GDipPsych PGDipPsych MPsych (Clin) MACPA
Not currently accepting new clients.
Background & Experience
Carolyn commenced studying a Graduate Diploma in psychology at the University of Melbourne in 2005 and remained at the University of Melbourne until she completed her Master's in Psychology (Clinical). She is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and an Associate Member of The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
Earlier in her career, Carolyn gained experience in psycho-oncology at The Olivia Newton-John Cancer, Wellness and Research Centre, where she supported women with a diagnosis of breast cancer. She also acquired experience working with children and adolescents at The Royal Children’s Hospital, in the general clinical psychology outpatient service.
Later, Carolyn worked in clinical health psychology at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, providing assessment and treatment to individuals with co-occurring physical and mental health concerns (including for somatic problems, where a medical diagnosis was not found). She worked as a clinical psychologist for the North Western Mental Health service, which focused on supporting people with problems related to schizophrenia and bipolar.
More recently, Carolyn joined the team at the Psychological Trauma Recovery Service at Austin Health. This work supports first-responders, primarily police, and current serving military members. Carolyn works at Dennison Psychology alongside her role at Austin Health.
Therapeutic Approach / Area of Expertise
Carolyn is particularly interested in medium and longer-term psychotherapeutic work with clients aged from 16 years and onwards. This length of therapy is relevant to those who wish to engage in a full treatment episode for problems such as depression, anxiety, psychotic illnesses, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and trauma. Carolyn also works with people who are recovering after losing a loved one (bereavement) and with those experiencing difficulties in relationships.
She supports people to reduce their symptoms, develop insight, and to be more able to participate in activities, in spite of worries or stresses.
Carolyn applies contemporary evidence-based treatments that are attachment-theory informed. She offers a range of treatment approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), an integrated CBT and psychoanalytic approach for working with psychotic illnesses, Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT ‘informed’ – individual clients only) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Please note, Carolyn does not offer couples therapy or report-writing services for forensic or medicolegal purposes.
Appointment Costs & Rebates
Appointments with Carolyn can be booked through our online booking system.
Carolyn provides Medicare rebates of $126 per appointment. You need to obtain a referral from your GP to be eligible for this rebate. If you have a private health insurance with extras, you may be able to claim through it (without a GP referral).