Terri Sheldon

Gold Coast Psychologist – Terri has been working as a Psychologist since 1985 and has extensive experience in child, adolescent and adult psychology across community and hospital settings in both government and private practice organisations, including Barrett Adolescent Inpatient Centre, Early Intervention Services in Disability Queensland, Community Child and Mental Health Services and in private practice in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  Terri has been a long standing member of the Australian Psychological Association and has specialist membership of the College of Clinical Psychology; College of Counselling Psychology and the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.  As a registered psychologist with the Psychology Registration Board she has endorsed areas of practice as a Clinical, Counselling and Educational and Development Psychologist.  In practice she currently specialises in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescent and adults with a broad range of developmental and mental health issues.  Terri has specialist training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMD-R), Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).  Terri is also co-developer of the popular Enhancing Emotional Resilience Group Program for children that is run from the Lakeside Rooms.

Terri is one of the founders and managing directors of Lakeside Rooms; a respected and well established multidisciplinary community mental health private practice facility on the Gold Coast.  Lakeside Rooms has been in existence since 2001 and consists of a number of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Social Worker, Mental Health Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist who are independent practitioners working collaboratively to provide developmental and mental health services to children, adolescents, families and adults.

In the clinical research field, Terri has recently been co-investigator in a world first randomised clinical trial investigating the impact of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in the treatment of food cravings in overweight and obese adults (Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology Seed Grant 2007).  She is also currently a co-investigator with Dr Peta Stapleton at Bond University in reserach trials comparing EFT against Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the Treatment of Unhealthy Food Choices and Consumption for Overweight Children aged 12-18 years; and EFT versus CBT for Depression in Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial.  Recent publications in this area have included 6- and 12-month follow-up of food craving treatment and the impact of psycholigical traits on emotional eating.  Further, she is also a research co-investigator in the “Heart and Mind Study: Exploring the link between heart disease and depression” with Dr Chris Stapelberg, Psychiatrist, and Griffith University.  The findings of this study are expected to help us learn more about the relationship between heart rate variability and mood changes such as depression.  This knowledge is relevant to the practice of psychiatry as well as clinical psychology as it will help us understand how the heart and the mind influence each other.

For more information about Terri’s areas of interest, training and publications visit www.terrisheldon.com.au