Kate is an empathetic, caring, and supportive psychologist. She is passionate about helping people navigate their way through the challenges of life, and find pathways back to personal values and wellbeing.
Kate prioritises establishing a trusting and transparent therapeutic relationship with the people she works with, allowing clients to feel comfortable to discuss any challenges they may be experiencing. Early sessions with Kate focus on understanding clients’ individual circumstances and concerns, then working collaboratively to move towards their desired change. Kate adopts a person-centered approach as she prioritises the client’s perspectives to identify meaningful goals that can direct treatment.
Experiences and Interests
Kate has experience working with people across the lifespan with a range of challenges and mental health concerns. She has worked across diverse mental health settings based in both rural and urban areas of Victoria, including public healthcare (i.e., hospitals and outpatient programs), private practice, and not-for-profit organisations. Kate’s experience has allowed her to support individuals with a range of difficulties including but not limited to anxiety, social anxiety, depression, stress, sleep difficulties, anger issues, relationship and interpersonal problems, grief and loss, life transitions, and low self-esteem. Kate is particularly passionate about working with people affected by eating disorders, body image issues, and disordered eating. She has experience supporting individuals in their eating disorder recovery as well as family and friends that may be impacted.
Kate draws upon a range of therapeutic frameworks, which she tailors to the specific clinical needs of the individual she is working with. She has formal training in several evidence-based treatments for mental health issues including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Additionally, Kate is formally trained in the first-line psychological treatments for eating disorders including Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E), Family-Based Treatment (FBT), and FBT+UP for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Kate also employs principles from other psychological treatments including Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, and Meta-Cognitive Therapy.
How is Kate described by her clients?
Kate’s clients describe her as easy to talk to, compassionate, and understanding. She has been many clients’ first psychologist and therefore recognises the therapeutic process can be initally daunting for some. However, Kate provides a supportive, welcoming, and safe space, allowing clients to openly communicate their concerns at their own pace.
In her spare time, Kate enjoys connecting with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, as well as working on various craft projects.