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Rachel Cotter

Clinical Psychologist

Rachel’s professional experience has been in inpatient and community hospital settings in specialist brain injury services working with adults and adolescents. She has previously worked in health services in Australia and the UK a range of roles including Case Management and Research.

Rachel offers treatment in the following areas:

  • Anxiety Disorders including: Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and phobias
  • Depression, including post natal depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Stress
  • Values and life direction
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Brain injury and neurological conditions

Therapeutic approach

Rachel’s aim is to provide a supportive and empathic environment to allow clients to identify their main concerns. Rachel values tailoring evidence based treatment plans to each individual client in a collaborative manner, with the aim of client’s independently managing their main concerns post treatment.

Rachel utilises evidence based treatment modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing dependent on client needs. In particular, she value engaging in exposure (both in vivo and imaginal) as an essential element in treating anxiety disorders and trauma. She provides values and goals directed therapy that is active and focused on achieving improvements.

The therapeutic models used include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Neuropsychotherapy
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy
  • Schema Therapy

Qualifications

Master of Clinical Psychology
Macquarie University, 2011

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
University Of New England, 2002

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
Macquarie University, 2001

Ongoing professional Development:

Rachel undertakes regular peer supervision and individual supervision. She is focusing her professional development in the following areas:

  • Schema Therapy
  • Neuropsychotherapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
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