Slade is a registered psychologist who has worked in the educational, private, and public health sectors, offering psychological assessment and counselling to individuals across the lifespan. He has previously completed the Master of Professional Psychology Practice and is currently completing his Master of Clinical Psychology through The Cairnmillar Institute. Slade has research interests in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), sleep, and the gut-brain connection and its links to psychological well-being. To further his knowledge in sleep research, Slade has completed additional online training through the University of Michigan, which focused on the neurobiological underpinnings and treatments for sleep-related disorders.
Slade’s work with children and adolescents has spanned across both the primary and secondary school settings, where he has treated various mental health concerns. These have included bullying and peer issues, anger, stress and adjustment difficulties, mood and anxiety problems, managing grief and loss, gender-identity concerns, substance use problems, eating and body image issues, complex trauma, and psychosis symptoms. Slade also has extensive experience working with young people diagnosed with neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD, Specific Learning Disorder (SLD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Disability (ID). His work with young people who present with these difficulties has involved assisting them with managing the cognitive, behavioural, affective, and social barriers of these problems and treating any mental health issues that co-occur with these conditions. Along with individual therapy to manage these symptoms, Slade has facilitated social skills, travel training, and anger management groups to assist vulnerable students with developing independent living skills.
Slade has also worked with adults in both public health and private inpatient hospital settings. His experience in these contexts has involved working as part of a multidisciplinary team to assist individuals presenting with a mixture of dual-diagnosis and low prevalence complex mental health conditions. In his work with adults, Slade has delivered psychological treatment through individual and group therapy methods. He also has co-facilitated outpatient day programs to assist individuals with maintaining ongoing progress.
Slade uses an eclectic treatment approach drawing from therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and mindfulness-based techniques. Slade therapeutic style is warm and collaborative, and he endeavours to form good working relationships with his clients and their families to gain positive long-term treatment outcomes.