"Joy shared is joy doubled; sorrow shared is sorrow halved" - Swedish Proverb
Jessie is a Provisional Psychologist with a special interest in adolescents, young adults, and children. Her experience has expanded in roles as a Student Counsellor at a selective entry high school. Jessie’s expertise focuses on anxiety, depression, stress, perfectionism, friendship and relationship issues, self-esteem and body image issues, academic challenges, and sleep difficulties.
Working collaboratively with clients to build genuine and trusting relationships to help turn adversities into opportunities for growth is significant. Jessie understands that adolescence is a life stage full of exciting and turbulent changes such as puberty, body image issues, education difficulties, risk taking behaviours and identity crises. Through parent work, Jessie also seeks to provide psychoeducation about their child’s concerns/difficulties coupled with strategies and communication skills to better assist their child.
Jessie is trained in Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBI), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). Jessie is skilled in assessment, formulation, diagnosis, consultation, risk assessment and safety planning.
As an Asian-Australian psychologist, Jessie adopts a culturally sensitive lens in her practice and aims to provide therapy informed by the client’s cultural values and factors. She understands how culture impacts mental health and wellbeing. Seeking and receiving help can be challenging due to the perceived stigma in mental illness in Asian communities and the difficulty with accessing culturally appropriate mental health support. Jessie supports clients exploring cultural identity, belonging, acculturation stress, family structure and intergenerational issues.