Principal Psychologist

Ben French

I have been practising as a Psychologist since 2003. I am an accredited psychologist supervisor and have been fortunate enough to speak at several conferences and workshops on child and adolescent mental health issues.

My goal as a private practitioner is to bring over a decade of work experience as a mental health professional to the private sector. I have significant experience in working with children and young people at risk and those suffering debilitating mental health issues. I have worked as a psychologist in community mental health teams, within a juvenile detention centre and performed the key roles of senior clinician and then team leader in the ACT Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

I also have significant experience working with 4-12 year olds as a school psychologist and provide developmentally appropriate therapy using different modalities. I am also accredited to facilitate the parenting programs 'Tuning into Teens' and 'Tuning into Kids'.

As a practitioner my goal is to provide tailored therapeutic approaches such as developmentally appropriate Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, using play, puppets and stories, for very young clients having social or emotional difficulties and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy (ST), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for adolescent and adult clients as the presentation requires. Psychoeducation and parent support of young clients is an essential part of treating a child or young adolescent if appropriate.

 

 

 

Mental Health Social Worker

Krystal Hawkins

I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Medicare provider, I hold a Bachelor of Social Work and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. I have completed certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, trauma informed practice, Motivational Interviewing and Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping). I have experience working in an Aboriginal led health service in Liverpool, NSW and a therapeutic child protection program, in Bankstown, NSW. I have also worked in Eastern Sydney providing counselling and support for high care nursing home residents who were experiencing significant disability, illness or end of life. I have also worked as a School Counsellor in Kempsey, NSW, providing assessment and treatment for primary and secondary students suffering from a range of issues and pressures, such as, anxiety, depression, self-injury, suicidal ideation, school refusal, relationship breakdown and grief.

I am very passionate about mental health, across the many ages and stages of life. I enjoy working collaboratively with my clients to ensure they feel empowered and supported through the therapeutic process. As a mental health clinician I work with my clients to develop a unique treatment plan using evidenced based techniques and a genuine therapeutic relationship. I grew up on the Mid North Coast and I am now raising my own family here. I am passionate about our vibrant healthy community and humbled that I have the opportunity to provide a service that helps to support our young people to develop skills, knowledge and better understand the value of their wellbeing. I aim to assist young people and their families to explore their resilience in order to reach achievable goals that improve their quality of life.