Jessica Hocking

Psychologist
GradDipPsychSci, Mpsych(Clinpsych), MAPS

    “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are, and change the ending” – C.S. Lewis

      Jessica only works out of our rooms at Norfolk Village State School. This is an outreach service for the school community.

        Meet Jessica:

        Jessica is a registered psychologist and a new graduate, having recently completed her Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Bond University. Regarding her experience in the field of psychology, Jessica has completed extensive placements, including within Bond University’s Psychology clinic, working with children, adolescents, and adults in a community practice setting, on-site within a state primary school setting, with students and their families, and within a substance-use rehabilitation setting, working with adults with substance use histories. Throughout these placements, Jessica developed skills across a range of mental health issues, including those related to depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, personality disorders, psychosis, attachment issues, parenting, interpersonal relationship issues, specific phobias, and more. Jessica has also completed a wide range of psychological assessments, assisting in diagnostic purposes, and informing subsequent psychological, behavioural, and medical interventions. Predominantly, Jessica’s strengths lie in working therapeutically with children and adolescents. Jessica places great emphasis on working within, and appreciating the importance of, each individual clients’ systems, including their family environment, and school or work contexts.

        How can Jessica help you:

        Jessica is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and their families, to support their emotional, behavioural, and psychological growth and development. Her enthusiasm towards working with children and youth, and respect for employing evidence-based theory and practice to assessment and intervention, allows Jessica to optimally support each client and their individual needs. Jessica also works with adults, ultimately engaging with clients across the life-span in an approachable and open manner, with a great emphasis on rapport and mutual respect, at the basis of her client work. Jessica aims to create a safe, warm, space for each client, build a strong therapeutic alliance, and complete intervention or assessment within this context, to assist growth, development, and overall improve wellbeing for each client she engages with.

        Areas of Interest:

        • Anxiety
        • Depressions
        • Phobias
        • Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
        • Parenting skills
        • Trauma
        • Substance Use disorders

        She is also available for:

        • Cognitive, Psychosocial, and Behavioural based assessments
        • Psychological reports collated for diagnostic purposes, funding applications, and educational support

        Types of Therapy used:

        • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
        • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
        • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
        • Exposure Therapy
        • Mindfulness-based approaches

        Professional Associations:

        Member of the Australian Psychological Society