“I consider it such a privilege to share in people’s experiences, to learn about a person’s history, culture, relationships, values and beliefs. With each new client I am perpetually reminded of the complexity of humanity, but also of the value in offering understanding and support during times of adversity.”
Brodie’s work with adults, older adults and families who have experienced or been affected by mental health concerns has given her an understanding of the stress and frustration living with mental health difficulties can cause at home, work or school, in relationships, and other important areas of life. She works collaboratively with her clients to identify and help them to understand their diagnosis, learn effective strategies to manage their symptoms, and draw on their strengths to support them to achieve their goals and live a more meaningful and valued life. Brodie uses a high standard of tailored, evidence-based psychological treatment and a warm and non-judgemental therapeutic approach to help her clients create positive change in their behaviour and improve their mood.
Brodie completed her Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (Honours) degree at Macquarie University and a Masters of Clinical Psychology at the University of Technology Sydney.
Brodie is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association and is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0001964096).
EXPERIENCE & INTERESTS
Brodie has worked with adults, older adults and families from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds in university clinics and outpatient hospital services. She has experience providing a wide range of psychological services including assessment, diagnosis and treatment for various mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, adjustment disorder, stress, bipolar affective disorder, emotional difficulties, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and behaviour, and behavioural difficulties in children.
Brodie has a particular interest in supporting older adults to manage and adjust to the difficult changes faced in older age. Using a respectful and warm approach, and building on the richness of their history and wisdom, she assists older adults to manage worries and low mood, adapt to changes in health and mobility, adjust to living with grief and loss, and strengthen their sense of meaning and purpose.
Brodie is aware of ways in which anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders can restrict someone’s life, and is passionate about helping individuals experiencing these difficulties to improve their mood and re-engage in everyday activities without anxiety impeding their life. She also has a particular interest in providing understanding and sensitive support to individuals who have difficulty managing strong emotions and who would like to learn tailored strategies to more effectively regulate their emotions and improve their relationships.
When working with children and families, Brodie takes a holistic approach. She not only works with the child in creative and engaging ways, but also assists parents to better understand their child’s behaviour, learn additional skills to respond to challenging behaviour and foster the parent-child relationship, as well as including other members of the family system where appropriate to achieve the best outcomes for the whole family.
Brodie’s training has given her the opportunity to develop the specific skills and expertise necessary in order to provide effective treatment interventions for these disorders.
Brodie is dedicated to providing her clients with treatment interventions that have a strong evidence-base to support their effectiveness. She is trained and experienced in a range of treatment interventions, including:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Maudsley Family Based Therapy (MFBT)
Brodie works with her clients to identify the most helpful treatment intervention for them, develop a tailored treatment plan that will address their particular concerns, and regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the therapy.
As a scientist-practitioner, Brodie is dedicated to ongoing research and professional development to ensure she is up-to-date with the latest clinical research, and she is committed to only providing client services that have been shown to be effective. Brodie’s research has largely focused on how people disconnect from their thoughts, feelings and experiences as a way of coping with trauma and difficult situations. In her most recent projects, she has investigated how this relates to personality, emotion and memory.
WORKING WITH BRODIE
If you would like to book an appointment with Brodie or would like to discuss further how Brodie could assist you with achieving your therapy goals please contact reception on 02 8814 5703 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I find it so rewarding to so closely observe someone start to develop insight into why they are experiencing difficulties, to help them frame their current struggles within the context of their past, to offer knowledge and strategies to better manage, and ultimately see them begin to flourish and work towards a life of meaning and purpose.