Dr. Jennifer Wheeler
Psych (Clin) , PGDip Psych, GDip Psych, GDip Bus. Mgtmt, B.Bus.
Member: Australian Psychological Society (APS)
I became a psychologist because I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to live the best life they can. Life has its ups and downs and sometimes people need help to overcome problems.
I work in collaboration with clients to identify the areas in their lives where they are having difficulty and together we set goals and work towards them from a strengths based perspective. I believe that building an open and honest therapeutic relationship with clients is critical to their recovery.
I undertake a comprehensive assessment of clients in order to develop a meaningful formulation and treatment plan. Where appropriate I utilise clinical testing to augment the assessment. Based on the outcome I utilise a relevant and suitable evidence based therapy for the client.
I am skilled in a range of therapeutic methodologies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivation Interviewing, Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT), Mindfulness and trauma based therapy.
Prior to working in private practice, I spent seven years working for a leading non-government provider of client focussed mental health services. During this time, I worked with people who experienced mental health difficulties, to help them lead more fulfilling lives in the community. I undertook a diversity of roles including recovery-focused individual and family work, case work and case management support, and transition from acute services to community support. I worked with a variety of presentations including psychosis, mood disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders. I have experience in mental health inpatient units with acute clients as well as experience in youth residential rehabilitation.
I have experienced working with anxiety and depression. I have a special interest in Personality Disorder, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder, and I have been trained in the DBT protocol. I am cognisant of the risk that accompanies people with this diagnosis and I am trained in mental health risk assessment and management. I am experienced in working with people who exhibit self -harming and suicidal behaviours as well as those with a trauma background.
Prior to working as a psychologist I had a wide and varied career in both the corporate and private sector and so bring a wealth of life experience to my role as a psychologist.