“I believe that change happens when we’re outside of our comfort zone. But more importantly, I believe that sustainable and ongoing change occurs when we feel safe and supported enough to step outside of our comfort zone. As your therapist I will endeavour to create a therapeutic environment where you will feel safe to challenge yourself and achieve your personal goals.”
Having worked with patients of all ages and from diverse cultural backgrounds, Ali is aware of the different challenges and difficulties people from differing age groups and cultural backgrounds can be faced with, and approaches these in a respectful and non-judgemental manner. Ali strives to empower patients to overcome any challenges or barriers they encounter, as they undergo their journey towards change. Whether a patient’s goals are focused on creating change, uncovering underlying causes behind behaviour, or simply going on an exploratory journey, Ali takes a collaborative approach to therapy where patients are encouraged and supported while achieving their therapeutic goals.
Ali has completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences Majoring in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Waikato (New Zealand); a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology at the University of Waikato (New Zealand); a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours at Edith Cowan University (Perth); and a Master of Psychology (Clinical) from Curtin University (Perth). Ali is registered with the national governing body, the Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0001904684).
EXPERIENCE & INTERESTS
Ali has experience working in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, in government agencies, and in community settings. In these roles, Ali has gained experience working with a range of mental health difficulties including eating disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders and attachment and parenting concerns. She has experience providing a wide range of psychological services including organisational psychology and return to work support; and behavioural interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder.Ali also has experience in conducting cognitive assessments for children, adults and older adults.
During her Masters degree, Ali trained at the Princess Margaret Hospital Eating Disorders Program, providing psychological services for young people with eating disorders who had been admitted to hospital. Having had the opportunity to work with and learn from males and females with an eating disorder, Ali has gained an understanding of the difficulties and challenges faced by these individuals, and has honed in on the skills and support required to facilitate change. Ali holds a concurrent position at the Northside West Eating Disorders program and has a particular interest in supporting people of all ages who would like to learn and apply personalised strategies to help manage and overcome the difficulties eating disorders present.
Ali believes in the benefits of learning from consumers and has volunteered for positions involving the evaluation of comprehensive feedback about the experience of parents, children, therapists and other stakeholders in participating in treatment programs. She has a strong interest in mental health across the ages having trained in both child & adolescent and older adult services and has developed the unique skills required for achieving positive mental health outcomes for all age groups. In particular Ali is sensitive to the challenges older adults face in changing habits, behaviours and beliefs that can bring a sense of comfort in a fast-changing world, and approaches her work with older adults in a gentle and supportive manner.
Ali is passionate about supporting the development of secure attachment relationships between parents or carers and their children to improve parent, child & family relationships, reduce parental & child stress, and bring the joy back into parenting and watching your children grow. She also has a particular interest in providing compassionate quality services for complex mental health presentations (such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and Schizophrenia), with a focus on helping people who are deeply affected by mental health issues to develop the skills for managing symptomatology effectively, and live a full and rewarding life.
Taking on a scientist-practitioner approach, Ali has conducted research in the area of drug use and parenting; exploring the effect amphetamine use has on mothers, and has explored the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary government program designed to support children aged between 6 and 12 years and their families to better manage a wide variety of presenting concerns including conduct problems, anxiety, mood difficulties and trauma. The findings of Ali’s latter research will be presented at the Australasian Mental Health Outcomes and Information Conference, and she is aiming to publish the findings by 2017.
WORKING WITH ALI
If you would like to book an appointment with Ali or would like to discuss further how Ali could assist you with achieving your therapy goals please contact reception on 02 8814 5703 or firstname.lastname@example.org