EDUCATION & REGISTRAION
Jane is a Clinical Psychologist registered with AHPRA and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Jane is an AHPRA-approved Clinical Supervisor and holds the following accreditations.
Doctor of Clinical Psychology with Distinction, University of Newcastle, U.K.
Master of Science in Social Research, University of Bath, U.K.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with honours, University of Durham, U.K.
Bachelor of Science in English & Business Management, Beijing International Studies University, P.R.China
Beginning your therapy with Jane
Jane's speciality is in trauma, PTSD and anxiety. Jane does not provide assessment reports for medical, legal or insurance claim purposes.
Before organising your first consultation, you are invited to complete a comprehensive set of assessment questionnaires in your own time. This work will save you nearly two sessions of time required for assessment so that we may move forward together more effectively. This allows Jane to study and reflect on your assessment results, enabling her to understand your background and history, your underlying patterns, and importantly your strengths and goals.
On our first session we can then deepen our understanding of your life challenges and move towards the goals you wish to achieve. Jane draws from a variety of evidence-based therapy models including: Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS).
In order to monitor how therapy is working for you, your progress is assessed following each session and you are regularly invited to give Jane feedback, this allows her to adjust therapy direction and strategy.
What is EMDR ?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing, it is an evidence-based therapy, designed to reduce the impacts of trauma. Therapists need to receive specialist training to use this therapy. Jane received training with EMDR Institute Australia, completing Level One & Two, Structural Dissociation and Master Class.
How does it work?
EMDR therapy proposes that the mind is like a factory continuously processing and resolving life events, traumatic experiences can overwhelm this process, causing the system to grind to a halt. EMDR appears to re-activate the brain’s self-healing process through bilateral stimulation, simulating what occurs during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep whilst clients remain awake and in control.
What problems does it help with?
For suitable clients, EMDR can accelerate the resolution of traumas, often resulting in positive changes, such as more compassionate views of self, greater sense of empowerment, and a sense of peace when recalling the trauma memories. Clinical research shows that it is effective in treating trauma, with potentials in helping with anxiety, phobia, panic disorder, OCD, performance anxiety, depression and grief.
Research evidence and further info
List of international organisations endorsing EMDR and meta-analysis: emdr.com
Self Help Books on Trauma
'Trauma and Recovery' by Dr Judith Hermann
'The Body Keeps the Score' by Dr Bessel van der Kolk
'Waking the Tiger : Healing Trauma' by Dr Peter Levine
What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?
ACT is an evidence-based therapy. ACT proposes that people suffer when their thoughts or emotions pull them away from doing what is important and meaningful to their lives.
How does ACT work?
ACT aims to develop vital life skills of mindfulness and acceptance, which aims to reduce the power of unhelpful thoughts and to expand the capacity to handle painful emotions, so that people have more freedom to act according to their deeply- held values and move towards life goals that truly matter to them.
What problems does ACT help with?
Research has shown that ACT can be effective in treating depression, chronic pain, PTSD, trauma and addiction.
Self Help Books
'The Happiness Trap' by Dr Russ Harris
'Get out of Your Mind & into Your Life' by Dr Stephen Hayes & Spencer Smith
What is Schema Therapy?
This is an evidence-based integrative therapy, developed to help people with chronic relationship issues or personality disorders .
What are schemas?
Schemas refer to negative patterns of thinking feeling and responding, usually formed during early life stages. Schemas are often implicit thus not in the conscious awareness but have powerful influence on how a person feel think and respond to life situations. As a result, people may found themselves falling into the same negative life patterns repeatedly and involuntarily. Some common schemas are: fear of ‘Abandonment’, ‘Defectiveness’, ‘Approval Seeking’ and ‘Negativism’.
How does it help?
This therapy aims to help a person become more aware of the schemas that may be operating in the background, and move towards establishing healthier patterns, in order to meet their needs effectively.
Self Help Books
'Reinventing Your Life' by Dr Jeffrey Young
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a structured, practical and collaborative treatment for people suffering from depression or anxiety. CBT aims to improve moods by modifying unhelpful ways of thinking and unhelpful actions. CBT focuses on the ‘here and now’ problems and move towards specific goals, instead of exploring causes from the past.
How effective is CBT?
Numerous research demonstrates that CBT is as effective as antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications in treating major depression and anxiety.
Self Help Books
'Mind over mood: change how you feel by changing the way you think' by Dr Dennis Greenberger & Dr Christine Padesky, PhD
'Feeling great : the revolutionary new treatment for depression and anxiety' by Dr David Burns, MD
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What is Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)?
IFS is an evidence-based therapy. It assumes that each person contains a variety of sub-personalities or ‘parts’ and that psychological distress or problematic behaviours arise as a results of a disharmony of the internal system.
How does IFS work?
IFS aims to restore a sense of wholeness and inner harmony by restoring ‘Self Leadership’, i.e. the multitude of parts are supported healed and guided by the innate SELF energy, otherwise known as the ‘ true self ’ or ‘core self’ or ‘spiritual self’, which embodies the quality of compassion, calm, confidence, clarity, creativity, curiosity and connectedness.
What issues can IFS help with?
IFS can be used to work through issues relating to anxiety, anger, shame and guilt.
Self help book
' No bad parts: healing trauma and restoring wholeness with the internal family systems model' by Dr Richard Schwartz, PhD
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