About CPS

Jessica Minchin

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Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
 
Jessica has had extensive postgraduate training and experience in the field of mental health and has worked as a mental health professional for a number of years with people across the lifespan in a variety of settings, including forensic mental health, child and adolescent mental health,
specialist youth outreach mental health and private practice.
 
Jessica specialises in working with adolescents and young adults (14 years to 25 years) experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, psychosis, school/work related problems, general distress and difficulty coping.
 
In working with her clients, Jessica uses a strengths base relational model to help clients recognize and utilize their innate strengths. She works in a warm, friendly and relatable manner.


Types of Therapy Used
Jessica’s work is informed by a variety of therapeutic modalities. These include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Trauma-Focused CBT

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy


Areas of interest include working with anxiety and mood related issues.
 
Jessica is currently at capacity and is accepting clients for waitlist in 2021. She works on Fridays.
 
Contact Jessica directly on:
 
Phone:             0422 285 602
E-mail:             jm.holistictherapy@gmail.com

 

Amy Rugendyke

Registered Clinical Psychologist. Amy holds a Master of Clinical Psychology degree. 


Amy has worked as a mental health professional for a number of years, in a variety of settings. Amy has extensive experience, working with clients from a range of diverse backgrounds. Amy has worked primarily with adults experiencing mental illness, personality vulnerabilities, addiction, family violence, and trauma related mental health issues. Amy has also worked with children and adolescents experiencing behavioural challenges, learning difficulties and mental health issues.
 

Amy has experience in delivering therapeutic intervention, using a client centered approach. She uses a range of therapeutic approaches, including (not limited to):

 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Schema Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


She is passionate about working with people of all ages, experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, behavioural change and addiction, family-related conflict, trauma, sleep and interpersonal problems.

 

Amy will be working Saturday’s and is currently accepting new clients.
 

Contact Amy directly on:

 

Phone:           0432 828 103

E-mail:           amy.rugendyke@canberrapsychologyservices.com.au

Ellen McKenzie

Registered Psychologist and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Ellen is a PhD in Clinical Psychology Candidate for a research project about dementia care. 

Ellen has worked as a mental health professional for a number of years in a variety of settings including NGO and community-based organisations. Ellen has worked primarily with children and adolescents experiencing mental health issues, military personnel, and people who have experienced trauma across the lifespan.

 

​Ellen uses a range of therapeutic techniques including (not limited to) the following:

  • Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Imagery Rescripting as a stand alone intervention

 

Areas of interest include working with trauma and attachment-related issues.

Medicare Provider Number: 5107233H

Ellen currently has a wait list for new clients for 2021. If you would like to be contacted when an appointment is available, please contact the practice directly to provide your information: admin@canberrapsychologyservices.com.au or 0412 856 988.

Publications:

Nursing students’ death anxiety and fear towards dementia patients (2017) Australasian Journal on Ageing

 

“Old and Ill”: Death anxiety and coping strategies influencing health professionals’ wellbeing and dementia care (2016) Aging and Mental Health

 

Nursing students’ intentions to work in dementia care: Influence of age, ageism and perceived barriers (2014) Educational Gerontology

Penelope Stock

Penny moved to Canberra from the Surf Coast, Victoria to undertake a double degree in Law and International Security at the Australian National University. While completing her studies, Penny previously worked as a nanny.

Penny is our receptionist, and attends to the needs of the practice and our clients. She is professional, welcoming and friendly. Penny aims to ensure all clients have an optimal experience at CPS, and is always willing to help. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Penny for any enquires for the practice. 

Shauna Browning

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Shauna is a clinically trained Clinical Psychologist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honours (First Class), and a Master of Clinical Psychology, both from the University of Canberra.Shauna has several years of experience working as a Psychologist in both public and private settings.

She works with children and adults experiencing a range of mental health presentations, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, and trauma. She has also completed extensive therapeutic work with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

 

Shauna has previously undertaken work as a School Psychologist, and is passionate about equipping all young people with emotion regulation skills from an early age.

Shauna draws from a range of therapeutic modalities including:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Shauna also brings experience in conducting a range of assessments, including educational, cognitive, and behavioural assessments. She is passionate about completing a comprehensive evaluation, and providing practical recommendations which can be meaningfully applied across contexts.

  

Shauna is currently operating a waitlist, and is accepting referrals for some assessments. If you wish to make an enquiry about an appointment, please email admin@canberrapsychologyservices.com.au or phone 0412 856 988.

Jessica Minchin

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Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
 
Jessica has had extensive postgraduate training and experience in the field of mental health and has worked as a mental health professional for a number of years with people across the lifespan in a variety of settings, including forensic mental health, child and adolescent mental health,
specialist youth outreach mental health and private practice.
 
Jessica specialises in working with adolescents and young adults (14 years to 25 years) experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, psychosis, school/work related problems, general distress and difficulty coping.
 
In working with her clients, Jessica uses a strengths base relational model to help clients recognize and utilize their innate strengths. She works in a warm, friendly and relatable manner.


Types of Therapy Used
Jessica’s work is informed by a variety of therapeutic modalities. These include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Trauma-Focused CBT

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy


Areas of interest include working with anxiety and mood related issues.
 
Jessica is currently at capacity and is accepting clients for waitlist in 2021. She works on Fridays.
 
Contact Jessica directly on:
 
Phone:             0422 285 602
E-mail:             jm.holistictherapy@gmail.com

 

Amy Rugendyke

 

Registered Clinical Psychologist. Amy holds a Master of Clinical Psychology degree. 


Amy has worked as a mental health professional for a number of years, in a variety of settings. Amy has extensive experience, working with clients from a range of diverse backgrounds. Amy has worked primarily with adults experiencing mental illness, personality vulnerabilities, addiction, family violence, and trauma related mental health issues. Amy has also worked with children and adolescents experiencing behavioural challenges, learning difficulties and mental health issues.
 

Amy has experience in delivering therapeutic intervention, using a client centered approach. She uses a range of therapeutic approaches, including (not limited to):

 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Schema Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


She is passionate about working with people of all ages, experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, behavioural change and addiction, family-related conflict, trauma, sleep and interpersonal problems.

 

Amy is currently closed to new clients in 2021. 

Amy can be contacted on:

 

E-mail:    amy.rugendyke@canberrapsychologyservices.com.au

Dr Ellen McKenzie

Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Ellen has completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology for a research project about dementia care. 

Ellen has worked as a mental health professional for a number of years in a variety of settings including NGO and community-based organisations. Ellen has worked primarily with children and adolescents experiencing mental health issues, military personnel, and people who have experienced trauma across the lifespan.

 

​Ellen uses a range of therapeutic techniques including (not limited to) the following:

  • Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Imagery Rescripting as a stand alone intervention

 

Areas of interest include working with trauma and attachment-related issues.

Medicare Provider Number: 5107233H

Ellen is currently closed to new clients in 2021. 

Publications:

 

The provision of person centred dementia care in the context of mental health co-morbidities: ‘It can be upsetting and distressing and it’s incredibly sad’ (2020) Australasian Journal on Ageing

“Just see the person who is still a person (…) they still have feelings”. Qualitative description of the skills required to establish therapeutic alliance with patients with a diagnosis of dementia (2020) International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

Nursing students’ death anxiety and fear towards dementia patients (2017) Australasian Journal on Ageing

 

“Old and Ill”: Death anxiety and coping strategies influencing health professionals’ wellbeing and dementia care (2016) Aging and Mental Health

 

Nursing students’ intentions to work in dementia care: Influence of age, ageism and perceived barriers (2014) Educational Gerontology

Madison Kim

Madison is currently a student at ANU studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and Bachelor of Psychology with interests in cognitive and developmental psychology specifically.

 

Previously Madison has worked in administration across various industries and is currently partaking in internships involving sustainable energy. She has also participated in programs involving children with disabilities.

Millie Austin

Millie is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at the Australian National University. Her interests are in social psychology and cognitive psychology. She has previously worked as a nanny.

 

Millie enjoys hanging with friends and family, as well as her 2 cats, Cuddles and Bear.