Principal Clinical Psychologist
Days and fees
Taking new clients: No
Approximate wait time: Melissa is not seeing clients
Melissa currently divides her time between being the Director of The Glow Centre; and delivering training and providing consultation to organisations and teams.
• Master of Psychology (Clinical)
• Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
• Bachelor of Behavioural Science
• Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice
• Registered psychologist with endorsement as a clinical psychologist
• Psychology Board of Australia registered supervisor for all supervision pathways
• Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
• Fellow of the APS Clinical College
• Member of EMDRAA
• Member of EMDRIA
• DBT PE intensive training – Behavioral Tech/The Linehan Institute, Seattle
• Intensive DBT training – Psychology Training, Melbourne
• RO DBT blended learning training, levels 1 and 2
As a psychologist I like to create an environment firstly of safety, and secondly of curiosity and understanding, where people can develop an understanding of themselves. I love hearing people’s stories, helping them make sense of why they think, feel, behave, react and respond in the ways they do, and seeing them develop hope that things can be different. My style is warm and responsive to the goals of each client, which we set up together and continually review along the way, to ensure what we are doing is effective. In my work with clients, I usually go deeper than surface-level understanding of problems, looking for underlying patterns, to promote deeper understanding and longer term changes. My favourite frameworks and techniques for doing this are initially DBT, other forms of CBT and polyvagal-informed approaches for stabilisation, followed by Schema-Focused Therapy, EMDR or Prolonged Exposure therapy for the deeper work.
As the director of a psychology practice, I like to create a physical environment that is welcoming, calming and soothing, by carefully designing the physical space right down to the colour scheme, textures, furniture, facilities, resources and systems. I pride myself on creating a safe and supportive environment not only for clients but also our staff, which allows them to thrive and deliver excellence in client care.
I have worked in my own private practice since 2014. Prior to this, I gained experience working in NGOs, private hospitals, public hospitals, youth justice, and corrections. I have been fortunate enough to work with adults, adolescents, children and families across my career.
Why I love working at The Glow Centre
I love working at The Glow Centre because it helps me achieve my sense of purpose every day – helping others, and helping others (ie my staff) help others. Seeing our clients progress over time, as they are supported by our amazing team, is incredibly rewarding.
Outside the practice
In my spare time, I like spending time with my young family, drinking good coffee and eating good food, and travelling.