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Are you feeling Anxious, Stressed, Overwhelmed all the time? Do you battle with Racing Thoughts, Out of Control Emotions, or Impulsivity? Do constant Negative Thoughts about your Weight, Body, and Food rule your life? 

We all get stuck and a little lost from time to time. It’s all part of being human. But if you are ready to find a new path forward, you don’t have to go through this alone. 

The Calming Suite Psychology

Take a Peak at How We Help You Rediscover Who You Are With a Different Mind-Body Experience to Mental Wellness

What We Offer at The Calming Suite

Therapy for Youth Individuals

We Have Exceptional Psychologists Who Are Leading Experts in Youth Psychology With Complex Presentations such as: Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphia, Trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, ASD, and Many Other Presentations, Who can Provide One-on-One Therapy for Individuals (12 – 30 years) Both Face-to-Face and Telehealth

Early Intervention Therapy for Young Children

We Have Neuropsychologists and Other Child Expert Psychologists Who can Provide One-on-One Early Intervention Therapy for Young Children (2.5 years to 11 years) Both Face-to-Face and Telehealth for Range of Developmental Functioning Issues in Emotional, Behavioural, Social, Learning, Adaptive Areas, as well as Disorders such as: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Group Therapy for Individuals & Families

We Are Excited to Offer a Wide-Range of Unique Group Therapy Programs in our Revolutionary Wellness Studio to Small Groups of Youth and Children Such as: Advanced DBT Skills, Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery and Schizophrenia, Yoga and Tai Chi for Eating Disorders and Trauma, Art Therapy, Dance Movement Therapy, Social-Skills/School Readiness ASD/ADHD Groups, and Lego-Based Social Skills for ASD/ADHD

Eating Disorder Specialised Dietitian

We Are So Lucky to Have One of Adelaide’s Most Exceptional Dietitians (Sophie) who Specialises in Eating Disorders and Sports Nutrition Counselling Performance Enhancement. She Offers One-on-One Tailored Therapy and Counselling to Those with Eating Disorders, Disorder Eating, Weight Concerns, and All Athletes, with a Unique Speciality in Ballet Dancers. Sophie uses a Non-Forceful, Respectful, Slow, Gentle and Understanding Approach That is Embedded in a Diet-Free, Scales-Free, Health at Every Size Philosophy. 

Comprehensive Assessments (ASD, ADHD, Forensic, Learning, IQ, Personality, TBI) + Report

We Are Also Thrilled to Have Two of Adelaide’s Leading Assessment Specialists;  Neuropsychologist (Bianca) and Clinical Registrar Psychologist with a Background in Law (Jacyln) who both are Extremely Experienced, Passionate and Specialised in Comprehensive Assessments and Report Writing for a wide range of Issues for Individuals, Families, Courts and Tribunals across a wide age-range (2.5 to 80 years) in areas and issues such as: Personality Disorders, ASD, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, Epilepsy, Forensic Evaluations, and much more.    

Welcome

Welcome

Hello there! My name is Alissa, and I am a Clinical Psychologist, Researcher, Psychology Media Spokesperson, Conference Presenter, and Board Approved Supervisor (Provisional, Clinical Registrar, Higher Degree, PhD) and Founder of The Calming Suite Psychology Clinic in Adelaide, South Australia.

Even though I haven’t met you before, I can already tell just by clicking on our page that you have been searching for ways to help yourself, or your loved one with what you are going through.

This may be the very first time you are looking for some support. Or, you may have already had mental health support or treatment before, but you weren’t quite ready. You might have tried before, but just didn’t feel that you connected with the treatment approach or therapist.

Many of the clients who come to The Calming Suite are looking for a psychologist who is very different to the norm. Someone who is upbeat, young at heart, friendly, easy to connect with, safe, and full of warmth and compassion. Someone who does not judge them, and won’t give up on them!

At The Calming Suite Psychology Clinic this is the exact type of uniquely exceptional mental health specialist you will find.

I have searched across all of Adelaide to find a team of psychologists, Dietitians, Art Therapists, Yoga Therapists, and Front Desk Queen, who are the rare diamonds in our field. Those who embrace qualities that make you feel valued, safe, unjudged and will inspire you every step of the way to make desired change. 

Our team celebrate the power of psychology that is transformative and continues to evolve with time. For that reason, when you step into The Calming Suite Psychology you will experience a very different take on traditional psychotherapy. You will be offered an individualised, specialised, multi-modal approach to mental health and wellness.

The Calming Suite Team  specialise in Young Children with Developmental Delay or Challenges in areas of Social, Adaptive, Behavioural, Learning, Cognitive, Neurodivergent Domains (2.5 to 11 years old) and Adolescents and Young Adults (12 – 30) with Eating Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Bipolar Type II, Anxiety, Social Anxiety Disorder, Trauma, Phobias, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Suicidal Ideation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Dance Performance Enhancement (Coping with the pressure, stress, body image/eating concerns, anxiety, time commitment). 

We also provide Comprehensive Cognitive, Psycho-Educational, Personality, ASD, ADHD, Assessments and Intensive Group Therapy Programs for Children (3 – 17 years) and Adults.  

We recognise that every person’s mental health journey is unique, and for that reason we celebrate such uniqueness by delivering a multi-modal sanctuary where that journey can be experienced to it’s full potential.

So, if you are ready to make a change, and this is the type of unique mental health support you are looking for, we invite you to meet with us at The Calming Suite Psychology Clinic in Clarence Park Adelaide to have a gentle conversation about what you are needing right now, and how we may be able to help and support you. You can do this by making a First Session Appointment at The Calming Suite (click on link below). 

Hello there and welcome! My name is Alissa, and I am a Registered Psychologist, Researcher, and Founder of The Calming Suite. Even though I haven’t met you before, I can already tell just by clicking on my page that you have been searching for ways to help yourself, or your loved one with what you are going through. This may be the very first time you are looking for some support, or you may have already had mental health support or treatment before, but you weren’t quite ready, or you just didn’t feel that you connected with the treatment approach or therapist. Many of the clients who come to The Calming Suite are looking for a psychologist who is upbeat, young at heart, friendly, easy to connect with, safe, and full of warmth and compassion. Someone who does not judge them, and won’t give up on them! Clients quickly notice and appreciate the depth of commitment, passion, and extraordinary lengths I will go to in helping them reach their full potential and transform their life for the better. 

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Hello there! My name is Alissa, and I am a Clinical Psychologist, Researcher, Psychology Media Spokesperson, Conference Presenter, and Board Approved Supervisor (Provisional, Clinical Registrar, Higher Degree, PhD) and Founder of The Calming Suite Psychology Clinic in Adelaide, South Australia.

Even though I haven’t met you before, I can already tell just by clicking on our page that you have been searching for ways to help yourself, or your loved one with what you are going through.

This may be the very first time you are looking for some support. Or, you may have already had mental health support or treatment before, but you weren’t quite ready. You might have tried before, but just didn’t feel that you connected with the treatment approach or therapist.

Many of the clients who come to The Calming Suite are looking for a psychologist who is very different to the norm. Someone who is upbeat, young at heart, friendly, easy to connect with, safe, and full of warmth and compassion. Someone who does not judge them, and won’t give up on them!

At The Calming Suite Psychology this is the exact type of uniquely exceptional psychologist you will find. I have searched across all of Adelaide to find a team of psychologists who are the rare diamonds in our field. Those who embrace qualities that make you feel valued, safe, unjudged and will inspire you every step of the way to make desired change. 

Our team celebrate the power of psychology that is transformative and continues to evolve with time. For that reason, when you step into The Calming Suite Psychology you will experience a very different take on traditional psychotherapy. You will be offered an individualised, specialised, multi-modal approach to mental health and wellness.

The Calming Suite Team  specialise in Adolescents and Young Adults (12 – 30) with Eating Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Bipolar Type II, Anxiety, Social Anxiety Disorder, Trauma, Phobias, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Suicidal Ideation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Dance Performance Enhancement (Coping with the pressure, stress, body image/eating concerns, anxiety, time commitment). 

We also provide Comprehensive Cognitive, Psycho-Educational, Personality, ASD, ADHD, Assessments and Intensive Group Therapy Programs for Children (3 – 17 years) and Adults.  

We recognise that every person’s mental health journey is unique, and for that reason we celebrate such uniqueness by delivering a multi-modal sanctuary where that journey can be experienced to it’s full potential.

So, if you are ready to make a change, and this is the type of unique mental health support you are looking for, we invite you to meet with us at The Calming Suite Psychology Clinic in Clarence Park Adelaide to have a gentle conversation about what you are needing right now, and how we may be able to help and support you. You can do this by making a First Session Appointment at The Calming Suite (click on link below). 

Welcome

Hello there! My name is Alissa, and I am a Clinical Psychologist, Researcher, Psychology Media Spokesperson, Conference Presenter, and Board Approved Supervisor (Provisional, Clinical Registrar, Higher Degree, PhD) and Founder of The Calming Suite Psychology Clinic in Adelaide, South Australia.

Even though I haven’t met you before, I can already tell just by clicking on our page that you have been searching for ways to help yourself, or your loved one with what you are going through.

This may be the very first time you are looking for some support. Or, you may have already had mental health support or treatment before, but you weren’t quite ready. You might have tried before, but just didn’t feel that you connected with the treatment approach or therapist.

Many of the clients who come to The Calming Suite are looking for a psychologist who is very different to the norm. Someone who is upbeat, young at heart, friendly, easy to connect with, safe, and full of warmth and compassion. Someone who does not judge them, and won’t give up on them!

At The Calming Suite Psychology this is the exact type of uniquely exceptional psychologist you will find. I have searched across all of Adelaide to find a team of psychologists who are the rare diamonds in our field. Those who embrace qualities that make you feel valued, safe, unjudged and will inspire you every step of the way to make desired change. 

Our team celebrate the power of psychology that is transformative and continues to evolve with time. For that reason, when you step into The Calming Suite Psychology you will experience a very different take on traditional psychotherapy. You will be offered an individualised, specialised, multi-modal approach to mental health and wellness.

The Calming Suite Team  specialise in Adolescents and Young Adults (12 – 30) with Eating Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Bipolar Type II, Anxiety, Social Anxiety Disorder, Trauma, Phobias, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Suicidal Ideation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Dance Performance Enhancement (Coping with the pressure, stress, body image/eating concerns, anxiety, time commitment). 

We also provide Comprehensive Cognitive, Psycho-Educational, Personality, ASD, ADHD, Assessments and Intensive Group Therapy Programs for Children (3 – 17 years) and Adults.  

We recognise that every person’s mental health journey is unique, and for that reason we celebrate such uniqueness by delivering a multi-modal sanctuary where that journey can be experienced to it’s full potential.

So, if you are ready to make a change, and this is the type of unique mental health support you are looking for, we invite you to meet with us at The Calming Suite Psychology Clinic in Clarence Park Adelaide to have a gentle conversation about what you are needing right now, and how we may be able to help and support you. You can do this by making a First Session Appointment at The Calming Suite (click on link below). 

Our Therapy Approach

       At The Calming Suite Psychology we use a ‘Person-Centred’ therapy approach,

as opposed to a ‘Diagnostic-Label’ therapy approach

Why?

Because You are Special, One of a Kind, and you Deserve a Different Therapy Experience!

How?

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Every person has their own unique identity, personality, characteristics, wide-range of experiences (both positive and negative), and developmental history.

For this reason, at The calming Suite Psychology we do not use a ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatment approach (e.g., using the same rigid therapy approach for every client who has a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder for example).

Just because two people may have a diagnosis of BPD, does not mean they will respond equally the same to a particular style of therapy. They are still uniquely different individuals with different values, personalities, background histories, circumstances, likes/dislikes, and may or may not have other psychological issues as well that differ. 

For this reason, at The Calming Suite Psychology we utilise a person-centered treatment approach, whereby the therapy is tailored specifically to each individual client.

We know from scientific evidence this offers the best possible chance of change and recovery

Sometimes this means instead of using one manualised therapy (e.g., DBT), we can use a blend of various elements from a few different therapies (e.g., DBT, Yoga for PTSD, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) the person feels will meets their needs and goals best.

When you embark upon your journey with one of us at The Calming Suite Psychology you will  always be in the ‘driving seat’, with the ability to openly discuss your goals and what you would like work on in accordance with your.

Every client is involved in choosing the right treatment for them that will best meet their needs, their goals, and increase the likelihood of achieving long-lasting change or recovery.

Of most importance, is that you feel supported, and heard, and therapy is guided by what matters most to you.

At the Calming Suite Psychology we work tirelessly to provide you with a warm, genuine, and compassionate atmosphere to therapy where you feel relaxed and comfortable in the therapeutic environment.

We ensure clients don’t ever feel pressured into doing things they are not comfortable with.

Service Options

Issues

 We offer Psychological Therapy (one-on-one and Group) and Assessment for a variety of issues including:

• Eating Disorders (early intervention)

• Body Image Issues

• Anxiety Disorders

• PTSD

• Complex PTSD

                      • Dance         Performance Enhancement 

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

• Suicidal Thoughts

• Bipolar Disorder

(Type II)

• Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

• Perfectionism

• Family Conflict

• Relationship Issues

• School issues 

(academic/bullying)

                     • Phobias

        Autism Spectrum Disorder

            • Attention Deficit      Hyperactivity Disorder

 

 We offer Psychological Therapy (one-on-one and Group) and Assessment for a variety of issues including:

• Eating Disorders (early intervention)

• Body Image Issues

• Anxiety Disorders

• PTSD

• Complex PTSD

                                            • Dance Performance Enhancement 

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

• Suicidal Thoughts

• Bipolar Disorder (Type II)

• Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

• Perfectionism

• Family Conflict

• Relationship Issues

• School issues 

(academic/bullying)

                                                                     • Phobias

                                                       • Autism Spectrum Disorder

                                        • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 

 We offer Psychological Therapy (one-on-one and Group) and Assessment for a variety of issues including:

• Eating Disorders (early intervention)

• Body Image Issues

• Anxiety Disorders

• PTSD

• Complex PTSD

• Dance Performance Enhancement 

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

• Suicidal Thoughts

• Bipolar Disorder (Type II)

• Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

• Perfectionism

• Family Conflict

• Relationship Issues

• School issues 

(academic/bullying)

  • Phobias

• Autism Spectrum Disorder

• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 

Service Options

Outcomes

Although we help with an exceptionally wide range of  treatment goals for things like Anxiety, Trauma, BPD, Eating Disorders, Body Image/Dysphoria, Depression, OCD, Phobias, Relationship Issues, ADHD/ASD, or Bipolar Disorder Type II that we can work with you throughout your therapy journey, here is a snippet of some of the things we can help you in:

Disordered Eating (Eating Disorder Behaviours). We compassionately help individuals re-build a positive relationship with food and exercise again. Whether you are struggling with food restriction (excessive dieting), Binge Eating, Over Eating, Excessive Exercise.  Learn how to give up food rules and the constant thoughts and anxiety about food and your body with the latest, modern treatment methodology that are not simply food and weight focused. We target the underlying factors associated with eating disorders (e.g., trauma, what ’caused’ the eating disorder to start in the first place, and what is maintaining it, or keeping it alive) 

Body Image Fears and Distress ~ Learn how to develop a better relationship with your body again through body neutrality. We will teach you how to step outside with body confidence and reduce fears around others judgment, accept who you are, and reduce the distress around the way you look and thoughts and anxiety about your body.

Fear of abandonment ~ Developing an awareness of why fear of abandonment occurs, and learning ways to develop healthy relationships with people without fear of being rejected or abandoned.

Emotional Dysregulation ~ Learning effective ways to regulate the intensity of emotions like anger, anxiety, fear, sadness, internal pain, and learn how to identify what triggers these types of emotions.

Dissociation ~ Learning effective ways to decrease the frequency and intensity of dissociation and develop healthier ways of coping with distress.

Anxiety/Panic Attacks ~ Learning effective ways to manage anxiety symptoms in both the body and mind so you can live your life worry free and enjoy things again like socialising or giving a speech.  

Dance Performance ~ Learning effective ways to manage and cope with the immense pressures that come with being a professional dancer, such as body image, time commitment, stress, performance anxiety. 

Service Options

Therapy

We offer a wide variety of psychological therapies  including:

• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT-E)

• Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

• Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders

• Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) “Tapping” for Weight Management

First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders (FREED model)

• Yoga Therapy for Eating Disorders and PTSD

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How are sessions conducted?

Psychologists offer therapy sessions either face-to-face (in-person) or over Telehealth (e.g., Zoom or Phone). Some people greatly prefer face-to-face only, others like to do a blend of both. Many clients prefer telehealth due to the flexibility and convenience it offers over face-to-face, while still receiving the same quality of care and support. 

What to expect at your first visit?

The first session is a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know you and vice-versa in a real easy going atmosphere (much like you would chat to your friend). In this session we like to learn about you, what you are hoping to achieve, and together how we may be able to achieve that. Clients are often pleasantly surprised that it is not anywhere near as scary as they imagined, and any anxiety or worry they had is usually gone in the first few minutes.

Confidentiality and Privacy

By law, Psychologists are bound to a comprehensive Code of Ethics by the Australian Psychological Society that covers matters such as confidentiality, privacy, duty of care, professional development, safety and service quality. Confidential means that any verbal or written information thing you provide in our sessions stays with your psychologist. We cannot, and will not, share anything you tell us with anyone else unless you provide consent for us to do so. The only limitations to this rule are if you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else (which then, it is our legal obligation to do everything we can to keep you safe), or if we are subpoenaed by the court of law.  

Cancellations

Due to the sheer number of people waiting to have psychological support, we require a minimum of 72 hours’ (3 days) notice if you wish to cancel your appointment. This is to ensure that your cancelled appointment time slot can be allocated to someone else on the waitlist. If you cancel your appointment with less than 72 hours’ notice, or in the event that you do not show for your appointment without any notice, you will be charged a cancellation fee.   

How many sessions will I need in my treatment?

This really varies from person to person. Some people respond really well to treatment, others may take a little longer. Again, this is because everyone is so beautifully unique! We will regularly monitor your progress, and together we can decide what might be the right number of sessions in your treatment that will give you the best chance of achieving the goals you have set, and moving towards living the life you deserve.

 

How frequently will I need to have sessions?

We usually see clients fortnightly for sessions. We choose a day and time that work best for you, and then we reserve that spot in the calendar for you on a fortnight basis. If you need to change it at anytime, that is perfectly fine. Some clients may require weekly sessions (e.g., for some clients with more moderate Eating Disorders in the beginning). This is also negotiable, and we can discuss that too. Whatever is in your best interests and you are comfortable with.

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Book an Appointment Today

If you would like to book your first session with either myself or one of our other Wonderful Psychologists, or a Cognitive Assessment for your child, or you have any general questions about our services, feel so welcome to contact us and we will endeavour to get back to you as quickly as possible. 

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