Elise is a warm, empathic and compassionate therapist who is passionate about supporting individuals of all ages and backgrounds to walk the path of recovery from eating disorders and body image difficulties. Elise’s non-judgmental, sensitive and genuine therapeutic approach helps clients to feel comfortable to express and explore their thoughts and feelings, make sense of difficult past and current experiences and to cultivate a life which is meaningful and fulfilling.
Elise is client centred and draws upon a range of evidenced-based interventions including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based interventions and trauma informed psychotherapy to meet the unique and dynamic needs of her clients over the course of therapy.
Elise is passionate about the creation of a safe and trusting therapeutic alliance and believes the relationship between client and therapist is paramount to the process and outcome of treatment. She is culturally sensitive and an ally of the LGBTIQA+ community.
Elise has worked across a range of inpatient, outpatient, private and forensic settings during her time as a provisional psychologist. Her experience has included conducting risk and psychological assessments for the Department of Justice and Community Safety which served to increase Elise’s clinical knowledge and skills in addition to her understanding and knowledge of offending behaviours. Elise has also been an integral part of a specialised Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) clinic and team where she provided individualised and group based DBT to a range of clients across private and outpatient settings.
For the past two years, Elise has worked in private hospital settings where she has provided inpatient and outpatient individualised and group-based treatment to young people and adults with a range of presentations including trauma (PTSD and complex PTSD), personality disorders, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder. During this time, Elise has significantly expanded her clinical knowledge and skills to effectively assess and treat a range of complex conditions using evidenced based treatment and best practice.
Prior to this, Elise completed her masters placement at BodyMatters during her time at Macquarie University. During her time at BodyMatters, Elise co-facilitated recovery support groups for individuals with a range of eating disorders and developed and co-facilitated a recovery workshop based on mindfulness and self-exploration. Elise enjoyed her time so much at BodyMatters that she has returned to become part of the team! Elise holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) and a Master of Professional Psychology and is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Elise is a strong advocate of the Health at Every Size Approach and is passionate about helping individuals to walk the journey of recovery at their own pace. She appreciates that commencing therapy can feel daunting but will be there every step of the way to support you in your personal journey of self-exploration and healing.
Elise is currently completing a Master of Trauma Informed Psychotherapy and has a particular interest working in longer term therapy with clients who have experienced complex trauma and relational trauma. Elise is based in Melbourne and available through telehealth to clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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