Rikeya decided to pursue a career in psychology due to being inspired by the many people in their life who struggled with mental health issues and overcame these problems with resiliency and hope for a better future. No matter what adversity an individual may face, Rikeya believes that with true empathy, compassion and developing new strategies guided by evidence-based therapy, everyone has an opportunity for a happier life.
Rikeya has a broad range of experience in different sectors of psychology including EAP counselling services, couples and family therapy, Forensic Psychology, and Organizational Psychology. They also have a special interest in delivering psychological therapy for LGBTQIA+ populations by utilizing an affirmative approach to promote identity pride and manage stressors relating to discrimination and prejudice. Whilst studying psychology, Rikeya volunteered as a crisis supporter at lifeline and worked as a mental health worker.
Rikeya is passionate about supporting clients struggling with disordered eating, body image issues and comorbid conditions. They are a strong advocate of the Health at Every Size approach for managing health and wellbeing. The therapy models which Rikeya implements is based on the best available research and collaborated with the client based on the concerns they have. This may include CBT, CBT-e, Maudsley Family Based Therapy, ACT and positive psychology approaches.
Rikeya graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology Honours (Class 1) at the University of Wollongong and is undergoing a Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle. Rikeya is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).