Forensic Mental Health
Those in contact with the criminal justice system are generally characterised by complex and multifaceted health problems, mental illness and psychosocial difficulties. Whilst predominately focused on treatment with high-risk/high-harm individuals in the areas of interpersonal difficulties and violence, Rebecca offers empirically-based treatment to private clients concerning aggression, addiction and interpersonal difficulties. She is also passionate about early intervention services; offering consultancy to schools and their students about healthy relationships, intimacy, and appropriate digital behaviour.
Private clients are seen at the conveniently located practice in Spring Hill; treatment may also attract rebates under the Medicare Better Access Initative reducing the out of pocket expense.
Rebecca aims to increase the accessibility of assessment and treatment services and to work collaboratively with stakeholders to promote effective participation in treatment and recovery. She welcomes referrals from Queensland Corrective Services, law firms, private individuals, and other organisations.
About Rebecca - Health Psychologist & Criminologist
Rebecca's interests in Health Psychology were specifically related to substance dependence and behavioural addictions; chronic diseases of the brain’s reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. After graduation, she worked as a psychologist in violence prevention, which shifted her focus to forensic mental health. Rebecca has taken every opportunity to educate herself and has completed postgraduate studies in Criminology, Forensic Mental Health and Applied Forensic Psychology. After gaining her endorsement in Health Psychology, she began work as a Health Psychologist with those on Corrective Services orders.
A scientist-practitioner, Rebecca utilises psychological approaches which focus on assisting clients to develop specialised strategies for modifying offending behaviour, being accountable and taking responsibility for harm done. Additional services include; psychological risk assessments and reporting as requested by courts, tribunals, or other decision-making bodies to inform key decisions and treatment.
Rebecca has high personal expectations and works to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients. Working as a Health Psychologist in forensic mental health has been an asset, as many people with criminal justice histories have a history of drug use, and/or behavioural addiction. Popular with her client’s, and stakeholders alike; Rebecca is a compassionate and caring professional, yet demonstrates the ability to be objective, and to think critically.
Registration and Training
Rebecca is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA); a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and a Fellow, APS College of Health Psychologists (FCHP). She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology (Health); a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice; and training in Forensic Mental Health and Applied Forensic Psychology. Rebecca has experience providing psychological services, health promotion and violence prevention services in both government and private settings and experience completing psychological, forensic and psychosocial assessments.