At Engaging Minds Clinical Psychology we are a team of expert clinical psychologists who can help make sense of whatever might be troubling you. We offer our skill, knowledge, curiosity and compassion to provide you with an experience that is comfortable but also helps you to grow in ways that are meaningful to you. We provide assessment and treatment to children, adolescents, adults and older adults.
We are a team of experienced, fully qualified Clinical Psychologists. For eight years we were located in Royal Park in Adelaide’s west, working together at Clinic @ 44. We helped hundreds of children, adolescents, adults, older adults and families. In 2018, as Engaging Minds Clinical Psychology, we have moved to St Clair to give our clients a new experience in surroundings we have created with calm and comfort in mind.
As Clinical Psychologists we are able to determine whether you are going through something that could be considered a mental health issue. We are also able to treat simple or complex emotional and behavioural problems using cutting edge research. You will find more information about the various issues we assess and treat under the Our Services tab. Don’t worry if you’re not sure where you fit. We are committed to helping anyone who takes the step to seek a service from us. We are confident in our ability to engage with you, no matter what you are going through.
We provide assessment and treatment to children, adolescents, adults and older adults. We welcome people of any culture, gender, sexuality or religion. We have expert skill in the assessment and treatment of:
We are extensively trained and experienced in a range of proven intervention models:
Clinical Psychologist (BPsych Hons; DPsych Clin[Child Specialisation])
Nina’s 18-year career began as a psychologist working with young people in public mental health clinics before moving into private practice, where she works with people across the life span. She is skilled in several evidence-based therapies, used interchangeably depending on a person’s needs, including 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 reach a shared understanding of what causes their distress. 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. Her interests are broad and varied but her training and clinical experience have prepared her to work particularly well with people whose difficulties have their basis in unresolved childhood issues.
Clinical Psychologist (BPsych Hons; MPsych Forensic)
Jordana’s 17-year career began with a Forensic specialisation, leading her to work in the Mental Health Diversion Courts and Department for Correctional Services. She moved into private practice 12 years ago and has extensive experience working across the life span. She is highly skilled in evidence-based therapies including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and enjoys using those interchangeably depending on an individual's needs. Jordana brings passion and enthusiasm to her therapy sessions and is committed to developing a deep understanding of each person she sees. She values her ability to develop strong therapeutic relationships built on compassion, trust, mutual respect and a dose of humour. She uses the therapeutic relationship as a safe space to gain a deeper understanding of oneself and to support change. Jordana has a particular interest in using a trauma-informed lens to explore the impact of earlier experiences on current wellbeing. She also has a strong interest in neurodiversity affirming practices.
Clinical Psychologist (BHSc Hons; MPsych Clinical/PhD)
Alexandra’s 15-year career as a psychologist began as a researcher at the University of Adelaide, before moving into clinical work at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). For the past 10 years she has worked in private practice seeing people across the life span who are experiencing a wide range of mental health problems. Alexandra customises treatment to each person’s needs and is highly experienced in a range of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). She loves to help people develop a greater understanding of themselves and their experiences, and develop new patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. She has a special interest in working with anxiety disorders and trauma.
Clinical Psychologist (BA Hons; MPsych Clinical/PhD)
Kathy’s 13-year career as a psychologist began in private practice and for the past 7 years she has also worked part-time in a government adult mental health clinic. She works mainly with adolescents and adults, using 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). She especially values helping people who have struggled over a life-time with emotional and behavioural problems with origins in earlier life, helping them change long-term patterns in order to improve their lives in the present. She brings warmth, compassion and humour to her therapeutic work.
Clinical Psychologist (MPsych Clinical, BTeach Junior Primary, BEd)
Sandra’s 12-year career as a psychologist began with working at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and in a private practice setting with people across the life span. She has also worked at a school as a school psychologist. As a psychologist, Sandra is competent in a range of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Sandra endeavours to build a supportive and collaborative relationship with people of all ages by tailoring treatment to suit the person’s needs and desired therapeutic goals.
Psychologist (BPsychSc Hons; MPsych Clinical)
Michaela obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is completing the Registrar program to obtain endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.
Michaela is an understanding, and compassionate practitioner who has experience providing psychological support across the lifespan for individuals from a range of backgrounds.
She focuses on developing a trusting therapeutic alliance, where each client feels recognised, safe, understood, and accepted. Her background includes clinical work in both the private and public health system, providing assessment services and treatment in matters such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, low self-esteem, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, sleep problems, and emotional regulation. She previously ran a social skills group for young adults on the autism spectrum who were interested in developing friendships and romantic relationships.
She utilises a collaborative and flexible approach, applying evidence-based interventions that are tailored to suit her client’s individual needs. This includes components from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy.
Psychologist (BPsychSc Hons; MPsych Clinical/PhD)
Working mainly with adolescents and adults, Hugh provides a safe and supportive therapeutic space in which people can feel heard and understood. Having trained as a Psychologist at The University of Adelaide, he is currently gaining endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.
With a special interest in treating trauma, depression and anxiety, Hugh is familiar with the most up-to-date therapeutic techniques and has a wide range of experience, including conducting research into the use of Mindfulness Devices and providing group treatment for Trauma. He uses evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to help clients get to know themselves better, make sense of difficult life events and break out of unhelpful patterns.
Psychologist (BPsychSc Hons; MPsych Clinical)
Dana Blanco is a Registered Psychologist and is completing the Registrar program to obtain endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.
Dana has a warm and calming demeanour and strives to create a safe and collaborative environment when working with her clients. She is committed to working together with clients to provide an individualised approach that helps those she works with create meaningful change.
She has a background of working with adults and teenagers and enjoys supporting and empowering people to navigate the challenges of life.
Dana has experience in working with adults with a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, interpersonal difficulties and low self-esteem. She utilises a range of evidence-based techniques including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT).
She is also fluent in Spanish.
Clincal Psychologist (MPsych. Clinical)
With over 10 years experience Feda comes with a unique breadth of experience having worked in a variety of different Clinical settings which have included: Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, Acute Mental Health Units and Birthing Programs within Hospitals, Child Protection and Private Practice.
Feda uses a relational based therapeutic approach which is embedded within a trauma informed focus. Feda is skilled in a variety of evidence-based therapies which include, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness based approaches.
Feda mostly works with adults and adolescents, and has a particular interest in cross-cultural psychological practices, adopting a cultural lens to people's experience and incorporating this into their therapeutic journey.
Feda believes its a privilege and honour to be entrusted to help people on their journey through issues they are struggling with, and provide a safe space that promotes self-exploration, discovery and growth based on humanistic therapeutic relationship.
A person can access up to 10 sessions each year with a psychologist if they have a Mental Health Treatment Plan prepared by a GP or psychiatrist. Medicare provides a rebate toward the cost of the session.
The up-front cost to you will be $250 a session. Medicare will then refund you $137.05 per session. You can claim this refund on the spot.
Engaging Minds Clinical Psychology does not offer bulk-billing.
Most private health funds also provide rebates for psychological services if the person is not eligible for a Mental Health Treatment Plan. Please ask your particular fund about the rebate they provide for psychological consultations.
We know we get the best results for our clients when we spend regular time together. That's why our first preference is always that you keep your in-person appointment.
We understand that life happens, so we offer telehealth appointments (phone or video) if you can't make it into the clinic. But if cancelling your appointment is unavoidable, we ask that you let us know by 10am the business day before your appointment.
This lets us do two things:
1. Arrange another time with you to continue your therapeutic treatment plan; and
2. Give someone else the opportunity to continue their work with us.
If you choose to cancel at short notice the cancellation fee will be 100% of the cost of the session. Please note there is no Medicare rebate for a cancelled appointment fee.
Any information you disclose to a psychologist is confidential. This means that the psychologist will not share any information about you to another person unless you give your permission. There are some exceptions to this. If the psychologist thought you were at risk of harming yourself or another person, then she has an obligation to disclose the minimal amount of information necessary to try and prevent that from happening. Also, if the psychologist believes a child or teenager may be, or has been subject to physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect, then they must report this to the authorities by law. Psychologists must also report unregistered firearms.
GPs and psychiatrists: Please address referrals to Engaging Minds Clinical Psychology
Fax: 8317 6838 or email: email@example.com.
For Medicare referrals, both the referral letter and a copy of the Mental Health Treatment Plan are appreciated. Please also specify the number of sessions you have approved.
More than one role. Part-time also available.
At EMCP we value our staff and clients. We prioritise self-care for our Clinicians and encourage a sustainable working model. A full-time employee will have a maximum clinical load of 28 clients/week.
At EMCP we offer:
We’d love to welcome to our team a clinician who values positive client outcomes balanced with positive clinician wellbeing.
EMCP is run by four highly experienced Clinical Psychologist Directors, supported by 3 friendly and astute administrative staff. Together we understand the environment a clinician needs to support their clients with passion, compassion, and integrity.
In our purpose-built, beautifully appointed consulting rooms we value inclusivity and see clients across the lifespan, with a wide variety of support needs. We encourage the use of a range of evidence-based therapy modalities allowing clinicians to bring their own personality, strengths and interests into the therapy room.
If you're warm, approachable, flexible, value kindness, keeping your word and working smarter not harder, we'd love to hear from you!
Please forward a brief email of introduction and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
TeleHealth are sessions delivered over the phone or via video conferencing, through the use of your phone or computer.
If you currently see your psychologist under a Mental Health Treatment Plan and your psychologist agrees that TeleHealth does not compromise your treatment in any way, you can request a TeleHealth session instead of your normal face to face session. Normal billing arrangements apply where you pay the psychologist at the end of the session, and they will issue you with a receipt to submit to Medicare and claim your usual rebate. You can use the Medicare express app to submit your claim, and can find out more here: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/express-plus-medicare-mobile-app/how-download-and-set-app
If you have been claiming psychology sessions through a Private Health Fund or Third Party Insurer, you may also be able to access TeleHealth services. Please check that your health fund or insurer are covering TeleHealth sessions before your appointment. NDIS are currently covering TeleHealth sessions.
We understand that phone or video conferencing may not be suitable for everyone. Where appropriate we can still see clients face to face, provided that you are healthy and with no illness, particularly symptoms common to Corona Virus (fever, cough, sore throat).
If your Psychologist has agreed on a phone consult for your next appointment, they will call your phone at the scheduled time, simple as that!
If you would like to have a video conference session, you will receive a text message link to the appointment. It will come from the same number you receive your reminder texts from. Simply click on the link and you will be able to join the ‘call’.
Please note that video conference calls use your internet Data. If you only have limited Data on your internet plan, or you do not have access to internet, a standard phone call will be needed for your appointment instead.
We acknowledge this land that we meet on today is the traditional lands for the Kaurna people and that we respect their spiritual relationship with their country.
We also acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.
We also pay respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal people visiting/attending from other areas of South Australia/Australia.
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