MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGY (Clinical Psychology), BArts (Honours – Psychology), GRAD DIP (Psychology), DIPLOMA (Counselling), DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)(Psychology) , BBUS (Honours – Marketing).
Wendy is a registered general psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Wendy completed a PhD in psychology in 2011 (Deakin University) investigating the effects of chronic medical conditions on life satisfaction and psychological wellbeing, and an additional six years of psychology training and education including a Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) from The Cairnmillar Institute. Psychology experience includes working in a private hospital setting delivering psychological education, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy to in-patient and day program groups; Gender Clinic work with clients experiencing gender dysphoria; psychology team member in a publicly-funded continuing care service for clients with ongoing complex needs, and placement with the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA), among others.
Wendy maintained a private counselling practice for seven years prior to obtaining registration as a psychologist; served as a uniformed officer in the RAAF specialising in recruitment, training and counselling of military personnel from 1985 -1997; and as a lecturer/tutor in consumer behaviour and market research at Victoria University and Deakin University, Melbourne from 2003-2010.
Wendy’s main adult client focus is on assisting with anxiety (general anxiety, panic, phobias, PTSD and complex trauma), depression, grief and loss, palliative care support, life transitions, managing intense emotions, and interpersonal relationships (individual counselling). Wendy also has an ongoing interest in the treatment of compulsive buying and overspending issues. Her therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Trauma-focused therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness-based Therapy. Wendy is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Counselling Association, International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, Australian Centre on Quality of Life, International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and the Blue Knot Foundation (complex trauma).
Wendy consults at Tavwick House, Christies Beach on Thursdays and Fridays