Team

DR NINA COOK

BPsych(Hons); DPsych (Clin[Child Specialisation])

Nina is a registered clinical psychologist with a Doctor of Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne. She began her career working in government mental health services treating children and young people. For the past 8 years she has also worked with adults and older adults in private practice. Nina is open to working with any presenting issue, and has successfully treated anxiety, depression, psychosis, mood disorder, trauma, personality disorder, eating disorder, addiction and adjustment issues.

Nina is trained in several evidence-based therapies which she uses interchangeably in practice depending on a person’s needs:  Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Nina values the opportunity to hear clients’ stories and to reach a shared understanding of what is contributing to distress in their lives. She believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for change, providing the secure base from which a person can challenge themselves to think and behave differently. Nina struggles to identify a particular area of interest, as she is interested in everything! However, her clinical experiences and training have prepared her to work particularly well with people who have experienced unresolved childhood issues.

JORDANA EDWARDS

B.Psych(Hons); M.Psych(Forensic)

Jordana is a registered clinical psychologist with a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of South Australia. She began her career working for the Mental Health Diversion Courts and the Department for Correctional Services. For the last 8 years she has worked in private practice.

Jordana has extensive experience working with adults, teenagers and children. She has successfully treated people with presenting problems such as anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, addictions, eating disorders, sleep problems, adjustment issues, grief, trauma, and problem behaviours.  She is trained in the use of various evidence-based therapies including; Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Jordana loves to meet new people and is committed to developing a deep understanding of each person’s needs. She has a proven ability to build strong therapeutic relationships using compassion and experience. This helps her to work successfully with people to develop a greater understanding of themselves, improve their mood, or challenge the way they think and behave. Jordana enjoys working with all client presentations but has a special interest in helping people to effectively manage trauma.

DR ALEXANDRA OSBORN

BHSc(Hons); MPsych(Clinical)/PhD

Alexandra is a registered clinical psychologist with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Adelaide She began her career working in psychological research at the University of Adelaide. She then entered her clinical work at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Since then she has worked in private practice for the last 8 years where she enjoys the variety of the individuals she works with.  She has extensive experience working with adults, teenagers and children experiencing a wide range of mental health problems. She is skilled in working with all mental health presentations such as anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, sleep problems, grief and trauma, and problem behaviours that cause distress to the person.

She uses a range of therapeutic approaches and customises the treatment to each individual. The evidence-based approaches she uses include; Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is an approach developed specifically for the treatment of trauma.

Alexandra enjoys helping people develop a greater understanding of themselves and their experiences and assist them to develop new patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. She has a special interest in working with Anxiety disorders and trauma, namely; panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, health anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

DR KATHY FOGARTY

BA Hons (Psych); M.Psych (Clinical)/PhD

Kathy is a registered clinical psychologist with a combined PhD/Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Adelaide. She is skilled in working with adults, teenagers and children experiencing a wide range of mental health problems, such as anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, sleep problems, grief and trauma, and problem behaviours that cause distress to the person.

She uses a range of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Schema Therapy, Mentalization-based therapy and Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is an approach developed specifically for the treatment of trauma.

She has a special interest in helping people who have struggled over a life-time with emotional and behavioural problems that interfere with their quality of life, and enjoys helping them change long-term patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. She has undertaken advanced level training in therapies developed specifically to help these people, including Schema Therapy and Mentalization-based therapy.

In her work with children, Kathy particularly enjoys providing high quality psychological assessments that can guide parents and educators toward providing the best interventions to enable children to develop socially, emotionally and intellectually to their full potential.

MELISSA PURCELL

BA; BHlthSc(Hons); MPsych(Clin)

Melissa is a registered clinical psychologist with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from The University of Adelaide. She has been practising as a psychologist for 9 years. Melissa began her career working in the child protection team at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She then progressed to psychology positions in schools and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. For the last 5 years Melissa has been working in private practice in the West, meeting with people of all ages and circumstances.

Some people come to see her with specific issues such as: stress and burnout; Depression; Anxiety; loss and bereavement; addiction; sexual, physical and emotional abuse; self-esteem and body image; problems at school/work; separation and divorce; difficulties in family relationships; gender and sexuality.

Melissa sees therapy as a vehicle for self-understanding and personal transformation, and works towards creating a safe and supportive space where healing can take place. Her approach is sensitive and flexible to the needs and personality of the client, and encompasses a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, with an emphasis on cultivating mindfulness.