Meet Shelley

Psychotherapist, Author, Lecturer, Researcher

In my life I take on many roles. I am a psychotherapist, author, lecturer, research psychologist, master of clinical psychology student (graduating 2021), wife, and mother.

My road into psychology has been long and started with my own personal development to improve my life at 22 years old. I remember at this time in my life not believing much in myself and thinking that I was just dabbling in psychology as a hobby, that it would never really go anywhere. I had no idea I would go on to be a practising therapist, obtain a PhD or a clinical masters. Yet here we are. Never give up on yourself even if it takes a long time to achieve your dreams.

I fell in love with research after I finished my undergraduate degree. Research has the ability to influence the field and make large scale changes to people's lives. It is where we test what works and how effective things are. Best of all is when it is used to inform clinical practice. 

My PhD research investigated using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT said as a word not individual letters) as a mental health promotion tool with university students. My program, YOLO (You Only Live Once) continues to be offered as a wellbeing tool for students to access. I am also involved in research evaluating YOLO with high school students, in organisations, in individuals with sub-clinical OCD, with Italian carers, and with LGBTQIA+ individuals.

I am a published author in both magazines and peer reviewed scientific publications.

I have over 20 years of personal development experience .... I walk my talk. Working on myself continues to be one of my main values for my life. I know what it is like to suffer, as I am sure you do also - life is full of it. I also have 10 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist in addition to my current master’s degree in clinical psychology.

My aim is to use research based practices in order to decrease the suffering of others by teaching skills that lead to resilience, well-being and self-management.

I use multiple psychotherapy methods in my sessions with clients, and tailor sessions to suit individuals. I draw from modalities such as:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Schema Therapy

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Attachment Based Therapy

I look forward to supporting you towards living the life you want to live.

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