Bachelor of Applied Psychology
Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology
Master of Clinical Psychology
“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.” ~ Rumi
Shelly is a Clinical Psychologist and has been working with children, adolescents, adults and families since 2000. In addition to private practice she has worked within various mental health settings in Canberra, London and the Gold Coast as both a clinician and a manager.
How Shelly can help you:
Shelly offers evidence based treatment for behavioural, social and emotional challenges. When working with young people Shelly actively includes parents and carers wherever possible, to ensure the best outcome for the young person and the wider family system. Adult patients can expect a warm, collaborative approach to therapy, in which they feel listened to and safe. Shelly also co-facilitates the DBT Program at The Lakeside Rooms and supports the integration of complimentary therapies.
Shelly has specialist training in the field of eating disorders and provides supervision, training and consultation in this area, as well as supervision in the wider mental health arena. She has published in the areas of mental health recovery and Maudsley Family Based Treatment (FBT) for adolescent anorexia and bulimia.
Shelly is a STAP accredited supervisor, and can also provide professional supervision towards endorsement with the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
Areas of Expertise:
- Life transitions
- Eating disorders
- Helping people to find a greater connection to their inner acumen
Types of Therapy used:
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Enhanced (CBT-E)
- Maudsley Family Based Treatment (FBT)
- Systemic Family therapy informed by attachment theory
Shelly’s therapeutic approach stems from a non-judgemental and compassionate stance.
Restorative Movement: Stillness Through Movement (STM)
Over the past few years Shelly has been completing her teacher training in Stillness Through Movement (STM). This restorative practice consists of yoga poses, pranayama (extension and control of breath), breath awareness exercises and meditation (training the mind in openness and kindness). This technique helps the body/mind connection.
STM is a process where one learns to align with one’s true nature. Through breath and mind awareness one is able to let go deeply, allowing you to receive the benefits of the restorative pose, bringing the body/mind back to its natural state of peace and contentment.
The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) is effectively activated during restorative yoga; STM takes the spine and nervous system out of the “flight, fight or freeze” response, relaxing and calming the adrenals. To do this, props are used to support the body so no strain occurs, yet you can hold any posture anywhere from two minutes to twenty minutes. In doing this we are sending gentle messages to the body to relax and move towards balance.
Some poses target a certain area or gland, such as the pituitary, where others will have an overall benefit. All poses create specific physiological responses which are beneficial to health and reduce the effects of stress and related disease. In general, STM is great for those times when one feels weak, fatigued or stressed from day to day activities or for those who find other styles of yoga too difficult. What is exceptional about STM is that it doesn’t matter that you have never experienced it before, as this practice supports you with where you are at. It is not about striving, and no experience is necessary.
Shelly will be offering classes on a Thursday from early 2018. Please see website for contact details and to book in. The studio is located in Burleigh.
Publications Co-authored by Shelly
Bulimia nervosa in adolescents: a new therapeutic frontier, Journal of Family Therapy (2015).
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Family Based Treatment for Children and Adolescents with Anorexia. In L.Choate (Editor), Eating Disorders and Obesity. A Counsellor’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment (pp 399-423). Alexandria, USA: American Counselling Association, (2013).
Anorexia in Adolescence and Maudsley Family Based Treatment. Journal of Counselling & Development, 90, 339-345, (2012). Click here to download
Volunteering as a community mental health educator: Positives and negatives for recovery. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 8(2), www.auseinet.com/journal/vol8iss2/read.pdf, (2009).
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists