Michelle is a Clinical Psychologist who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, in both public and private settings. She completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Deakin University. Her research has involved an investigation of the female profile of ASD and exploration of parenting experiences of raising a child with ASD in the presence of severely challenging behaviours. Before joining MCPC Michelle experienced working with children and adolescents at a Child Youth and Mental Health Service that involved individual, family, and group therapy. She also worked in a Community Mental Health Clinic with young adults presenting with moderate to severe comorbid mental health conditions.
Her experience spans across a variety of presentations, including anxiety, mood disorders, behavioural concerns, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), perfectionism and procrastination, and interpersonal difficulties. Michelle also supports young people and their families within the MCPC specialty clinics for Selective Mutism, Trichotillomania, and ASD. Michelle conducts comprehensive ASD assessments as well as cognitive assessments to inform diagnosis and/or modifications and supports in the home and educational settings.
She provides gold-standard intervention for mental health conditions that are evidence-based and informed by ongoing formulation of a presenting concern and treatment evaluation. She provides a range of intervention, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, and solution focussed therapy. Michelle also facilitates a group therapy program, Secret Agent Society, which is designed for 8-12 year olds with ASD, anxiety, anger, and/or ADHD.
Michelle works systemically and collaboratively with children, young adults, and their families or carers. She strives to create a safe and comfortable therapeutic environment so that she can build a strong therapeutic relationship with the young people she supports.