Lisa offers therapy to adults, adolescents and children using a client-centred and strengths-based approach. She provides medium to long-term therapy, and has extensive experience in:
Lisa uses a variety of treatment methods, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Schema-Focused therapy, Dialetic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and the principles of the Gottman method for couples therapy.
I am registered to practice as a psychologist in Australia. I have qualifications and supervised experience in clinical practice; and hold the endorsement of Clinical Psychology with the National Registration Board. I am a Board-approved supervisor and is eligible to provide supervision to provisional psychologists and clinical psychologist registrars. I am also a Professional Practice Fellow with UWA School of Psychological Science.
I am a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychology. I am also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), the Institute of Clinical Psychology and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association. Finally, I am a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.
My tertiary education includes a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology, 1996) from La Trobe University (Victoria); Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Honours Degree (Psychology, 1998) from Monash University (Victoria); and a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) from Edith Cowan University (Perth). My postgraduate included two units of Psycholegal Assessments. My master’s thesis topic was on the efficacy of Eye Movement and Desensitisation
Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy with traumatised female offenders. I completed this study in 2009. I was awarded the
Australian Psychological Society prize in recognition of outstanding academic performance for my Honours Degree at Monash University. I was placed on the Dean’s Honour List in recognition of outstanding academic performance at La Trobe University.
I have worked within the Department of Communities (Child Protection and Family Support; CPFS) conducting assessments and providing therapy to children, family and significant others for child protection and safety-related matters, including Family and Domestic Violence. I have also worked with
the Department of Justice for over 10 years focusing on the rehabilitation of offenders. I worked as a group facilitator, supervisor, manager and then as a director overseeing a large clinical service (Offender Programs). In these positions I have gained extensive experience in forensic psychology, sexual abuse issues and sex offending treatment, violent behaviours (including domestic violence) and treatment, child protection and safety matters, and drug abuse.
I have been working in private practice since 2015. My focus includes the treatment of regular clients including children, adolescents, adults, and couples. I have worked with children with various concerns, including ADHD, Autism, OCD, and Anxiety and Depression. I use a variety of treatment methods, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), couples therapy using the principles of the Gottman Method, and Schema Focused therapy. My approach is client centred and strengths based, and I provide medium to long-term therapy according to the needs of the individual. I also provide Family Court-Ordered Therapy (FCOT) to assist families using tailored treatment plans.
I have obtained a solid grounding in the area of assessment through experience and training. I have interviewed a vast number of offenders over 10 years of employment with the Department of Justice. While working within CPFS and in private practice, I have interviewed many children, parents and carers. I have completed a large number of psychological assessments of adults, adolescents, and children (including Parenting Capacity Assessments and family
assessments). I am particularly interested in Family Court Custody assessments and child protection matters (and have been appointed as a Single Expert Witness in the Family Court WA, and the Children’s Court WA). I have extensive experience with violent offending (including domestic violence), sex offending, and other forms of serious offending. I have also conducted many criminal injuries and medico-legal compensation assessments.
As part of my ongoing professional development I have attended many training courses, workshops and seminars. Among the more significant courses are EMDR (Level 1 & 2 training, 2007/8), Parenting Training Capacity (2019), Family and Marital Therapy Training course (2003) and training in managing family separation (2019).
I have attended courses focusing on assessment of offenders, including training in Structured Risk Assessment (2006); a two day workshop on psychopathic Checklist PCL-SV (Ogloff, 2011); Brief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk (B-SAFER, 2019) Violence Risk Scale (VRS, 2017); Violence Risk Scale: Sex Offender Version (VRS:SO, 2015); the Static-99 and Stable (2015); and the Level of Service/Risk, Need, Responsivity training (2015).
I have completed a two-day workshop in suicide prevention (Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Workshop, 2016). I am current with the Professional development training requirements of the APHRA and attend training relevant to my expertise and areas of work.
I have completed a year of postgraduate studies in neuropsychology (Masters of Psychology, Neuropsychology) at La Trobe University in 1999 and co-authored a published research paper, Bennett, P., Schmidt (nee Dominguez), LJ., Lawen, A., Moutsoulas, P., & Ng, K. (2002). Cyclosporin A, FK506 and rapamycin produce multiple, temporally distinct effects on memory following single-trial, passive avoidance training in a chick. Brain Research, 927(2),
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