Dr Natalie Shockley

Clinical Psychologist - Dr Natalie Shockley (Principal) (BSc(Hons) PhD (Clin))

Natalie is an experienced clinician, having worked in adult mental health in a variety of inpatient and outpatient areas (psychiatric wards, drug and alcohol outpatient services, custodial facilities) before spending over eight years at a private practice at Capalaba. Natalie then moved to Samford and chose to open her own practice in the tranquil garden setting of the Lifestyle Centre in 2012. Natalie has a special interest in working with highly traumatized adults, who require long-term therapy. She will accept new referrals for adults or older adolescents, and is primarily interested in referrals for trauma-related presentations (childhood, adulthood, PTSD, Dissociative Disorders), anxiety disorders (including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Generalised Anxiety Disorder), grief & loss, and couples therapy. Natalie also often works with issues of self-harm and substance misuse, as these are common coping mechanisms for people with significant trauma histories.

Maria Sami

Clinical Psychologist - Maria Sami, BBehavSc(Psych) PGDip(Psych) MClinPsych

Maria has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults and has worked in a variety of different outpatient and inpatient settings. Maria is a warm and compassionate therapist who understands that therapy needs to be flexible to meet the needs and goals of the client. Maria uses a number of therapeutic interventions including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Schema Therapy. She has experience treating a variety of disorders including anxiety disorders, mood disorders and personality disorders. Maria particularly enjoys working with adolescents and adults to identify patterns in their life which are keeping them “stuck” and finding new ways to let go of these unhelpful patterns and live a more fulfilling life.

Emma White

Clinical Psychologist - Emma White, BBSc (Hons Psych), MClinPsych

Emma is a clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents and adults. She has experience working in adult and adolescent mental health services, private practice and non-government organisations. She draws from a wide range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Schema Therapy to provide safe, effective and evidence-based treatment. Emma provides treatment to clients with a range of difficulties associated with anxiety, mood disturbance, eating issues, personality, psychosis and grief and loss.

Claudia Petherick

Clinical Psychologist - Dr. Claudia A. Petherick, BA (Hons) PhD MClinPsych

Claudia is a Psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar who previously worked in research for several years in the US and Australia. She believes her research background has contributed to her establishing an evidence-based practice while remaining a warm and compassionate clinician. Claudia fundamentally believes that therapeutic success largely relies on the client-clinician relationship, which she nurtures by using humour, having unconditional positive regard and genuinely caring for the client. She also adopts various therapeutic approaches and strategies to help clients, including Cognitive Behavioural therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, among others. Her interests encompass gender dysphoria, depression, trauma, substance misuse, anxiety and self-esteem, among other adult mental health issues.

Sonya Melbourne

Psychologist - Sonya Melbourne BSc(Psych)(Hons) (Registered Provisional Psych)

Sonya is a registered Provisional Psychologist who is currently completing her advanced training in clinical psychology. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a community health setting. Sonya has a compassionate and caring approach and draws from a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Metacognitive Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to provide evidence based treatments tailored to suit her clients' needs. Sonya is supervised by Dr Natalie Shockley and Emma White. (Sonya is on study leave but will be returning later in 2019)

Kelli MacAlpine

Transpersonal Art Therapist - Kelli MacAlpine – Dip VA, AdvDip TAT

Kelli is passionate about using creativity and art to help clients explore their experience, bringing awareness and connection to self. Kelli works with children, adolescence and adults in a range of areas including stress, anxiety and mental health management, grief and trauma experience, relationships and life transitions. Kelli specialises in self-acceptance issues around gender, identity, the body and self worth. Kelli cares deeply about people living and loving to their fullest capacity and creates space to inspire and empower her clients to celebrate their own uniqueness. Ally to the LGBTIQ+ community, Kelli is a NDIS Provider.

Dr Amanda Moffatt

Creative Arts Therapist- Dr Amanda Moffatt- DCI, BEd, BA, Grad DIP CAT

Amanda is a creative arts therapist and teacher with over 18 years experience. Amanda works with children, adolescence and adults. She has worked in indigenous communities, special and alternative education and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) programs. Amanda is passionate about supporting the mental health of those working in challenging settings and provides strategies for workplace wellness, professional reflection, managing anxiety and self-care. Amanda uses a variety of creative modalities in her sessions including visual arts activities, masks, journaling, sand tray, movement and stories to help clients explore and express that which can not be said in words alone.

Vicki Essex

Practice Manager - Vicki Essex

Our practice manager, Vicki Essex, is currently available 5 days/week between the hours of 8.30-4.30 Monday – Thursday, and 8.30 – 12.00 Fridays. She’s warm, friendly and professional, and supports both psychologists and clients at Samford Psychology. She will help connect you with one of our psychologists, booking in and changing appointments as needed. Feel free to call her on 3289 2992 and have a chat about coming in to see someone as you start on your way to finding a healthier ‘you’.

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