Rebecca is a Health Psychologist with training in the interaction between psychological and physical health. She has registration as a psychologist with AHPRA and has endorsement as a health psychologist. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Health Psychologists (CHP). She is also on the APS CHP National Committee.
Rebecca has an empathetic and warm demeanor and provides a client centered approach when working with people. She will work to identify goals based on the needs of the individual and their presenting concerns whilst utilizing an evidence-based approach to provide specific strategies to assist clients to reduce their distress. She has a strong interest in health and wellbeing particularly in physical, psychological, and social health, and how these are interconnected. She is interested in helping people to maintain physical and emotional health and wellbeing throughout the lifetime, particularly during times of high stress such as illness.
Rebecca has experience working in both hospital and community settings with acute and chronic health conditions across the lifespan. Some of the health presentations she has worked with include chronic pain, diabetes, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, and post-stroke. She has worked at the ST George Hospital Pain Management Unit with adults who experience chronic or persistent pain. Here she conducted multidisciplinary team assessments and delivered group and individual therapy. This work has included working with numerous persistent and complex pain conditions such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and somatic symptom presentations. Often this includes times when medical professionals have been unable to find a specific cause for the ongoing pain issues. She has provided therapy to assist these clients to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression or psychological distress, and to increase active pain management, coping, problem solving, and health behaviour change.
Rebecca’s work style is from a psychological evidence-based client centered approach. She primarily uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach though also draws on Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and supportive counselling techniques. She is able to assist clients with numerous psychological concerns including adjustment to diagnosis or challenges related to living with a health condition, depression, anxiety, pain management, sleep disruption, stress management, grief and loss, trauma related to illness, diabetes distress, treatment adherence, problem solving, increasing physical activity and weight management. Rebecca enjoys working with people during recovery from episodes of acute illness. She also has an interest in assisting people with progressive and life limiting illness. Rebecca’s experience with numerous health presentations, means she is able to adapt her clinical practice and tailor it to the varying needs of clients. Therapy is conducted whilst adapting for medical treatment, symptoms of illness, as well as working in collaboration with the multidisciplinary treating team. She will communicate with treating team members referring clinicians, and medical specialists as required, to assist with reaching best outcomes for the client.
Rebecca has a number of years of previous work experience across health and customer service arenas that have allowed her to accumulate a wide variety of skills and knowledge that have provided the foundations for many of her psychological work practices. She prioritises providing professional and high-quality patient-centered care.
Rebecca has completed a health psychology masters at the University of Queensland, as well as four years of previous psychology study at the University of Wollongong (Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology). This study has provided her with knowledge and skills in psychological assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and interpersonal skills, as well as in clinical health, public health, trauma focused care, and counselling for health capacity challenges. Additionally, she has knowledge of theories, research and evidence based psychological practice in relation to acute and chronic health conditions including health behaviour change.
Rebecca has completed a Masters of Health Psychology at the University of Queensland and four years of psychology study at the University of Wollongong (Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology and the completion of a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology). To read more about the training and skills clinicians developed during the Masters level qualification, please visit the Australian Psychological Society’s page: https://www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/about-psychology/types-of-psychologists/Health-psychology. This study has provided her with knowledge and skills in psychological assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and interpersonal skills, as well as in clinical health, public health, trauma focused care, and counselling for health capacity challenges. Additionally, she has knowledge of theories, research and evidence based psychological practice in relation to acute and chronic health conditions including health behaviour change.
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