BA (Psych) PGDip (Psych) MPsych (Clinical) MAPS
Prior to joining the team at Stirling Connections, Sarah worked in government, not-for profit, and educational settings. Sarah has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in both school, hospital, and community settings, providing individual and group-based interventions that vary from brief to long-term therapeutic engagement.
Sarah has experience in educating other health professionals in the areas of drugs and behaviour.
Sarah has experience providing psychological treatment to adults who have experienced depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, difficulties adjusting to changes in life circumstances, stress management, grief associated with chronic health conditions, interpersonal difficulties, and self-esteem issues. Sarah has also worked as a behavioural therapist and provided treatment to clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
After completing post graduate studies Sarah began working privately with clients on the Mornington Peninsula. Sarah enjoys working with young adults and adults who may be experiencing mental health conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety); those having difficulty adjusting to changes in life circumstances (e.g., financial difficulties, workplace stressors, moving to a new area); people who are currently stressed and want to develop better coping mechanisms; and men and women who have experienced trauma.
Sarah’s level of education and training led to her receiving registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and being awarded membership to the Australian Psychological Society. Sarah is currently undertaking registrar training in working towards gaining endorsement as a clinical psychologist.
Sarah’s training spanned 6 years of full-time university study. After finishing undergraduate studies in psychology, Sarah completed a
Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Deakin University. Sarah later completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology at Bond University.
Sarah is passionate about preventing the onset of mental illness through preventative and early interventions approaches and has conducted research in this area. Sarah’s honours thesis examined the influence of depression, anxiety and stress on sexting behaviours in young adults. Sarah’s masters research included examining the psychological distress, wellbeing and coping styles in Australian teachers (currently in press for publishing).
Sarah’s warm, genuine, and compassionate approach to therapy allows her clients to feel relaxed and comfortable in the therapeutic environment. Sarah believes treatment should be collaborative, and tailored to each clients’ individual needs. Sarah places great importance on providing a supportive and nurturing environment where clients feel safe and supported in sharing their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Sarah is committed to her ongoing professional development and staying up to date with the latest research and treatment approaches. Sarah believes in a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. She works closely with relevant health professionals on the Mornington Peninsula to ensure the best possible care for her clients.
Sarah practices within an evidence-based framework and draws on a variety of evidence-based methods in tailoring treatment to each individual’s needs including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Trauma-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness strategies. Sarah is passionate about empowering clients to improve their mental health and wellbeing.