Melanie is a registered psychologist with clinical interests in the areas of child, adolescent and adult mental health, perinatal wellbeing and trauma. Melanie’s doctoral research examined the emotional wellbeing of Australian Defence Force spouses.
Clinically, Melanie has experience working with families experiencing difficulties in the perinatal period, adults experiencing mental health and personality difficulties, and adolescent survivors of trauma.
Melanie's work has encompassed working within secondary schools, supporting individuals and families on the Lifeline and Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline services, facilitating group and individual therapy in partnership with Maternal and Child Health Centres in Melbourne’s West, working in a private inpatient and outpatient setting, and working with young people and young mothers impacted by trauma at the Lighthouse Foundation. Melanie also has experience working as a sessional lecturer within the Victoria University Master of Counselling program, with specialisation in the areas of Grief and Bereavement and Theory and Techniques of Counselling.
Dedicated to the treatment of Child, Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Difficulties, Complex and Developmental Trauma, Perinatal Wellbeing, and Personality Difficulties
Everybody has experiences of rational fear, worry and helplessness which may be momentary, or sustained during periods of stress. Clinical anxiety is generally more pervasive, overwhelming, debilitating and impairing a person’s ability to achieve in work, love and life.
Depression – feelings of pervasive sorrow, dejection and unremitting downheartedness affects as many as one in six women, and one in eight men in Australia at some point in their lives. For some people, there are clear events which precede a depressive episode, such as loss (such as loss of a job, finances, partner or social position).
Becoming a parent is an important developmental milestone and a major life and role transition. Although this is a time of celebration, for many parents this also presents unforeseen struggles and challenges which can be overwhelming.
Many individuals come to therapy because they are struggling in the aftermath of experiencing overwhelming stress. Such people have experienced or witnessed life-threatening events, or events which were extremely frightening.
For those people struggling with the daily reality of living with a personality disorder, it can feel difficult to find help. People with a personality disorder describe overwhelming feelings of loneliness, anger, shame and resentment. Such intense feelings tend to impact the ability to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with others.
Hopelessness and Identity Issues
Some people decide to speak to a therapist about worries and difficulties that are not the result of a life crisis or trauma. The decision to seek therapy might come about as a desire to learn more about oneself, to bring meaning to one's ideas, values, and desires, and to liberate oneself from problemmatic behaviours which repeat in one's life.