Outside of my role as a Psychologist, I am just me ~ Alissa. I am a wife to a Basketballer, and I have two beautiful children, a 5-year-old boy and a 10-month-old baby girl. I love animals, travelling, health and fitness, catching up with friends, and proud to say I love watching the Bachelor and Love Island.
Working as a Psychologist feels like such a gift. I made the career transition from working as a Psychology Researcher after realising that it was working with real-life people that I loved the most and wanted to focus all my attention on. I find it so rewarding to be able to support individuals in their recovery journey. Every day, I meet the most amazing young people who come to me not recognising their inner strength and potential. By the end of treatment, I get the privilege of watching them transform into who they want to be and fly!
One of my big passions is knowledge. All kinds of knowledge, from lived experience, cultural, spiritual, and academic. In fact, in many ways I have often found it is actually my “street smarts” that has provided me with the certain knowledge I need in therapy to really connect with clients. My love for learning is perhaps why I stayed at university for 17 years! (I know, possibly a little obsession going on there myself). I was so inspired from the incredible things I learnt, that I ended up completing 5 university degrees across fields of psychology, neurology, junior primary/primary/high school dance education, nutrition, and journalism. Today, I draw upon this diverse body of knowledge and I can truly say that it was worth it. It has afforded me the incredible opportunities to work in roles such as a Psychologist, Psychiatry Research Associate, Conference Speaker, Primary School Teacher, and Journalist.
I have also had a profound passion for dance, sport, hiking, and physical exercise in general. Prior to becoming a psychologist, I worked as a professional dancer performing choreographed routines on stage in front of large audiences. I also taught dance to children and adolescents at a South Australian Dance Academy. Following a severe injury to my left knee, I could no longer dance. This left me feeling rather broken. I entered a journey of rehabilitation, both in my mind and body. I discovered the powerful beauty of BODYBALANCETM, a progressive, science-based program developed by Les Mills International, which incorporates a fusion of yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais, relaxation and meditation. BodyBalance is a holistic workout that brings the body and mind into a state of optimal harmony, vitality and balance. I became fascinated with how much I enjoyed participating in BodyBalance, and I soon found it helped reunify the broken walls of my physical body, mind, and spirit. Following my own recovery, I wanted to pass on this wonderful experience to others. I completed accreditations in group fitness with Australian Fitness Network, and also Les Mills BodyBalance (yoga, Tai Chi, relaxation and meditation). I went on to teach BodyBalance in fitness centres around Australia for 9 years.
Today, in my psychology practice I offer clients an opportunity to explore therapy using all the latest evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and so much more, as well as somatic modalities such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Body-Orientated Mindfulness. It is whatever the client feels most comfortable with and suits their needs and goals best.
- Doctorate/PhD in Psychology
- Master of Clinical Psychology
- Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
- Master of Journalism
- Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary)
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) – Registered Psychologist, Clinical Registrar
- Australian Psychological Society – Member, Clinical College
- Australian and New Zealand Association for Eating Disorders (Member)
- South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Eating Disorder Service (FREED Registered Member)
- Jennifer Kreatsoulas Yoga for Eating Disorders – Mentoring Group Member