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Bella Gilbert


Provisional Psychologist
Reduced-fee


Master of Clinical Psychology (in training), UTS
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Macquarie University

I am deeply passionate about ensuring people feel heard and understood, respecting the courage it takes to take the first step in seeking support. My practice is built on compassion and authenticity, striving to create a safe space for clients to explore their thoughts and emotions.

 

Utilising a trauma-informed approach, I draw from a range of evidence-based practices tailored to each individual’s unique needs. I believe in working collaboratively to identify goals and develop effective strategies to support personal growth. My focus is on fostering greater self-awareness and understanding, helping individuals to achieve meaningful change. I value the opportunity to be a part of client’s therapeutic journeys.

Clinical approach

  • CBT, DBT, Schema Therapy, ACT, Emotion Coaching, Attachment-Based Family Therapy.

  • Works with children, adolescents, families, and adults.

  • Client centred, strengths-based, attachment, and family systems approach.

  • Collaboration and warmth to foster achievement of goals and openness.

  • Provides evidence-based interventions that understand maintaining factors in order to develop practical coping strategies.

  • PROVISIONAL STATUS: Bella is in her final year of her Master of Clinical Psychology degree. She is due to complete her studies at the end of 2024 and will be eligible for general psychology registration at the start of 2025.

 

Experience:

  • Delivered client-centred psychological intervention to adults, as well as children, adolescents, and families in a university clinic setting, working with an array of presentations including anxiety, depression, emotion dysregulation, and stress management.

  • Experience working in hospital settings within the Child and Youth Mental Health Service. Involved providing psychological intervention for young people and their families in crisis including managing self-harm, suicidality, substance use, psychosis, domestic violence, personality disorders, school refusal, and trauma-related disorders.

  • Experience working in the community sector within an NGO where she currently works with young people (12-18) and their families who are at risk of homelessness. Supported consumers with mental health difficulties and school refusal tendencies including presentations such as depression, aggression, anxiety, parent mental health, trauma and familial conflict. The role involved counselling services in community and within the school environment alongside case management processes, linking them with essential support services.

  • Experience working with ASD presentations in children through a behavioural approach including managing aggression, improving skill-acquisition, and supporting parents, schools, and daycare with fostering a strengths-based approach to care..

Presentations

  • Anxiety, panic, phobias, stress, OCD, and worry

  • Mood disorders, depression, bipolar

  • Anger and frustration

  • Body image issues

  • Eating issues, restriction and disordered eating

  • Confidence issues

  • Trauma and processing difficult experiences

  • Personality disorders

  • Unhelpful and catastrophic thinking

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Grief & loss

  • Emotion regulation difficulties

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Family issues

  • Parenting work

  • Friendship, social issues, and bullying

  • Work and academic difficulties

  • Perfectionism, motivation, time-management

  • ASD (high functioning)

  • ADHD - treatment, not assessment

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Gender and sexuality

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