Lisa-Marie is a psychologist with experience working in a range of settings, including the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, community mental health, and university sector. She has worked with clients across the lifespan but is particularly passionate about promoting mental health and well-being for children and adolescents. Lisa-Marie has experience in assessing and treating a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties in young people, such as developmental difficulties (e.g., autism spectrum disorders), anxiety and worries, mood disorders, interpersonal difficulties, and grief and bereavement. Lisa-Marie also has an interest in conducting cognitive and academic assessments to help guide interventions and modifications in the educational and everyday settings.
Lisa-Marie provides a range of psychological interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and also commonly incorporates creative therapeutic approaches and elements of mindfulness. Lisa-Marie has also been a Music Therapist for over 10 years, working primarily in mental health and palliative care settings, and with children with autism spectrum disorder. Lisa-Marie often draws upon her music therapy skills in her psychology work – finding it a creative way to engage with young people and to work towards treatment goals.
Lisa-Marie believes it important to first establish a strong relationship with her young clients, and then work collaboratively with them to develop a treatment approach that best suits their needs and interests. Where appropriate, Lisa-Marie also works closely with important people in the young person’s environment (e.g., parents, families, schools and other professionals). This collaborative and systemic approach can optimise what is achieved in therapy as families may be able to encourage and support the implementation of coping strategies outside of the therapeutic space, and environments may be modified to better support the young person’s needs.