratively with people - on the same level - to help them find solutions to their issues and often uses humor to make things memorable. Julie-Anne believes what we tell ourselves has a huge impact on how we feel and she uses various cognitive behavioural therapies to help challenge and change people's thoughts for the better.
She has trained extensively in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) but uses many other therapies to help her clients move forward. She is very down-to-earth in her approach and explains things in an easy to understand manner. She has a special interest in treating people who have experienced or witnessed trauma from abuse, violence, war, torture, accidents, natural disasters, and is keen to assist our first responders who are often exposed to repeated traumas over a long period of time.
For ten years, Julie-Anne owned and built up Psychology 4 Change Pty Ltd in Dandenong which employed 4 reception staff and had 14 practitioners treating 300 clients per week. She sold this bulk-billing practice in 2014 and has opened up the Mental Health Clinic in Tooradin to offer the people of south eastern Victoria, quality and effective mental health care.
Before she was a psychologist, Julie-Anne was employed in receptionist/administration roles in the manufacturing area, she was a personal carer for young adults with quadriplegia, she worked night shift as a sleep scientist at Monash Medical Centre, and was a research assistance for Monash University, Department of Psychological Medicine. She also undertook several years as volunteer worker for the Schizophrenia Fellowship of Frankston. She has been actively engaged in helping the community, having been Treasurer of the Hallam Recreational Committee of Management for many years, as well as a netball coach and umpiring co-coordinator for the Hallam Netball Club. Julie-Anne is a volunteer firefighter for the CFA in her spare time.
Julie-Anne is a Medicare, EAP, VicPol, Victims of Crime, DVA, TAC, WorkSafe, NDIS, Department of Corrections and Private Health Insurance Provider. She has a current Working with Children's Check. She holds current registration with AHPRA as a Psychologist with Clinical Endorsement. She is a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and is a Psychology Board of Australia approved supervisor.
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Julie-Anne is a Provider of Psychological Services for the following Organisations & Agencies: