Bella Salvo

Provisional Psychologist

A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. - B.F. Skinner

Therapy with Bella

In my practice, I emphasise a warm, empathetic, and collaborative approach. Therapy will be tailored to you, as I strive to work with my clients to understand what they want out of the therapy process. We will work together to create a safe, non-judgmental, and collaborative space to reach your goals and foster resilience.

Building a connection and rapport is at the forefront. I will work to understand your life experiences, beliefs, preferences, strengths and challenges, so that we can work as a team to tackle the obstacles. I value your opinion in the process, and I am flexible to apply adaptations if needed. I utilise an evidence-based approach, centering on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to provide a space for clients to explore and understand their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. I also emphasise a holistic approach, in that we will consider other factors such as your sleep, diet, and exercise, to improve your overall well-being.

Therapy will be tailored to the developmental stage. When working with children, I will work with their parents and teachers to promote a comprehensive approach. I will integrate their interests and strengths into the therapeutic process to create excitement and fulfilment. When working with adolescents I strive to provide a sense of agency as their desire for independence grows, whilst still working with their parents to promote support and safety. With adults, we will collaboratively develop a space to navigate the presenting difficulties and challenges.

Bella’s Qualifications & Experience

Bella is a Provisional Psychologist who has completed her Masters in Professional Psychology at the University of Newcastle in 2023. Prior to this, Bella completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University. Bella has experience in working with children with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, as well as common comorbidities to these disorders such as anxiety, depression, suicidality, obsessive-compulsive disorder, intellectual disabilities, and behavioural difficulties. Bella has also gained experience in working in the field of trauma. Working in the out-of-home care sector, she has developed knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based interventions for trauma-affected clients.

LOCATION

Bella is at the READ Clinic West Gosford only.

Location
READ Clinic West Gosford
Client Group
6 - 18 years
THERAPEUTIC METHODS OFFERED
CBT
QUALIFICATIONS
Masters of Psychology (Professional), Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), Assoc MAPS
FUNDING TYPES
NDIS
Private
ABN
36 825 967 047 (READ Clinic employee)
AREAS OF INTEREST
ADD / ADHD
Adjustment Disorders
Anxiety
Autism & ASD
Childhood Trauma
Depression
Domestic Violence
Eating Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder OCD
Panic Attacks
Personality Disorders
Phobias
Self Harm
Sexual Abuse
Sleep Disorders
Stress Management
Study Problems
Suicidal Feelings
Trauma & PTSD
Trichotillomania
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